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December 22, 2003

CHEMISTRY HIGHLIGHTS 2003

While the chemical industry faced another challenging year, research advanced mightily in 2003, from sensors and nanotubes to combichem and bioengineering chemistry.

2003 INDUSTRY REVIEW

December 15, 2003

CLIMATE CHANGE

Current data on global warming paint a not-so-pretty picture, as witnessed by the Arctic's melting ice.

December 8, 2003

GENOMICS & PROTEOMICS

While still proving its worth in drug R&D, genomics is providing insight into causes of disease and drug response.

CAREERS IN BIOTECH

In genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics, whether to work in industry or academia is an all-important question.

PROMISCUITY'S POWER

Enzymes' ability to catalyze secondary reactions may provide a head start for evolving enzymes with new activities.

December 1, 2003

NANOTECH

K. Eric Drexler and Richard E. Smalley square off on the possibility of molecular assemblers.

November 24, 2003

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK 2004

Tight job market persists, but C&EN offers advice for landing that first job, as well as information on other career options, resources, and a salary review.

WHAT'S THAT STUFF?

Both fragile and ubiquitous, glass's beauty and usefulness has been clear for thousands of years.

NEW ACS EXECUTIVE

C&EN Editor-in-Chief Madeleine Jacobs is selected to be ACS executive director and CEO.

ACS ELECTION RESULTS

Occidental Chemical executive William F. Carroll Jr. is 2004 president-elect.

November 17, 2003

PLASTICS ADDITIVES

Plastics industry has been in a slump, but new products and innovation in additives, including flame retardants, may provide a shot in the arm.

JACS AT 125

In his 1936 paper, Lars Onsager showed how Debye's theory of dipoles could be extended to polar solvents.

DOPING IN SPORTS

UCLA chemists identify designer steroid THG.

November 10, 2003

DRUG FRAUD

FDA investigates growing numbers of counterfeit drug cases, as secondary wholesalers provide a ready outlet for fake, diverted, and adulterated drugs.

November 3, 2003

PAINTS & COATINGS

New material advances provide bright spots—such as dazzling, sparkly paints—during what is shaping up as a lackluster year.

CRITTER CHEMISTRY

Australian orchid seduces pollinator wasps by producing the same pheromone.

AHA! MOMENTS

October 27, 2003

COMBICHEM

Evolution of field leads to advances in catalyst optimization, natural-product-like libraries, and multicomponent reactions.

WOMEN IN ACADEMIA

Women are still underrepresented among the full professor ranks, despite some small gains.

TOP COMPANIES TO WORK FOR

Employees tend to stay at companies that provide stability and a fair, open environment.

AGBIOTECH

USDA releases tally of field test violations.

October 20, 2003

9/11 URBAN AEROSOLS

Scientists work to understand the complex mixture of dust, powder, and smoke released from ruins of the World Trade Center.

CRITTER CHEMISTRY

Zinc ions give clam worms extra-tough jaws

October 13, 2003

NATURAL PRODUCTS REDUX

Drug discovery and synthetic chemistry efforts are shifting back to natural products research.

CHEMISTRY LAUREATES

Nobel Prize goes to researchers who determined how ions and water molecules move in and out of cells.

October 6, 2003

NIH ROAD MAP

Five-year plan stresses interdisciplinary work and aims to transform agency research.

BUILDING A BETTER PROTEIN

To engineer specialized proteins, chemists combine computation and directed evolution.

September 29, 2003

SAFEGUARDING SECURITY

Maureen McCarthy, acting director of the Department of Homeland Security's Office of R&D, has a diverse portfolio.

ANALYZE THIS

Proteins and proteomics dominate the meeting of mass spec community.

GRAD SCHOOL & BEYOND

Special four-part supplement discusses whether a top 10 pedigree is needed for a faculty job, effects of new immigration rules on foreign grad students, programs to prepare future faculty, and postdocs in industry.

September 22, 2003

AIR PRODUCTS

CEO John P. Jones III has acted decisively, selling underperforming units and shoring up more attractive businesses.

September 15, 2003

NIH AND TAXOL

Case study exposes frictions in technology transfer from government to private industry.

CRITTER CHEMISTRY

The chemical signal that hornets use to locate invaders is also found in some food flavorings and fragrances.

September 8, 2003

It's Elemental

Chemical & Engineering News celebrates the Periodic Table of the Elements on the magazine's 80th anniversary.

September 1, 2003

NANOTECHNOLOGY

Chemical and materials firms hope to reap big rewards from nanoscience.

August 25, 2003

DRUG DELIVERY

Researchers are investigating methods for getting compounds directly into cells.

BLOCKING HIV

Small molecule prevents virus from entering cells.

August 18, 2003

ROCKET-FUELED RIVER

Lower Colorado carries perchlorate to millions who drink its water, to those who eat lettuce irrigated with its water, and into a tribal well.

ELEMENT 110 NAMED DARMSTADTIUM

Name honors German town where the element was discovered.

JACS AT 125

In 1989, Colin Bain, Ralph Nuzzo, and George Whitesides functionalized self-assembled monolayers.

August 11, 2003

BATTLE SCIENCE

Ordinary soldiers could acquire some of the abilities of fictional superheroes, thanks to advanced materials specially designed for military applications.

CALIFORNIA CRISIS

New funding cuts bode ill for state's universities.

August 4, 2003

SALARY & EMPLOYMENT SURVEY

The employment status of chemists is the weakest it's been in more than 30 years.

JOB LOSS? TEN WAYS ACS CAN HELP

CAREERS DISRUPTED

In turbulent times, some former Pharmacia chemists find work via relocation; others offer perspective

on their jobless status.

July 28, 2003

DRUG DISCOVERY

Pharmaceutical firms work to commercialize the genomics revolution, often turning to smaller companies for biomarker discovery.

July 21, 2003

PROCESS CATALYSIS

High-throughput methods promise improved catalysts for bulk chemical processes; gas-to-liquids fuels open a major market for catalysts.

July 14, 2003

FINE CHEMICALS

Process design and improvement tools allow fine chemicals manufacturers to better serve customers, including partners in the fragrance and flavor industry.

July 7, 2003

FACTS & FIGURES

Despite economic malaise, chemical company earnings around the world increased, largely because of cost cutting.

June 30, 2003

GREEN CHEMISTRY

Presidential honors recognize biotech and other innovations that promote pollution prevention.

June 23, 2003

ELECTRONIC CHEMICALS

Chemical companies bring their materials expertise to photonics and the semiconductor industry.

MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY

A growing number of chemists are entering this field, attracted by its interdisciplinary nature.

June 16, 2003

ACHEMA 2003

Chemical technology exhibition in Frankfurt draws huge crowds; focuses on chemical engineering, environmetal protection, and biotechnology.

June 9, 2003

AGBIOTECH

Rift between U.S. and Europe over genetically engineered foods is exacerbated by pending EU labeling and traceability regulations.

June 2, 2003

PLASTICS

Engineering industry boosts business with consolidations and new innovations; polyolefins licensors prepare for an upturn.

May 26, 2003

RESPONSIBLE CARE

New security codes and verification assessments in the U.S. and Europe advance 15-year-old program to next level.

May 19, 2003

SYSTEMS BIOLOGY

Interdisciplinary scientists model biological systems using expanding knowledge of cellular networks and molecular interactions.

May 12, 2003

TOP 50 U.S. CHEMICAL PRODUCERS

C&EN's reorganized ranking reflects chemical industry changes in 2002, which saw falling sales and revenues.

May 5, 2003

SCORPIONATES

Jerry Trofimenko's first pyrazolylborate ligand has led to a family of beautiful and useful compounds during the past 35 years.

COMPUTATIONAL NANOTECH

Theoretical and experimental approaches are used concomitantly to design nanosystems.

April 28, 2003

CHIRAL CHEMISTRY

Single-enantiomer drugs have a commanding presence in the global pharmaceutical landscape; researchers use chiral switching to develop better versions of drugs.

April 21, 2003

PHARMA OUTSOURCING

Emerging drug firms are increasingly being served by the nimbler smaller contract manufacturer; early-stage services gain ground.

April 14, 2003

SPECIALTY CHEMICALS

High feedstock costs, energy prices, and overcapacity have stalled the synthetic rubber and rubber chemicals industries.

E-BUSINESS

News Updates For The World Of Business Online.

GENDER EQUITY

How women chemists overcome obstacles.

April 7, 2003

STARTING SALARY SURVEY

Results for median salary and employment status for newly graduated chemists in 2002 were mixed across degree levels.

March 31, 2003

PITTCON AWARDS PRESENTED

Preeminent achievements in analytical chemistry and spectroscopy are honored

AAAS ELECTS FELLOWS IN CHEMISTRY

Levelt Sengers Garners L'Or??al UNESCO Award

March 24, 2003

PRIESTLEY MEDALIST

Industrial chemist Edwin Vandenberg is honored for his contributions to polymer science and to the chemistry community.

AAAS ELECTS FELLOWS IN CHEMISTRY

March 17, 2003

PETROCHEMICAL PROSPECTS

The petrochemical market struggles to rebound but is stymied by high oil and gas prices, and a possible war in Iraq.

March 11, 2003

DOUBLE HELIX AT 50

Watson and Crick's discovery of DNA structure defined a biological phenomenon at the chemical level, inspiring chemists.

March 3, 2003

CHEMICAL GENETICS

Chemists explore the biological world by synthesizing diverse arrays of small molecules.

CHEMICAL SCIENCE

Envisioning how advances in chemistry and chemical engineering will contribute to a brighter future.

February 24, 2003

WIND ENERGY

Alternative energy source strives to become a viable player in the energy marketplace.

BEYOND THE RéSUMé

Reference checking is a critical tool in selecting new employees.

February 17, 2003

CUSTOM CHEMICALS

Although observers predict another tough year for pharmaceutical custom manufacturing and synthesis, suppliers have multiple avenues for growth.

FEDERAL R&D

Proposed fiscal 2004 budget gives top billing to defense and security.

MID-ATLANTIC BIOTECH

States attract industry by offering start-up help, including tax credits, lab space, and investment money.

February 10, 2003

CLASS PORTRAIT

C&EN examines statistics on the chemistry graduating class of 1999-2000 at all degree levels and compares them with previous years.

E-COMMERCE

Progress in adopting e-business varies from firm to firm across the chemical industry.

WHAT'S THAT STUFF?

Chemistry gives a brighter smile through teeth whiteners.

February 3, 2003

CAPITAL SPENDING

Most chemical firms see signs of economic recovery and say they plan to spend more aggressively on capital projects in 2003; many will increase R&D spending.

January 27, 2003

PHARMA BUSINESS

Biotech and pharmaceutical industries wrestle with large- versus small-molecule drug strategies while financial performance declines.

January 20, 2003

SOAPS AND DETERGENTS

New cleaning formulas and other products owe their effectiveness to R&D collaborations between home care companies and chemical makers; consolidated surfactants businesses struggle.

CONGRESSIONAL OUTLOOK

Weighty domestic and foreign issues likely will have Congress giving short shrift to science and technology matters.

January 13, 2002

WORLD CHEMICAL OUTLOOK

The global chemical industry is finally showing signs of recovery, but economic or political instability could bring it crashing down again.

January 6, 2002

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.

ADJUNCT PROFESSORS

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

CAREER OUTLOOK

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

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