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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Can You Compete With A Chemistry Olympian?
Jul24

Can You Compete With A Chemistry Olympian?

A lot of the world may be gearing up for the Summer Olympics in London. But this week in Maryland (just a relatively hop, skip, and jump away from C&EN headquarters) high school students from 72 nations are competing in the extremely challenging International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). The students have been preparing for months for the event by studying a book of preparatory problems. See how challenging the questions are for yourself. Each day this week, we'll post a new question from that book. Let us know how you do! If you want to see even more questions, check out the pop quiz in our July 16th cover package about IChO. Monday's question (left) and answer (right):                           Tuesday's question and answer:          Wednesday's question and answer:                 Thursday's question and answer:     Friday's question and answer:               Good...

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Catalyzing Friendships at the International Chemistry Olympiad
Jul24

Catalyzing Friendships at the International Chemistry Olympiad

One of the coolest and most unique experiences of the International Chemistry Olympiad is getting to meet the top high school chemistry students from around the world. This year, 72 countries are represented in the competition, which is being hosted in the U.S. for the first time in two decades. This past Saturday, nearly 300 students arrived at the University of Maryland, College Park, where they are staying this week, and C&EN was there to greet them and find out why they love chemistry: We also put together a short video to share the excitement of the first day, when students met each other for the first time, united with their local guides, and checked into their dorm rooms: The students have a challenging and exciting week ahead. Today, they're taking a five-hour lab practical exam, and on Thursday they'll be taking a five-hour theoretical exam. They'll also attend a Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics baseball game, tour the National Aeronautics & Space Administration's Goddard Space Flight Center, and take a boat cruise in Annapolis, Md., just to name a few of the activities in store. We'll be checking in on the students from time to time this week. And we'll be cheering them on during the closing ceremony on Sunday, when the medals are awarded. Good luck to...

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