Forget pH meters. Forget electrolysis cells. The new exhibit sponsored by the American Chemical Society at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History is going to be state-of-the-art. Early ideas include: computer games inspired by the interactions of molecules, a working lab open to students, and hands-on experiments. (Real crowd-pleasers typically burn, explode or light up, according to R. Eric Leber, former staff director of public policy and communication atACS, who is scouring the country for ideas for this endeavor.) The $4.5 million exhibit is scheduled to open in the spring of 1992. Do you have suggestions for what this up-to-the-minute display should include? Contact:
R. Eric Leber or Gordon L. Nelson,
American Chemical Society, 1155
16th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.

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