That’s A Wrap For The 44th International Chemistry Olympiad
Aug06

That’s A Wrap For The 44th International Chemistry Olympiad

The 44th International Chemistry Olympiad concluded a week ago today, and it was truly an amazing experience! The team from South Korea won four golds, the most of any country during this year's competition. The U.S. team earned a gold and three silver medals. For more highlights, see C&EN's news article in this week's issue. Congratulations to everyone who earned medals, but like ACS president-elect Marinda Li Wu said to the students during the closing ceremony: "No matter whether you bring home a medal or not, you will all carry back some precious memories that should last a lifetime. Furthermore, you made some personal connections and bonds this week that will become part of your own valuable network. Maintaining and continuing to build that network can help you succeed no matter what your ultimate career and profession." With that said, let's take a look back and see how much fun the students had during their stay in the nation's...

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Final Days, Lasting Memories From #IChO2012
Jul27

Final Days, Lasting Memories From #IChO2012

We're closing in on the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) closing ceremony, which will take place this Sunday in Washington, D.C. C&EN will be there to report the medal results. It seems like just yesterday that the students were meeting each other for the first time and checking into their dorm rooms at the University of Maryland. Last night, after completing a five-hour theoretical exam, the students reunited with their mentors (who have been hard at work grading the lab practical exams) during a reunion party at the French Embassy. Today the students are spending the day in Baltimore, visiting the Baltimore Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center and attending a Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics baseball game. It's been an exciting couple of days, filled with both competition and camaraderie. To get a feel for what the IChO experience has been like, the ACS Office of Public Affairs has put together a video capturing reactions from some of the...

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Competition and Camaraderie at #IChO2012
Jul26

Competition and Camaraderie at #IChO2012

Today, students competing in the International Chemistry Olympiad are taking a five-hour theoretical exam, which counts toward 60% of their total score. Check out Newscripts' blog post from July 24 for some sample questions and see whether you can compete with a chemistry olympian. While the students are hard at work, let's take a look at some of the camaraderie they've enjoyed over the past few days: Students held up their country flags at the Opening Ceremony on Sunday. Credit: Peter Cutts Photography Even a bus ride can be entertaining! Credit: Peter Cutts Photography A group of students pose in front of an exhibit at the Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. Credit: Peter Cutts Photography During a trip to Annapolis, Md., on Monday, a guide tells students about Maryland's blue crabs. Credit: Peter Cutts Photography After touring NASA's Space Flight Center, students were treated to a boat cruise in Annapolis. Credit: Peter Cutts Photography Slovenian students express their joy after completing the five-hour lab practical on Tuesday. Credit: Linda Wang/C&EN ACS President Bassam Z. Shakhashiri demonstrates the properties of moving air to students during a presentation on Tuesday evening. Credit: Linda Wang/C&EN U.S. participant Jason Ge and his teammates react to one of Shakhashiri's demonstrations. Credit: Linda Wang/C&EN On Wednesday, after touring the monuments around Washington, D.C., students gathered in front of the Capitol Building for a group photo. Credit: Peter Cutts Photography Check out the Catalyzer, the daily newsletter of the International Chemistry Olympiad, for more photos and interesting tidbits from the...

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