December 12, 2016 2 min to read

Flint’s water woes lingered

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A failure to properly treat the city’s drinking water caused high lead levels and disease outbreaks Michael Torrice Rust-colored water was one disconcerting sign of Flint’s water woes. Credit: flintwaterstudy.org Just five days into 2016, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Genesee County in respons...

December 13, 2016 2 min to read

As China’s economy slowed, chemical makers adjusted

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Companies focused on healthy markets such as auto manufacturing, personal care Jean-Francois Tremblay Slowing down Growth in China’s economy has been declining since 2011. a Forecast. GDP = gross domestic product. Credit: World Bank Early this year, China announced that its economy grew by slightly less than 7% in 2015. Economic...

December 12, 2016 0 min to read

Mostafa A. El-Sayed won the 2016 Priestley Medal

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Nanomaterials and spectroscopy pioneer received the American Chemical Society’s highest honor Mitch Jacoby Credit: Mitch Jacoby/C&EN “Everyone gets a few good breaks in his or her life. The lucky ones are those who recognize them and change their lives accordingly.” —Mostafa A. El-Sayed, professor at Georgia Institute...

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ACS members on average fared better than young graduates in employment surveys

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Andrea Widener 2.6% The unemployment rate for chemists in 2016 based on an annual survey of ACS members, down from 3.1% in 2015. &nbsp: 12.3% The unemployment rate for new chemistry graduates, based on a separate survey ACS conducted in late 2015 and early 2016. ...

December 13, 2016 2 min to read

ACS invests internationally

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Global commitment is seen across the society’s activities Linda Wang ACS currently has 19 International Chemical Sciences Chapters (orange circles) and 27 international student chapters (red diamonds). Click on each chapter to find out when they were established.   The American Chemical Society continued to invest intern...

December 12, 2016 1 min to read

Spun-off firms found their footing in 2016

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Chemours, Versum showed how young firms can cut costs, grow opportunities Melody M. Bomgardner When the American colonies won freedom from England, the new nation got the chance to flourish in new markets—but debt payments nearly sunk the enterprise. And so it is with chemical spin-offs. Born with debt, they must follow a path for...

December 13, 2016 1 min to read

Remembering the Nobel laureates we lost in 2016

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Chemistry hasn’t lost four of its Nobel Prize winners in a single year since 1971 C&EN Staff Walter Kohn March 9, 1923 – April 19, 2016 Winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for his development of the density-functional theory.” “Walter was an internationally regarded colleague, scholar, mentor, and role model....

December 13, 2016 1 min to read

ACS proposed chemistry preprint server

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Website would promote access to unpublished research Andrea Widener The American Chemical Society announced in August its intention to start a chemistry preprint server called ChemRxiv. ACS is currently seeking partners to help launch the server, likely sometime in 2017. Preprint servers promote the sharing of draft research papers a...

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Berkeley College of Chemistry avoided reorganization

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Student’s petition ignited social media firestorm Celia Henry Arnaud In February, a petition at change.org alerted the chemistry community that the University of California, Berkeley, was considering folding its College of Chemistry into its College of Letters & Science to help fix long-term budgetary problems. The news ignited...

December 13, 2016 1 min to read

Fight against opioid epidemic continued in 2016

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Public health experts work to expand access to overdose treatment; DEA proposes then reconsiders ban on opioid alternative Michael Torrice The statistics on the U.S.’s opioid epidemic are stark: Since 1999, overdose deaths from heroin and opioid prescription drugs have more than quadrupled, according to the Centers for Disease Cont...