Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

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2013 Chemistry & Culture: “Elements of Dance”

Please note that we are inviting the general public, spectators, chemists and ballroom dancers to another Gala on Friday, November 1, 7-10 PM at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. KACS wants you to join the 2013 Chemistry & Culture: Elements of Dance which includes an exhibit on Molecular Foundation of Movement. Last year's event was a big success and you can see highlights outlined below.

2012 Chemistry & Culture: “Elements of Dance” - The Results

The 2012 event was selected as a finalist for the ChemLuminaryAward! It has been six years since our Section received a ChemLuminary Award [2007 for Best on-going event for National Chemistry Week].  This year our self-nomination has brought us the designation of “finalist” in the “Most Innovative New Activity or Program” category. 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).

Elements of Dance Report - ChemLuminary Press Release [PDF]

Thanks to our donors!

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Gus Guzinski and Elke Schoffers (WMU Department of Chemistry) performed showcase dances with their partners at "Elements of Dance" on November 9, 2012 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and also taught a Salsa lesson. The event drew a total of 179 people, including 63 local chemists along with ballroom dancers and spectators.

Congratulations to Evan Dalke, a WMU graphic design student, who won a cash prize after submitting the winning T-shirt graphic.

Left to right: Chemistry instructors and their dance partners. Dr. James Guzinski (retired from Kalsec) with Jenny Grunberg, a Kalamazoo dentist, Dr. Elke Schoffers with Art Downey, a professional dance instructor. Photo by DB Photography.


Old Event Announcement 2012

9 November 2012 18:30-21:30
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
The Kalamazoo Local Section has received a small grant from the American Chemical Society (ACS) to initiate a new program: *Chemistry and Culture*. It is meant to highlight that chemists are not just experts in their field but are also interested in art, history, cooking, baking, brewing, sports and dancing, among others. It is hoped that *Elements of Dance* will be the first event in a new series
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No RSVP required. All are welcome but there is limited seating for the brief program in the beginning, in addition to standing room. Contact Elke.Schoffers@wmich.edu by November 7 (extended) to reserve a chair. There will be refreshments, displays and mingling in the KIA lobby. Showcases, a dance lesson, a special demo and open dances take place in the auditorium. There is no dress code. We recommend your Sunday Best as appropriate attire. Dancing is not required but we sure hope that you will try. Hope to see you on Friday, November 9, 2012!

- FREE Admission. - Free Snacks. - Free Dance Lesson. - Dance Showcases. - Puzzles – Win Prizes! - Music: Ballroom, Latin, Swing. - Partner Not Necessary – No Dress Code. - Open To The General Public. The goals of "Chemistry and Culture are..." - To offer a social networking opportunity for members of the Kalamazoo Local Section of the American Chemical Society (KACS) - To educate the general public about the goals and activites of KACS - To highlight the connections between "chemistry" and "culture" - To encourage student particitation - To instill an appreciation for how chemistry contributes to the world in many ways - To forge ties with the local community "Elements of Dance" will... - Invite KACS members, non-members, and the general public - Offer a program with showcase dances, as well as group dance lessons and open dances for all attendees - Include games to encourage "collaborations" - Offer small prizes and souveniers to atendees and game competitors

Financial Support

This event is made possible with funding from the American Chemical Society (ACS) and through generous donations from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Kalamazoo Spice and Extraction Company (Kalsec), Aldrich, VWR and the WMU Business Technology and Research Park.


2012 Elements of Dance –Timeline

Monday, Oct. 22 at 5 PM
Deadline for chemistry students to register for the “Cupid Shuffle” with Dr. Schoffers
See flyer for more details.