Northeastern Ohio Local Section

Spring 2017 Activities

You be the Chemist Challenge/Family Chemistry Day was held at KSUA on March 4, 2017  from 9-11:30 am.  KSU Student Association performed chemistry demonstrations between rounds of the competition.  All students and their families were invited to participate in Family Chemistry day.  Perry HS students performed demonstrations and experiments at the event this year.

U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad 2017

This year NEOACS will be participating in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO).The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) program is a chemistry competition for high school students. The purpose of the competition is to stimulate young people to achieve excellence in chemistry. The American Chemical Society has sponsored the program since 1984. 


Students competing in the USNCO are eligible to be selected as members of the United States team for the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO).  For the past thirty three years, the United States has sent a team of four students to compete with nations around the world at the IChO. The students participate in both theoretical and laboratory examinations over several days.  Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the best performers, and the IChO provides students the opportunity to interact with their peers from other countries. This year the international event will be held in Nakhom Pathon, Thailand, July 6-15, 2017.

The local examination is free and open to all students grades 9 – 12. It is the responsibility of the NEOACS section to nominate students from this area to take the USNCO national examination. In order to identify these students, we have decided to conduct a preliminary screening of students through a local Science Olympiad Exam. The national exam involves three parts administered to more than 1,000 students. Students can use past exams available at to prepare.


The NEOACS encourages your school to participate in this academic Olympiad. All students who participate will be recognized and presented with a certificate; top 150 students receive recognition for outstanding performance at the national level. We hope this recognition will serve to stimulate interest in chemistry and to promote a positive attitude toward chemistry.


Richard H. West, Ph.D. has been appointed the USNCO Coordinator for this area. Dr. West’s contact is: . Contact him directly with the student’s name that wishes to participate in the free event. The local examination will be held at Lake Erie College. The tentative date is March 18, 2017. There will be a boot camp session a week before the testing date. We encourage you to enter students from your school in this competition by contacting Dr. West before or on March 1, 2017. Thank you for helping promote chemical education in this country.


NEOACS Awards Banquet 2017

This annual event was held on May 4, 2017, at the Pine Ridge Country Club in Wickliffe, Ohio.  At this event, we honored our 50 & 70 year ACS members, our Young Scientist Award Winners from Northeastern Ohio, and the 2016 NEOACS chair.  The keynote address, "Effects of Long-Term Global Climate Cycles on Aragonite vs. Calcite Deposition in Reef-Forming Organisms", was presented by Dr. Zane Johnson, Associate Professor of Biology, from Lake Erie College.

Fall 2017 Activities

National Chemistry Week (NCW) is a community based program of the American Chemical Society (ACS). This annual event unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life.

The mission of National Chemistry Week is to reach the public, particularly elementary and secondary school children, with positive messages about chemistry to:

- Make a positive change in the public's impression of chemistry
- Promote a mechanism for effectively mobilizing ACS local sections
- Motivate the ACS membership through local section activities

NCW 2017 will take place on October 22–28.
Theme: "Chemistry Rocks!"
Exploring the chemistry of rocks and minerals.

National Chemistry Week 2017: Chemistry Rocks!

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