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October 14, 2002
Volume 80, Number 41
CENEAR 80 41 p. 54
ISSN 0009-2347


Despite hurricane Isidore, the 25th Latin American Chemistry Congress (Congreso FLAQ 2002) was held Sept. 22–26 in Cancun, Mexico. The Federación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones Químicas (FLAQ) is a federation of national chemical societies in Latin America. The theme of this year's FLAQ conference was "Chemistry as a Basic and Applied Science." The Chemical Society of Mexico hosted this year's congress, which included the 37th Mexican Chemical Congress and the 25th National Congress on Chemical Education.

About 1,100 chemical scientists from all over Latin America attended the event, including national chemical society presidents or presidents-elect from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. The ACS Latin American Task Force honored these individuals with a breakfast on Sept. 26.

In an open letter read to FLAQ leadership and delegates at the opening ceremony, Nina I. McClelland, chair of the ACS Board of Directors, noted that over the past decade--and through the sustained efforts of the ACS International Activities Committee and the ACS Office of International Activities--ACS, FLAQ, and its constituent members have partnered repeatedly in the organization and delivery of exchange programs, collaborative research projects, delegation visits, conferences, workshops, and seminars.

At FLAQ 2002, Ernest L. Eliel, former ACS president and former chair of the ACS Board of Directors, organized a symposium titled "New and Exciting Research in the Chemical Sciences" that featured a panel of prominent chemists including Ronald Breslow, Columbia University; J. Fraser Stoddart, University of California, Los Angeles; and Jerry Meinwald, Cornell University.

Zafra M. Lerman, Columbia College, Chicago, ACS member and chair of the International Activities Subcommittee on Scientific Freedom & Human Rights and recipient of this year's ACS Charles Lathrop Parsons Medal for Public Service, was the coordinator of the 25th National Conference on Chemical Education. She also delivered a plenary address on "Science Education through the Arts." Other presenters associated with ACS included Morton Z. Hoffman, Boston University; Lynn Hogue and A. Mickey Sarquis, Miami University, Middletown, Ohio; and Bradley D. Miller, ACS International Activities.

ACS's Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and the ACS Publications Division participated in FLAQ 2002 as exhibitors and provided a key opportunity for conference attendees to learn more about CAS and ACS Publications products. In turn, conference attendees provided ACS with input on the issues facing research and the development of future chemists in Latin America.

The president of the Mexican Chemical Society, Jaime Noriega, commented on the conference in this way: "This was an opportunity for the Latin American chemistry community and the American chemistry community to become aware that there is an enormous possibility for professional growth in the Americas. Many of the conditions are already in place, and the markets are developing in that direction. This is the time to organize ourselves in such a manner as to exploit these markets, to push professional growth, to reaffirm the conditions and capabilities that each of our countries has in order to become more and more competitive, and to do good work for our countries and for our people. Also, we need to become closer in our goals--scientific goals and education goals."

Hosted by the Brazilian Chemical Society, FLAQ 2004 will be in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, in late May or early June. For more information, bookmark

PRESENTERS Sarquis, Hoffman, Hogue, and Lerman congregate at FLAQ 2002. PHOTO BY SANDY HOFFMAN


Polymer Chemistry Symposium Planned

At the upcoming ACS national meeting in New Orleans, the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) are coorganizing a symposium titled "The Polymer Science of Everyday Things." This symposium, which will be preceded by an educational event to be broadcast to four remote sites for high school teachers, is intended to provide a forum for presentations not only to chemists but also to society at large in order to highlight the practical benefits of polymer science to the general public on a daily basis. The symposium is consponsored by POLY, RSC, POLYED (the joint education committee of the ACS Divisions of Polymer Chemistry and of Polymeric Materials: Science & Engineering), and the Intersociety Polymer Education Council, as well as by the ACS Committee on Science.

This symposium is intended to have not only a pedagogical focus, but also to be entertaining to both scientists and the general public. Organizers say this is a unique event, one they see as the beginning of an effort on behalf of both societies to improve the public perception of polymer science, and chemistry as well.

For more information on this symposium, contact David Bott, National Starch, Windsor Ct., Kingsmead Business Park, London Rd., High Wycombe, Bucks HP11 1JU, U.K. (e-mail:, phone 44 149 446 780); Coleen Pugh, Maurice Morton Institute of Polymer Science, University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-3909 [e-mail:, phone (330) 972-6614, fax (330) 972-8864]; Robert S. Moore, 25 Cranston Rd., Pittsford, NY 14534 [e-mail:, phone (716) 381-3366]; or Ann Beal Salamone, Rochal Industries, 740 N.W. Sixth St., Boca Raton, FL 33486 [e-mail:, phone (561) 866-0930].


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