Texas A&M University's Chemistry Open House and Science Exploration Gallery has been recognized with a ChemLuminary Award for 2005 by the American Chemical Society (ACS) as an exemplary National Chemistry Week (NCW) activity.

The event, hosted each fall by the Texas A&M Local Section of the ACS in conjunction with the Texas A&M Department of Chemistry to introduce kids of all ages to the basic principles and excitement of science, beat out similar activities sponsored by fellow sectional finalists Santa Clara Valley and Pittsburgh for top honors in the category of Outstanding On-Going National Chemistry Week Event for 2005.

The ChemLuminary Awards were established in 1999 to recognize outstanding volunteer effort by ACS members representing 189 local sections and 33 divisions.

Dr. Wendy L. Keeney-Kennicutt, senior lecturer in chemistry and associate director of Texas A&M's First Year Chemistry Program, was presented with Texas A&M's award last week earlier this month by ACS President Dr. E. Anne Nalley as part of the 232nd ACS National Meeting, held Sept. 10-14 in San Francisco. A total of 37 ChemLuminaries were awarded for 2005 by 13 different ACS committees, including the Committee on Community Activities (CCA), which honored nine winners for NCW-related events.

According to the CCA Web site, Texas A&M was one of 25 local sections chosen as NCW-related finalists from a total of 78 entries received from 45 different sections. All finalists were required to present posters on their work in San Francisco, where the nine winners subsequently were unveiled during a Sept. 12 awards ceremony.

"Organizing the Open House has been the highlight of my fall semester during the last seven years," Keeney-Kennicutt said. "I love helping Texas A&M University faculty, staff and graduate students share their love of science with the Brazos Valley community. Our attendance has grown by leaps from 300 to about 1,000 visitors last year. This turnout would not be possible without the support of all the volunteers from the College of Science and student groups from the rest of Texas A&M."

Texas A&M's 2005 Open House previously was featured in the December 12, 2005, edition of Chemical & Engineering News.

Next month, Texas A&M Chemistry will explore the underlying chemistry of homes as part of its 19th annual Open House, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Texas A&M campus. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.chem.tamu.edu/class/fyp/ncw/.

To learn more about National Chemistry Week or the ACS Office of Community Activities, go to http://chemistry.org/oca/.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Wendy L. Keeney-Kennicutt, (979) 845-3256 or kennicutt@mail.chem.tamu.edu

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    Texas A&M's Dr. Wendy L. Keeney-Kennicutt (center) accepts the ChemLuminary on behalf of the local Texas A&M American Chemical Society (ACS) section from ACS President Dr. E. Anne Nalley (right) and ACS Committee on Community Activities Chair Michael Mautino (left).

    (Photo courtesy of Alex Madonik, National Chemistry Week Coordinator, California Section, ACS.)

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