Washington DC skylineI'm posting from the press room at the Fall 2009 ACS National Meeting in Washington, D.C. Sessions have just started up this morning, and C&EN staffers are out in force at the meeting. We'll be watching for exciting chemistry advances that'll appear in the C&EN stories of the future, and of course, we'll be blogging regularly, too. Keep an eye on Twitter- the meeting's hashtag is #ACS_DC. If you're at the meeting, we'd love to hear from you- tell us about the sessions you're excited to attend, or why you're excited about your own work. On Monday between 1 and 1:30PM, I'll be at Café Chemistry in the expo, networking with meeting attendees and talking about what it's like to work at C&EN. Stop on by! Off to my first session- I'm covering organic and medicinal chemistry at the conference and I'll be listening to young investigators' talks. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Author: Carmen Drahl

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  1. People from different part of the world with versatile chemistry background see each other. I can remember the questions/answers session which is really fascinating. The excitement of discussions will create new things. Sharing of the knowledge is the most important part. I can remember even the names and faces of the people participated in peer discussions. I felt excited, inspired and empowered. Discussions are challenging from which i learned unique techniques for lab works and presentations. Today i participated in organic divisions morning sessions, afternoon session and evening poster sessions. Poster session was also too interesting where i discussed with different researchers about my problems and gave some comments to posters.
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