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Presidential sessions focus on face of chemistry in 2015

American Chemical Society


WASHINGTON -- Throughout 2005, American Chemical Society President William F. Carroll, Jr., Ph.D., is leading a Society-wide effort to anticipate how the chemistry enterprise landscape will change during the next 10 years. The focus is on education, industry and government.

The objective is to understand how ACS can help chemical scientists prepare for these changes and take advantage of the opportunities they will offer. Some of the symposia scheduled for the ACS 230th National Meeting, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, are designed to predict the state of chemistry by 2015. They include:

Sunday, Aug. 28

"Chemical Enterprise 2015: Plenary" -- 1:30 p.m. to 4:40 p.m., Washington Convention Center, Room 146B -- A variety of experts will predict the future of chemistry 10 years from now. Speakers will speculate on how more global manufacturing shifts to China, skyrocketing energy prices and the growing need for new materials may reshape the chemistry landscape and offer more challenges and opportunities by the start of the next decade. Speakers include: ACS President Carroll; Douglas J. Raber, GreenPoint Science; Oded Shenkar, Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business; Jennifer L. Turner, China Environment Forum, Woodrow Wilson Center; and Martha Gilchrist Moore, Moore Economics. [Embargoed: 1:30 p.m., Aug. 28]

"Future Face of Chemistry - 10th Anniversary of the Scholars Program" -- 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., JW Marriott, Salon I -- The Society is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the ACS Scholars Program, one of the first financial support efforts to help underrepresented minorities pursue undergraduate degrees in the chemical sciences. Past scholars, corporate leaders and mentors will talk about their experience in the program, which has awarded a total of $8.2 million to students. This special event includes remarks by: President Carroll; Madeleine Jacobs, ACS Executive Director & CEO; Carlos Gutierrez, California State University; Gordon McCarty, ACS Board of Directors; and S. Allen Heininger, former ACS President. [IMMEDIATE RELEASE]

Monday, Aug. 29

"The Future of Chemical Plant Security: Where Will We Be in 2015?" -- 8:30 a.m. to 4:25 p.m., Washington Convention Center, Room 207A -- Reducing vulnerabilities at chemical facilities will be addressed during this special one-day symposium. Since Sept. 11, 2001, safety and security have become priorities for all sectors of society, particularly for chemists and the facilities where they work. Sharing best practices and best principles for safe and secure design is critical to improvement now and in the future. This Presidential symposium features discussions by: President Carroll; Charles McQueary, Undersecretary for Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security; Carolyn W. Merritt, U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board; Scott Berger, Center for Chemical Process Safety, American Institute of Chemical Engineers; Dorothy Kellogg, American Chemistry Council; Stephen Elliott, Chemical Industries Association; William R. Koch, Air Products & Chemicals; Dana A. Shea, Library of Congress; Greg Keeports, Rohm & Haas, Inc.; and Steven G. Oberg, University of Nevada. [Embargoed: 8:30 a.m., Aug. 29]

"Global Environmental Regulation: Regulation of Chemicals -- A View Towards 2015" -- 1:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m., Washington Convention Center, Room 102A -- This symposium is related to the Enterprise 2015 project and is aimed at predicting how changes over the next decade will affect the future of chemistry, particularly in the areas of regional and global regulation. Panelists include President Carroll; John Buccini, United Nations Environment Programme; Jim Willis, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Tony Janetos, The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment; and Jurgen H. Exner, consultant in environmental chemistry. [Embargoed: 1:30 p.m., Aug. 29]

Tuesday, Aug. 30

"Envisioning Undergraduate Chemistry Education in 2015: A Community Dialog" -- 8:30 a.m. to noon, Washington Convention Center, Room 207A -- This session will focus on what 2015 chemistry graduates should know upon completing their formal education. The panelists also will explore multidisciplinary approaches to chemistry and ways to promote diversity in the field. This Presidential Event features Marye Anne Fox, University of California, San Diego; Isiah M. Warner, Louisiana State University; Eileen L. Lewis, University of California at Berkeley; Gabriela C. Weaver, Purdue University; G. Sitta Sittampalam, Lilly Research Laboratories; and Arthur B. Ellis, National Science Foundation. [Embargoed: 8:30 a.m., Aug. 30]

"University Chief Executives on the Future of Education" -- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Washington Convention Center, Room 207 A -- This session brings together some of the nation's foremost educators and university leaders who will share their predictions on how education will change over the next 10 years. Speakers include: Marye Anne Fox, University of California, San Diego; John D. Peterson, University of Tennessee; Mark S. Wrighton, Washington University; and Thomas R. Tritton, Haverford College. [Embargoed: 2:00 p.m., Aug. 30]

Wednesday, Aug. 31

"New Frontiers at the Interface Between High School and University Teachers" -- 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Renaissance Washington, Room 4 -- For decades there has been little interaction between college and high school chemistry teachers, but this relationship is now changing. Panelists will discuss revolutionary techniques designed to help build an interface for educational practices and research, especially in light of the increased emphasis on high school advanced placement courses. This symposium, sponsored by the ACS Division of Chemical Education, includes discussions by Allen D. Hunter, Youngstown State University; Richard L. Nafshun, Oregon State University; Dominick J. Casadonte, Jr., Texas Tech University; Jose Zambrana, Jr., City University of New York; John R. Miecznikowski, Boston University; and William E. Snyder, Youngstown State University. [Embargoed: 8:30 a.m., Aug. 31]

"Biorefineries - Renewable Fuels and Chemicals" -- 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., Grand Hyatt, Constitution Ballroom C -- In an era of skyrocketing fuel costs, experts in this two-part symposium will discuss the biorefinery concept that allows for a maximum return on limited biomass resources for production of fuels, chemicals and power to reduce the United States' dependence on foreign petroleum imports. The development of alternative fuels using corn and beans is on the agenda for this session. Speakers include J. Michael Robinson, University of Texas; Tina Jeoh and Claudia Ishizawa, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; W. Scott Miller, University of Mississippi; Terry L. Marker, UOP; Ed Olson, University of North Dakota; Dennis J. Miller, Michigan State University; J.E. Neber, Biofuel B.V.; Kouichi Miura, Kyoto University; Eun-Jae Shin, Colorado School of Mines; Karen Wilson, University of York; Douglas Kaempf, U.S. Department of Energy; Todd A. Werpy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; A.V. Bridgwater, Aston University; James R. Stoppert, Cargill; A. T. Brix, International Polyol Chemicals Inc.; and Luiz Fernando Leite, CENPES R&D Center. [Embargoed: 8:15 a.m., Aug. 31]


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