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Section Officers & Committee Chairs

2019 Committee Officer and Member Roster

National Chemistry Week Project Leaders

Ping Furlan, PhD
Department of Mathematics and Science
United States Merchant Marine Academy
300 Steamboat Road
Kings Point, NY 11024
(516) 726-5783

Dempsey Hyatt, PhD
Department of Chemistry
Adelphi University
Science Building Room 220
Garden City, NY 11530

Erin Wasserman, PhD

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Department of Chemistry
St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439
Phone 516-883-7510
Fax 516-883-4003

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Virtual Demos       Kahoot! Contest      Illustrated Poem Contest

The New York Section of the American Chemical Society invites everyone to celebrate National Chemistry Week with us. We are hosting virtual demonstrations, a chemistry knowledge contest via Kahoot! and an illustrated poem contest. Our virtual celebration starts at 11:00 am with Welcoming Remarks, followed by demonstrations in several parallel Zoom sessions. Click on each individual Zoom session between their posted times and enjoy these interactive chemistry demonstrations.
Anyone experiencing IT issues is asked to contact Dempsey Hyatt at or (919) 273-8086

New York ACS Virtual National Chemistry Week Event
Sunday October 25, 2020
Contact: Prof. Ping Furlan or (814) 572-5678


10:00 am - 3:30 pm

New York ACS Committee Room - Zoom Link is Live!
     • IT issues
     • General questions
     • ACS Slide Show
     • For IT issues contact or (919) 273-8086

11:00am - 11:20 am

     Welcome Remarks - Zoom Link is Live !
          • Dr. Ruben Savizky – Chair, New York Local Section
          • Dr. Neil Jespersen – Councilor, New York Local Section

Chemistry Demo Shows & Sponsors

11:20 am - 3:30 pm

   Adelphi University (Live demo & recorded demo) - Zoom Link is Live !
     • Clock Reaction
     • Lycopodium Experiments
     • Superconductivity

11:20 am - 3:30 pm

   St. John’s University - Zoom Link - Live!
     • You Can't Believe This Is Not Milk!
     • It's Sweet But You Cannot Eat!
     • The Erratic Molecule

11:20 am - 12:30 pm

   Stern College for Women – Yeshiva University - Zoom Link is Live !
     • Edible Glue: Learn about the Chemistry of Sugar

11:20 am - 3:30 pm

   United States Merchant Marine Academy - Zoom Link is Live !
     • Water Suspension Experiment
     • Walking Water Experiment
     • The “Secret” of Slimy Slime

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

   Guttman Community College - Zoom Link is Live !
     • How hand sanitizer kills a virus?

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

   Queensborough Community College - Zoom Linkis Live !
     • The Stickiness in the Arts!

4:20 pm - 4:50 pm

      Kahoot! Contest Winner Announcements -Zoom Link


     Additional asynchronous video demonstrations

Adhere to Chemistry - !
October 25, 2020 from 11:00 am to 4:20 pm

Winners will be announced at 4:50 pm via Zoom

The New York Local Section of the American Chemical Society invites students to compete for their chemistry knowledge via a 15-30 min. online Kahoot game. The contest will be online on October 25, 2020 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm. Winners in the following five categories will be recognized: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and college first year students. Please register for this event here .

Contest Rules:
• The player must be a student in the respective grade category & must register first to play.
• The player is allowed a) a periodic table, b) 1-2 pieces of blank paper, and c) 1-2 pens/pencils.
• The player must complete the questions without aid from other people and/or additional materials or devices.
• To play, a) click the URL link for your grade level below or b) enter the Game PIN at

Grades K-2
Game PIN: 06219560
Grades 3-5
Game PIN: 09416041
Grades 6-8
Game PIN: 01115616
Grades 9-12
Game PIN: 01263075
Grades College
Game PIN: 09384746

Sponsored by Columbia University Chandler Society, Manhattan College American Chemical Society Chapter, New York University Draper Chemical Society, Queensborough Community College Chemistry Club, Rye High School, Stony Brook University American Chemical Society Chapter, United States Merchant Marine Academy, and New York Local Section

National Chemistry Week National Illustrated Poem Contest

Download Poem Competition Flyer (PDF)
Grades K-2 Poem Competition Entry website
Grades 3-5 Poem Competition Entry website
Grades 6-8 Poem Competition Entry website
Grades 9-12 Poem Competition Entry website

The New York Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is also sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten - 12th grade. Winners of the New York City Section illustrated poem contest will be advanced to the ACS National Illustrated Poem Contest! Please contact Erin Wasserman for further information.

Distribute Celebrating Chemistry Magazine

Request copies of Celebrating Chemistry

The Celebrating Chemistry magazine, available in both English and Spanish, contains NCW 2020 themed articles, activities and games. Please submit the form above to request copies.

Asynchronous Demonstrations

Glues and Adhesives video playlist
G is for Glue
Which is stronger, Glue or Tape?
Invention of Super Glue – The Dr. Binocs Show
Almanac: The inventor of super glue - CBS Sunday Morning
Invention of Sticky Notes – The Dr. Binocs Show
Curiosity, discovery and gecko feet
Gecko Feet: How do they stick to walls? - National Geographic
How do geckos defy gravity?
Zoom into a Lotus Leaf - NISE
The Lotus Effect – The Dallas Arboretum
Inventing with Plants – The Story of Velcro

Videos for Teachers/Parents
Nano Sand
Nano Fabric
Kinetic Sand
Gum and Chocolate
How to make silicone gecko tape?