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August 26 , 2009
The Chicago Section received the Chemluminary Award for Outstanding Continuing Public Relations Program at the recent ACS National meeting in Washington D.C. The primary arms of the Section PR program are delivery of information via the Section web site, collaboration with other organizations for activities, and electronic communication to members. The award and the poster presented at the award reception will be on display at the September Section dinner meeting. Congratulations to the PR committee members!
February 19 , 2009
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes members for outstanding and dedicated service to the Chicago Section of the ACS. The winner of this year’s award is Susan Shih.
Since Susan became active in the Section’s activities ten years ago, she has served as chair or co-chair on numerous committees as well as an officer including Chair-elect, 01-02, Chair 02-03 Past Chair, 04. Her committee work includes Tellers Chair; National Meeting Host co-Chair; National Chemistry Week; Gibbs Juror Chair; Policy Chair; Office Affairs Chair; Women’s Chemist Committee co-Chair; Office Affairs Chair; and State Fair. She has also served on committees for the National ACS.
Susan was born in Massachusetts but moved to Toronto when she started high school. After earning an M.S. in inorganic chemistry, she became a temporary fulltime instructor at Roosevelt University where she met her future husband, Chang Shih, a physics professor. Following her marriage, she taught at Joliet Junior College, becoming the first female chemistry instructor there. She then temporarily retired to become a full time mother to her children, Jennifer and Andrew.
When both children were in school, she went back to teaching, this time at the College of DuPage. She took over the running of the department in the early 1990s and continued in this capacity until her retirement in 2008. While there, her husband suffered a massive disabling stroke and she had to raise her children on her own.
In addition to her ACS activities, she has done community work. She has served on her local library board for ten years and volunteered at her local food pantry.
Her current interests include gardening, working out, reading, and traveling, especially to visit her married children who live out east.
Fred Turner, Chair
Amber Arzadon Marilyn Kouba
Cheryln Bradley Fran Kravitz
Bob Buntrock Margaret Levenberg
Mark Cesa Barbara Moriarty
David Crumrine Sharon Northup
Ken Fivizzani Jim Shoffner
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The Mayor's Office is pleased to announce Chicago's first ever Chicago Science Expedition: Two Weeks Worth of Wow! - a program intended to emphasize the importance of science not only in the classroom, but also in everyday life - from September 22nd through October 8th. To this purpose a number of organizations including Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of Chicago, and area museums worked together to create a number of free citywide science-related activities.
The kick-off event took place at Daley Plaza on September 22nd, at which time the world's largest Periodic Table of the Elements was unveiled! Using the Daley Center as a backdrop, each window contained one elemental symbol, creating a table 8 stories tall and 18 windows wide. The individual elemental symbols were 8 feet tall and 8 feet wide each, nearly filling the windows of the Daley Center.
Each window displayed the atomic number and symbol of a single element. In total, 111 elements (through Roentgenium) were displayed. Colors were used to accentuate various chemical groups, such as the alkaline, alkaline earth elements, transition metals, and noble gasses.
To stress the importance of chemistry for area businesses, corporations were invited to sponsor specific elements that are a key component of their products or services. These sponsorships were publicized in a pamphlet, along with their reason for sponsoring that particular element. In this way, the general public will be able to understand how specific elements are used in their day-to-day lives. Through recognition in the pamphlet and periodicals, companies simultaneously supported science literacy and increased awareness for their products or services and their relationship to science.
The table was displayed from the windows of the Daley Plaza until September 29th. Photos of our Chair participating in the event are posted here.
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