Saying It Loud And Proud
Apr09

Saying It Loud And Proud

This movie requires Flash Player 9 The chemistry t-shirts were out in full effect in New Orleans. We saw everything from the old school, straight-up periodic table, to the creative (and occasionally more risqué) student association shirts, to a professor who's spelled his name out in peptides. For those who appear in the slide show, thanks for being so accommodating when a crazy lady ran up behind you and asked to take your picture. For those walking around with shirts that they're particularly proud of, give us a shout. Who knows, we might come looking for you. We're going to try to update the slide show as the meeting winds...

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Top 5 For Wednesday
Apr09

Top 5 For Wednesday

A few things we’re excited to see and do today… 1. Get over to the expo, 'cause it’s your last chance to pick up tchotchkes. (Morial Convention Center, 9am--1pm) 2. It’s also your last chance to catch part of the Cotton Memorial symposium. (9--12:30pm, Morial Convention Center, Room R02) 3. Self-healing polymers. Cool. (9--11:35am, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Grand Salon 7) 4. Hydrate after a night on Bourbon Street: amid all the alternative energy hype, learn how new fuel sources might impact water supply. (1:30--4:50pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 236) 5. Start planning your postmeeting trip to the Tabasco factory in Avery Island, La. Acetic acid at its...

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Caught On Camera
Apr09

Caught On Camera

As I pack my bags and prepare to go home, I am reflecting on all the things I saw during this national meeting. Here are a few things that stick in my mind: This artwork, displayed in the registration hall, reminded me of the never-ending possibilities of chemistry. On Sunday morning, I spotted George Whitesides getting his morning coffee at Starbucks. Everyone needs a little caffeine to wake up! These two undergrads danced up a storm after the student affiliates award ceremony on Sunday evening. They look so happy together! The Louisiana Section handed out Mardi Gras beads to enthusiastic meeting-goers. A ton of preparation goes into a meeting like this. These folks were hard at work in the kitchen at the Marriott preparing for the Women Chemists Committee luncheon on Tuesday. Improving People's Lives Through the Transforming Power of Chemistry--in Chinese. These pins were designed by Bert Ramsey. Here, Ann Nalley is wearing one of them. Bourbon Street. No need for explanation. Happy 100th anniversary...

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Can I Help?
Apr08

Can I Help?

Jim Landis, chair of the Committee on Chemists with Disabilities, says that if you see a person with a disability, and you think they might need some assistance, the best thing you can do is to just ask, "Is there there anything I can do to help?"

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The Chemistry Kid
Apr08

The Chemistry Kid

At the tender age of 14, my main preoccupations were boys, Twin Peaks, and making my bangs as high as possible. Cupertino, Calif., eighth grader Anshul Samar is pretty much putting me to shame. He’s the CEO of Alchemist Empire, a company he founded to sell Elementeo, a board game he invented to help teach kids about chemistry. The game will be out by May, and he’s already gotten some 1,200 preorders. At $25 a pop, he's off to a good...

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Top 5 For Tuesday
Apr08

Top 5 For Tuesday

A few things we’re excited to see and do today… 1. Wake up with the flavor chemistry of coffee. (8:30am, Marriott Convention Center, Blaine Kern F) 2. Hear Rudy Baum, C&EN’s editor-in-chief, break down “the good, the bad, and the ugly,” of Letters to the Editor. (9:40am, Marriott Convention Center, Fulton) 3. Learn about the flavor chemistry of whey protein from someone named Croissant. (10:10am, Marriott Convention Center, Blaine Kern F) 4. A set of molecules breaks up the dreaded Pseudomonas biofilms. (3pm, Morial Convention Center, Room R05) 5. Did you know New Orleans was home to America’s first licensed pharmacist? Visit the Pharmacy Museum, (514 Chartres...

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