National Meetings

ACS Fall National Meeting, San Francisco, August 2014

Advancing Chemistry and Communicating Chemistry: Looking Around and Looking Ahead with Bassam Shakhashiri
Monday, August 11 ‚ÄĘ 8:00 am. - 5:15 p.m.
Moscone Center, South Building, Esplanade Ballroom 304

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2014 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, San Francisco, April 2014

Wednesday, April 22
Symposium: Educating and Mentoring Young Materials Scientists for Career Development
"Advancing Graduate Education and Research in the Chemical Sciences"
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8:30 a.m.

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ACS Spring National Meeting, Dallas, March 2014

Monday, March 17, 8:00 a.m.
Benefits of Chemistry in Our Lives

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Why is it important to maintain the public image of chemistry? (Thomas Barton)
Contributions of chemistry to energy and transportation (William F. Carroll)
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Conversations on chemistry and the environment: Engaging chemists and the public (Bassam Shakhashiri)
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Communication and entertainment without chemistry (Attila Pavlath)
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Bio-responsive molecules: Formidable weapons in medicine's arsenal (Ned Heindel)
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How chemistry has improved our food supply (Elizabeth Ann Nalley)
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Tuesday, March 18
Earle B. Barnes Award for Leadership in Chemical Research Management:
Symposium in Honor of William F. Banholzer

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Wednesday, March 19, 8:30 a.m.
Changing Atmospheric Chemistry: Environmental Implications of Land-Air Interactions
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Climate Change Challenges: Responsibilities of Chemists and the ACS (Bassam Shakhashiri)
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The ACS Climate Science Toolkit (Jerry Bell)
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Organic emissions from terrestrial ecosystems: Their role in the Climate System and interactions with emissions from human activities (Alex Guenther)
Disruption of Forest-Atmosphere Interactions Related to Changing Atmospheric Chemistry (Walter Shortle)
Adaptation of higher plants to changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration (James Bunce)
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Non-enzymatic decomposition of lignocellulose by brown rot fungi and the role it plays in carbon sequestration and cycling (Barry Goodell)

ACS Fall 2013 National Meeting, Indianapolis, September 2013

Sunday, September 8
The Last 25 Years of Carl Djerassi
Beyond Chemistry: Drama, Fiction, Poetry, Short Story, and Autobiography 
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ACS Spring 2013 National Meeting, New Orleans, April 2013

Understanding Climate Science: A Scientist's Responsibility
Monday, April 8
The speakers discuss new interactive tools that demystify the science behind climate change,
integrating lessons from the past, climate communication from a science perspective,
and the responsibility scientists have to communicate effectively.

Water: A Grand Challenge for Science and Society
Tuesday, April 9
The speakers discuss water sustainability, technological and institutional challenges,
the convergence of nanotechnology and microbiology,
and how Dow technologies are confronting the water challenge.

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A New Vision of Chemistry Graduate Education
Tuesday, April 9
Larry Faulkner and Paul Houston discuss the big questions facing the
ACS Commission on Advancing Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences,
and the recommendations of the commission's working groups.

ACS Fall 2012 National Meeting, Philadelphia, August 2012
Presidential Symposia and Events

Communicating Chemistry & Public Engagement: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of National Chemistry Week

Scientists in town for topics cosmic and microscopic
(from The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Forensic Science and The Innocence Project
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Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Penn State University, July 2012
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22nd International Conference on Chemical Education, Rome, July 2012
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View a video of the Briggs-Rauscher Reaction
View a video of the Battery-Operated Chemical Reaction

ACS Spring 2012 National Meeting, San Diego, March, 2012

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Production of Fuel Directly from Sunlight: A Grand Challenge for Chemistry of the 21st Century

Presidential Symposium on Catalysis

ACS Fall 2011 National Meeting, Denver, August 29, 2011
43rd IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 1, 2011
"Chemistry & Culture"
2011 Science Olympiad National Tournament Grand Opening Ceremony, May 20, 2011
ACS Spring 2011 National Meeting, Anaheim, March 29, 2011
"On Advancing Science, Technology and Human Rights"
IYC Launch in Belgium, February 25-March 6, 2011