TABLE OF CONTENTS
January 31, 2000
Volume 78, Number 5
CENEAR 78 5 p. 1
ISSN 0009-2347

Quote of the Week

"Raw intellectual power is not the criterion. There's no necessary relationship between intelligence and creativity. The fellows tend to be bright, as you can imagine, but there are many other bright people who are not as creative."

Mark D. Fitzsimmons, associate director, MacArthur Foundation Fellows Program

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NEWS OF THE WEEK

UN BIOSAFETY PROTOCOL: 5
Negotiators seemed to have resolved several core issues, but then things went awry.

RAIL MERGER: 6
CMA says some members will suffer if Burlington Northern and Canadian National unite.

PUBMED CENTRAL: 6
NIH's electronic publishing site goes live; similar venture set for Europe.

EPOTHILONE: 7
Genes for potent anticancer agent isolated, sequenced, expressed.

NANOTUBE SENSOR: 7
Material is a rapid, sensitive chemical detector at room temperature.

FINE CHEMICALS DEAL: 8
Switzerland's Clariant to pay $1.78 billion for Britain's BTP.

THE MERGER THAT WASN'T: 8
P&G calls off talks with Warner- Lambert, American Home Products after stock takes a dive.

BUSINESS

BUSINESS CONCENTRATES: 9

SURVIVING IN PVC: 11
Producers are hoping consolidation provides more control over PVC market fluctuation.

PETROCHEMICALS: 14
Taiwan's Tuntex Group has dealt with government hurdles by scaling back proposed petrochemical plant.

GOVERNMENT & POLICY

GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES:  17

COVER STORY
CONGRESSIONAL OUTLOOK: 18
Stage seems set for strong science and technology funding as 106th Congress reconvenes.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES:  24

MACARTHUR FELLOWS: 25
A close look at the lives of three women chemists singled out for exceptional creativity and promise.

BOND SURGERY: 36
Finely tuned X-rays can cleave specific bonds in nitrogen molecules affixed to metal surfaces.

RICHARD A. LERNER: 37
C&EN talks with the president of Scripps Research Institute about proposed University of California-based research institutes.

SCIENCE INSIGHTS: 38
Putting in perspective recent failures in NASA's missions to Mars.

ACS NATIONAL AWARDS
2000 WINNERS: 42
Newcomb, Portoghese, Potier, Samara, Sartori, and Saykally.

THE DEPARTMENTS

   3 EDITOR'S PAGE

   4 LETTERS

 39 ACS COMMENT

 40 ACS NEWS

 56 NEWSCRIPTS


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