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Vol. 29 No. 1
January-February 2007

From the Editor

image of Fabienne MeyersWith 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.

I 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.

Also 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.

I wish you all the best for 2007.

Fabienne Meyers
fabienne@iupac.org
www.iupac.org/publications/ci


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