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World's largest scientific society holds regional meeting in Columbia, Mo.

American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, will hold its 38th Midwest regional meeting, Nov. 5-7, in Columbia, Mo., at the University of Missouri's Memorial Union Building (573-882-5778). Over 380 scientific presentations will be made to approximately 600 scientists and students. Topics include the following:

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical education
  • Food chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Proteomics
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Surface chemistry

Meeting highlights include the Midwest regional award, sponsored by the St. Louis local section of the ACS, and the high school chemistry teaching award.

  • Kristin Bowman-James, a professor of chemistry at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, is the winner of the 2003 ACS Midwest Regional Award. Her research in molecular recognition is a major basis for the award. Bowman-James is considered by her colleagues as "one of the world's leading experts" in supramolecular chemistry. She has also contributed to public understanding and support of chemistry and chemical education through service to the Council on Chemical Research, the ACS, and research support agencies of the U.S. government. Bowman-James is also cited as a leader in advancing the cause of diversity and inclusiveness in chemistry.
  • Eugene Erickson, a teacher of chemistry and Advanced Placement chemistry at Lincoln Senior High School, in Sioux Falls, S. D., is the winner of the 2003 ACS Midwest Regional Award in High School Chemistry Teaching. He is recognized for making the teaching of chemistry fun and fostering interest in chemistry among his students. Erickson, a chemistry teacher at Lincoln since 1967, continually updates his presentations and has garnered the 1994 Presidential Award of Excellence in Science Teaching, the 1997-1998 South Dakota Science Teachers Association Service Award and numerous outstanding teacher awards throughout his career. He calls his career a "hobby" because of the pleasure it brings him.

Other presentations include the following:

Nov. 7

8:30 a.m.
Native prairie plants as sources of new pharmaceuticals - Kirk Manfredi, University of Northern Iowa, Department of Chemistry, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 319-273-2295,; and Kelly Kindscher, University of Kansas, Lawrence,

8:40 a.m.
Lipid chemistry in food: impact on human health and food quality - Eric Decker, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Chenoweth Lab, 413-545-1026,

10:20 a.m.
Functional foods expand food science and chemistry for human health - Dennis Gordon, North Dakota State University, Fargo,

11:00 a.m.
Flavor chemistry: a combination of analytical chemistry, organic chemistry and art - Ingolf Gruen, University of Missouri-Columbia, 573-882-6746,

1:55 p.m.
Everything you ever wanted to know about asphalt (but were afraid to ask) - David Jones IV, Owens Corning, Tampa, Fla., 813-908-1633,

2:15 p.m.
Chromatography of petroleum - John Green, Conocophillips Co., Bartlesville, Okla., 918-661-3542,

The general chair of the meeting is John Adams, University of Missouri at Columbia, 573-884-2597 or 573-268-5513, For more information, please see


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