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National Chemistry Week (NCW) is a public awareness campaign that promotes the value of chemistry in everyday life. ACS members and chemistry enthusiasts celebrate NCW by coordinating events and communicating the importance of chemistry. NCW is a community-based program of the American Chemical Society  (ACS). This annual program unites ACS local sections, student chapters, technical divisions, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life. 

Celebrate National Chemistry Week 2022 the week of October 16–22, 2022. The topic this year is Fibers with the theme, “Fabulous Fibers: The Chemistry of Fabrics”.

The Virginia Section is planning an event at the Science Museum of Virginia for National Chemistry Week, scheduled for 5-8 pm on October 21, as part of their Spooky Science Event. Contact
Dr. Kristine Smetana, Chair of the Community Activities for the Section, if you would like to participate in this activity. Ideas for other ways to celebrate NCW are welcome. Volunteers are needed to help with the outreach event at the Science Museum. Dr. Smetana can be reached at kristine.smetana@southside.edu. Last year the Virginia Section hosted a very successful National Chemistry Week event at the Science Museum. There were numerous hands-on activities for children and bags were distributed with information on some safe and fun science activities. The 2021 NCW theme was “Fast or Slow…Chemistry Makes It Go!” Activities this year will include a mix of fabric chemistry and materials chemistry. A record number of visitors is expected at the Science Museum!