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Table of Contents
April 3, 2000
Volume 78, Number 14
CENEAR 78 14 p. 3

NEWS OF THE WEEK
2001 PRIESTLEY MEDAL
ACS's highest honor will be bestowed on inorganic chemist Fred Basolo.
FATAL BLAST
Phillips K-Resin plant explodes for second time in less than a year.
TOBACCO BENEFITS
Natural compound protects neurons in animal models of Parkinson's disease.
ORGANIC SEMICONDUCTOR
It's soluble, air-stable, and has a reasonably high electron mobility-- thanks to fluorinated groups.
ACS NATIONAL MEETING
More than 18,000 gather for record- breaking meeting in San Francisco.
PERSISTENT POLLUTANTS
Eliminating unintentional by-products, such as dioxins, is treaty sticking point.
MONSANTO EXITS FOODS
Company completes divestitures by selling sweetener operations.
2001 PARSONS AWARD
ACS honors the public service of Stanford's Richard Zare.
BUSINESS
BUSINESS CONCENTRATES
RAIL MERGER HALT
Surface Transporation Board's moratorium puts focus on railroad service.
DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
Making glucosamine and chondroitin, used in over-the-counter treatments, isn't always sound business
BUSINESS INSIGHTS
Today's tight labor market foreshadows more severe shortages when baby boomers hit retirement.
ASIA-PACIFIC
SOGA SHOSHA
Japanese trading companies, beset by financial weakness, will be less involved in chemicals in the future.
GOVERNMENT & POLICY
GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES
POLLUTION BUSTERS
The National Response Center handled more than 97,000 calls last year.
SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY
SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES
PLAYING IT COOL
Cutting-edge materials science, new uses for familiar substances advance chemistry-related cooling technologies.
COVER STORY
PITTCON 2000
Analytical instrumentation industry is being reshaped by forces such as genomics and e-commerce.
BOOKS
"ALMOST EVERYONE'S GUIDE TO SCIENCE"
Lively tour of modern science emphasizes how various pieces of the broad intellectual endeavor fit together.
EMPLOYMENT
MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
New materials are hot, and so are job opportunities for chemical professionals of all types.
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