Borski: National Chemistry Week (2000)

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National Chemistry Week



Wednesday, October 18, 2000

Mr. BORSKI. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the week of November 5th to November 11th in Pennsylvania as "National Chemistry Week". During this week the American Chemical Society volunteers should be commemorated for their efforts to increase public awareness about the crucial role chemistry plays in everyday life. It is vital to recognize that this science gives us the power to understand and to use the elemental building blocks of all material things.

The American Chemical Society is the largest organization of its type in the United States. The Philadelphia branch of the organization is not only the largest section in Pennsylvania, but also one of the most active in the entire nation. This is quite an accomplishment for our state, as there are nearly 200 sections across the United States.

During National Chemistry Week, many local companies and universities in the Philadelphia area will be involved and volunteer their time to celebrate and make an impact among the community about the benefits and necessity of chemistry. Their commitment to spreading the values of chemistry is of great importance, as the science of chemistry provides the fundamental understanding required to deal with many of society's needs, including several that determine our quality of life and economic strength.

People involved in the chemistry field use the science and their knowledge to help feed the world's population, tap new energy sources, clothe and house humanity, provide renewable substitutes for dwindling or scarce materials, improve health, conquer disease, strengthen our national security, and monitor and protect our environment.

Mr. Speaker, National Chemistry Week should be honored for directing our attention to the myriad contributions of their science to the service of all humanity. I congratulate all who participate in this field and who dedicate themselves to creating a week for the entire nation to learn from and enjoy.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).