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Challenges And Visions: Chemical Research- 2000 And Beyond

Rockefeller University

At CHALLENGES AND VISIONS: CHEMICAL RESEARCH - 2000 AND BEYOND, six Nobel laureates in the field of chemistry will join leaders in industry and academia to discuss and present research that will determine the direction of chemistry in the future. The speakers will make technical presentations on their current research, how it points to the future of chemistry and factors that might impede the progress of research in the United States. More than 400 people are expected to attend. SEE AGENDA BELOW.

Members of the media with valid press credentials may attend the meeting free of charge (lunch on your own). A registration fee will be charged for others: $45 for ACS members, $55 for nonmembers and includes lunch. Special rates for students and meeting-only fees are available.

Media and the public may register by contacting Prof. Paul Barkan, Chair, ACS New York Section at (914) 785-6918 or Fax: (914) 785-6565, OR the ACS Public Outreach Office at 202-872-4451 OR the Office of Public Affairs at Rockefeller at 212-327-7900,


8:15 a.m. Registration and Coffee

9:00 a.m. Greetings

Dr. Torsten N. Wiesel
President, The Rockefeller University;
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1981

9:05 a.m. Opening of the Symposium

Prof. Paul Barkan
Chair, New York Section, American Chemical Society

9:15 a.m. The Changing Chemistry of the Atmosphere: A Challenge for the 21st Century

Dr. Mario J. Molina
Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1995

9:50 a.m. Oil, Gas and Hydrocarbons in the 21st Century

Dr. George A. Olah
Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Distinguished Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Southern California;
Director, Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute;
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1994

10:25 a.m. Partners for Productivity

Dr. Paul S. Anderson
Senior Vice President of Chemical and Physical Sciences,
The DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company;
President, American Chemical Society, 1997

10:55 a.m. Coffee Break

11:15 a.m. Trapping Molecules and Liberating Catalysts

Dr. Dudley R. Herschbach
Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science, Harvard University;
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1986

11:50 a.m. Tunable Infrared Laser Sources: From the Laboratory towards the Rice Paddy

Dr. Robert F. Curl
Robert C. & Olga K. Wiess Professor of Natural Science, Rice University;
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1996

12:20 p.m. Luncheon at the Manhattan Cafe, 1161 First Ave. @ 64th St.
Fee and reservations required (can be made when registering).

1:40 p.m. The Growing Impact of the Structure-Function Relationship

Dr. William N. Lipscomb, Jr.
Abbott and James Lawrence Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University;
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1976

2:15 p.m. Fullerenes In Our Future

Dr. Richard E. Smalley
Gene and Norman Hackerman Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics, Rice University;
Director, Rice Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology;
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1996

2:50 p.m. Break


Challenges for the Future of Chemistry
Dr. Ronald Breslow, Presiding
Samuel Latham Mitchill Professor of Chemistry and University Professor, Columbia University;
Immediate Past President, American Chemical Society

Setting Sustainable Research Priorities
Honorable Robert S. Walker
President, The Wexler Group;
U.S. House of Representatives (ret.), Chairman, House Science Committee 1996, Chairman, House Republican Leadership

A Perspective from the Media
Robert F. Service
Research News Writer, Science

4:50 p.m. SUMMATION

Dr. Ronald Breslow

The American Chemical Society is the largest professional scientific organization devoted to a single discipline with a membership of over 152,000. The New York Section represents the chemical scientists of the five boroughs of New York City and the counties of Hudson-Bergen, Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester. Together with its subsections and topical groups, it presents outstanding technical programs in the varied areas of chemistry as well as on scientific issues that impact public policy.

RU began in 1901 as the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, the first U.S. biomedical research center. Rockefeller faculty members have made significant achievements, including the discovery that DNA is the carrier of genetic information and the launching of the scientific field of modern cell biology. The university has ties to 19 Nobel laureates, including the president, Torsten N. Wiesel, M.D., who received the prize in 1981. Recently, the university created five centers to foster collaborations among scientists to pursue investigations of Alzheimer's Disease, of biochemistry and structural biology, of human genetics, of sensory neurosciences and of the links between physics and biology.


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