Kavli Lectures: Computers for drug discovery, clean energy

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2016 — Harnessing the power of computers to find new medicines and to explore the viability of alternative clean energy strategies will be the topics of a pair of Kavli Lectures at the 251st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. The meeting will take place March 13-17 in San Diego.

The presentations, which will be among more than 12,500 scheduled to take place at the meeting, will be held on Monday, March 14, from 4 to 5:10 p.m. and 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., PDT, Ballroom A-C, at the San Diego Convention Center.

The first speaker will discuss how computational chemistry and physics-based models of molecular systems have the potential to improve drug discovery efforts. The second speaker will explain how using quantum computing can assist in assessing alternative clean energy approaches.

  • Rommie Amaro, Ph.D. (4 p.m.): The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture
    “Computing Cures: Enabling Chemical Discovery through the Lens of a Computational Microscope”
  • Emily Carter, Ph.D. (5:15 p.m.): The Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture
    “Quantum Solutions for a Sustainable Energy Future”

The Kavli lecture series is a result of a collaboration between ACS and The Kavli Foundation, an internationally recognized philanthropic organization known for its support of basic scientific innovation.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 158,000 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.

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