When the fall 2008 National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) convened on August 17, faculty and students from the University's Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry were well represented. All told eight faculty members and another three research associates and postdoctoral fellows, presented posters, talks, or attended the event. Additionally, nine graduate and three undergraduate students participated in poster presentations, joined by two recent alumni.
(Caption: As part of the festivities, the department hosted a dinner for the alumni of all its degree programs.)
Dr. Preston Moore, who directs the West Center
for Computational Chemistry and Drug Design, presided over one of the sessions held in the Physical Chemistry division in addition to giving three talks. Dr. Alexander Sidorenko also co-chaired a session in the Polymeric Materials Division, in addition to giving one talk and presenting a poster on his research.
“The ACS national fall meeting is the largest scientific meeting focused on the chemical sciences in the world, with anywhere from 12,000 to 15,000 scientists in attendance,” said Dr. Ed Birnbaum, who chairs the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, “and the USP contingent of faculty and students attending this year’s meeting is probably the largest ever.”
The 236th ACS National Meeting & Exposition is taking place August 17-21, 2008, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center
and hotels around the city. The technical program featured original programming hosted by 31 technical divisions, one sec
retariat, three committees, and the ACS president and will include thematic programming around "Chemistry for Health: Catalyzing Translational Research."
As part of the festivities, on Monday, the department hosted a dinner for the alumni of all its degree programs, including BS programs in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and MS and PhD programs in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmacognosy.