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You Be The Chemist Challenge Inspiring Future STEM Innovators

Posted: 04/20/15 at 12:25 PM

By Kate Larson, Communications Specialist, Chemical Educational Foundation

 

As you read this, thousands of middle school students across the nation are busy studying polymers, chromatography and other chemistry concepts to prepare for their state You Be The Chemist Challenge® competitions. A quiz-bowl-style academic contest for grade 5-8 students, the Challenge uses the drama of competition to inspire future innovators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Here at the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF), we’re continually impressed by the bright young minds who participate in the program each year – nearly 38,000 this year alone!

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates plays a big part in the You Be The Chemist Challenge in Washington, D.C., not only as a sponsor, but members of the staff serve as judge...

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Engage With Us so You are at the Table – Not on the Menu

Posted: 04/16/15 at 11:39 AM

By Bill Allmond, Vice President, Government and Public Relations

Ask a SOCMA member why they joined the organization, and most likely they will mention the opportunities we offer them to address mutual issues that impact them and help them stay ahead of developments before they happen. Companies join and volunteer for associations because they want to work together on a common cause or interest. SOCMA members are no different. Indeed, government relations is a major focus for most trade associations in Washington (4,600 strong), and SOCMA provides numerous opportunities for companies to engage with one another and with policymakers throughout the year on many common causes.

Member engagement is key. In order to succeed in effecting positive change for your company—and succeed in getting the value you expect by joining the association—you must participate at some level. Therefore, to understand the value of what government relations provides to any organization, its members must engage in its activities, programs and forums. These offerings are often designed by members for members to benefit members. After all, that’s what a portion of you...

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Trade Issues are Key as SOCMA Members Head to The Hill

Posted: 04/08/15 at 8:58 AM

By Jim DeLisi, President of Fanwood Chemical

We’re just two weeks away from SOCMA’s 8th Annual Washington Fly-In, and talk of passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is heating up on Capitol Hill. Just as it did in 2014, this year’s event – set for April 21-22 – appears to coincide nicely with movement on a couple of SOCMA’s top priority issues, including trade.

As Chairman of SOCMA’s International Trade Committee, I will heavily advocate for passage of TPA, which is the key legislative step on the road to finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership...

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