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Julia Child’s Chemistry Lab And Other Museum Sights March 26, 2007

Posted by Kimberly in General.

Filed by Ivan Amato

Saturday morning, Chicago was immersed in a thick fog that took the tops of skyscrapers away. With a few rare spare hours on my hands, I hopped onto city bus number 6 and rode to the Museum of Science & Industry, way down on the south side of the city. I was hoping to squeeze in a visit to Body Worlds 2, which is Gunther von Hagens’ second go around of anatomical exhibitions in which he, in his words, “plastinates” preparations of actual human bodies, and parts thereof, in a technicolor polymeric splendor that highlights nervous, respiratory, circulatory, reproductive and other systems in the most disturbing and wondrous of ways.

The museum was brimming with unplastinated humanity, so much so that I was told I’d have to wait five hours to get into the exhibit. Athough that news killed the idea of viewing the dead people at the museum, it opened an opportunity for me take a look at what this massive and beautiful Chicago museum had to tell the public about chemistry. (more…)


And Baby Makes Three March 26, 2007

Posted by Kimberly in General.
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Filed by Linda Wang

I bumped into Craig and Mary Anne Teague, whom C&EN featured last May in an article on dual-chemist couples who found happiness, job satisfaction, and work/life balance (C&EN, May 8, 2006, page 35). I’m happy to report that, in September, they had a baby daughter named Megan.

When I spotted Craig yesterday morning at the McCormick Place Convention Center, it was clear he had his hands full. Balancing six-month-old Megan in a sling around his shoulders, he tried to reach into his bag and get out the program book. It wasn’t easy, and it was clear that Megan also wanted a piece of that program book. (more…)

Badges, Badges Everywhere March 26, 2007

Posted by Beth in General.

stevebadge.jpgFiled by Steve Ritter

Hanging from a doorknob in the basement of my house in Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., are a couple dozen lanyards supporting name badges from scientific meetings I have attended over the years. There are dozens more badges, sans lanyards, clipped all along the strings hanging there—perhaps more than 100 badges in all. I’m not sure why I keep the badges, because all they do is hang there and rattle when the door opens and closes.

I paused to look at them while picking up my suitcase before packing for the ACS meeting here in Chicago. This week, I will be focusing on several potential stories for C&EN. One is on sustainability, a topic strewed throughout the technical program. In particular, I am interested in talks on carbon dioxide. There are a few talks on CO2 sequestration, but more intriguing are talks on using CO2 as a reactant. If CO2 could be used as a commodity chemical feedstock, it might help offset global CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels. We’ll see. (more…)

Keeping It Green March 26, 2007

Posted by Beth in General.

Filed by Linda Wang

green-kids-op.jpgOne of the best ways to learn chemistry is to teach it to others. I saw this firsthand when I visited the Notebaert Nature Museum, where hundreds of elementary and middle school kids from all over the city had gathered to take part in ACS’s community outreach project, “Chemistry in Action: It’s Easy Being Green.”

I wanted to blog about all the cool hands-on experiments there on recycling, solar power, clean water, and clean air, but something else caught my attention: The volunteers helping to explain the chemistry behind the experiments were all students from ACS’s college student affiliate groups and high school chemistry clubs.


Blogging Without A Net March 25, 2007

Posted by Beth in General.
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Filed by Lisa Jarvis & Beth Halford

Ladies and gentlemen, chemists of all ages, welcome to C&EN’s blog from the 2007 ACS Spring Meeting in Chicago. This is the 233rd time that the American Chemical Society has conferred, and it’s the third time we have run a blog from the meeting.

We kept things pretty close to the vest in our maiden ACS meeting blog: no comments from readers and a pretty elaborate editorial process. The next time around, we added moderated comments.

This time, we’re flying without a net.