The Texas A&M University section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has received a Phoenix Award for its fall 1998 National Chemistry Week activities.

The "Award of Special Recognition" was presented last week in New Orleans at the 218th national meeting of the ACS. The award is the fifth the Texas A&M section has received in the 11 years that the award has been given.

"We're very proud to receive the award," said John Hogg, professor of chemistry and coordinator of the events. "Our success is due to the cooperation of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff."

More than 80 volunteers from the Department of Chemistry participated in its National Chemistry Week open house, which drew between 300 and 500 students, parents and teachers. The event included activities that gave students the opportunity to make "slime" and to view computer models of molecules such as DNA. Members of the department used fires and explosions to spark an interest in chemistry at two "chemistry road shows," which were attended by 400 people.

The Phoenix Awards, established in 1989, recognize local sections of the ACS that have demonstrated exemplary performance in the development and implementation of outstanding activities in support of National Chemistry Week.

Chartered by Congress, the ACS is a non-profit, scientific and educational organization and is the largest scientific society in the world. It has an international membership of nearly 159,000 chemists and chemical engineers.

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