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Posted: July 28, 2008

ACS National Meeting Aug. 17-21 offers bounty of news and features

(Nanowerk News) Thousands of scientists from around the world will gather in Philadelphia, PA, August 17-21 to report new discoveries in medicine, energy, environment, food science, and other fields that involve chemistry during the 236th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
With 160,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society. More than 12,000 of those scientists and others are expected for the 5-day event, one of the year’s largest scientific meetings. The sessions, held in the Pennsylvania Convention Center and downtown hotels, will feature more than 8,000 research reports. Among the newsworthy topics:
  • Advances toward new diagnostic tests for osteoarthritis, which threatens millions of Baby Boomers, and skin cancer, the most common form of cancer.
  • A heat-shedding coating that paves the way for a new generation of microspacecraft the size of a birthday cake.
  • An innovation in cancer surgery to help surgeons removing diseased tissue while sparing healthy structures nearby.
  • A previously unrecognized group of air pollutants that in a single day could expose a person to the same amount of damaging substances found in 300 cigarettes.
  • Updates on unwanted interactions between fruit juices and common prescription medications.
  • A link between a common childhood illness and an increased risk of obesity later in life.
  • The first detailed information on what happens to individual hairs on those “bad hair days.”
  • Producing the anticoagulant, heparin, without using pig intestines.
  • The meeting’s multi-disciplinary theme is Chemistry for Health: Catalyzing Translational Research, with talks on drug discovery, drug delivery and drug testing. Other areas of emphasis include nanoscience and international energy issues, which is the topic of a presidential symposium led by Bruce E. Bursten, Ph.D., ACS President and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
    The ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry will host a two-day special symposium, Legends of Environmental Chemistry, Aug. 18 - 19, with 15 speakers whose research has significantly impacted and influenced current thinking and practices in the field of environmental chemistry and science.
    Another highlight and presidential symposia topic will be a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Project SEED, the Society’s most successful social action program. Speakers will include past students and the mentors they worked with to conduct summer research projects in industry and academic institutions.
    About ACS
    The American Chemical Society — the world’s largest scientific society — is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.
    Source: American Chemical Society