Chemical society convenes regional meeting in Santa Barbara, October 28-31


Almost 200 research findings are scheduled for presentation at the 37th Western regional meeting of the American Chemical Society, the worlds largest scientific society, in Santa Barbara, October 28-31. Approximately 300 scientists, including Nobel Laureates Sir Harold Kroto, F. Sherwood Rowland and Alan J. Heeger, as well as undergraduate and graduate students are expected to attend the meeting at Fess Parkers DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara (805-564-4333).

As part of the meeting, a regional Education Day will be held on Monday, October 28. This day of symposia and workshops is devoted to science education programs for K-12 teachers, community college instructors, high school students, and college undergraduates. Registration for this day only is $25.00.

Another regional meeting feature is the Women in Chemistry Day on Wednesday, October 31. Dr. Helen M. Free, past President of the American Chemical Society and of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry is the luncheon speaker. Dr. Free, a distinguished chemist who champions women in science, invented and developed the Dip and Read home diabetes test. She is also responsible for improving medical and clinical urinalysis testing.

The Women in Chemistry Day will convene a panel discussion at 10:30 a.m. on October 31 recognizing women and their contributions to science. Presenters include Dr. Free, and Drs. Alison Butler and Sandra Lamb of the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Brenda Makepeace-Cumberland of Goleta, California.

Other meeting highlights include:

  • A history of lead and its additives in gasoline Lead was used by petroleum refiners in the early 1920s to enhance the performance of gasoline and eliminate engine knock. Production changes resulting from orders of the U. S. Surgeon General in the late 1920s, led to an expansion of use nationwide

Contact: Sharon Worthy
American Chemical Society

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