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.
The theme for Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) this year is Chemistry Helps Feed the World. We have scheduled 2 outreach events in April: The first one will be at the Celery Flats in Portage on Saturday, April 15, from 11 am to 3 pm during their Earth Day activities, and the second will be at the Kalamazoo Nature Center on Saturday, April 22 (9 am – 4 pm) during their Earth Day celebration (with free admission to the Nature Center grounds); at both venues there will be age-appropriate information and hands-on activities for the patrons.
Though the WMU Chem Club members have agreed to present at these two outreach opportunities, that should not preclude KACS member participation on one or both of these days and venues. Patrons are always eager to learn new things about chemistry and to receive materials which they can take home for their further exploration with family, scout leaders and teachers – ACS is very generous in its provision of materials.
Lydia Hines is the Section’s CCED coordinator again this year and you may contact her if you would like to join the fun.
The KACS local section is a member of the Great Lakes Region. Please visit the region’s new website to learn about our region.
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Our Michigan winter held off for several days in the last week of February so our celebration on the 23rd of that month was a less harrowing experience than it could have been; it was a fantastic one!
The venue was the Kalamazoo Air Zoo where we had a delightful dinner catered by AV Catering, complete with the chef wearing an apron we gave him that said “Get Cooking with Chemistry”; we sat at tables in the shadow of the Zoo’s SR71B; we had four of the Air Zoo “rides” available to attendees of all ages (there were about 100 adult members and friends, and 39 children who attended); there was a buzz of conversation and great camaraderie. The program was streamlined so as not to be excessively long: cutting of the celebratory cake from Amy’s Cakes was followed by a lecture on the SR71B, the fastest airplane ever built, by Mr, John Boase, a docent at the Air Zoo, recognition of the 10 past chairs of the section who were present, recognition of members with 50- 60- and 70- years of membership in the ACS, ending with a very informative presentation on the ACS and its current emphases by its Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Thomas Connelly. Though none of the three members of our Section with 70+ continuous years of ACS membership (Dr. Fred Kagan, 71 years, Dr. Harold Hart, 75 years, and Dr. Donald Iffland, 75 years) was able to attend, Dr. Connelly personally visited Dr. Iffland before arriving at our celebration to help with the set-up! The one 61-year member present, along with his wife, was Dr. Howard Whaley.
A celebration such as this does not just “happen” - many of our current section members participated in its successful execution; special thanks go to James Kiddle and Sarut Jianrattanasawatt for arranging for the meal and the cakes; to Steve Secreast for supplying the continuously-running background power-point chemistry- and Section trivia-quiz and historical photos, the 7-foot banner with our logo and the pint glasses engraved with our logo, available to the first 100 registrants; to Andre Venter for keeping track of the reservations; to Mark Wolf for helping to set up the PayPal account for the event; to Christine Pruis for sending out our newsletters and other timely information; to Elke Schoffers for soliciting funds for the event and being the photographer; and to Brian Eklov and Lydia Hines for gathering archival information.
We look forward to our 100th anniversary and the years leading up to that!
The annual Awards Program of the KACS will be held Monday, May 8, 2017 in the lobby of the Chemistry Building at Western Michigan University (WMU). The presentation of awards will follow a light reception.
Among the over 50 awards to be given that evening will be:
Saturday 22 April 2017
Location and time still to be determined
It's looking that Kalamazoo will have a local satellite version of the March For Science, being planned for 22 April. ACS has issued statements in support of the March (see the blue box link on the ACS website or follow the link below). KACS is looking into options for local section participation in the Kalamazoo March. Additional information will be relayed as planning progresses and more details become available.
Click here to read ACS' March for Science Press Release
by Lydia Hines
As was shared in the February newsletter, our participation at Lake Center Elementary School’s first-ever science night (STEM night) was greatly appreciated. In a more recent communication from the school, the principal expressed vividly that the interest generated that evening has grown, so she extended an invitation to all members of our section to a March 23 (6:30 - 8:00 pm) celebration of the children’s continued enthusiasm for science; there they will be showcasing their science-related achievements - some completed and others still in progress - since that well-attended event on October 20, 2016. Our Section “ambassadors” to that event were the WMU Chem Club & Lydia Hines.
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