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Essay Contest on the History of Food

The Chemical History of Food: An Invitational Essay Contest from the American Chemical Society Division of the History of Chemistry

Teachers and students at any level of chemistry instruction are invited to submit a team-researched-and-written brief essay (500 words or less) describing an episode or development in food chemistry from an historical viewpoint. At least two supporting scholarly references (not taken from the internet) should accompany the essay; they will not figure in the word count. Essays will be judged on the depth and clarity of chemistry covered, the quality of research, and historic content. Winning essays will receive a voucher for supplies selected from the Flinn Catalog (1st prize – $300; 2nd prize – $200: 3rd prize – $100). Before March 1, 2018, please submit your essay along with a captioned photograph of your teacher/student team to Please include the name and location of your institution and contact information. Winners will be announced at the High School day at the New Orleans American Chemical Society National Meeting on March 18, 2018. The essays will be featured in the symposium “Food at the Crossroads” on March 19, 2018.

Albert Einstein Fellowship Applications Due November 16, 2017

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The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to STEM education program and/or education policy efforts. At the end of the Fellowship, educators are prepared to return home equipped with access to a national network of education leaders and programs, a better understanding of the challenges and possibilities in STEM education, and a renewed passion for teaching ready to make significant contributions to their schools and school districts.


Applications for the 2018-2019 program are due November 16, 2017, 8:00pm EST, and must be submitted through an online application system (


To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens, be a current employed full-time in a U.S. public or private elementary or secondary school or school district, and must have taught full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years in a STEM discipline.


Current sponsoring agencies include, but may not be limited to, the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The DOE also sponsors up to five placements in U.S. Congressional offices.


The AEF Program is managed by the DOE Office of Science, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, in collaboration with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.


Information about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program, including eligibility requirements, program benefits, application requirements, and access to the online application system can be found at

A Letter from the President

The White House, Washington
Dear Sally:

Thank you for writing.  I want you to know that I am listening, and I appreciate your perspective.

On December 4, the Department of the Army indicated that it will not approve an easement for the proposed Dakota Access pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe and that more work is necessary to explore alternative routes.  The Department stated that it has been having discussions with officials from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who expressed concerns about the risk that a rupture or spill could pose to the tribe’s water supply and treaty rights.  The Department indicated that consideration of alternative routes would best be accomplished through an Environmental Impact Statement with full public input and analysis.

As President, my greatest responsibility is ensuring the safety of the American people.  That includes protecting the rights of all our citizens, as well as the integrity of our energy infrastructure.  My Administration has been committed to setting the highest possible standards for oil and gas production and transportation and to making sure our pursuit of energy resources does not put our communities or the environment at risk.  As new energy infrastructure is developed, the Federal government works with State, local, and tribal governments—which play a central role in the siting and permitting of pipelines—to address the concerns of local communities.  That’s one reason why Federal agencies have engaged in a series of consultations open to leaders from all 567 Federally‑recognized tribes about how the Federal government can improve its working relationship with tribal governments on infrastructure‑related issues.  We have made a great deal of progress in building a brighter shared future with Indian Country, and we remain committed to strengthening our nation‑to‑nation relationships as we tackle the work that must still be done.

Again, thank you for writing.  I am optimistic that together, we can grow our economy and create new opportunities while securing a cleaner and safer future for all our people.


Barack Obama