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."