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Website of the Week — Chemical Heritage


Time again for our Website of the Week, when we showcase interesting and innovative online destinations.

This week it's a very modern-looking site on the history of chemistry, with a special focus on the people who have contributed so much to life in this modern world of ours.

GEEHR : "The Chemical Heritage Foundation's website is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of chemistry for the general public, for practicing chemists, and for people in the chemical and molecular sciences in general."

Shelley Geehr is director of communications for the Chemical Heritage Foundation, online at chemheritage.org.

The site is the place to be explore chemistry in the ancient world — from beer-making to copper-smelting — or learn about how chemistry is part of the fight against disease.

There are a number of online exhibits. One I liked is called "Her Lab in Your Life," about the contributions made by women in chemistry to our lives, from biochemist Gladys Emerson, who isolated vitamin E, to the researcher behind the lifesaving stuff of bulletproof vests.

GEEHR : "Stephanie Kwolek is featured. She is the person who developed Kevlar. Now, that may not be something is part of your life, but I bet that there are a lot of police out there who make it an everyday part of their life."

There's also a big section on the site for students and teachers called, logically enough, Classroom Resources

GEEHR: "We have Chemical Achievers, which is a wonderful collection of very brief bios, lots of images, lots of detail. And then we have Pharmaceutical Achievers, which gives, actually, classroom activities that you can do, including how to make aspirin."
Q: How to make aspirin in the classroom?
GEEHR: "Yes!"
Q: Wow.
GEEHR: "So we have a range of things for teachers and students. You can learn a lot."

Lots to learn about chemistry from the Chemical Heritage website at chemheritage.org, or get the link from our site, voanews.com.

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