A virtual outreach activity/demonstration workshop was organized based on the CCEW theme 'reducing our footprints using chemistry'. 150 high school students participated in the event. The celebrating chemistry magazine was distributed to 1600 K-12 students. The outreach demonstrations include, water pollution, consequences and the purification of water. Oil spill and the remediation, electrolysis of water, and demonstration of fuel cell car.
The Georgia Section has started Celebrating Dr. Charles Herty’s Contributions to Chemistry and Humanity and honored his legacy each year since 1933 by presenting the Herty Medal, beautiful gold medallion award to an outstanding Southeastern U.S. chemist or chemical engineer. In 2005 ACS GA section started the Herty Medal Undergraduate Research symposium to leverage the Herty Award to impact undergraduates and diversity.
Because of COVID 19, the 15th Herty Medalist Undergraduate Research Symposium (HMURS) was held virtually on September 25, 2020. At the symposium, Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC), School of Science and Technology Interim Dean, Dr. Sonal Dekhane welcomed the attendees and GGC provost Dr. T. J. Arant introduced 2020 Herty Awardee Dr. Susan Richardson. In her presentation, Dr. Richardson discussed “What’s in My Drinking Water?” and about “Unconventional Path to a Rewarding Environmental Career. Dr. Ingrid Montes, Department of Chemistry, the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, and Dr. Rigoberto Hernandez, Johns Hopkins University spoke about their research on “Synthesis, characterization and biological activity of ferrocenyl derivatives: Study of the effect of different core moieties and substituents on anticancer and antioxidant activity” and “Nanoparticle models, macroscale impacts” respectively. The symposium was well attended by more than 200 attendees. A virtual poster presentation section was held and more than 50 undergraduate students from 14 institutions submitted their abstracts for the presentation. At the symposium, the top 6 undergraduate presentations selected by the judging committee were showcased and the best presentation awards were announced.