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250th ACS National Meeting

Boston, Aug. 16–20

by Craig Bettenhausen
July 27, 2015 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 93, ISSUE 30

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A statue of George Washington located at the entry of the Boston Public Garden; the statue is an iconic symbol of the city.

“Innovation From Discovery To Application” will be the theme in Boston this August. A plenary session on that topic will be held on Sunday, Aug. 16, from 3 to 5 PM and will feature Paula Hammond from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Peter Schultz from Scripps Research Institute California, and Karen Wooley from Texas A&M University. Many notable symposia are scheduled, including “Small Splash, Big Waves: Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions” and “Innovation in Materials for Emerging Uses.”

To download a pdf of the final program for the fall 2015 ACS national meeting in Boston, Aug. 16–20, visit (C&EN, July 27, pages 61–84). For more information about the conference, contact the meetings department,

ACS President Diane Grob Schmidt will host 29 technical divisions and nine committees in original programming over 836 half-day oral sessions and 134 poster sessions, including Sci-Mix. More than 9,200 papers and nearly 3,000 posters will be presented at the meeting.

In concert with the meeting theme, Schmidt will sponsor several presidential events. On Sunday, Aug. 16, “National Science Foundation’s Centers for Chemical Innovation” highlights the research at that institution and features the heads of all eight Centers for Chemical Innovation. On Tuesday, Aug. 18, during “Transforming University-Industry Partnerships for an Innovative Future,” speakers from both academia and industry will highlight the role better university-corporate partnerships can play in driving more innovation. Details on these and other presidential events can be found at

Many education-focused programs for high school teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and chemical professionals will be offered. A range of professional development courses will be available; ACS Professional Education Short Courses have a separate registration and fee. For job seekers and employers, the career fair will provide opportunities for on-site interviews, one-on-one career assistance, and career-related workshops.

The exposition will feature more than 250 companies showcasing services, in­struments, books, and lab equipment in more than 400 booths.



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Barbara Hurwitz (July 28, 2015 1:06 PM)
No one in Boston calls it Beantown. It's BOSTON.

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