National Chemistry Week, Oct. 20-26, was celebrated on the Belmont campus with events sponsored by students and faculty associated with the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) club. Dr. Alison Moore and Dr. Rachel Rigsby are the club faculty advisors. The activities included: Hey, Look at this Awesome Science! convocation that focused on science in everyday life; Pin the Element on the Periodic Table activity and celebration of Mole Day, with a cupcake giveaway; Words with Elements activity, using atomic symbols to spell words; and a club Fall Cookout and Pumpkin Carving at Moore’s house.
National Chemistry Week is an annual event that encourages chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level and promote the value of chemistry in everyday life. Mole Dole is celebrated every Oct. 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. in commemoration of Avogadro’s Number, according to the National Mole Day Foundation Inc. website. What’s Avogadro’s Number? It is 6.02 x 1023, a basic measuring unit in chemistry discovered by the 18th century chemist Amadeo Avogadro. This explains the time and day it is celebrated: 6:02 10/23. For the nongeeky, nonsciencey types out there, a mole is a number used in chemistry quite a bit. It is used to measure the number of atoms or molecules in a sample, and it equals 6.02 x 1023—a pretty hefty number. It was a fun, geeky week for all.