Monday, October 17 — Today is the second day of National Chemistry Week, an annual event held to raise public awareness of chemistry in the modern world. Coordinated by the American Chemical Society, the effort involves businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life. This year’s theme is “Solving Mysteries through Chemistry”, an examination of the chemistry of fibers and forensics. The Chemical Society’s efforts extend beyond a single week, through outreach and lesson plans for students at all levels of schooling. The social gain comes after such education, as the chemical manufacturing industry in the U.S. employs some 715,000 people in its 13,000 establishments. Annual revenues come to nearly $790 billion.
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