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Table of Contents

May 1999
Volume 8, Number 5

FEATURES

28 Chemical Safety Confronts Y2K: An Industry at Risk
Government report issues warning, suggests responses.
Mark S. Lesney
34 Y2K and the Private Sector
How will the millennium bug affect you?
Helen Gillespie

DEPARTMENTS

7 For Openers
Questions and Answers
James F. Ryan
9 Letters
Feedback from our readers
10 Update
News in brief: business, government, science
15 Computers in Chemistry
Utilities to Keep Your PC Humming
Another way to provide that necessary care and maintenance
Terrance A. Rooney
19 Keeping Up
Meetings, conferences, and short courses
21 The Chemist's Bookshelf
Two Weighty Tomes

Mark S. Lesney, Bryan D. Tweedy
23 Workplace Perspectives
The Younger Manager
With entrepreneurism and diversity on the rise in the chemical industry, bridging the generation gap can be a valuable job skill.
John K. Borchardt
39 Industry Today
Output of Chemical Products Languishes
In several key segments of the industry, production tapered off last year, and no rebound is yet in sight.
David M. Kiefer
43 Health Perspectives
Stress Can Wear You Down
The physiological effects are nothing to sneeze at, researchers say.
Mary Ann Ryan
47 Personal Business
Y2K and Your Investments: Should You Worry?
Also: The reasons behind the global domino effect; a quiz assessing your risk tolerance
Dickinson J. Miller
51 Regulations and You
Going Online with MSDS Boosts Chemical Safety
Software makes databases more accessible and compliance more provable.
Mark Wysong
55 The Way We Were
Platforming: A Breakthrough in Petroleum Processing
In 1949, a new platinum process catalyzed the petrochemical industry.
David M. Kiefer
60 Product Information
New products, literature, and Web sites
64 Lighter Elements
Humorous tales from readers' labs and lives. . . plus a cartoon.