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World's largest scientific society convenes regional meeting June 2-4 in Indianapolis

American Chemical Society


More than 460 research papers will be presented at the 36th Central regional meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, in Indianapolis, June 2-4. Approximately 800 scientists are expected to attend the meeting on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. Topics of interest to the public include:

  • Chemistry of auto racing
  • Studies on Alzheimer's disease
  • Chemical analysis of a portrait of Shakespeare
  • Chemistry of outer space

Wednesday, June 2:

Chemistry of outer space ;-- A one-day symposium will explore intriguing space-related topics such as the formation of interstellar biomolecules as well as the chemistry and birth of stars. (Abstracts 36-39 and 99-101, Wednesday, June 2, 9:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Conference Center, Room 223; Organizer: Lewis E. Snyder, University of Illinois, Urbana, 217-333-3090,

Computational solutions to Alzheimer's disease -- Researchers will discuss progress in the fight against Alzheimer's disease, including promising targets, improved drug-design and new treatment insights gained through computer modeling.(Abstracts 75-78, Wednesday, June 2, 1:30 p.m.-4:50 p.m., Conference Center, Room 222; Organizer: Don Boyd, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, 317-274-6891,

Thursday, June 3:

From Shakespeare's portrait to the Vinland map: the role of analytical chemistry in art, archaeology -- Analytical chemistry plays a critical role in solving some of the great mysteries of art and archaeology, especially when it comes to evaluating possible fraudulent works. Highlights of this symposium include a scientific examination of the Sanders portrait of William Shakespeare, which may be the only likeness of the famous writer made during his lifetime, and a review of the sampling and analytical techniques used to evaluate the Vinland map, which may be the only map representing North America prior to Columbus. (Abstracts 220-226, Thursday, June 3, 1:30 p.m.-5:05 p.m., Conference Center, Room 118; Organizer: Patricia Lang, Ball State University, Muncie, 765-285-5516,

Forensic chemistry: from DNA to duct tape -- A one-day symposium will explore the role of analytical chemistry in forensic case studies, including the identification of skeletal remains, examination of residues from potential arson scenes, DNA analysis and even an unusual analysis of the chemistry of duct tape that is sometimes found in crime scenes. (Abstracts 140-143, 216-219, Thursday, June 3, 8:30 a.m.-5:10 p.m., Conference Center, Room 208; Organizers: Mark Ahonen, Kathy Boone, Indiana State Police Crime Lab, Indianapolis, 317-899-8521,

Friday, June 4:

The chemistry of auto racing -- From the Indianapolis 500 to the Brickyard 400, auto racing rules in Indy. A special symposium will examine some of the important chemistry that is involved behind the scenes. Featured topics will include fuel testing, oil analysis, tire composition as well as a review of composites and coatings for improved race performance. (Abstracts 308-312, Friday, June 4, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Conference Center, Room 118; Organizer: Joseph Turpin, Lilly Research Laboratories, Indianapolis, 317-276-9626,

Natural products: insights into discovery, development -- Nature continues to be a treasure trove of beneficial chemical compounds, many of which have medicinal value. This symposium will explore research findings related to this topic, including new antifungal agents from marine cyanobacteria and the role of mass spectrometry in the discovery and development of promising agrochemicals. (Abstracts 401-404, Friday, June 4, 1:30 p.m.-4:05 p.m., Conference Center, Room 222; Organizer: Paul Lewer, Dow AgroSciences, Zionsville, 317-337-3671,

In addition, the following awards will be presented at the meeting:

  • Hamid G. Kia, Ph.D., principal research engineer, and Harry A. Mitchell, staff scientist, at General Motors R&D Center in Warren, Mich., will receive an ACS Industrial Innovation Award for developing a family of lighter-weight composite materials called Dbl-Lite that are currently being used on various GM cars.
  • David Henton, Ph.D., of The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Mich., will receive an ACS Industrial Innovation Award for work in the development of commercial plastics and polymers.

Additional details can be found at The general chair of the meeting is David J. Malik, 317-274-6884, The technical program chair is Robert Pribush, 317-940-9406 All press inquiries should be directed to Brian Mathes, 317-277-7720,


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