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Celebrate the International Year of Chemistry

chemistry for life

Happy International Year of Chemistry! The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have declared 2011 the International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011). To celebrate the contributions of chemistry to humankind, IYC 2011 will offer a range of interactive, entertaining, and educational events worldwide.

IYC 2011 events will emphasize that chemistry is a creative science essential for sustainability and improvements to our way of life. Activities, such as lectures, exhibits, and hands-on experiments, will explore how chemical research is critical for solving our most vexing global problems involving food, water, health, energy, transportation, and more.

In honor of ITC 2011, The American Chemical Society (ACS) launched an online calendar that serves as a virtual time machine, revealing some of the epic events and great intellects that shaped modern society through the magic of chemistry. Called 365: Chemistry for Life, the calendar links days of the year to events that highlight chemistry's contributions to everyday life, from the debut of Silly Putty to the discovery of insulin.

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