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ChemTime Clock

Holiday chemistry gift guide

This guide from the Chemical Heritage Foundation features the Chem Time Clock.

Posted December 20, 2011

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri

University of Wisconsin chemistry professor becomes president of the world's largest scientific society

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Ph.D., a chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will become president of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, on January 1, 2012.

Posted December 20, 2011

Discovering Bubbles

Stand with Science

This website hosts an ongoing effort to bring the importance of science funding to the attention of Congress

Posted November 17, 2011

Discovering Bubbles

Why do leaves change color?

PBS takes a look at the chemistry behind the dazzling yellows, burnt oranges and deep reds we enjoy each autumn.

Posted October 19, 2011

Nobel Prize

Nobel win for crystal discovery

The Nobel prize for chemistry has gone to Daniel Shechtman of Techinon - Israel Institute of Technology for his discovery of the structure of quasicrystals.

Posted October 6, 2011

Discovering Bubbles

Festival to unleash city's curiosity in arts, sciences

The Badger Herald article on the recent Wisconsin Science Festival

View the Herald's video of the Science is Fun workshop from the festival

Posted October 6, 2011

Discovering Bubbles

Women in Chemistry: An Interview with Supawan Tantayanon

Supawan Tantayanon is Associate Professor of Chemistry of the Faculty of Science and the Director of Technopreneurship and Innovation Management Program of the Graduate School at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She has designed and initiated many successful courses that focus on the applications of chemistry and will become the first female president of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies in September.

Posted October 6, 2011

Discovering Bubbles

A gender gap to innovation: Responding to the underrepresentation of women in science

In response to the US Department of Commerce report on the continuing underrepresentation of women in science, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the UW-Madison community seek insight regarding the causes and consequences of this gender gap.

Posted October 6, 2011

Discovering Bubbles

Prof. Shakhashiri visits Wake Up Wisconsin on WKOW-27 to discuss the upcoming Wisconsin Science Festival

Posted September 21, 2011

Discovering Bubbles

AAU announces major initiative to improve undergraduate STEM education

The Association of American Universities (AAU), an association of leading U.S. public and private research universities, announced today a five-year initiative to improve the quality of undergraduate teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields at its member institutions.

Posted September 19, 2011

Discovering Bubbles

Communicating chemistry for public engagement

A recent commentary from Nature on the challenges of interesting the public in chemistry, and overcoming "chemophobia"

Posted August 24, 2011

Discovering Bubbles

School Spotlight: Student chemistry camp finds right mix

The Institute for Chemical Education's summer chemistry camps have another successful year

Posted August 24, 2011

Women in STEM

Women in STEM: A gender gap to innovation

A U.S. Department of Commerce report from the Economics and Statistics Administration

Posted August 22, 2011

Discovering Bubbles

Learning by experiment is all in a day's play

New research shows that preschool-age children spontaneously invent experiments in their play.

Posted August 8, 2011

Chemistry Day

Chemistry Day at Scientific American blog network

In honor of Scientific American's chemistry day, they've gathered an online collection of blog posts featuring a range of chemical subjects.

Posted August 5, 2011

The Poisoner's Handbook

A view to a kill in the morning: Carbon dioxide
A Scientific American guest blog by Deborah Blum

In this blog post, the author of The Poisoner's Handbook takes a look at the science behind a 1940s mystery involving five dead longshoreman and their steamer cargo of cherries.

Posted August 4, 2011

Test Tube

In test tube, hint of chemicals coming alive

A handful of chemists and biologists who are using the tools of modern genetics say that the day is coming when chemicals in a test tube will come to life.

Posted July 28, 2011

Science Fair Winners

Hats off to the winners of the inaugural Google science fair

The three winners, all young women in age groups 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18, won with projects that displayed their intellectual curiosity and their ambition to use science to find solutions to big problems, according to the judges. Shree Bose, in the 17-18 age group, won the grand prize for her discovery of a way to improve ovarian cancer treatment for patients when they have built up a resistance to certain chemotherapy drugs.

Posted July 14, 2011


Joint G8+ science academies' statement on education for a science-based global development

In the future, science and technology will continue to be key for global development, for example, to meet the need for new and sustainable sources of energy. Education in science must be targeted not only to future scientists, engineers and other specialists in government and industry but also to the general public, from children in school to adults.

Posted June 1, 2011


ACS President Nancy Jackson will be a featured guest on NPR's "The Best of Our Knowledge"

ACS President Nancy Jackson, Ph.D., will be the featured guest in a two-part radio conversation with nationally recognized NPR radio host Glenn Busby on “The Best of Our Knowledge,” in celebration of the International Year of Chemistry.

“The Best of Our Knowledge,” is a nationally syndicated radio program broadcast on more than 150 NPR radio affiliates nationwide. Jackson’s featured program will run on the following schedule:

Mondays, May 16 and 23rd – Part I & Part II – 8 pm EDT, on the WAMC NPR network in Northeastern U.S. or listen in via the web:

These programs will be featured again on the WAMC network and the URL above on Fridays, May 20 & 27, 3 p.m. EDT.

These programs will be featured on NPR affiliate radio stations nationwide on Wednesdays, May 18 & 25 – for times check your local NPR affiliate for “The Best of Our Knowledge.”

Posted May 13, 2011

Increasing Scientific Literacy

Increasing Scientific Literacy: A Shared Responsibility by G. Wayne Clough, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution

This report by the Smithsonian Institution speaks directly to one of the core missions of WISL, to promote literacy in science, mathematics and technology among the general public.

Posted April 26, 2011

Van Hise Award

Ten named winners of Distinguished Teaching Awards

Prof. Shakhashiri, recipient of the 2011 Van Hise Outreach Award, was one of ten UW-Madison faculty members to win the awards, which will be presented in a ceremony on April 27.

Posted April 25, 2011

AAAS Project 2061

AAAS Project 2061 Assessment Project

The assessment items on this website are the result of more than a decade of research and development by Project 2061, a long-term science education reform initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Registration is required to view the content on this site.

Posted April 13, 2011

Science Fairs

Enthusiasm for science fairs have dimmed in Wisconsin

In recent years, the event has drawn only about 75 high school students.

Posted April 13, 2011


Scenes from the ACS meeting in Anaheim

Photos by Linda Wang, C&E News.

Posted April 13, 2011

Volume 5

Book series explores chemistry's panache

The newly released Chemical Demonstrations: A Handbook for Teachers of Chemistry is reviewed.

Posted April 7, 2011

Cool Science Image Contest

Contest reviews the artful side of science

The Why Files, a UW-Madison science news website, held a Cool Science Image contest with beautiful results.

Posted April 7, 2011

Science and Art

Science Teachers Love Art

"Teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are discovering that by adding an "A" -- the arts -- to STEM, learning will pick up STEAM."

Posted March 23, 2011

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri

Bassam Shakhashiri wins a 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award

Prof. Shakhashiri is the recipient of the 2011 Van Hise Outreach Award, which will be presented in a ceremony on the UW-Madison campus on April 27

Click here for ceremony and registration info

Posted March 21, 2011

National Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad national tourney coming to UW

120 teams from across the country taking part in the four-day event May 18-21

Posted March 9, 2011

Volume 5

It's official! Chemical Demonstrations: A Handbook for Teachers of Chemistry now available

The occasion was celebrated with a reception held in the chemistry building on February 23, 2011

Reception Reception Cake

Posted March 1, 2011

Google Science Fair

Google Global Science Fair is looking for the brightest, best young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today

Posted February 23, 2011

International Year of Chemistry

The International Year of Chemistry kicks off with a panel discussion on "Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions" at the Chemical Heritage Foundation on February 1, 2011

View the archived webcast

Posted February 8, 2011

International Year of Chemistry

American Chemical Society greets the new year with the launch of the International Year of Chemistry Calendar: Virtual "time machine" for 2011

Check out the calendar

Posted January 11, 2011


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