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Chemistry In Sports

American Chemical Society

BOSTON, Mass.-- Chemistry steps to the plate during the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, being held here Aug. 23-27, as top professionals in both chemistry and sports discuss the special bonds that unite the two fields.

The starting lineup for a special forum entitled "From Benzene Rings to Olympic Rings" includes chemist Tom Kennedy, director of research and development for Massachusetts-based Spalding Sports Worldwide, Dr. Marisa Pedulla, member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic judo team, and Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis Eckersley.

The forum will be held at the Society's Industry Pavilion in the Hynes Convention Center on Aug. 25, and is open to meeting registrants and members of the media.

As director of Spalding R&D, Kennedy is in a unique position to talk about the latest scientific advances and trends that could be incorporated into future sports equipment.

An avid golfer, he is currently working on a new golf ball that will give women and seniors a little extra yardage on the fairways. Olympian Pedulla, who started her judo career in Newburyport, Mass., won an unprecedented four consecutive collegiate national judo championships while pursuing her degree in chemistry, which she received summa cum laude.

Now a researcher at Washington State University, she will discuss the similarities between being a world-class athlete and a scientist.

Eckersley, who returned to the Red Sox this season after a nearly 15 year absence, is a six-time Major League All Star and was head coach for the Massachusetts Special Olympics softball team in 1982.

"The Eck," as he is known to Boston fans, will be available to sign baseballs.


Thomas Kennedy, III
Director, Research and Development
Spalding Sport Worldwide

Marisa Pedulla, Ph.D., (Member - 1996 U.S. Olympic judo team)
Research Associate
Washington State University

Dennis Eckersley
Boston Red Sox


Tuesday, Aug. 25; 2:15-3:30 p.m.


Hynes Convention Center
Exhibit Hall, Booth #222
ACS Industry Pavilion

For Further Information Contact:

Nancy Blount, (202) 872-4451
August 20-27: Press Room , Convention Center, Room 308
Phone: (617) 351-6808; FAX: (617) 351-6820


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