Chemistry is everywhere. But it goes mostly unseen. Society has come to view the invisibility of chemistry as something insidious, like a monster under our beds, lurking, waiting to hurt us. Open up the newspaper, turn on the radio, look on the internet, we all know the stories: Carcinogens, Climate Change, Ocean Plastics, Endocrine Disruptors… When chemistry is visible, it’s usually not good. It doesn’t have to be this way. This presentation will discuss three necessary efforts that the chemical enterprises must undertake to maximize our ability to invent the future sustainably. (1) Broadening the chemistry community, (2) Invention education and (3) True multidisciplinarity. Invention with Intention requires that we continue to cultivate and celebrate the amazing things that chemistry is already well known for. But we must be more accessible to the non-chemistry community. Because at the end of the day, we do what we do – to serve them.
Learn more about Dr. John Warner, candidate for ACS President, by visiting his website.