Public Release:  American Chemical Society national meeting: San Francisco, Sept. 10-14

American Chemical Society

Washington -- With hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters galvanizing public attention, the world's largest scientific organization has chosen disaster prevention and recovery as the multidisciplinary theme of its upcoming 232nd national meeting in San Francisco, Sept. 10-14.

Mark your calendars now for the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society, whose 158,000 members comprise the world's largest scientific organization devoted to a single science. Although disasters are the theme, this ACS national meeting offers an amazingly rich variety of spot news, features and background for media who cover science, medicine, health, food, energy, environment and business.

Modern chemistry may be the most multi-disciplinary science, and this meeting promises to include newsworthy topics spanning science's horizons from astronomy to zoology, including:

  • Exciting advances in nanomedicine and other areas of nanotechnology
  • A symposium on molecular cuisine in which scientists team with chefs
  • Health threats from mycotoxins and allergens in food
  • Nuclear forensic science and its role in detecting and tracking illicit nuclear material
  • The next generation of solar cells and other renewable sources of energy.
  • New findings on Hurricane Katrina's environmental impact
  • A symposium honoring the late Nobel laureate Richard Smalley that includes dozens of reports on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and their potential uses in nanotechnology, electronics, optics and other fields. One tantalizing report is entitled "The Strongest Fiber There Will Ever Be."
  • The latest progress in finding new biomarkers for killer diseases
  • New protein-based drugs and delivery of genes for gene therapy

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For reporters unable to travel to the beautiful Bay Area, the ACS News Service will offer an enhanced media kit with dozens of non-technical summaries of the presentations, news releases and other resources. The media kit, with embargoed content, will be available in mid-August. News Service staff will be available to arrange telephone interviews. Remote access will be available to daily press conferences, and the News Service's weblog will provide the sights, sounds and news bites from the sessions.

Embargoed news releases will be available on EurekAlert! in mid-August. The ACS News Service will post the releases, once an embargo is lifted, at www.chemistry.org/news.

For media registration and meeting information email newsservice@acs.org or go to: http://chemistry.org/news/acs_media_registration.html.

Mark Your Calendars

WHAT The 232nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society -- This is one of the largest and most important scientific meetings of the year. (ACS holds two major national meetings each year in various cities.)

WHEN September 10-14, 2006 -- Make hotel reservations early. The ACS Housing Bureau is now accepting reservations at www.chemistry.org.

WHERE San Francisco, Calif. -- The San Francisco Convention Center and surrrounding hotels.

WHO About 15,000 scientists and other attendees will present 10,000 scientific reports.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization, chartered by the U.S. Congress, with a multidisciplinary membership of more than 158,000 chemists and chemical engineers. It publishes numerous scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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