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Chemical Companies/Organizations Unite to Help Sponsor Celebrate Science Indiana 2017

Celebrate Science Indiana is in its seventh year. Many individuals, professional organizations, industries, and universities have been sponsors as well as active participants and exhibitors at this event that is attended by over 4,000 individuals each year. In this article, we highlight several chemists and chemical companies who sponsored and participated in past years and who will be back at the Celebrate Science Indiana 2017 on Saturday, October 7. This year’s event will again be in the Elements Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. We look forward to seeing you there!

Robert Yost
Executive Director, Celebrate Science Indiana

Chemical Companies/Organizations Unite to Help Sponsor Celebrate Science Indiana 2017 – by Linda V. Osborn

Two American Chemical Society (ACS) Presidents have participated in Celebrate Science Indiana, each of whom produced a promotional video the next year stating how much they enjoyed our wonderful STEM festival. Amidst their action-packed schedules, Marinda Wu (in 2013) and Diane Grob Smith (in 2014, posing with David Mitchell, Eli Lilly, in photo at left) took time out to address the crowd and spent the day celebrating science with us. Indiana’s ACS local section involvement began in 2013 motivated by the National Meeting being held in Indianapolis. The ACS partnered with SEFI to host Celebrate Science Indiana at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Since then, the Indiana section of the ACS ( has hosted booths to spark interest in chemistry and events to reach out to K-12 Teachers of Chemistry. This year we are bronze level sponsors for two ACS booths. For one booth, Julie Holland has been the chair for the past 3 years and already has plans around the NCW theme of the Chemistry of ROCKS! At the second booth, we also aim to thank teachers and let them know about the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) and the opportunities that it provides for K-12 teachers, including ACS Science Coaches. This year, with Erica Posthuma-Adams as chair, we intend to host a raffle for K-12 teachers once again! So teachers, please stop by our booth for a chance to win!

The National Organization for the professional advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) has been on board as an exhibitor with Celebrate Science Indiana for many years. Tamiko Porter thrills the young children around the table with helium balloons and other hands-on activities at the NOBCChE 2014 booth. NOBCChE is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to assisting black and other minority students and professionals in fully realizing their potential in academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits in chemistry, chemical engineering, and allied fields.

Monument Chemical has been a strong supporter since 2013 contributing $10,000 during the year of the ACS National Meeting. Every year since then, they have sponsored a booth at various levels and this year are a gold level sponsor.  Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Monument Chemical serves the specialty hydrocarbon industry. Their chemical plants in Antwerp, Belgium; Brandenburg, Kentucky; Houston, Texas; and Baytown, Texas produce a variety of solvents, intermediates, specialty fuels and other specialty products as well as offering toll manufacturing services. Monument Chemical produces a wide range of solvents and specialty products to the broader chemical industry including oxygenated solvents, aromatic solvents, and polyols to the CASE market. Matt Kriech has orchestrated booths at each of these festivals, with engaging hands on activities delivered by Dakota Huckaby.

Heritage Research Group (HRG) followed suit with their sister company (Monument Chemical), both part of The Heritage Group (THG). HRG provides research and technical support to THG companies and the clients they serve, acting as a conduit for researching new ideas from concept to completion. Although contributing less sponsorship than Monument in past years, HRG is now a gold sponsor. Ben Woodworth and Randall Short will chair the HRG booth, which will undoubtedly contain hands-on fun for all who visit.

Initiated through Dr. Kim Vogt at Marian University, the Beckman Coulter Foundation has provided grants for a number of years to help sponsor the Celebrate Science Indiana festival! Every year, they host a booth that features instrumentation from their company. Beckman Coulter serve customers in Life Sciences and Diagnostics segments and develops, manufactures and markets products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing.

Mays Chemical Company joined in as an exhibitor for the past two years and this year have bumped up from Exhibitor to Nickel Level Sponsor. Kristin Mays-Corbitt describes this local chemical company: “For 37 years, Mays has committed itself to operating with integrity, exceptional expertise and the highest degree of excellence. We look forward to many more decades of growth operating under these core values that helped catapult Mays into an internationally-ranked leader as our business continues to grow.” Kate Chargualaf, Project Coordinator at Mays Chemical Company, has been so enthusiastic about participation and has done well organizing a booth that spark the imaginations of many eager children.

At the Covance booth, two volunteers show kids how to extract DNA from strawberries along with other experiments. Covance worked on all of the top 50 best-selling drugs available today through its full spectrum of nonclinical, clinical and commercialization services. They’re dedicated to advancing healthcare and delivering Solutions Made Real® by providing high-quality nonclinical, preclinical, clinical and commercialization services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to help reduce the time and costs associated with drug development. They also offer laboratory testing services to the chemical, agrochemical and food industries and are a market leader in toxicology services, central laboratory services, discovery services and a top global provider of Phase III clinical trial management services.

At the Agilent booth in 2014, Larry Anderson (Analytical Sciences, Inc.) showed interested spectators the 4300 Handheld FTIR. Light weight enough for the children to hold, Larry scanned many little hands and allowed them to view their own results. Larry plans to organize another booth this year with engaging hands-on activities. Analytical scientists and clinical researchers worldwide rely on Agilent to help fulfill their most complex laboratory demands. Agilent instruments, software, services and consumables address the full range of scientific and laboratory management needs.

Thermo Fisher Scientific has also participated for the past two years.

In 2015, Celebrate Science Indiana won a ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding Continuing Public Relations Program to the Indiana Section for assisting with Celebrate Science Indiana. This year, Celebrate Science Indiana has been nominated for the Local Section Partnership Award, so we’ll see in August if it wins again!

Thanks to all of our partners. Together we can continue the sparks that make a difference.

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