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ACS Board of Directors Event

The ACS Board of Directors Hosts Sam Kean
- Author of The Disappearing Spoon – The wonders of the Periodic Table

Sunday, August 10, 2014, Noon - 1:00 p.m., Moscone Center • Gateway Ballroom (South Hall)

Join the ACS Board of Directors at its Regular Session as they host a lunchtime discussion with Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb - both of which were national bestsellers and named Amazon “Top 5” science books of the year.

Doors Open at 11:45 a.m. Sandwiches and soft drinks will be available to the first 200 persons

Presidential Recommendations

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International Activities

The ACS Office of International Activities (OIA) welcomes you to join us for a number of exciting events being held during the 248th ACS National Meeting & Symposium, taking place in San Francisco August 10 to 14, 2014.

View a full schedule of OIA Signature events

Other Key Special Events and Symposia

Student & Educator Program Listings

ACS National Meetings provide many opportunities for students (from high-school to graduate level) looking to learn more about careers in chemistry, and for the faculty members seeking to advise them. See listings and other related academic information.


Monday, August 11, Moscone Center, Hall B 8PM - 10PM

A large, meeting-wide poster event with posters contributed by each participating division. Sci-Mix is a meeting-wide event for colleagues to socialize and engage in serious scientific discussions.


Senior Chemists Breakfast

Tuesday, August 12, 7:30-9:30 a.m., Yosemite B, Hilton San Fran Union Square

The keynote speaker on Tuesday morning, at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco will be Professor Jean Frechet, Vice President of Research, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.

Presidential LGBT Chemists and Allies Social

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 6pm-7:30pm, San Francisco Marriott Union Square

American Chemical Society Office of the President is hosting the LGBT Chemists and Allies Social at the 248th American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco. Join us for a spectacular view of San Francisco on Tuesday to network, and enjoy light refreshments and a host bar. This event will be held Tuesday, August 12th, 6 pm – 7:30 pm, at the San Francisco Marriott Union Square, 30th Floor.

Annual ChemLuminary Awards Celebration

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 8:00-8:45pm
Awards & Dance Reception 9:00pm - 12pm, Grand Ballroom, Palace Hotel

Celebrate and support ACS Volunteers at the annual ChemLuminary Awards Ceremony.

ACS Global Stewards:  Our Shining Stars is the theme for the 16th Annual ChemLuminary Awards event.  ACS President Tom Barton will open the ChemLuminary Awards event with welcoming remarks followed by a keynote address presented by Dr. Robert A. Pribush, recipient of the 2014 ACS Volunteer Service Award.  The keynote address will be followed by the presentation of awards to local sections, divisions, and regional meetings honoring groups for their volunteer efforts in promoting chemistry and the chemical sciences in local areas during 2013.

The event is free and everyone is encouraged to attend and support our many ACS volunteers.

International Undergraduate Summit on Global Climate Change

Tuesday, August 12, 12:00-1:30 pm, Moscone Center Rm. 308

Join the International Summit on global climate change and help find ways to save the planet! Climate change is a global issue and it will take significant conversation among the world’s diverse populations to address the many issues we face. This Summit will provide an opportunity for dialogue among students representing six countries; Malaysia, Costa Rica, Israel, Poland, India, and the United States. Each of the five participating international groups will provide a brief presentation of a climate change issue that is affecting their country from on-location via interactive media.

Symposium: "Global Stewardship by Increasing Climate Science Literacy"

Tuesday, August 12, 8:30 am – noon and 1:30 – 5:00 pm, Moscone Center, Esplanade Ballroom 308

See how ACS student representatives use the UN as a global platform and social media as a tool to increase climate science literacy. This student-focused symposium addresses the outcome of student participation in an ACS sponsored climate science literacy project at the UN climate conferences.

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