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National Chemistry Week

September 15, 2009
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is joining with the American Chemical Society (ACS) to celebrate National Chemistry Week (NCW) October 18-24. NCW is a community-based annual event that unites businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life. Each year the campaign reaches millions of people with positive messages about the contributions of chemistry to their daily lives. It is the one time during the year that chemists — regardless of background — unite with the common goal of spreading the word that chemistry is good for our economy, our health, and our well-being. The theme for NCW 2009 is “Chemistry — It’s Elemental!”

The elements are the basis of the entire universe and of life on Earth, and they are an important part of everyday life. They compose the graphite in pencils, the tungsten in light bulbs, neon lights, copper for cooling applications, the sodium in table salt — the list literally never ends. The year 2009 is the 140th anniversary of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table of the Elements, and it is an opportunity to investigate and appreciate the discovery and use of the elements in every aspect of our lives. 

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