‘Next Generation Ambassadors of Chemistry’ symposium features up-and-coming chemists

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2014 — Fifteen rising stars in the field of chemistry will be discussing their work as part of the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. The “Next Generation Ambassadors of Chemistry” symposium will provide each student with the opportunity to develop skills in scientific productivity and leadership through specialized trainings and workshops. In addition, each student will deliver an oral presentation highlighting their research and findings.

The symposium will be held Sunday, Aug. 10, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in the Moscone Center, Esplanade Ballroom 300, South Building, in San Francisco.

The symposium is the product of a collaboration between the American Chemical Society, the Brazilian Chemical Society and Ciência sem Fronteiras, a program funded by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, which provides scholarships for Brazilian students. The scholarships allow the students to study and do research abroad at some of the world’s most prestigious universities. The chemists featured in the technical symposium were selected from more than 100,000 students to present and promote new and innovative ideas in a variety of chemistry disciplines.

“This is an incredible opportunity to me. I grew up with a dream to be a chemist and help people to discover new drugs, but after some time, I discovered it is not easy for a woman living in Brazil to be a scientist,” says symposium participant Carla G. A. da Silva, Ph.D. “Now, after having had the chance to finish my Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at University of Campinas, I will be able to use all my knowledge to transform society and improve the lives of those I most care about. I am so excited to present my research on drug analysis by supercritical fluid chromatography.”

The ACS national meeting features nearly 12,000 reports on new advances in science and other topics. It is being held from Sunday, Aug. 10, through Thursday, Aug. 14.

ACS is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

The Brazilian Chemical Society, founded in July 1977, is the leading chemical society in the country and is devoted to the development and consolidation of the Brazilian chemical community, to the dissemination of chemistry and of its important relations, applications and consequences to the development of the country and to the improvement of quality of life.

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