Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cookie Fundraiser

Thank You!!

To everyone who bought and sold Cookie Jars - the fundraiser was very successful and $1,531 was raised, the entire proceeds going to the ACS Chemistry Achievement Award - a scholarship program for Gordon Chemistry Freshmen.

223 were sold, packed, and distributed.

A HUGE Thank You goes to Shaws on Eastern Ave, Gloucester and Railroad Ave, Gloucester
both of whom generously donated to our fundraiser.

(Washing Jars and Packing Cookies)


Thank you to everyone who was involved and stopped by for our CHEMISTRY ON THE QUAD event. Due to weather, it was moved into the Ken Olsen Science Center, and became Chemistry Near the Quad.
                                                 Pool of Ooblek! (Corn Starch and Water)
                                                        Mentos and Coke Competition
                                                            Playing with some Dry Ice
                                                                 Elephant Toothpaste
                                                                   Dry Ice Ice Cream!
                                                       Fake Snow! (Fun with Polymers)

 And so much more....
We hope you all had fun!

For more pictures check out the bottom of this blog


Museum of Science

The ACS chapter enjoyed hanging out with kids and their parents at the Boston Museum of Science working on some small fun and informative hands-on experiments. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Exciting Events!

Gordon ACS has some exciting events coming up! 

We are happy to be hosting the first meeting of Gordon ACS and the La Vida Scholars Lynn students for our tutoring partnership tomorrow, Friday October 21st! 

We have also begun selling for our Cookie Fundraiser
Email if you would like to support us and buy a Cookie Jar for $10 
(these have the dry ingredients for a batch of cookies - Gingerbread, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin)

Look for Gordon ACS at the Boston Museum of Science on Sunday October 23rd. We will be there helping out with some fun family Chemistry activities in honor of the holiday - Mole Day! 

And of course .... coming up we have CHEMISTRY ON THE QUAD!
Where we will be hosting some fun with Chemistry to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry

Friday, October 7, 2011

Coming SOON....

Homecoming Weekend!

If you are going to be at GORDON COLLEGE this weekend

make sure you stop by Ken Olsen Science Center for the annual

Science Carnival!

Science Cafe

The Science Cafe was a huge hit!
Thanks to everyone who stopped by

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Science Cafe!!

The ACS sponsored Science Cafe!

The ACS will be providing food and a time for friends and community

Thursday September 29th
Ken Olsen Science Center, 2nd Floor Lounge
Between Lab Periods (12:30 - 1:30)

Commendable Chapter and Green Chapter Awards!!

Gordon ACS is proud to announce that we are the recipients for two awards from the American Chemical Society for the year of 2011. We have been awarded as a Commendable Chapter, as well as being recognized for a Green Chapter. For more information take a look below at our press release.

Unless you’re majoring in science, the American Chemical Society probably sounds a bit foreign to you. Nonetheless, I’d like to announce the recent acclaim which Gordon’s very own student chapter of the American Chemical Society has received, for it furthers our school’s renowned strides in sustainability. The chapter was revived last year, 2010, after an eleven-year hiatus, a feat for which we owe Dr. Joel Boyd much of the credit. Yet after only a year it has been making impressive advances in achieving its goals and making a difference.

We are proud to announce the following to Gordon’s community: The American Chemical Society has awarded Gordon College’s student chapter the Commendable Chapter Award for the 2010-2011 school year. This is a huge accomplishment for our first year as a reestablished club, as it is the second highest award given by the American Chemical Society to student chapters.

We have also been selected as a Green Chemistry Chapter as a result of our green chemistry initiatives throughout the year. These initiatives include conducting hands-on chemistry laboratory experiments with home-schooled students, hosting speakers in the field to hold lectures at Gordon, and participating in the Green Chemistry Networking Forum at MIT in December 2010.

Due to these achievements, our club will be recognized at the National American Chemical Society Meeting in San Diego, California this March. Not only will we be awarded these honors there, but six Gordon students will be presenting original research as well.

In the past year, we’ve established relationships with a high school tutoring program in Lynn, assisted homeschooled students in hands on laboratory experiments, and begun work towards an endowed scholarship available to freshman chemistry students through a successful fundraiser. We are very proud of the advancements this reinstated club has accomplished, and wanted to share these developments with the Gordon College community.

Gordon College is on the forefront of the green chemistry movement in the nation, thanks to the leadership of our very own Professor Irv Levy. It took the dedication and hard work of our officers and members alike to reach this point, and for that, we are honored to uphold Gordon’s esteemed position in green chemistry.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Club Fair

Come Check Us Out!!

August 31st, Chapel Lawn, 5pm-8pm
Gordon College's Annual Club Fair!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Welcome Back!

Welcome back! The ACS is excited for another semester of fun activities and community outreach. So be watching for events as they come up along the way. We are especially excited for an event in the making Chemistry on the Quad!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Gordon College Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society has been very active in it's first year revival after 11 long years. Throughout this year we have:

- Begun tutoring high school students in Lynn, Friday afternoons
- Headed into Boston to volunteer at the Boston Childrens Museum's Science day
- Hosted a lecture and dinner with Terry Collins
- Cleaned up trash on campus for Earth Day
- Ran a Successful fundraiser selling Cookie Jars
- A mingling outreach intended to merge the various departments in the Ken Olsen Science Center
- Sent students to the Esslen Harvard Lecture in Cambridge MA
- Running labs for home-schoolers, New Hope Labs
- Attended the Environmental Protection Agency Networking Forum
- Hosted a lecture by Dr. Van Kirk from Virtex
- Cleaned the Chemistry Labs

We have been very grateful for everything that has been accomplished by our chapter this year. Our hopes are to continuing many of these events in the next year and have high hopes for the future with more involvement with our own campus and collaboration with other ACS chapters in our area.

Terry Collins Lecture

Each year Gordon College brings in a lecturer to talk about Green Chemistry, as it is a favorite topic of the Chemistry Department.
This years speaker was Dr. Terry Collins of Carnegie Mellon University to talk about his most notable discovery for which he won the Environmental Protection Agency's Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in 1999.
Some of Gordon College's own students, under Professor Dwight Tshudy's direction, work on Dr. Collins' TAML (Tetra-Amido Macrocyclic Ligand) research. Which as he explained in his lecture, is a catalyst that assists in removing harmful contaminants from the environment. With a particular emphasis currently on endocrine disrupting contaminants.

The lecture itself was popular, with an audience of about 100 people, Visitors attended other schools in the area, including Salem State, Endicott College, and Simmons College. The GCACS provided drinks before the lecture, and then attended a dinner with Dr. Collins after. Allowing time for students and faculty to enjoy company and conversation.
The 2011 GCACS Officers!

ACS IYC Event!

To celebrate the International Year of Chemistry, as well as to kick off Green Chemistry Week at Gordon College, the GCACS hosted lunch time snacks between lab hours in Ken Olsen Science Center. The event encouraged community in the science building, as students and teachers from Biology, Physics, Math and Chemistry hung around to snack on homemade cookies
and mingle.

Students and Teachers Mingling at the IYC Green Chemistry Kickoff Event

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cookie Jar Fundraiser

The Cookie Jar Fundraiser for 2010 was a huge success!

Thank you to Fisher Scientific and the Danvers Target for their contributions.

As a chapter we have decided to put the money towards a chemistry scholarship, with the hopes of encouraging Chemistry students to commit and pursue the major.