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American Chemical Society national meeting features variety of presidential events

American Chemical Society

American Chemical Society (ACS) President Diane Grob Schmidt, Ph.D., will sponsor several events related to the theme of the ACS 250th National Meeting & Exposition, "Innovation from Discovery to Application." The meeting runs from Aug. 16 to 20 in Boston. The presidential events will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and area hotels.

The meeting's first presidential symposium, highlighting the research at the National Science Foundation's Centers for Chemical Innovation, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Burroughs Room, Westin Boston Waterfront, and then from 3 p.m. to 6 the Galleria Room, Westin Boston Waterfront. Speakers will include the heads of all eight Centers for Chemical Innovation. A poster session and reception will follow.

A symposium called "21st Century Education: Formal and Informal" will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Monday in room 158 at the convention center.

Also on Sunday, a symposium honoring Edwin Land and instant photography, sponsored by the ACS History Division, will be held from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 50 at the convention center. This symposium follows the National Historic Chemical Landmark designation on "Edwin Land and Instant Photography" at the MIT Museum on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 3:30 p.m.

On Monday, Aug.17, ACS will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ACS Scholars program with a special symposium, "ACS Scholars: Rising Stars in Industry," at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, Back Bay A Room, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. and from 1:45 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.

On Tuesday, Aug.18, an all-day symposium called, "Transforming University-Industry Partnerships for an Innovative Future," will be held in the Burroughs Room, Westin Boston Waterfront, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Speakers from both academia and corporations will highlight the role that better university-industry partnerships can play in driving more innovation.

The times and details of these presidential events and other recommended symposia can be found at


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