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July 2, 2012 Issue

Volume 90, Issue 27
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July 2, 2012 Issue, Vol. 90 | Iss. 27
Although 2011 was a profitable year for many firms, production figures signal a slowdown
By Business Department
(p.37)
Features
Science & Technology
Scientists debate public health impact of the prionlike behavior of neurodegenerative proteins (pp. 24-26)
Education
Higher education system in the U.S., engendered by the Morrill Act, sees its mission challenged (pp. 28-30)
Back Issues
 
Earnings Up Amid Weak Economy
As underlying demand wobbled, chemical firms used pricing power to improve finances
(pp. 38-51)
Consolidation Muddies Jobs Picture
Overall chemical employment grew slightly as acquisitions in the U.S. and Europe drove up company payrolls
(pp. 54-55)
Too Quiet After The Storm
After a rebound in 2010, chemical production hardly grew in 2011
(pp. 59-60)
Chemical Commerce Grows And Shifts
For the second year, trade in chemicals grew, especially with developing regions
(pp. 68-71)
 

News of the Week

Roche To Shutter New Jersey Labs

Pharmaceuticals: Planned closure is the latest big pharma retrenchment from the state
(p.7)

New Index Tracks Chemicals Sector

Business: Industry barometer indicates U.S. economy is slowing
(p.8)

Stem Cells Morph Into Blood-Brain Barrier

Chemical Biology: Scientists grow pieces of the brain’s defensive wall
(p.8)

FDA User Fee Programs Renewed

Congress passes legislation allowing agency to continue charging for drug, device reviews.
(p.9)

Reaching For Meta Substitution

Catalysis: C–H activation strategy might aid challenging problems in synthesis
(p.9)

Clariant To Sell Three Businesses

Specialties: Swiss firm pursues strategy to increase profitability, reduce market risks
(p.10)

Green-Building Standards Update Draws Fire

Energy: Proposed update to rating system sparks concern
(p.10)

Genomics Of White Rot Fungi Yields New Enzymes, Explains End Of Major Coal Formation

Comparative study of lignin-decaying organisms could open new avenues to biofuels
(p.11)

Why Supermarket Tomatoes Taste Bland

Plant Biology: Because of a genetic mutation, commercial tomatoes sacrifice flavor for uniform color
(p.11)
 

Departments

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Business

Attendees at Chemspec Europe measure progress throughout a protracted economic downturn
(pp. 14-15)
French firm builds a portfolio of monomers and polymers derived from plants
(pp. 16-17)
Although 2011 was a profitable year for many firms, production figures signal a slowdown
(p.37)
As underlying demand wobbled, chemical firms used pricing power to improve finances
(pp. 38-51)
Overall chemical employment grew slightly as acquisitions in the U.S. and Europe drove up company payrolls
(pp. 54-55)
For the second year, trade in chemicals grew, especially with developing regions
(pp. 68-71)
After a rebound in 2010, chemical production hardly grew in 2011
(pp. 59-60)

Education

Higher education system in the U.S., engendered by the Morrill Act, sees its mission challenged
(pp. 28-30)
Chemistry departments face decreasing budgets but increasing demand
(pp. 32-34)
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Science & Technology

Departing UC San Diego chancellor reflects on her career, plans to focus on teaching
(p.35)
Fighting sweat and its odor for more than a century
(p.27)
Scientists debate public health impact of the prionlike behavior of neurodegenerative proteins
(pp. 24-26)

Career & Employment

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