Harvard and Purdue University Chemistry Professors Discuss Job Market Trends for Scientist-Entrepreneurs in American Chemical Society (ACS) Webinars

DENVER, Aug. 30, 2011 — Harvard Chemistry Professor George M. Whitesides, Ph.D., and Purdue Chemistry Professor Joseph S. Francisco, Ph.D., will discuss innovation in the chemistry job market and how entrepreneurship can help scientists attain jobs as they convert new products, services, or technology into a successful business.

Scheduled for Tuesday, August 30, 2011, from 11 am-12 noon (Mountain Time), the free ACS WebinarsTM will feature a discussion for grad students, post docs, and seasoned professionals about developing innovation skills and using unique resources to be successful in small companies and entrepreneurial start-ups.

News media and scientists attending the ACS national meeting in Denver can attend in person at the Colorado Convention Center, room 501. Others can tune into the conference without charge, but must register in advance at and select the link for the appropriate webinar.

The speakers will address:

  • Questions that entrepreneurs face as they look to create startup companies
  • Working with U.S. policymakers, industry, and academia to support innovative ways to create jobs
  • Developing skills and discovering resources to compete globally to be more innovative in the workplace

George M. Whitesides received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1964. He was a member of the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before he joined the Department of Chemistry of Harvard University in 1982. He was the Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry from 1982-2004 and is now the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor at Harvard University.

Joseph S. Francisco received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983. He accepted an appointment as Professor of Chemistry and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University in January 1995 and in 2006 was appointed the William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Science and Chemistry. He served as President for the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) from 2005-2007 and is currently Immediate Past President of the American Chemical Society.


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