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January 6, 2003
Volume 81, Number 1
CENEAR 81 1 p. 1

NEWS OF THE WEEK
SIMPLE DNA DETECTION
Self-amplifying signal occurs only in presence of specific sequence.
ENERGY PRICES SPIKE
U.S. chemical producers worry about feedstock costs.
POLYMERIZATION
Three-catalyst system turns ethylene into a variety of branched polyethylenes.
GENERICS PLAN OPPOSED
FDA rule designed to get generic drugs on the market faster pleases few.
THERAPEUTIC INVESTMENTS
Pfizer is the latest big drugmaker to put money into a small oligonucleotide development.
REVISING THE RULES
Chemical trade groups seek a number of changes in federal regulations.
BIOMIMETIC SHELLS
Emulsification process leads to intricate particles like those made by marine protozoa.
CHANGING COLOR
Polymer device glows red or green depending on direction of the current flow.
CREDIT LOOSENS
Chemical companies find it easier to obtain new financing.

COVER STORY
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
ACS President Elsa Reichmanis asks members to focus on communicating the value of chemistry within ACS, with government, and with the public at large.

BUSINESS
BUSINESS CONCENTRATES
GE PLASTICS
General Electric continues to be a heavyweight when it comes to chemical research, even in tough economic times.
DRUG DELIVERY
Companies struggle to add manufacturing and marketing to their business strategies.
INSIGHTS
Quality management program Six Sigma may cause statistical myopia.

GOVERNMENT & POLICY
GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES
NUCLEAR WASTE TRANSPORT
Proposed scenarios for moving the nation's spent fuel to Yucca Mountain differ vastly in the percentage that travels by train or by truck.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY
SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES
FLEXIBLE ELECTRONICS
Symposium on incorporating electronics into materials such as fabric and plastic highlights advances and challenges.
DYES PERFORM LOGIC FUNCTIONS
Ion indicators illuminated by various wavelengths of light make up a wet molecular logic system.

EDUCATION
ADJUNCT PROFESSORS
Part-time college chemistry teachers face capricious conditions and low pay but enjoy the flexibility and rewards of teaching.

ACS NATIONAL AWARDS
2003 WINNERS
Allara, Nuzzo, Baran, Nicolaou, Barton, Beauchamp, Bergman, Birks, Blum, Bodner, and Brookhart.

MEETINGS
2003 C&EN CALENDAR OF MEETINGS AND EVENTS

EMPLOYMENT
CAREER OUTLOOK
Though they may face advancement challenges, B.S.- and M.S.-level chemists find rewarding careers.

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