Presidential Events

DURING 2013, ACS President Marinda Li Wu has set a presidential theme and agenda based on “Partners for Progress & Prosperity.”

Wu is also supporting “Chemistry in Motion” as the theme for the Indianapolis meeting, organized by the thematic program chair, Robert A. Weiss, the Hezzleton E. Simmons Professor of Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron. The plenary symposium will take place at 4 PM on Sunday, Sept. 8.

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Also on Sunday, at 1:30 PM, Wu will host “Science-in-Fiction & Science-in-Theater the Last 25 Years of Carl Djerassi,” a special celebration honoring the 90th birthday of the chemist, author, poet, and provocateur. A presidential symposium titled “Career Advancement Opportunities” will take place in two sessions on Monday, Sept. 9. It will feature chemists who have successfully pursued nontraditional career paths and who have made an impact on the chemistry enterprise in diverse areas, which include government laboratory scientists, heads of academic institutions, CEOs from the chemical industry, patent attorneys, program officers at federal agencies, entrepreneurs, technical writers, and other careers.

An afternoon presidential symposium titled “Innovation & Entrepreneurship” will include entrepreneurs who have made an impact on the chemistry enterprise. Each will reflect on the challenges and opportunities inherent in the chemical enterprise and share personal stories of the path that enabled transformation of innovative ideas into a successful business venture.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 10am to noon there will be an advocacy training workshop entitled "React with Congress: Become a Chemistry Advocate". This workshop is cosponsored by CCPA, CEPA, CPRC, I&EC, SCC, SOCED & YCC and will be held at the JW Marriott Indianapolis, Room 204/205 (Second Floor).
A presidential symposium titled “The Impact of Diversity & Inclusion” and related events to mark the 20th anniversary of the Committee on Minority Affairs, will take place Sunday, Sept. 8, through Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The International Employment Initiative (IEI) will again provide an opportunity for employers with overseas job opportunities to connect with job seekers at the ACS Career Fair, including the Virtual Career Fair.

Other highlights include The Kavli Foundation Innovations in Chemistry Lecture, “Powering the Planet with Solar Fuel,” by Harry B. Gray, the Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry and the founding director of the Beckman Institute at California Institute of Technology, on Monday, Sept. 9, at 5:30 PM. It is preceded by the foundation’s Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture at 4 PM by Martin D. Burke, an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Details of presidential events and other recommended symposia can be found in the on-site program and pocket guide available throughout the convention center.

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