Smart fabrics and cancer-fighting foods are just a few of the research topics that will be highlighted at the 56th Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Nov. 10-13. About 900 papers will be presented and 2,000 scientists from around the world are expected to attend the meeting at the Sheraton Imperial Conference Center. Highlights of the meeting include:
"Smarter" fabrics and materials could mean better health, more comfort, less cleaning -- Polymers that help heal spinal cord injuries, suits that never need cleaning, and brighter, more comfortable sports uniforms are some of the promising developments offered by materials research. These and other developments, including a presentation on genetically-engineered spider silk for use in ultra-strong fabrics, will be highlighted in a daylong symposium, "New Developments in Textile Chemistry." (Saturday, Nov. 13, 8:10 - 5:00 p.m., Piedmont)
Cancer-fighting foods -- Tea, soy and red wine are among the growing number of popular foods found to contain disease-fighting chemicals, including some that may help prevent cancer. Research on these and other natural products will be examined in a special daylong symposium, "Bioactivities of Phytochemicals: Health Promotion, Human Nutrition and Food Supply." The bottom-line: eat more fruits and vegetables. (Saturday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Empire D)
Nobel-prize winning chemist to deliver plenary lecture -- John B. Fenn, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in chemistry, will deliver the plenary lecture. His topic, "Electrospray - Wings for Molecular Elephants," will describe some of the historical developments related to his award-winning work in the area of electrospray ionization, a technique that revolutionized the field of mass spectrometry and permitted the analysis of complex molecules such as peptides, proteins and DNA. Mass spectrometry is the technique used to map the human genome. (Thursday, Nov. 11, 5:15-6:30 p.m., Auditorium)
Banquet honoring Ernest Eliel -- Professor Ernest Eliel of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be honored at a banquet Nov. 12. Professor Eliel is a world-recognized scientist and a pioneer in stereochemistry and conformational analysis -- the relationship of molecules to one another. He is a past president of the American Chemical Society. (Friday, Nov. 12, 7:00 p.m., Crystal Coast Ballroom, $35/ticket, free for reporters)
The following awards will be presented at the meeting:
- Brian Looney -- ACS Industrial Innovation Award for work done at the Savannah River Technology Center in Aiken, S.C., on a method for supplying a volatile, nontoxic, nonflammable organic phosphate to contaminated soil for biomediation.
- Ben Yerxa -- ACS Industrial Innovation Award for work done at Inspire Pharmaceuticals in Durham, N.C., on identifying the role that P2Y2 receptors play in tear secretion which led to the development of a treatment for dry eye.
The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization, chartered by the U.S. Congress, with a multidisciplinary membership of more than 159,000 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.