June 2002

From American Chemical Society

Chemical society convenes regional meeting in Spokane, Washington, June 20-22

More than 175 research papers are scheduled for presentation at the 57th Northwest regional meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, in Spokane, Wash., June 20-22. Over 300 noted scientists as well as undergraduate and graduate students are expected to attend the meeting in the Schoenberg Conference Center on the campus of Gonzaga University. The conference co-chairman, Dennis DeMattia, can be reached at 509-599-2720.

Scientific topics include biochemistry, chemical education, pharmaceutical engineering, bioremediation, and analytical and environmental, inorganic and organometallic, organic, and physical and theoretical chemistry. Meeting highlights include:

Thursday, June 21
Medicinal uses of Northwest plants
9:00 -- 11:30 a.m.

  • Wood derived food, nutrition, pharmaceutical, and personal care consumer products. (Larry E. LaFleur, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Corvallis, Ore.)

  • Forest products with biocidal activity against arthropods of public health importance. (Joe Karachesy, Oregon State University, Forest Products, Department of Forest Products, Corvallis)

  • Overcoming antibiotic resistance with inhibitors of bacterial multidrug resistance pumps. (Frank R. Stermitz, Colorado State University, Department of Chemistry, Fort Collins)

Thursday, June 21
Bioremediation
2:00 -- 4:30 p.m.

  • Bioremediation using iron in sediments from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge and Hanford sites. (James K. Fredrickson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Wash.)

Professional achievement recognition is highlighted at the meeting. ACS will honor chemists from Wyoming, Oregon, and Utah on June 20 for industrial innovations that improve global welfare, for stimulating and fostering diversity, and for exemplary teaching at the high school level. One ACS member has contributed to the commercial success of his company and his community and society as the winner of the Industrial Innovation Awards. Among those being recognized are:

  • A. Troy Pauli of the Western Research Institute in Laramie, Wyo., will be honored for developing the automated flocculation titrimeter (AFT) that analyzes the stability and performance of asphalts made with mixtures of heavy oils and petroleum residues.

  • Geraldine L. Richmond of the University of Oregon in Eugene, will be presented the Women Chemists Committee Regional Award for contributions to diversity for her work encouraging women and minorities to study and pursue careers in chemistry.

  • Nancy Treasure of Layton High School in Layton, Utah, will be honored with the ACS Regional Award in High School Chemistry Teaching for more than 15 years of teaching chemistry in the Davis School District.

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