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April 24, 2018  COACS sponsored Award Dinner to honor High School Teachers & Students

 Announcement to Print & Post       Regis HS Award dinner Announcement 04_24_18.pdf  

Annual HS Chemistry Student/Teacher Awards Dinner

with Presentation by noted Science Author, Sam Kean

April 24th the Colorado ACS [COACS] and Colorado Chemistry Teachers Association [CCTA] will jointly honor outstanding Colorado Chemistry Students and their Teachers with our Annual Award Dinner at Regis University.

Presentation:  by Sam Kean, national best-selling author of Caesar’s Last Breath, The Disappearing Spoon, The Violinist's Thumb and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons (speaker Bio below) 

Ever wondered what sort of molecules you are breathing in? Sam Kean has. Google “Caesar’s Last Breath Chemistry” to learn how many others have been inspired to define assumptions & tackle the calculations. He will be a fascinating speaker. Please join us to celebrate Colorado’s best science students and teachers and enjoy a fascinating talk.

When: Tuesday April 24th, 2018 
Times: Social hour: 5:00 – 5:45 PM, Dinner: 5:45 PM: Speaker & Awards Ceremony after dinner

Dinner Buffet: Reservations must be made for dinner. Cost: $20 for ACS members, parents, teachers, and guests; $10 for ACS students, and minors; no cost to awardees. 

Reservations must be made for meals by 5:00 PM, Tuesday, April 17th to: Connie Gabel,

Where:  Regis University,  Regis University/Denver, Claver Hall, Mountain View Room

Parking: Use Entrance #4 off Lowell Blvd. and park in Lot#4, the lot closest to Claver Hall. Parking costs $3.00. For a Campus map and information see links below:

Regis University Map:

For over 40 yrs., COACS & CCTA have partnered to honor outstanding Chemistry Students & Teachers with an annual Award Dinner. We have THE LONGEST RUNNING ACS STUDENT/TEACHER RECOGNITION PROGRAM in the country!!

[visit for a write-up of last year’s Award Dinner in the COACS 2017 April Newsletter posted on our webpage]

Sam Kean's BIO 

Nationally acclaimed science author Sam Kean grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and as a kid, spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers.  This fascination led to the publication of The Disappearing Spoon which weaves historical and other details about the elements of the periodic table into this best-selling book.  He later authored national bestsellers The Violinist's Thumb concerning genes and DNA, and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, a narration about the human brain.

His most recent book entitled Caesar's Last Breath features the air around us. The title comes from this thought experiment: What percentage of the molecules in Julius Caesar's last breath — gasped during his assassination in 44 BC — are currently in our lungs, after having circulated throughout the atmosphere for centuries? He uses that experiment to drive home a simple yet profound point: The air we breathe doesn't only sustain us, it connects us.

 Kean studied physics and English literature at the University of Minnesota and earned his Master's in Library Science from Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C.   His work has been published in Air & Space/Smithsonian, the New York Times Magazine, New Scientist, Psychology Today, Mental Floss, and Slate.  He is also an author for Science. In 2009, he was a runner-up for the National Association of Science Writers' Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for best science writer under 30.  His work has been featured on NPR's Radiolab, All Things Considered, and Fresh Air.  He captivates audiences as he weaves his story while communicating intriguing details of science. 


Chemists Celebrate Earth WEEK  April 22-28

Dive Into Marine Chemistry


 Chemists Celebrate Earth Week       April 22-28, 2018

The American Chemical Society is celebrating Earth Week this year from April 22-28.  The focus for Chemists Celebrate Earth Week is on the chemistry of seashells, the importance of seaweed, bioluminescence, ocean acidification, and oil spills. Activities for kids and other resources are located on the ACS website at  Colorado is quite a ways from the ocean, but there are still lots of other ways that we can celebrate Earth Week. Maybe your family is planning a beach vacation or a trip to the Downtown Aquarium in Denver.  The aquarium highlights a variety of marine life and has exhibits featuring a coral lagoon, a shipwreck, and a wharf habitat among others.

Amazingly, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science has a special exhibition on bioluminescence entitled "Creatures of Light" that runs from Feb. 23-June 10, 2018.  One part of the exhibit features luminous environments in the ocean and others show the diverse collection of organisms that glow, including the chemistry of how and also why.  A Puerto Rican lagoon explores plankton flashes.  This would be a good family outing and a great learning experience.  More information and resources are available at their website

What can you, your family, your company do to help the Earth?  There are a multitude of ways such as planting a tree or donating gently used clothing and household items that you no longer need to a local thrift store. Recycling glass, cans, paper, cardboard and some plastics would keep those items out of landfills and provide materials for making something new.  Maybe it is time to take outdated electronic items to a place that accepts these. Consider bringing your own reusable bags to the grocery store instead of using the paper and plastic ones at check out.  With all of the drug problems surfacing in the United States, cleaning expired/unused medicines out of the medicine cabinet and taking them to a drop-off site  [Many law enforcement offices accept these for safe disposal.] would keep them out of the hands of children. Together we can make a difference.


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