29 No. 1
From the Editor
this first issue of the new year, I am delighted to publish
the first of what I hope will become a long-standing section
in CI: Stamps International.
I do not know much about stamps, but it did
not take long for Dan to convince me that stamps and chemistry
share many interesting stories, and that sharing these with
CI readers would be a lot of fun. Stamps offer endless
subjects, all worth a commemoration in some way: a special
event, an anniversary, a discovery, an award, etc. All of
these are found on stamps the world over.
met Dan, a.k.a. Daniel Rabinovich, in Beijing during the 2005
General Assembly. Dan was a Young Observer, but obviously
he did more than observe! Over a light discussion during breakfast,
our talk quickly turned to Dan s hobby: stamps. Not
just any stamps, but in particular stamps that have to do
with science and chemistry. Dan s enthusiasm was contagious,
and he explained that he is also the editor of Philatelia
Chimica et Physica, the journal of the Chemistry and Physics
on Stamps Study Unit of the American Topical Association.
Little did I know that such a quarterly publication existed!
(For more info see <www.cpossu.org>).
Our plan has now come to fruition; Dan will regularly tease
our curiosity by presenting specific stamps along with notes
about their origin. See Dan s
first rendering on page 3.
in this issue of CI (see p.4), it is a delight to publish
the winning entries from a 2006 chemistry
poster competition for teenagers organized by Science Across
the World. The theme of the 2006 competition was Chemistry
for Humanity, which echoed the focus of the International
Conference on Chemical Education held in August 2006 in Korea.
With 944 entries from 32 countries, the competition was a
true international event. Full of imagination, these youngsters
might become the scientists of tomorrow. By recognizing their
talent, perhaps these students will be encouraged to cultivate
an interest in the world s well-being. Therefore, a
few pages of this issue glow brightly with a collection of
the winning posters a simple way to say thank you to
every one who sent in a drawing, and also to the contest coordinators
and jury members.
wish you all the best for 2007.
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