Nanoscience and the future of healthcare kick off first day of ACS national meeting in Boston

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2018 —The profound impact of nanoscience and chemistry on the future of healthcare will be explored in the opening session of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS’) 256th National Meeting & Exposition, Aug. 19-23 in Boston. ACS President Peter K. Dorhout, Ph.D., is cosponsoring the session, which will set the stage for the meeting’s theme of “Nanoscience, Nanotechnology & Beyond.”

Opening session: 21st Century Medicine Will Transform Healthcare: Opportunities for Nanoscience and Chemistry” by Leroy Hood, Ph.D., of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. Paul Weiss, Ph.D., of UCLA will moderate the session, which will take place Sunday, Aug. 19, 4–5 p.m. in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Ballroom West.

Welcome reception: The reception will take place at the Expo & Career Fair, Sunday, Aug. 19, 5:30–7:30 p.m., in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hall A.

Presidential programming and events will emphasize Dorhout’s themes of enhancing chemists’ adaptability and promoting safety and diversity, beginning with the two-part symposium “Moving the Safety Values of the ACS Forward,” which highlights safety education, communication and leadership.

Presidential symposia:

  • Moving the Safety Values of the ACS Forward, Sunday, Aug. 19, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 103
  • Ion Transport at the Nanoscale: Research and Capabilities at the DOE’s Nano Centers, Monday, Aug. 20, 8 a.m.-4:35 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 103
  • Growing with Project SEED: 50 Years and 10,000+ Students, Monday, Aug. 20, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Sheraton Boston Hotel, Back Bay D
  • Synthetic Biology: The State of the Science, Monday, Aug. 20, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 257 B

Presidential events:

  • Presidential outreach event at the Boston Children’s Museum, Saturday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Everyone is invited to explore the world of chemistry with hands-on activities at this fun, free ACS Kids Zone event.
  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholars Lecture and Reception, featuring cartoonist Jorge Cham, Monday, Aug. 20, 7-8:30 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Ballroom West

Cosponsored by the ACS president:

  • Chemistry as a Second Language: Strategies for Global Scientific Communication
  • Importance of LGBTQ+ Role Models and Mentors in Chemical Sciences: A Symposium in Honor of Barbara Belmont
  • Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on the Chemical Enterprise
  • Advances in Human Space Exploration: Second ACS NASA Symposium
  • Celebrating the Success of an Exchange Program for German and American Chemistry Students
  • Role of the Chemical Sciences in Brain Research and the BRAIN Initiative
  • LGBTQ+ Presidential Reception

For more research news, journalists and public information officers are encouraged to apply for complimentary press registration for the American Chemical Society’s 256th National Meeting & Exposition, Aug. 19-23 in Boston.

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