Now Accepting Applications for Chemical Education Conference at Notre Dame!

The Central Arizona Section of the American Chemical Society is excited to announce their support to send an educator to the 25th Biennial Conference for Chemistry Educators from July 29-August 2 at the University of Notre Dame! The travel award includes registration, dorm-lodging accommodations for 4 nights (7/29-8/1), meals, airport transfer, and basic or economy flight for one individual.

We appreciate all member applications and also encourage you to please forward this information to any educators interested in attending. All applications must be received by 5/10 for consideration.

See the attached form for requirements.

Dive into Marine Chemistry as CAZACS Chemists Celebrate Earth Week 2018

It’s that time of year again! CAZACS is putting together local programs with the ACS as Chemists Celebrate Earth Week!

“A whole week?” you may ask. That’s right!

The ACS has celebrated Earth Day on April 22 since 2003. It’s a celebration for everyone about the Earth and its amazing chemistry. To honor our 15th anniversary, now Chemists Celebrate Earth Week, this year from April 22-April 28.

CAZACS is putting together programs to showcase our ever-important oceans and the chemistry of water with demonstrations at local schools in the Phoenix area. We’ll also be at the Arizona Museum of Natural History on April 22 from 1-5pm. We hope you’re as excited as we are!

Interested in participating in CCEW2018? Send us an email for more information through our contact page.

CAZACS honors our 50- and 60-year members!

Members of our section gathered at the Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Phoenix to have a scrumptious lunch, and hear some tales from members who have been part of the ACS for 50 or 60 years!

This event provides for a unique opportunity to compare notes across different career pathways and different fields of chemistry. Some things truly haven’t changed around the bench in a number of decades. Some discussion included the best times to sign up for time on the NMR, problem solving skills, and teaching an undergraduate organic chemistry lab.

We heard stories from a few of our 50-year members. Devens described his career in organic chemistry, which included a story about neurotoxins found in newts and pufferfish (and sometimes sushi). Frank described how his interest in science and technology from came from the launching of Sputnik, and elaborated on the chemistry experiments he conducted in his garage.

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Not all of the conversation was about chemistry. We also talked about cooking dinner after a long day in the lab or classroom, ducks in France, birds in Arizona, and some cool new Google gadgets.

Congratulations to all of our 50- and 60-year members in CAZACS!

Dr. Wayne A. Cassatt, Jr.
Dr. Adrian S. Fox
Dr. Melvin M. Goldstein
Dr. William L. Hunter
Dr. Richard L. Talbott

Mr. Robert F. Armbruster
Dr. Gene Banucci
Dr. Edgar A. Blair
Dr. James A. Bristol
Ms. Patricia B. Cook
Dr. J. Devens Gust
Mr. Robert L. Patton
Dr. William R. Peterson, Jr.
Dr. Stearns Rogers
Mr. Frank M. Tedesco
Dr. Vivian B. Valenty


2017 National Chemistry Week Central Arizona Illustrated Poem Contest Winners

CAZACS hosted a poem contest as part of National Chemistry Week “Chemistry Rocks!” We have announced our winners in each category. Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you for your participation!

Grades 9-12

1st Place
Jillian Reyes, 9th grade, Betty Fairfax H.S.
2nd Place
Vanessa Carrillo, 9th grade, Sierra Linda H.S.
3rd Place
Lizbet Suarez, 9th grade, Betty Fairfax H.S.


Jillian’s poem was submitted to the national contest for 9-12 category. Congrats Jillian!

Grades 6-8

1st Place 
Luc Pillsbury, 6th Grade, Benchmark Elementary
Sloane Podwika, 6th Grade, Benchmark Elementary
2nd Place
Saige Douglass, 6th Grade, Benchmark Elementary
3rd Place
Adele Maria Torrington, 6th Grade, Benchmark Elementary
Honorable Mentions
M.J Gilligan, 6th Grade, Benchmark Elementary
Hunter Perlmutter, 6th Grade, Benchmark Elementary


Luc’s poem was submitted to the national contest for 6-8 category. Congrats Luc!

Grades 3-5

1st Place
Sophia Maxie, Benchmark Elementary
Lauren Nau, 5th Grade, Benchmark Elementary
Emma Benedek, 4th Grade, Benchmark Elementary
Dalia Morson, 3rd Grade, Desert Jewish Academy
2nd Place
Demi Ansell, 5th Grade, Benchmark Elementary
Avery Ashcroft, 5th Grade, Benchmark Elementary
Avery Gillian, 4th Grade, Benchmark Elementary
3rd Place
Kennedy Pfafman, 5th Grade, Benchmark Elementary
Anushka Gundluru, 4th Grade, Benchmark Elementary
Honorable Mentions
Josh Freireich, 5th Grade, Desert Jewish Academy
Tatum Stephens, 5th Grade, Benchmark Elementary
Braeden Lewis, 4th Grade, Benchmark Elementary


Sophia’s poem was submitted to the national contest for 3-5 category. Congrats Sophia!

Grades K-2

1st Place
Gianna Bauer, 2nd Grade, Northwest Christian School
2nd Place
Chloe Trueblood, 2nd Grade, Northwest Christian School
3rd Place
Weston Wendel, 2nd Grade, Northwest Christian School
Honorable Mentions
Tage Walworth, 2nd Grade, Northwest Christian School
Kaya Hultine, 2nd Grade, Desert Jewish Academy


Gianna’s poem was submitted to the national contest for K-2 category. Congrats Gianna!