Your guide to the ACS national meeting in Philly | August 1, 2016 Issue - Vol. 94 Issue 31 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 31 | p. 24 | Meetings
Issue Date: August 1, 2016

Your guide to the ACS national meeting in Philly

C&EN’s curated list of things to do, people to see, and science to learn
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: ACS meeting news, #ACSPhilly, ACS meeting, meetings, symposia, GMOs, Zika, Talented 12

Must-see presenters

* = Kavli speaker; ** = Plenary speaker
Click any speaker or symposium below to pull up a page with talk times and locations. You can even add them to your itinerary. For a downloadable PDF of our entire guide to what’s hot in Philly, click here. To get ACS’s complete national meeting app click here.

 
Andy Brunning
Popular blogger will share the secret to making a good chemistry infographic
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Andy Brunning
Popular blogger will share the secret to making a good chemistry infographic
Amy Cannon
Green chemistry education advocate, Beyond Benign Foundation
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Amy Cannon
Green chemistry education advocate, Beyond Benign Foundation
Robert Cassell
Founder of the nearby New Liberty Distillery will give a taste of the chemistry behind his spirits
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Robert Cassell
Founder of the nearby New Liberty Distillery will give a taste of the chemistry behind his spirits
Sheila David
DNA repair dynamo, UC Davis



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Sheila David
DNA repair dynamo, UC Davis



Andrew Dove
Using click chemistry to make slick materials, U of Warwick
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Andrew Dove
Using click chemistry to make slick materials, U of Warwick
Eilaf Egap
Bending polymers to her will to make semiconducting devices, Emory
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Eilaf Egap
Bending polymers to her will to make semiconducting devices, Emory
Omar Farha*
His metal-organic framework compounds fight chemical weapons by day … and night, Northwestern
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Omar Farha*
His metal-organic framework compounds fight chemical weapons by day … and night, Northwestern
Anne-Laure Grillot
She’ll tell the origin story of telaprevir, an antiviral that fights hepatitis C, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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Anne-Laure Grillot
She’ll tell the origin story of telaprevir, an antiviral that fights hepatitis C, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Taekjip Ha
Playing tug-of-war with cell receptors, Johns Hopkins U
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Taekjip Ha
Playing tug-of-war with cell receptors, Johns Hopkins U
Rolf Halden**
Sustainable chemistry superstar, Arizona State U
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Rolf Halden**
Sustainable chemistry superstar, Arizona State U
Bryana Henderson
Comet chemistry buff, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab at Caltech
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Bryana Henderson
Comet chemistry buff, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab at Caltech
Toshiko Ichiye
Putting the squeeze on enzymes to see what makes them tick, Georgetown U

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Toshiko Ichiye
Putting the squeeze on enzymes to see what makes them tick, Georgetown U

Robin Macaluso
UT Arlington inorganicker will share tales of making nifty solid-state materials
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Robin Macaluso
UT Arlington inorganicker will share tales of making nifty solid-state materials
Robert Margolskee
Sweet! He’ll explain how your taste cells detect sugars and noncaloric sweeteners differently, Monell Chemical Senses Center
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Robert Margolskee
Sweet! He’ll explain how your taste cells detect sugars and noncaloric sweeteners differently, Monell Chemical Senses Center
Joseph Martinelli
Safely using oxygen to carry out oxidation reactions in flow reactors, Eli Lilly & Co.
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Joseph Martinelli
Safely using oxygen to carry out oxidation reactions in flow reactors, Eli Lilly & Co.
Willie May**
National Institute of Standards & Technology director will make a case for better and better analytical measurements


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Willie May**
National Institute of Standards & Technology director will make a case for better and better analytical measurements


Chad Mirkin*
Nanotech magnate, Northwestern
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Chad Mirkin*
Nanotech magnate, Northwestern
Kimberly Prather**
Atmospheric chemistry ace, UC San Diego
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Kimberly Prather**
Atmospheric chemistry ace, UC San Diego
Albert Robichaud
Sage Therapeutics CSO will unveil a potential antiseizure treatment
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Albert Robichaud
Sage Therapeutics CSO will unveil a potential antiseizure treatment
Bozhi Tian
U of Chicago chemist interfaces silicon materials with tissue … to create cyborgs. Just kidding. We think.
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Bozhi Tian
U of Chicago chemist interfaces silicon materials with tissue … to create cyborgs. Just kidding. We think.

 

Getting your bearings

There are plenty of things walkable from the convention center.
Fire up your Pokémon Go.

 

1. Pennsylvania Convention Center: Your chemventure starts here.

2. Reading Terminal Market: Feed your face here. And don’t forget to try some Pennsylvania Dutch treats. Scrapple, anyone?

3. City Hall: Sitting atop this fine building is an 11-meter-tall bronze statue of William Penn, founder of “Penn’s Woods,” aka Pennsylvania.

4. Love Statue: The iconic sculpture has temporarily moved across the street while LOVE Park gets an overhaul. Selfie detour.

5. Comcast Center: Take a stroll through the lobby, which boasts a 195 sq-meter video wall.

6. Rittenhouse Square: Shop your heart out.

7. Franklin Institute: Climb inside a two-story-tall brain circuit and learn about “The Science Behind Pixar.”

11. Liberty Bell: Ding-dong. You can call on the cracked icon here.

12. Independence Hall: This is where it all began … and where “Give me your John Hancock” became a thing.

We asked readers on Twitter what to do and see in Philly.

Here are some of their favs.

Editor’s note: The Mütter Museum is a medical museum housing a mummified “Soap Lady” and slices of Albert Einstein’s brain, among other oddities. We recommend holding off on the cheesesteak until AFTER you visit.
Editor’s note: We agree. Check out the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s current exhibit “Science at Play,” displaying more than 250 chemistry sets and toys.
Editor’s note: We will refrain from giving our two cents on this one and further fanning the flames of rivalry among cheesesteak establishments in this fine city. Just have one. Somewhere.
Editor’s note: We’ll just add that the giant ice cream sundaes at Franklin Fountain are divine, too.

Symposia you shouldn’t miss

We hear you. The session possibilities are endless.
We’ve whittled them down for you.

2016 C&EN Talented 12

Monday AM

We’re unveiling this year’s class of rising stars in chemistry. Catch ‘em here before they get too famous.

Mobilizing Chemistry Expertise to Solve Humanitarian Problems

Sunday all day

Chemists Without Borders is bringing together scientists working to solve global problems. Stick around to learn what you can do.

Chemistry in America 1676–1876

Monday all day

We’re told this session will begin with an hour-long, costumed play about early chemistry at Harvard and Yale. Need we say more?

Kavli Symposium on Chemical Neurotransmission: What Are We Thinking?

Monday PM

Come to learn about chemical tools for mapping the brain. Stay for the rainbow-colored neurons firing in real time.

Chemistry, Safety & Technology of GMO Foods

Tuesday &Wednesday all day

Got questions about GMOs? Scientists of all stripes will answer them here by examining many aspects of this hot-button issue.

Controlling Zika Vector Mosquitoes

Wednesday all day

Chemists have joined the fight against the virus. Learn about their battle strategies.

Catalysis in Automotive Emission Control

Tuesday all day

Vroom vroom. Gear yourself up for this session on ways to clean up vehicle exhaust.

2016 C&EN Talented 12

Monday AM

We’re unveiling this year’s class of rising stars in chemistry. Catch ‘em here before they get too famous.

Mobilizing Chemistry Expertise to Solve Humanitarian Problems

Sunday all day

Chemists Without Borders is bringing together scientists working to solve global problems. Stick around to learn what you can do.

Chemistry in America 1676–1876

Monday all day

We’re told this session will begin with an hour-long, costumed play about early chemistry at Harvard and Yale. Need we say more?

Kavli Symposium on Chemical Neurotransmission: What Are We Thinking?

Monday PM

Come to learn about chemical tools for mapping the brain. Stay for the rainbow-colored neurons firing in real time.

Chemistry, Safety & Technology of GMO Foods

Tuesday &Wednesday all day

Got questions about GMOs? Scientists of all stripes will answer them here by examining many aspects of this hot-button issue.

Controlling Zika Vector Mosquitoes

Wednesday all day

Chemists have joined the fight against the virus. Learn about their battle strategies.

Catalysis in Automotive Emission Control

Tuesday all day

Vroom vroom. Gear yourself up for this session on ways to clean up vehicle exhaust.

 
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Cliff Burford (August 8, 2016 8:16 PM)
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