Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

We are a dynamic and visionary organization committed to improving people’s lives in our community through the transforming power of chemistry.  We strive to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren counties.

Message from the KACS Chair

As a long time ACS fan-boy I am honored to be the 2019 chair of the Kalamazoo Section. We all have an over-supply of information of epic proportions bombarding us almost every waking minute. However, I am hopeful that high-quality information will win the attention war and that ACS will play a significant role in this mission. It is particularly satisfying in these times to be affiliated with an organization that is synonymous with high-quality information. I've also come to learn that amazing career resources and assistance are also major attractions of ACS. While the street-value of high-quality information is at an all-time low (due to an epic oversupply of low-quality information), it is truly remarkable how KACS's volunteers have kept this organization running. To be welcomed onto this amazing team is humbling.

Chemical education has long been a core objective of KACS. In its heyday the KACS Education Committee was an organization in and of itself, with dozens of members actively engaged in various initiatives and subcommittees. Fast forward to today, the KACS Education Committee needs to be revitalized! If we don't have an educator heading up the education committee by the time Hershel Jude (the best chair-elect anyone could ask for!) takes over, I will have failed. I don't want to be the one to write the KACS Education Committee eulogy, and I am open to any and all ideas on how to make KACS relevant and useful to chemical educators in our area. Please let me know your ideas how best to sustain KACS' roots in chemical education.

The KACS website has a fresh look, check it out! I'd really love to hear your ideas how to make kalamazooacs.org the primary source of information for all-things-chemistry in Kalamazoo. As this icy winter continues, I look forward to spring, and wish everyone a very productive 2019. If you can only make it out for one KACS event this year, I'd recommend the Kalamazoo National Historical Chemical Landmark dedication, (it's kind of a big deal).

Lucas Chadwick
KACS Chair

Lucas Chadwick