I don't know where the year has gone, but I do know there aren't many days left. So, in the few remaining days, I want to share with our members and anyone else who is interested a report that the ACS staff prepared for the ACS Board of Directors, mapping out the most important technology trends that are likely to affect ACS in the near future and suggesting what we should be doing to make sure that we are positioned to take advantage of those opportunities. This report is an update to a 2006 report. So much has changed! I hope you will find this interesting reading at year end, and that you will send me your suggestions of what ACS should be doing. Click here to access the report.
I'm here at the ACS Board of Directors December meeting, and we are receiving good news all around. I look forward to sharing that news in a C&EN Comment soon. I'm also headed to the Pacifichem meeting in Honolulu on Monday, where more than 11,000 people from the Pacific Rim nations will present more than 13,000 papers. I'm excited, because I never get to attend technical sessions at ACS meetings as I am always in governance sessions. At this meeting, I will be immersed in everything technical and chemical and I can't wait!
ACS is one of the co-organizers of Pacifichem, although this year the meeting is primarily organized by the Canadians. The meeting is only held once every five years, and I admit that I look forward to seeing old friends from around the Pacific Rim. This is my fourth Pacifichem meeting--I can't believe how time flies.
I wish everyone a very happy holiday season and a great New Year. My resolution is to write my blog more frequently. We have so much to look forward to in 2011, the International Year of Chemistry.