Adrian Smith: Supporting the Goals and Ideals of National Chemistry Week (2007)

Supporting the Goals and Ideals of National Chemistry Week
by Adrian M. Smith

Supporting the Goals and Ideals of National Chemistry Week



Monday, October 22, 2007

Mr. SMITH of Nebraska. Madam Speaker, National Chemistry Week recognizes the importance of chemistry to our modern society. Chemistry is vital to the economy and the success of the Third District of Nebraska. Nebraska is known for its food, fiber, and fuel industries-- all of which rely on chemistry. Production of ethanol from corn and biomass, manufacture of biodiesel, and creation of safe and effective agricultural chemicals are all possible because of chemistry and chemists.

More chemists are needed to continue these innovations that are so important to our rural economy. We have bright, young people in the Third District known for their great work ethic and Nebraska values, and who are sought after for jobs all over the world. We need to encourage our young people to succeed in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, also known as STEM careers. They are needed in Nebraska and all over the United States. More outreach is needed to encourage the next generation to consider chemistry and other STEM careers.

Students in chemistry clubs in Nebraska's Third District will perform outreach activities during National Chemistry Week. Students at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, will give away ice cream and information on chemistry at the Student Union this week. The Chemistry Club at the University of Nebraska-Kearney will have a "Chemistry in Action" demonstration table in the Student Union and will visit area middle and elementary schools where they will perform experiments for students, including "pink slime" and liquid nitrogen demonstrations. I want to commend these budding chemists for reaching out to their fellow students and for introducing children to the joys of chemistry. That is what National Chemistry Week is all about.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).