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October 14, 2002
Volume 80, Number 41
CENEAR 80 41 p. 16
ISSN 0009-2347


ACS NEWS

Clean Up With National Chemistry Week

LINDA RABER

Next week—Oct. 20–26—is National Chemistry Week. NCW is a community-based program sponsored by the American Chemical Society that aims to unite all ACS local sections, industries, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life.

This year’s NCW theme is “Chemistry Keeps Us Clean.” The unifying event will be Chemistry Makes Cleaning Possible, a collection drive for personal hygiene products to benefit local food banks and charities. Student affiliate chapters and local sections will be collecting items such as soap, toothpaste, and shampoo to donate. “Clean” events will include sudsy fun demonstrations for K–12 students in Holland, Mich.; a soap, bubbles, and sparks magic show at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and hand-cleaning and graffiti prevention demonstrations at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.

This year, the American Chemistry Council partnered with ACS for NCW activities by sending out letters—about 3,200 in all—to CEOs of its member companies as well as to managers of their facilities inviting them to get their staffs involved in NCW. Lots of information about NCW and events planned by ACS local sections is on the Web at http://www.chemistry.org/ncw.

ACS chair of the National Chemistry Week Task Force, W. H. (Jack) Breazeale of Mount Pleasant, S.C., says: “This will be the best NCW celebration ever. Everyone can have fun with the ‘clean’ theme. You can wash, wipe, and wax with this theme. You can grow and nurture with it also!”



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