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Table of Contents

October 1999
Volume 8, Number 10

FEATURES

36 Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: Catching Up with Star Fleet Medical
"To boldly go where no NMR has gone before . . ."
Mark S. Lesney
42 Choosing the Right Trace Element Technique
Do you know what to look for?
Robert Thomas
50 GC/MS-Not the Same Old Combination
GC/MS systems are on the bench but still in the game.
Celia M. Henry

DEPARTMENTS

7 For Openers
The Old Is New
James F. Ryan
9 Letters
Feedback from our readers
10 Update
News in brief: business, government, science
15 Computers in Chemistry
The Little Search Engines That Couldn't
Coverage lags behind the Web page explosion, the latest study finds.
Terrance A. Rooney
23 Keeping Up
Meetings, conferences, and short courses
25 The Chemist's Bookshelf
Industry and Imaging
Mark S. Lesney, George B. Kauffman, Clare Gerlach
29 Workplace Perspectives
Treat Your Employees Royally
To improve staff retention, managers must foster mutual respect and good communication.
John K. Borchardt
55 Industry Today
Reports Detail Scientific Research Funding
The National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation weigh in on the importance of the U.S. R&D portfolio.
Lynn Willis
59 Health Perspectives
For Better or Worse, Supplements Abound
The 1994 Dietary Act loosened FDA's grip on nutritional product claims.
Mary Ann Ryan
67 Personal Business
How to Pick an Online Broker
If you do your own investment research, you may want to execute your decisions on the Internet also.
Milton Zall
71 Regulations and You
Who's Minding the Food Store?
Part 2: Challenges in monitoring food purity
Clare Gerlach
77 The Way We Were
The Petrochemical Industry: Born in the West Virginia Hills
How George Curme taught Union Carbide to produce chemicals from natural gas.
David M. Kiefer
83 Profiles in Chemistry
The Triumph of Quantum Chemistry
Two scientists' development of computational methods earned them the 1998 Nobel Prize.
George B. Kauffman and Laurie M. Kauffman
88 Product Information
New products, literature, and Web sites
96 Lighter Elements
Humorous tales from readers' labs and lives . . . plus a cartoon.