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Improving Chemistry Graduate Education

Posted December 17, 2012


Advancing Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences

An ACS press conference

Posted December 13, 2012

Chemistry PhD Programs

Chemistry PhD Programs Need New Formula, Experts Say

Posted December 13, 2012

Chemistry PhD Programs

Explore Sound Waves at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Posted December 12, 2012

ACS Climate Science Toolkit

ACS Climate Science Toolkit: A New Resource for Members

Posted December 3, 2012

STEM Education

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education: A Nation Advancing?

The National Research Council recently released a report, "Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education.

Go directly to the National Academies Press page to view a copy of the report

Posted November 20, 2012

Cold Cases

A Jane Doe gets a backstory

Police investigators are learning that involving scientist from several different disciplines, including chemists, anthropologists and forensic scientists, can help uncover new leads in cold cases.

Posted November 14, 2012

Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks will discuss his latest book in a webcast live from the Great Hall of The Cooper Union in New York

Sacks will discuss Hallucinations with journalist John Hockenberry. The webcast begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 9.

Posted November 9, 2012

Carl Djerassi

Father of the birth control pill talks science, art and the life of the intellectual

Carl Djerassi recently visited the UW-Madison campus recently to accept his Distinguished Alumni Award

Posted November 6, 2012


Science writer David Dobbs to visit UW-Madison

He will visit campus the week of November 4 as the 2012 Fall Science Writer in Residence

Posted November 1, 2012

Rachel Carson

Legacy of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring

Posted November 1, 2012

Carbon Playground

"Carbon Playground" converts atoms into fun

A new playground, conceived at UW-Madison, is the first in the world built around unique structures formed by the element carbon

Posted October 30, 2012

Women in Chemistry

CHF launches The Catalyst Film Series: Women in Chemistry

Posted October 30, 2012


Merck & Co., Novartis, And Arkema Chemists Honored For Discoveries

Scientists from these three companies were honored as this year's ACS Heroes of Chemistry

Posted October 16, 2012

Nobel Prize

Recipients of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Announced

2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Did the 'Right' Science Get Its Due?
The Huffington Post

2 American Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Chemistry
The New York Times

G-Protein Receptor Work Wins Nobel
The Scientist

U.S. Scientists Win Chemistry Nobel
The Wall Street Journal

Posted October 10, 2012


Federal travel restrictions will hamper innovation, stunt economic growth

New travel restrictions by the US Office of Management and Budget will limit federal employees' ability to travel to meetings.

Posted September 11, 2012

Serious science

It's time to get serious about science

An op-ed for The Washington Post, written by Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper and Alan I. Leshner, chief executive of the AAAS.

Posted September 11, 2012

The Innocence Project

Forensic science and The Innocence Project

A symposium at the ACS meeting illuminates challenges for and rifts in the justice system

Posted September 10, 2012

Election 2012

Barack Obama's and Mitt Romney's Answers to the Top American Science Questions: 2012

A side-by-side comparison

Posted September 5, 2012


Opinion: Scientists' Intuitive Failures

Much of what researchers believe about the public and effective communication is wrong

Posted August 20, 2012


Obama announces national science teaching corps

Posted August 14, 2012


Perception of climate change

An article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Posted August 7, 2012


Science of the Summer Olympics

A series of videos that explores the science, engineering and technology that are helping athletes maximize their performance at the 2012 London Games

Posted August 7, 2012


Meet the students chosen to represent the United States in the International Chemistry Olympiad

Posted July 13, 2012


Law that radically changed UW signed 150 years ago

The Morrill Act was signed in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln; it established the nation's land grand universities.

Posted July 9, 2012


Fireworks: A field day for applied science

Prof. Shakhashiri's interview with the Charlotte Observer on the science behind our beloved Independence Day fireworks.

Posted July 2, 2012

Flame Challenge

"Flame Challenge" winner announced at World Science Festival

Actor and science advocate Alan Alda challenged the world to answer a simple question: What is a flame? The challenge he posed, inspired by his own boyhood curiosity, was to explain what a flame is in a way that would be intelligible and fun for an 11-year old. Out of 822 entries received, an expert panel of scientists and 11-year-olds from around the world named Missouri native Ben Ames the winner. Ames blended animation, music and science to come up with his winning entry.

View the video here!

Posted June 4, 2012


The Physics of Spilled Coffee

Posted May 7, 2012


Earth and Its People

An editorial by Chemical and Engineering News editor Rudy M. Baum.

Posted April 23, 2012

Making Science Make Sense

Bayer unveils new report examining state of US STEM education and innovation workforce pipeline

This analysis of 15 years of research was unveiled at Bayer's STEM Diversity and Higher Education Forum

Posted April 20, 2012

Earth Day

Earth Day 2012: A time for immediate action and sustained commitment

A statement issued by ACS President Bassam Z. Shakhashiri on the occasion of the 42nd annual Earth Day

Posted April 20, 2012

Best Professors

'300 Best Professors' list includes four from UW

The list, compiled by The Princeton Review and, included Bryan Hendricks (psychology), Jonathan E. Martin (atmospheric and oceanic studies), Aric Rindfleisch (business), and Kevin T. Strang (neuroscience) who is a WISL Fellow.

Posted April 20, 2012

John F. Berry

Chemistry Professor John F. Berry recommended for tenure

Congratulations to WISL Fellow John F. Berry

Posted April 20, 2012

Volume 5

Education in Chemistry reviews Shakhashiri's Chemical Demonstrations Volume 5

Posted April 18, 2012

Climate Change

$5 million addition to Aldo Leopold Nature Center promotes science of climate change

Posted April 16, 2012

ACS Awards

UW-Madison chemists win awards at American Chemical Society

View a PDF with photos and details

Posted April 12, 2012

San Diego

San Diego, Chemistry a Winning Combination

Posted April 2, 2012

Easter Eggs

How to dye eggs naturally

A colorful, informative how-to from the UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Science

Posted April 2, 2012


New "Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence" exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History

Posted March 30, 2012

F. Sherwood Rowland by Markus Pössel

ACS President Bassam Z. Shakhashiri comments on the death and legacy of F. Sherwood Rowland

Posted March 14, 2012

Drawing Water

Unique art and science project displayed at National Science Foundation

"Drawing Water," a series of paintings, quilts and other artworks developed through a collaboration between artists and ecologists in Wisconsin is on display at NSF headquarters in Virginia

Posted March 14, 2012

Science and Art

Fermilab shows students the "Wonders of Science"

High school chemistry teachers Lee Marek, Mike Heinz and Karl Craddock presented their 25th annual Wonders of Science show to more than 800 science fans in Batavia, IL

Learn more about Fermilab

Posted March 5, 2012

Science and Art

Bytesize Science: The Periodic Table Table Featuring Theo Gray

Posted February 29, 2012

Science and Art

Google Science Fair 2012

Entries must be submitted by April 1, 2012, so get your project started by registering today!

Posted February 27, 2012

Science and Art

Exploring interface between science, humanities

The Emerging Interfaces Awards were created as a way to explore the different ways thinkers in the humanities and sciences approach discovery.

Posted February 23, 2012

Howard Zimmerman

Howard Zimmerman, pioneer in organic chemistry, dies at 85

Posted February 17, 2012

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri

ACS responds to President Barack Obama's FY 2013 budget

This ACS press release expresses appreciation and support for the budget's focus on fueling scientific engines that drive innovation, reinvigorate manufacturing and creat and sustain new U.S. jobs.

Posted February 17, 2012

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri

Presidential Report establishes forward-looking path to transform undergraduate STEM education and employment

This ACS press release applauds the report and its aims.

Posted February 9, 2012

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri

New Jersey high school senior to attend White House Science Fair

The student, Elmer Huaihan Tan of Edison, N.J., was nominated for the fair by the American Chemical Society because he was one of four students to represent the U.S. at last summer's International Chemistry Olympiad in Turkey, where he brought home a silver medal. The fair took place on February 7th.

Posted February 8, 2012

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri

Response to the 2012 State of the Union Address

Comments by Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, PhD, President of the American Chemical Society.

Posted January 27, 2012

C & E News

Q&A with Bassam Shakhashiri: The science showman

A Nature magazine story.

Posted January 6, 2012

C & E News

Chemistry: A Key to Human Progress

A Chemical and Engineering News cover story.

Posted January 4, 2012




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