National Chemistry Week designated under bipartisan Moolenaar resolution

A bipartisan resolution sponsored on Oct. 18 by U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI) would recognize Oct. 16-22 as National Chemistry Week.

“National Chemistry Week is a celebration of how chemistry makes the world a better place and it encourages talented students to look at careers in science,” said Rep. Moolenaar, who introduced House Resolution (H.Res.) 1440 with original cosponsor U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL). The lawmakers are co-chairs of the Congressional Chemistry Caucus.

If enacted, H.Res. 1440 would resolve that the U.S. House of Representatives expresses support for the designation of National Chemistry Week; supports the goals and welcomes the participants of the 33rd annual National Chemistry Week; and recognizes the need to promote the fields of science, including chemistry, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and to encourage youth, including from underrepresented groups, to pursue careers in these fields, according to the text of the resolution.

National Chemistry Week is a community-based, annual program of the American Chemical Society (ACS) that unites ACS local sections, student communities, technical divisions, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry. It regularly occurs during the third week of October. The theme of the 33rd annual National Chemistry Week is “Fabulous Fibers: The Chemistry of Fabrics,” according to the bill’s text. 

“Chemistry benefits every American with new innovations in science, medicine, and the household goods we use every day,” Rep. Moolenaar said. “Chemistry is a key part of the economy, employing Americans with good-paying jobs and helping ensure our country leads the world for years to come.”

The resolution also would commend ACS and its partners for seeking opportunities to engage with the public and for organizing and convening events and activities surrounding National Chemistry Week each year; as well as the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society for leading collaborative engagement in National Chemistry Week.

The resolution is under consideration by the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.