ACS National Meeting - San Diego 2016

Computers in Chemistry

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T wenty-nine technical divisions and five com- mittees are hosting original programming based on the meeting theme of Computers in Chemistry. More than 12,000 papers will be pre- sented, and nearly 5,000 poster presentations will take place at the meeting. As well, there are a number of special events planned throughout the meeting. The ACS Board of Directors Regular Meeting will be an opportunity to hear Amy Har- mon, New York Times National Correspondent, talk about 'Telling Science Stories: Dispatch from a Conflict Zone.' Please join your colleagues from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 20D of the San Diego Convention Center. The presidential programming promises excellent science as well as opportunities to become involved in discussions and community efforts to address member concerns. On Sunday afternoon, "Discussions with the President's Task Force on Employment" will present speakers from academe, govern- ment, and industry reporting the results of last year's efforts on topics pertinent to unemployment in the chemical sciences. Representatives from publishers of comprehensive undergradu- ate organic chemistry textbooks will speak Monday morning addressing the question "Is there a Crisis in Organic Chem- istry? They will discuss changes in organic chemistry prereq- uisites, current teaching methods, and responses of organic chemistry programs, professors, and requirements. Monday afternoon, researchers will present their demographic data, disaggregated by race and gender, on various sectors of the chemical sciences in a symposium titled "Diversity — Quantifi- cation — Success." In order to encourage community efforts to address member concerns in each of these three areas, there will be corresponding contributed Presidential posters sessions on Sunday evening, and on Monday evening during Sci-Mix. All of the above programming was designed to respond to the concerns of ACS members. Therefore, members now have the opportunity to address these community concerns by attending and participating in the discussions. "How to Foster Diversity in the Chemical Sciences: Lessons Learned and Taught from the Stories of Recipients of the Stanley C. Israel Award" promises ideas and inspira- tion for increasing diversity in our communi- ties. Finally, the Dreyfus Award Symposium will honor its most recent recipient of this award, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, by focus- ing on "Making Molecules and Materials." Details of these symposia can be found at www.acs.org/sandiego2016. On Monday afternoon, Dr. Rommie Amaro, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Bio- chemistry at the University of California, San Diego will deliver The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture on 'Computing Cures: Enabling Chemical Discovery through the Lens of a Computational Microscope.' Dr. Emily Carter, Founding Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University then will give the The Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture (San Diego Convention Center, Ballroom 20 A–C) on 'Quantum Solu- tions for a Sustainable Energy Future.' A range of professional development classes will be available; ACS Short Courses have a separate registration and fee. Job seekers can meet and interview with potential employers at the ACS Career Fair, find one-on-one career assistance, and pick among more than 20 career workshops. The exposition will feature more than 250 companies that will showcase services, instruments, books, lab equipment, and much more in more than 400 booths. I express thanks to members of the San Diego Local Section, the Committee on Meetings and Expositions, the divisional program and symposium chairs who organized the technical sessions, ACS staff, and thanks to all of you for attending. Donna J. Nelson ACS President PHOTO: DAVID MCNEESE. Welcome to San Diego and the 251st ACS National Meeting ® Donna J. Nelson ACS President

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