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Chemistry Culmination and A Moment of Your Mind?

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Dear Science Field Trips Meetup Member,
Illinois Science Council is wrapping up a sassy, scintillating, science-filled year.  We're glad you could be a part of it -- enjoying audacious authors and captivating chemistry experiments.

Unlike some others, ISC values you for your mind, although we will certainly take your money and we want your body at our programs.  So please take our survey below and consider a tax-deductible contribution.

Put Your Money Where Your Mind Is! - Support a 5-year-old!

Dr. Honeydew & Beaker Experiment w/ Chocolate


Based on its "birth date" as a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Illinois Science Council is 5 years old.  As any newcomer, it started slow - first learning to crawl, then walk and talk. Now, like any 5-year-old, it has its own personality and is a lot of fun to be around.  But it still requires constant adult supervision.



ISC is crazy curious about all things science. In 2011, ISC:

  • Got a little ambitious learning about the cosmology of multiverses and quantum physics with science authors;
  • Was convinced it could handle adult things as it explored the chemistry of beer and whiskey; and,
  • Showed its playful fun side too - doing experiments with the chemistry of chocolate and honey.

To continue to grow and thrive in coming years, ISC needs you to put your money where your mind is.  Please make a tax-deductible donation to ISC today.  


Make a Donation 


Continuing the analogy, that could mean $10 (for kindergarten supplies) or $100 (toward its college fund).  Any amount is greatly appreciated and we promise to use it wisely!  


We already know that in 2012 ISC will be getting into brains (neuroscience, not zombie food) and the science and technology of electric vehicle cars for starters.  If you have other ideas - please send them along!


Science lovers -- give us your thoughts!


ISC beaker/mug

We need your help shaping next year's events. So after you've made a donation (and even if you didn't), put your mind where your money is! 

Do you have ideas how to make Illinois Science Council better?  Programs you want to see?  We want to hear 'em!  Please take 5 minutes to answer a few questions.  This brief survey will help us learn what programs will be of most interest to you in the upcoming year. 

  Short survey - click here


SPECIAL BONUS:  Answer the survey by December 20 and your name will be entered in a drawing to win one of 2 sets of ISC coffee beakers! Two winners will be announced via Facebook, so please

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Chemistry of... Culminates with Caffeine (at least for 2011)   
Fun with Chemistry of Honey
We've had great fun with our Chemistry of... series honoring 2011 as International Year of Chemistry.  (Check out the videos below.)

Everyone who attended a program got to conduct actual chemistry experiments themselves, smell and taste things, make friends, have fun and get a little smarter for the time well spent.  (Better than an evening of reality TV!)  
We got to explore and experiment with:

Chemistry of BEER with Metropolitan Brewery  (see YouTube video here)
Chemistry of WHISKEY with Koval Distillery 
Chemistry of COSMETICS with Chemist's Corner (see YouTube video here)
Chemistry of CHOCOLATE with Blommer Chocolate Company (see YouTube video here)
Chemistry of HONEY with Notebaert Nature Museum 
Chemistry of COFFEE with Intelligentsia Coffee  (see YouTube video here)


We raise our beaker to Dr. Shelby Hatch of Northwestern University for contributing her time, brains, experience and all around great attitude to this effort.  It couldn't have happened without her.  Also a big cheer and thank you to our collaborating partners.  They show how science is happening every day in Chicago companies all around us in ways we never stop to consider.

With a little encouragement (or perhaps sponsorship) ISC may offer repeats, or new programs in 2012 to continue the fun.  


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Select Science Sayings

We haven't the money, so we've got to think.

- Ernest Rutherford



It's always wiser to side with an overwhelming expert consensus than with a celebrity endorsement.

- Science Creative Quarterly  



Sometime I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.

- Arthur C. Clarke



 My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists as all. 

- Stephen Hawking 



I'm astounded by people who want to 'know' the universe when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown. 

- Woody Allen 



There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program: your tax dollar will go farther. 

-  Wernher von Braun 



The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.   

- Mark Russell 



Science is everywhere, even when you're not looking.

- Lurleen the Elder 



That's the problem with nature. Something's always stinging you or oozing mucus on you. Let's go watch TV.

- Calvin to Hobbes 



 Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.  

- Richard Feynman  



Creationism is not a scientific alternative to natural selection any more than the stork theory is an alternative to sexual reproduction.

- Hayes



  We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.

- Wernher von Braun  



 The faster you go, the shorter you are. 

- Albert Einstein on relativity  



I look forward to the invention of faster-than-light travel. What I'm not looking forward to is the long wait in the dark once I arrive at my destination.

-Marc Beland



Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

- Aldous Huxley  



We are each entitled to our own opinion, but no one is entitled to his own facts.

- Patrick Moynihan  

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