2001 - Celebrating Chemistry and Art
Chemistry Week was a great success in the Boston area, thanks to
the many activites that were offered for people of all ages. See
Undergraduate Day at Boston University,
As a prelude to National Chemistry Week, the ACS Student Affiliates
Chapter at Boston University, Chemia. and the Northeastern
section of the American Chemical Society hosted and sponsored Undergraduate
Day at Boston University. Undergraduate Day is designed specially
for chemistry, chemical engineering, and biochemistry students in
the local area. During Undergraduate Day, students from area colleges
and universities had the opportunity to attend numerous workshops,
seminars, technical talks, a job fair, and a graduate school fair.
This relaxed yet productive day allowed the undergraduate students
to meet and exchange beneficial information about the world of chemistry
with scientists, engineers, faculty members, graduate students, and
fellow undergraduate students from local schools and industries.
out about Nationwide NCW activities!
and Art Celebration at the Boston Museum of Science
In collaboration, the Northeastern section of the American Chemical
Society and the Boston Museum of Science sponsored and hosted a
Chemistry and Art Celebration for National Chemistry Week. Volunteers
(totaling approximately 50 students) from various ACS Student Affiliates
Chapters in the Boston area (such as, Emmanuel College, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Stonehill College, and Tufts University)
joined together for the numerous workshops and exhibits at the Boston
Museum of Science. Throughout the day, the volunteers assisted thousands
of visitors at the paint and plaster workshop, the art forgery exhibit,
and the art preservation demonstration. They also helped visitors
on a passport journey through the museum as they made chemistry
and art connections with several of the museums permanent
exhibits. Among the highlights of the day, Prof. Bassam Shakhashiri
of U.Wisconsin-Madison gave two presentations of his lecture Picasso,
daVinci, Shakhashiri: Artistry and Chemistry which were enjoyed
by children and adults alike. The Northeastern section of the American
Chemical Society also presented Prof. Shakhashiri with an Honorary
Lifetime Membership Award.
Shakhashiri presentations were FREE to the public through
the generous support of the Lowell Institute.
view the video of Prof. Shakhashiri's demonstrations, go to the
Museum of Science website of archived lectures.
The first seven minutes of the video is a memorial to Dr. Phyllis
Chemistry and Art Symposium at the Forsyth
Institute, Boston, MA
A symposium on Chemistry and Art was sponsored by the Northeastern
section of the American Chemical Society and hosted by the Forsyth
Institute. Seminar topics ranged from the uncovering of art forgeries,
the role of chemistry in art conservation, and the chemical analysis
of African artwork. Among highlights of the symposium were the showing
and authenticity analysis of the impressionists painting Reading
in the Forest (on loan from Brandeis University), talks covering
the role of medical conditions and neuroscience in artists
work, and scientific techniques for verifying, dating, and restoring
works of art. The symposium included question and answer sessions
where audience members could ask the chemists questions about their
fields of study.
of Symposium Speakers and Seminar Topics.
in Chemistry Symposium at Suffolk University,
For National Chemistry Week, the ACS Student Affiliates Chapter
at Suffolk University hosted a Careers in Chemistry Symposium in
which five Suffolk University alumni in different branches of chemistry
discussed their fields of expertise. From this symposium, the students
were able to obtain first-hand knowledge from working chemists.
7 & 9, 2001
and Art Discussions at Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
In celebration of National Chemistry week, Prof. Christine Jaworek
at Emmanuel College organized a gathering of student groups to discuss
topics such as the chemistry of vision and the chemistry of paints
and dyes. The students had enjoyable, enlightening, and scientific
discussions on these topics.
A Paper-Making Workshop at Wheaton College,
At Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Prof. Laura Muller organized
a Paper-making Workshop and in the spirit of National Chemistry Week
used it as an opportunity for outreach to the entire campus. Students
from various departments, staff members, and an artist made paper
from grass picked from the campus lawn and from a variety of garden