TABLE OF CONTENTS
January 10, 2000
Volume 78, Number 2
CENEAR 78 2 p. 1
ISSN 0009-2347

Quote of the Week

"I was looking for a David and Goliath metaphor. But I didn't think we'd ever get famous with a computer system named David." Thomas Sterling of NASA's Goddard Space Center on choosing a name for the Beowulf cluster computer system page 27


NEWS OF THE WEEK

TROUBLE IN ANTARCTICA:  6
NSF chose Raytheon to run research stations, but current contractor isn't going quietly.

CHEMICAL WEAPONS:  7
U.S. industry generally pleased with final regulations on treaty compliance.

IRON PROTEINS:  7
Small separation of iron atoms could explain widely varying behavior of diiron centers in metalloproteins.

MONSANTO ADJUSTS:  8
Preparing for merger with Pharmacia, Monsanto abandons Delta & Pine Land, sheds cottonseed unit.

BLACK WIDOW VENOM:  8
Deadly toxin is shown to be a tetramer with a propeller-like structure.

Y2K:  9
For the chemical industry, the new year arrived quietly.

PROFILE
COVER STORY

OLIVER SACKS:   10
Famed neurologist reminisces about a childhood fascination with chemistry.

BUSINESS

BUSINESS CONCENTRATES:  17

BRAZIL'S OXITENO: 19
Country's only ethylene oxide producer has bold plans for expansion.

SLUMPING DYES: 21
European dye makers cut costs and innovate to vie in competitive market.

GOVERNMENT & POLICY

GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES:  24

ENVIRONMENT: 25
Developing countries take innovative approaches to curb industrial pollution.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES:  26

COMPUTER CLUSTERS: 27
Systems made by hooking together several PCs can crunch data like supercomputers at a fraction of the cost.

IMPRINT CATALYSTS: 31
Technique combines organometallic catalysis, molecular imprinting of polymers.

WOMEN IN SCIENCE: 33
New mechanisms could help improve status in academia.

ACS NATIONAL AWARDS

2000 WINNERS: 34
Arhancet, Kelsey, Chuah, Powell, Weider, Bax, Bell, Buchwald, Cardulla, Corbett, Curran, Czanderna, and Danishefsky.

THE DEPARTMENTS

 2 LETTERS

 3 EDITOR'S PAGE

15 CHEMICAL HINDSIGHTS

40 ACS COMMENT

40 ACS NEWS

41 PEOPLE

42 MEETINGS

56 NEWSCRIPTS


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