C&EN Picks Videos: ACS Indianapolis Meeting #ACSIndy
Aug20

C&EN Picks Videos: ACS Indianapolis Meeting #ACSIndy

How can chemists protect bees and other pollinators from harmful pesticides? Why is a company that makes video game graphics processors sponsoring an ACS meeting competition? The answers to these questions and more are in this round of C&EN Picks, our video highlights of newsworthy ACS National Meeting sessions. See you in Indianapolis on September 8! UPDATE 9/9/13: It's come to our attention that in Sunday's video, the photos for Daniel Kittle and Bret Huff were switched. We'd like to apologize to them and to you for the oversight, and to thank Vicky Kittle and Milea Kammer, who brought this to our attention on...

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C&EN Picks for ACS New Orleans #ACSNOLA
Apr02

C&EN Picks for ACS New Orleans #ACSNOLA

How can chemists mitigate the effects of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina? What are the latest chemistry mobile apps? And how are emulsions making a difference in medical imaging? Sessions at next week’s ACS National Meeting in New Orleans will be covering those timely topics. Watch all of our picks below. If you’ll be in New Orleans, you can also see these videos in the convention...

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C&EN Picks for ACS Philadelphia #ACSPhilly
Aug14

C&EN Picks for ACS Philadelphia #ACSPhilly

What's the latest research on the environmental impacts of fracking? Why is there an ongoing debate about how forensic chemistry is used in courtrooms? Sessions at next week's ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia will be covering those timely topics. Watch all of our staff's picks below. If you'll be in Philadelphia, you can also see these videos in the convention...

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Alan Alda Wants YOU … To Describe A Flame
Mar20

Alan Alda Wants YOU … To Describe A Flame

This post was written by Emily Bones, a member of the Editing & Production group here at C&EN. At the ripe young age of 11, actor and science advocate Alan Alda asked his science teacher, “What is a flame?” And she responded, “It’s oxidation.” To an 11-year-old, that doesn’t mean much. And at 76, Alda’s still searching for a suitable response. Along with the State University of New York, Stony Brook’s Center for Communicating Science, Alda has presented the world with a challenge, appropriately called the Flame Challenge. The task is simple: “Answer the question—‘What is a flame?’—in a way that an 11-year-old would find intelligible and maybe even fun,” flamechallenge.org states. In an editorial in Science this month, Alda reminds readers that “scientists urgently need to be able to speak with clarity to funders, policymakers, students, the general public, and even other scientists." In the article, he announces the challenge to promote science talk and avoid science jargon. Answers to the burning question are due to flamechallenge.org by April 2. Entries can be in the form of a recorded explanation, a written response, or an illustration. The winner will receive a VIP pass to the 5th annual World Science Festival in New York City, held May 30 to June 3, organized by the nonprofit Science Festival Foundation. To support the mission of the challenge, after a team of well-seasoned scientists has screened the entries for accuracy, a panel of 11-year-olds will choose the final winner. To learn how to be a panelist, contact communicatingscience@stonybrook.edu. And next week, at the ACS national meeting in San Diego, attendees can answer the question by visiting booth 638 in the exposition. There will be video cameras on hand to record answers, and these recordings can be submitted to the Flame Challenge. We hope Newscripts readers will enter. After all, who better to explain a flame than a...

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C&EN Picks For #ACSSanDiego
Mar19

C&EN Picks For #ACSSanDiego

We almost can't believe how quickly the San Diego ACS National Meeting is coming up. Enjoy the latest round of C&EN Picks to get a taste of which offerings our staff deemed...

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