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October 27, 2003
Volume 81, Number 43
CENEAR 81 43 p. 3

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NEWS OF THE WEEK
AKZO EMBRACES PHARMA
Akzo commits to a deal with Pfizer while shedding 20% of its chemicals business.
POLICY TALKS
European officials seek better U.S. understanding of proposed EU chemicals policy.
DISABLING HIV
AIDS drug candidate inhibits late-stage viral maturation.
ACS JOURNAL CHANGES
New editor William L. Jorgensen plans to split Journal of Chemical Information & Computer Sciences.
JOB CUTS AT MERCK
Dissatisfied with earnings, pharmaceutical giant will lay off 4,400.
LAX SECURITY
Legislators are concerned by security lapses at Plum Island Animal Disease Center.
NATIONAL MEDALS
President Bush names laureates for US. science and technology awards.
PHOTOCATALYST
Carbon-doped TiO2 efficiently destroys organic pollutants.
MEMBRANE MODELS
New technique sheds light on lipid bilayers.

COVER STORY
COMBICHEM
Evolution of field leads to advances in catalyst optimization, natural-product-like libraries, and multicomponent reactions.
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BUSINESS
BUSINESS CONCENTRATES
ELECTRONIC LAB NOTEBOOKS
ELNs are catching on because of the increase in information generated and the pressure to boost productivity.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
U.S. council of businesses hopes to reduce waste, safeguard resources, and increase profits.
PLASTIC BAGS IN TAIWAN
Curbing tendency to litter is goal of year-old ban on disposable plastic items.

GOVERNMENT & POLICY
GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES
CHEMIST AT STATE
George H. Atkinson, Colin Powell's science adviser, is passionate about scientists' roles in policy-making.
NAFTA DISPUTES
Trade officials will allow environmental organizations and others to submit friend-of-the-court briefs and will make hearings public.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY
SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES
FUEL DESULFURIZATION
New catalysts and processes could help industry meet EPA regulations.
DALTON BICENTENNIAL
Events in England celebrate 200th anniversary of John Dalton's atomic theory.
JACS AT 125
K. Barry Sharpless' report on converting allylic alcohols into epoxides was a Nobel Prize-winning paper.
DIGITAL BRIEFS
New software and websites for the chemical enterprise.

EDUCATION
WOMEN IN ACADEMIA
Women are still underrepresented among the full professor ranks, despite some small gains.

EMPLOYMENT
TOP COMPANIES TO WORK FOR
Employees tend to stay at companies that provide stability and a fair, open environment

ONLINE EXCLUSIVES
CRITTER CHEMISTRY
Zinc biomineral makes clam worm jaws tough.
AGBIOTECH
USDA releases tally of field test violations.

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