World's largest scientific society convenes regional meeting June 8 - 11 in Princeton, N.J.


More than 400 research papers will be presented at the 36th Middle Atlantic regional meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, in Princeton, N.J., June 8-11. Approximately 800 scientists and students are expected to attend the meeting on the Princeton University campus (McDonnell Hall and Jadwin Hall, 609-258-6115). Highlights include the following:

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Forensic chemistry
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry
  • Role of chemistry in homeland defense

Monday, June 9

9 a.m. - Noon

New Bachelor of Science program in forensic chemistry at Towson University Beginning in the fall of 2003, Towson University in Maryland will formally address the shortage of qualified forensic chemists nationally with its baccalaureate program in forensic chemistry. This poster session will present the program's development, a sample curriculum and future plans. (Liina Ladon, Department of Chemistry, Towson University, Towson, Md., 410-704-3054, lladon@towson.edu)

2:30 p.m.

Challenges in drug discovery in the 21st century: target validation This presentation will highlight the use of genetics as a tool to understand human diseases. Genetic models are used to identify physiological "switches" for treating these diseases with small molecule drugs. (S. David Kimball, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Princeton, N.J., 609-466-5515, dkimball@lexpharma.com)

Tuesday, June 10

10 a.m.

Analytical chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry This presentation will highlight techniques and methods used by analytical


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