Profile America: National Chemistry Week

Sunday, October 20th. Today is the start 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.

Credit: American Chemical Society

This year’s theme is “Marvelous Metals,” focusing on the properties and uses of metals. 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 nation employs some 767,000 people in its 13,500 establishments. Annual revenues come to nearly $724 billion.

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