Scientific society offers development sessions for industrial members
ORLANDO, Fla., April 8 -- What makes a Stradivarius sing, building an awesome surfboard, and contributions by chemists to homeland security are among the 32 professional development sessions awaiting industrial chemists and chemical engineers at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 7-11, in Orlando. The sessions will explore interdisciplinary science, technology and business developments, and enable members to network with peers, discover emerging research and technologies, and explore business management trends. Highlights:
WHAT: Industry Pavilion 2002
WHEN: Monday, April 8, and Tuesday, April 9, 9 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 9:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Orange County Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B1/B2, Booth 267
INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL & WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT
Ella L. Davis, president, National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, and research chemist, Research and Development Center, PQ Corporation, Conshohocken, Pa. "Pursuing the path to success in industry for women and minorities" Monday, April 8, 12:30 p.m. This presentation will discuss the paths to success for women and minorities in industry, including success stories, typical pitfalls and barriers that women and minorities experience. Career development strategies will be recommended.
BIOTECHNOLOGY & THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY Scott Cunningham, research planning manager, DuPont Central Research and Development, Wilmington, Del. "What the chemical industry can do to strengthen homeland security against terrorism" Monday, April 8, 9:30 a.m. This presentation will focus on the industrial measures taken, consider the roles and responsibilities of the industrial sector relative to others, discuss constraints encountered, and explore paths forward from the perspective of members of the chemical industry.
Mark E. Rosheim, president, Ross-Hime Designs, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn. "Robotics trends: the past and future of humanoid robotics" Monday, April 8, 11:00 a.m. This presentation will discuss anthrobotic (anthromorphic and robotic) robots and the techniques inventors use to mimic the human body's flexibility and functions, and the Ross-Hime Design's Robotic Surrogate anthrobot. Chemical engineering challenges also will be presented. An anthrobotic robot will be on display in the booth on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Bruce T. Cundiff, director of Automotive, American Plastics Council, Troy, Mich. "Polymer trends: the role of engineered plastics in the automotive industry" Monday, April 8, 12:30 p.m. This presentation will explain how and why plastics are currently used in vehicles to save weight, reduce fuel consumption and lower costs for motorists and manufacturers. The future of plastics' usage, the role of the American Plastics Council and its Automotive Learning Center, and the technical and societal challenges of using plastics in automotive applications will be addressed. An all-plastic sport utility vehicle will be on display in the booth on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
APPLIED INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY
Joseph Nagyvary, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, Texas A&M University, College Station "Forensic chemistry: decoding the materials, sound, and mystique of a Stradivarius violin" Monday, April 8, 9:30 a.m. A professional violinist from the Orlando philharmonic will play a new violin built by the presenter so that the audience can compare its acoustical quality to the pre-recorded sound of famous classical Italian violins.
Jeffrey Peppet, global director of marketing communications, and Robert Eilerman, senior vice president of flavor research and development, Givaudan Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio "Flavor and fragrance R&D: collecting tastes and scents around the world" Tuesday, April 9, 9:30 a.m. This presentation will discuss the business and scientific importance of the company's research trips to Madagascar and Southeastern Asia. Commercial applications of flavors and fragrances will be covered as well as the scientific personnel who participate, the portable equipment involved, and the related analytical and reconstitution work on these flavors and fragrances in the laboratory.
Patrick E. McGovern, senior research scientist and adjunct associate professor-anthropology, archeological chemistry laboratory, MASCA-University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia, Pa. "Archeological chemistry: using interdisciplinary techniques to characterize ancient beverages" Tuesday, April 9, 11:00 a.m. This presentation will discuss archeological chemistry (also known as molecular chemistry) techniques that have led to the ground-breaking chemical confirmation of early instances of Royal Purple dye (ca. 1300-1200 B.C.), wine (ca. 5400-5000 B.C.), beer (ca. 3500-3100 B.C.), and the organic remains of funerary feast of King Midas in ancient vessels.
Greg Loehr, president, Resin Research and Greg Loehr Surfboards, Indian Harbor Beach, Fla. "Sports and materials chemistry: developing innovative materials for environmentally safe surfboards" Tuesday, April 9, 12:30 p.m. This presentation will discuss the history and materials science behind epoxy surfboards and explain the process of building a high performance surfboard.
Joseph J. Atick, president and chief executive officer, Visionics Corporation, Jersey City, N.J. "Future of biometrics: utilizing the science of identifying individuals by specific biological traits" Tuesday, April 9, 2:00 p.m. This presentation will provide an overview of biometric technologies, current biometric research and development conducted by Visionics Corporation, and potential industrial applications of neural and digital recognition technologies.
Timothy J. Taylor, manager of technology, The Dial Corporation, Scottsdale, Ariz. "Cosmetic chemistry: developing and commercializing cosmetic and personal care products" Tuesday, April 9, 3:30 p.m. This presentation will examine the role of cosmetic chemists in the development and commercialization of chemical mixtures designed to cleanse, beautify, protect the skin, hair, and other body surfaces, or enhance appearance.