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Chemists Gather in Anaheim

Spring national meeting draws more than 13,000 scientists

April 5, 2004 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 82, Issue 14

Anaheim's exposition was the largest ever at a West Coast national meeting.
Anaheim's exposition was the largest ever at a West Coast national meeting.

At the ACS National Meeting, held from March 28 to April 1 in Anaheim, Calif., more than 8,000 research papers were presented, and the largest ever ACS chemical exhibition on the West Coast--with nearly 500 booths--took place. The meeting drew just over 13,000 scientists and exhibitors to sunny Southern California.

A general theme of the meeting--nanotechnology--was reflected in several presidential sessions sponsored by ACS President Charles P. Casey: "Big Promise from Small Science: How Nanotechnology Will Change Our Lives," "Commercial Applications of Nanotechnology," and "Working in Nanotechnology: What Does It Take?"

Job seekers and graduate students listened as four leaders in nanotechnology business--Harris A. Goldberg, president and CEO of InMat; Margaret L. Blohm, manager of GE's nanotechnology program; Charles Z. Hotz, director of R&D at QuantumDot; and James C. Romine, director of materials science and engineering at DuPont--described the adventurous and unusual paths that led them to successful careers at the forefront of nanotechnology. Although each leader took a different route, all agreed that a strong, multidisciplinary scientific background, coupled with the courage to take risks, was key to getting them where they are today.

Jobs were on the minds of many meeting attendees. At this time of record-high unemployment for chemical scientists, ACS Career Services held 63 mock interviews, 151 résumé reviews, and 36 career workshops. NECH, the ACS employment center at national meetings, was active with 1,281 job seekers, 121 employers, and 1,579 scheduled interviews for 271 positions posted. (By comparison, last spring in New Orleans, 1,151 job seekers registered with NECH, as did 96 employers, with 151 representatives; 305 positions were posted, and 1,751 interviews were scheduled.)

In governance actions, the ACS Council voted to raise dues for 2005 to the fully escalated rate of $123.

Also at the council meeting, four candidates for 2005 president-elect--Edward M. Eyring, University of Utah; F. Sherwood Rowland, University of California, Irvine; Gary B. Schuster, Georgia Institute of Technology; and Isiah M. Warner, Louisiana State University--were introduced and gave short presentations. The council selected Rowland and Warner as candidates for 2005 president-elect. After announcing the results of the council election, Committee on Nominations & Elections Chair Valerie J. Kuck also announced that E. Ann Nalley, Cameron University, had been certified as a petition candidate for 2005 president-elect.

The Committee on Budget & Finance reported that ACS's overall financial performance for 2003 was favorable, despite serious financial challenges during the year. The society ended the year with a net deficit from ACS operations of $64,000. This year-end financial performance was $811,000 favorable to the 2003 approved budget. And, for the first time in three years, the society's financial performance, including investment gains, resulted in an increase to unrestricted net assets.

Year-end 2003 membership in ACS, at 159,332, was essentially unchanged from year-end 2002. The good year-end news is that the number of student members increased by nearly 4%, and the number of recent graduates who enrolled as members increased by 50%.



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