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ACS Meeting News

Your guide to the ACS Spring 2020 National Meeting in Philadelphia

C&EN's editors pick the speakers and symposia to catch

by Celia Henry Arnaud
February 24, 2020 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 98, Issue 8
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Must-see presenters

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Lydia Contreras,
University of Texas at Austin
Harnessing RNA as a built-in biosensor
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Sambeeta Das,
University of Delaware
Using magnetic micromotors to steer signaling molecules
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Ulrica Edlund,
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Developing materials for clean air and water
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Millicent Firestone,
Los Alamos National Laboratory
3-D printing shape-changing nanoparticle composites
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Maria Gallardo-Williams,
North Carolina State University
Improving inclusion in the classroom by using virtual reality
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Eric Garber,
US Food and Drug Administration
Detecting 15 food allergens, plus gluten, in a single assay
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Niveen Khashab,
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Fine-tuning the microporosity of supramolecular structures
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Tamar Kohn,
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)
Measuring how ozone inactivates waterborne viruses
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Kimberley Lentz,
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Predicting the correct human dose for drugs
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Kathleen Reape,
Spark Therapeutics
Getting a gene therapy approved
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Robert Strongin,
Portland State University
Analyzing aerosols formed from cannabis extracts during vaping

Your scheduling assistant

There are so many symposia to choose from. Here are a few to get you started.

Graph Theory Underpinning New Domains of Physical Chemistry

Machine learning can reveal the what of data correlations but can’t explain the why. For that, there’s graph theory.

Sunday a.m./p.m., Monday a.m.

Food Packaging Materials: Safety, Active Packaging & Sustainability

Scientists will describe developments to make packaging materials that keep food safe and fresh.

Sunday a.m./p.m., Monday a.m./p.m., Tuesday a.m.

Chemical Safety Film Festival

Come learn what makes a good safety video, and watch excerpts from some of the best.

Sunday p.m.

Scientists Running for Public Office

In this panel discussion, scientist candidates will describe their experiences on the campaign trail.

Sunday p.m.

Meet C&EN’s 2020 Trailblazers: The Women Reshaping Chemistry’s Start-Up Landscape

This symposium featuring women entrepreneurs will be preceded by a Power Hour breakfast cohosted by the Gordon Research Conferences.

Monday a.m.

Strategies for Optimizing & Predicting Human Dose

Pharma scientists will talk about the challenges of accurately predicting the best dose for a drug early in the development process.

Monday a.m.

Challenges & Opportunities for Inclusive Chemistry Curriculum Design

Educators will discuss how strategies such as course-based research experiences can lead to a more inclusive curriculum.

Monday a.m.

Mental Health & Graduate School

This panel discussion will feature honest talk on the mental health challenges that graduate students face. Audience members will be able to participate in an anonymous Q&A moderated by C&EN.

Monday a.m.

Re-envisioning Chemistry’s Role in Environmental Sustainability: Perspectives on Progress & Future Directions

Chemists are key players in achieving environmental sustainability. This session will address issues such as green engineering, the circular economy, and critical education needs.

Tuesday a.m./p.m.

Macromolecular Science at the Dawn of Its Second Century

A century ago, the publication of Hermann Staudinger’s macromolecular hypothesis launched the field of polymer chemistry. This symposium will look at the current state of the field and the challenges ahead.

Tuesday a.m./p.m., Wednesday a.m./p.m.


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