FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Mon Dec 13 15:42:03 EST 2010

ACS Webinars™ focus on year-end updates of the chemical industry and the economy

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2010 — News media and others interested in the chemical sciences are invited to join the next in a series of American Chemical Society (ACS) Webinars™ focusing on year- end updates of the chemical industry and the economy.

Scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 16, from 2 – 3 p.m. EST, the free ACS Webinar™ features Paul Hodges, chairman of International eChem, and author of ICIS ‘Chemicals and the Economy’ blog. This event will be moderated by William F. Carroll, Jr., Ph.D., vice president, Chlorovinyl Issues for OxyChem.

ACS Webinars™ connect you with experts and global thought leaders in the chemical sciences, management and business to address current topics of interest to scientific and engineering professionals. Each webinar includes a short presentation followed by a question and answer session. News media and scientists can tune into the conference without charge but must register in advance.

Participants will learn:

  • Recap of the 2010 economic trends — what to expect from the chemical industry in 2011
  • The new austerity — what happens now that government stimulus is ending
  • The likelihood of the economy entering full recovery mode or facing a ‘double-dip’ downturn
  • Employment outlook for the economy and chemical industry in 2011

Paul Hodges is chairman of International eChem (IeC). Founded in 2001, IeC is a commercial adviser to the global chemical industry and its investment community. Hodges also serves as non-executive chairman of a fast-growing technology spin-out from Heriot Watt University, Scotland.

William F. Carroll, Jr., Ph.D., is vice president, Chlorovinyl Issues for OxyChem, and adjunct professor of chemistry at Indiana University. Carroll is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society and a past president (2005) of ACS. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a chair or member of committees for the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.

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