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American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- Feb. 13, 2008

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ACS News Service
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Save the Date: News Media Special Event April 7 in New Orleans

The 2008 edition of the ACS Office of Communications popular news media tour/briefing/reception heads for a premier research facility where science connects with everyday life. Reporters will visit the U. S. Department of Agricultures Southern Regional Research Center (SRRC) in New Orleans. After recovery from Hurricane Katrinas devastation, SRRC is continuing a 66-year heritage of discovery. SRRCs landmarks range from development of wrinkle-resistant cotton fabrics to battling the dreaded Formosan subterranean termite in the Second Battle of New Orleans. The event begins mid-afternoon on April 7 during the ACS 235th national meeting. Stay tuned for details and registration information.

Black History Month: ACS News Media Resources

Journalists covering Black History Month can obtain a variety of resources from the ACS Office of Communications during February. The resources include a news release [] honoring the contributions of three African-American chemists: George Washington Carver, Percy Julian, and Norbert Rillieux. Their contributions include new uses for peanuts and other crops grown in the South, a drug to fight blindness, and a sugar refining process. The ACS has designated each of their achievements as National Historic Chemical Landmarks []. The resources also include a Kids Science version of the news release, written for a school-age audience, and a Bytesize Science podcast for young listeners about the contributions of the

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