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ACS announces speakers for inaugural Kavli Foundation lectures

Blog Post created by john simpson on Nov 18, 2010

Taken from R&D Magazine
"American Chemical Society announces speakers for  inaugural Kavli Foundation lectures"
November 15,  2010



A chemist who has developed synthetic biomaterials that  could revolutionize medicine and a scientist who helped institute a global ban  on the chemicals that destroy atmospheric ozone will inaugurate "The Kavli  Foundation Innovations in Chemistry Lecture" program in 2011. The lectures,  which will be presented at American Chemical Society (ACS)  national meetings next year, will address the urgent need for vigorous, new,  "outside-the-box" thinking by scientists as they tackle many of the world's  mounting challenges including climate change, emerging diseases, and water and  energy shortages. ACS national meetings are held twice a year and attract  between 10,000 and 18,000 chemistry professionals and students. The speakers  are: * Virgil Percec, Ph.D., P. Roy Vagelos Professor of Chemistry at the  University of Pennsylvania, who will discuss the bio-inspired synthesis of  complex molecular systems during his lecture on March 27 at the 241st ACS  national meeting in Anaheim, Calif. * Susan Solomon, Ph.D., a senior scientist  for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who will deliver  her lecture on Aug. 29 at the 242nd ACS national meeting in Denver, Colo.  "Virgil Percec and Susan Solomon are among the world's most influential  scientific innovators," said ACS President Joseph S. Francisco, Ph.D. "Their  efforts to improve people's lives through the transforming power of chemistry  should inspire us all. They are not just thinking `outside of the box.' They're  doing it in ways that will reshape our science and remake our world into a  better place."