It's finally here -- the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) 2011. I've been waiting for this celebration for a year-and-a-half – well, at least that's how long ago it was when I blogged about the announcement (see Celebrating Achievements In Chemistry).
It must be the frugal gal in me that loves to find multiple uses for one item. I'm a sucker for those articles that unveil 101 uses for vinegar or 10 ways to reuse dryer sheets. I marvel at the bright minds that look at mundane items and see myriad uses.
If you would have told me 30 years ago that the Legos I was playing with would be able to predict solar and lunar eclipses with pinpoint accuracy, I would have done my best Gary Coleman impression and said, "What you talkin' 'bout?"
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Once again the American Chemical Society (ACS) has caught my attention with its fun webinar series. Earlier this year the ACS won me over with the Chemistry of Beer and Brewing webinar. This time they promise to share chemistry tips that can transform my kitchen into a workshop of culinary delights.
While perusing the Web trying to figure out if all varieties of onions cause people to tear up, I stumbled across a news blurb that made me proud I knew what an anaerobic digester was and why it was used.
My local newspaper, The Plain Dealer, highlights top jobs in its Employment section. Usually I skip past most jobs, which are usually in the health-care field. But yesterday that paper featured engineering and called it a vital manufacturing career. I agree.
On occasion I attend ground-breaking ceremonies for various manufacturing and chemical facilities. On even rarer occasions I get to do so in my own backyard. Well, not literally my backyard – but pretty darn close.