Volume 95 Issue 30 | pp. 16-19
Issue Date: July 24, 2017

Chemists champion their future at 2017 National Organic Chemistry Symposium

Speakers at the meeting defend the field and call for more collaboration
By Tien M. Nguyen
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: synthesis, national organic symposium, Phil Baran, Sarah Reisman, chemistry, Wittig reaction, Martin Burke, students, collaboration

Paul Wender was standing center stage, delivering one of the final presentations of the 45th National Organic Chemistry Symposium (NOS). His talk had gone 20 minutes over the allotted time, but the crowd showed no signs of stirring.

Wender, a renowned chemist and Stanford University professor, was holding the audience in thrall as he neared the end of his description of an unpublished synthesis of bryostatin 1, a compound that has . . .

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