Chemical Heritage Foundation Announces Grand Prize Winners of It's Elemental Student Video Contest

March 7, 2011 - Philadelphia

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) today announced the grand prize winners of the It’s Elemental student video contest. Nearly 700 individuals and teams entered the contest from 36 of the 50 United States. Grand prize winners will travel to Philadelphia for Heritage Day 2011 in April and participate in CHF’s Student Laureate Forum.  

Taking the team prize are the Gadolonian Gladiators of Southwest High School, Lincoln, Neb.  
Team members: Joyanne Becker, Tasneem Bouzid, and Saikal Shamkeeva (all seniors)
Teacher: Greg Cooper
Video title: “Gadolinium”

Earning the individual prize is Daniyal N. Khan, a junior at Berlin High School, Berlin, Conn.
Teachers: John McNulty and Morgan Hanna
Video title: “Discovering Hydrogen”

“I was impressed with the creativity of the students and the hard work they put into learning about their elements,” said Shelley Wilks Geehr, director of CHF’s Roy Eddleman Institute. “Students like these demonstrate how exciting chemistry can be.”

CHF assembled a distinguished panel of judges for It’s Elemental:
• Ivan Amato, author of Stuff and Super Vision: A New View of Nature
• Michael Gordin, Professor of History, Princeton University, and author of A Well-Ordered Thing: Dmitrii Mendeleev and the Shadow of the Periodic Table
• Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize–winning chemist, and Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor Emeritus of Humane Letters, Cornell University
• Catherine T. (Katie) Hunt, Senior R&D Director, External Science and Technology, Dow Chemical Company, and former President, American Chemical Society
• Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
• Thomas R. Tritton, President and CEO, CHF

In addition, contest co-sponsor The Dow Chemical Company will be awarding Dow-sponsored grants of $5,000 to the science departments of the top 11 submissions, including the two Grand Prize winners and the People’s Pick category winner chosen by visitors to the contest Web site. The full list of winners will be announced March 28.

Dow partnered with CHF on It’s Elemental as part of its commitment to the United Nations–designated International Year of Chemistry, a year-long global celebration in 2011 that recognizes achievements in chemistry, education, and international collaboration.

About CHF

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) fosters an understanding of chemistry’s impact on society. An independent nonprofit organization, we strive to

• Inspire a passion for chemistry;
• Highlight chemistry’s role in meeting current social challenges; and
• Preserve the story of chemistry and its technologies and industries across centuries.

CHF maintains major collections of instruments, fine art, photographs, papers, and books. We host conferences and lectures, support research, offer fellowships, and produce educational materials. Our museum and public programs explore subjects ranging from alchemy to nanotechnology.

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