The Detroit Section of the ACS is a volunteer based organization representing over 1,400 chemical professionals in southeastern Michigan. Our goal is provide services that aid members to enjoy a rewarding career as scientific professions, using their skills to advance the chemistry enterprise for the benefit of people and the environment.
Please take a few minutes and look at some of our programs.
To request more information or to volunteer for a program, please click HERE
National Chemistry Week (October 19 - 25) is a community-based annual event that unites American Chemical Society (ACS) local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life. The theme for 2014 is “The Sweet Side of Chemistry—Candy", showcasing the chemistry involved in candy and confections!”
The Detroit Section of the American Chemical Society will hold two National Chemistry Week programs this year. Both programs involve hands-on chemistry experiments for kids.
The Detroit Zoo will host our NCW program as part of their Zoo Boo event. For those not familiar with the Zoo Boo, it is a "trick or treat" around the zoo with activities set up in tents. The program will run from 5:00 – 9:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday, October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26. The Detroit Zoo is located on Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak. Information and a map can be found on their website at detroitzoo.org.
Cranbrook Institute of Science will host our NCW program as part of their Halloween Science event on Saturday, October 18. The program will run from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. The museum is located on the Cranbrook Educational community campus on Woodward between Lone Pine and Long Lake roads in Bloomfield Hills. Information and a map can be found on their website at science.cranbrook.edu.
We are looking for volunteers for each program to staff the individual hands-on experiments, to lead the children through activities, and answer questions about the chemistry in the world around us. Children will have fun making things like slime, putty, and candy while learning about the properties of everyday materials.
This is a great opportunity to come out and mix socially with your fellow chemists while performing a valuable public outreach. Please, come join us for one of these programs. If you would like to participate, you can respond directly to our program organizer, Denise Grimsley, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory, now residing in Dearborn, is to be added to the List of National Historic Chemical Landmarks. An induction ceremony is to be held in Dearborn Saturday, September 20, 2014.
For more inforamtion click HERE.
American inventor and businessman Thomas Alva Edison will be recognized as a National Historic Chemical Landmark in Dearborn on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Thomas Edison developed an interest in chemistry as a boy in Michigan, and applications of chemistry were a common theme in many of his inventions including carbon filaments used in light bulbs, development of the nickel-iron alkaline electric storage battery, and research into domestic sources of rubber.
Edison’s legendary “invention factory” in Menlo Park, N.J., was moved from its original site to Dearborn in 1928 when it was reconstructed by Edison’s close personal friend Henry Ford. The family-friendly event will begin at 11:00 AM with tours of the laboratory and presentations, and Edison himself may make an appearance. The American Chemical Society, ACS Detroit Local Section, and The Henry Ford are sponsoring the event. For updates and information, visit www.acs.org/landmarks.
Additional celebrations of Edison’s work in chemistry will be held by the ACS at the present-day locations of his laboratories. The Edison Botanical Laboratory at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be commemorated on May 25, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla., in partnership with the South Florida Section of ACS. Edison’s West Orange laboratory complex will be commemorated at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, N.J., on June 6, 2014, in partnership with the ACS North Jersey Section.
The Menlo Park Laboratory at The Henry Ford will join two existing National Historic Chemical Landmarks in Michigan: commercial production of bromine by Herbert H. Dow in Midland and the discovery of organic free radicals by Moses Gomberg at the University of Michigan.
The American Chemical Society established the National Historic Chemical Landmarks program in 1992 to recognize important achievements in the history of the chemical sciences. Subjects recognized through this program have included Bakelite, the world’s first synthetic plastic; the discovery and development of penicillin; and the work of historical figures such as Joseph Priestley, George Washington Carver and Rachel Carson. More information is available online at www.acs.org/landmarks.
An OPEN BOOK Evening With
Noted Science Author of The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons
Thursday November 13, 2014
Evening Hours TBA (probably 6:00 pm - 9 pm)
McMaster Auditorium, Main Library 325 Michigan St. Toledo, OH
Author lecture, Q&A, reception with book-signing.
For more information click HERE.
New additions to "By the Numbers"
I have added 2 more Statistical Applications blogs by Andrew. This brings the total to 7! Please take a few minutes and read what Andrew's notes on statistical applications in chemistry.
To go to the "By the Numbers" page, click HERE
Hydraulic Fracturing (“Fracking”) in Michigan:
Michigan’s regulatory response to high volume hydraulic fracturing.
Balancing the economic benefits while protecting the environment and the public.
You missed it, but the presenter, Mark Snow, was kind enough to provide us with a copy of his slides to post on this website. To view his slides click HERE.
If you have questions, please us the "Contact Us" function in this website and we will forward it to him.
You missed a great program, our thanks to Mark.
Kevin Perry, Webmaster
The Detroit Section needs speakers for our monthly programs. We have different forums for the presentations so the material does not have to be “state-of the art,” highly technical research. If you have an interesting hobby or want to present some of your work which is science related we would like to hear from you. Many of the most popular talk are on the topic of food or a hobby. Remember, chemistry can be fun!
If interested please complete the contact form, click HERE.