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The Local Sections Activity Committee (LSAC) gave KACS a glowing review. Read more here.
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KACS became a ChemLuminary Award finalist for the "Chemistry and Culture: Elements of Dance" event (2012-11-09) at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in the category of "Most Innovative Activity or Program". Out of 186 Local Sections nationwide, we are thrilled to have been recognized in this category and thank all the donors and volunteers who helped us make this event a success (179 attendees).
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Kalamazoo chemist James Howell passed away on Saturday 16 November 2013. His contributions as a chemist and professor will be remembered fondly. See his obituary for more information
Friday 1 November 2013, 19:00 to 22:00 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
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Saturday 12 October 2013, 12:00 to 16:00 at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.
Tuesday 8 October 2013, 5-9 PM at Bell's Eccentric Cafe, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave, downtown Kalamazoo, 269-382-5712.
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October 10, 2013 | 7 pm
Miller Auditorium, WMU
Free Admission - Registration Required
“Notes from the Front Lines of the Climate Fight”
Bill McKibben is not a person you’d expect to find handcuffed in the city jail in Washington, D.C. But that’s where he spent three days in the summer of 2011, after leading the largest civil disobedience in thirty years to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline. A few months later the protesters would see their efforts rewarded when President Obama agreed to put the project on hold. His new book is Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist.
McKibben realizes that this small and temporary victory on the Pipeline is at best a stepping-stone. With the Arctic melting, the Midwest in drought, and Sandy scouring the Atlantic, the need for much deeper solutions is obvious. Some of those would come at the local level, and McKibben recounts a year he spends in the company of a beekeeper raising his hives as part of the growing trend toward local food. Other solutions would come from a much larger fight against the fossil-fuel industry as a whole. Oil and Honey is McKibben’s account of these two necessary and mutually reinforcing sides of the global climate fight—from the absolute center of the maelstrom and from the growing hive of small-scale local answers to the climate crisis.
The KACS won a $3000 grant to help public audiences better understand the science behind climate change.
Did you know? The ACS also has information and resources available about climat change. Why not learn more about the ACS Climate Change Toolkit
Outstanding college and high school students, our Section’s Competitive Exam winners, a high school teacher, one ACS 50-year member and 10 past-chairs still living in the Kalamazoo area, along with parents, siblings, teachers and a few Local Section members – 91 enthusiastic guests in all – visited WMU’s campus on May 21 to join the KACS Awards Ceremony. CONGRATULATIONS to everyone!
Elke Schoffers (KACS Chair) congratulates Al Nieboer (Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher, Kalamazoo Christian High School).
KACS Past-Chairs (left to right): Donald Schreiber, John Greenfield, Benjamin Maxey, Robert Kelly, Lydia Hines, Wade Adams, Robert Nagler, Doug Williams, John Stodola, James Kiddle
Excerpt from “A Letter from Madeleine Jacobs” ACS Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.