Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

We are a dynamic and visionary organization committed to improving people’s lives in our community through the transforming power of chemistry.  We strive to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren counties.


Lydia Hines Receives the Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach

Join us in congratulating our councilor, Lydia E.M. Hines, for being named the receipient of the Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach by the ACS Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC). This award is presented to an ACS member whose outstanding achievements have improved public recognition and appreciation for the field of chemistry.

You can read more about Lydia's life and achievements by the ACS announcement.

Please join us, your Local Kalamazoo ACS Section, in recognizing Lydia on her contributions to public outreach. A Zoom celebration will be held on Tuesday, October 20, at 7:00 pm. All those interested in attending contact Ed Thomas at edwardwthomas@gmail.com and you will then receive a Zoom invitation for the meeting.


Teaching Science in Virtual Space

Teachers everywhere have been forced to teach remotely and in new ways. Challenges seem especially difficult for disciplines such as the physical and life sciences that rely on laboratory training. These stories highlight the efforts of two faculty members, Christine Pruis and Cynthia Schauer, at KVCC to address these challenges. Learn more about the creative ways local educators are continuing to inspire students during the pandemic.


KACS Announces Student Travel Award

The Kalamazoo section is offering monetary awards to undergraduate and graduate students for travel to ACS meetings to deliver oral or poster presentations. Visit the info page to learn more.


International Year of the Periodic Table

The Kalamazoo Section held several special events during 2019 in connection with the IYPT. Click the link below for more information.

KACS-IYPT Events (external)


Photos and Videos From the Historic Landmark Dedication

The local chemistry community of colleagues, friends and families celebrated the 1950-1990 steroid chemistry work of Kalamazoo scientists achieving National Historic Chemical Landmark status. Enjoy this short introduction video, and visit the event page to see more videos and photos.

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Councilor Report for the 258th ACS National Meeting

Click here to read our councilor's report from the 2019 fall ACS National Meeting in San Diego.