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"Scientific controversy isn't fraud."
RACHEL LEVINSON, SENIOR COUNSEL, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORSp. 22

November 1, 2010

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Cover Story

Employment Outlook

Hiring returns, but slowly, cautiously; lab managers talk about career opportunities, rewards; mentoring is vital to success. (pp. 37, 38-42, 43-45, 46-47)

Government & Policy

Matthew Platz Takes The Helm(Member Content)

Head of NSF Chemistry Division sees science as the way to tackle society's problems. (pp. 19-21)

Science & Technology

The GPU Revolution

Designed for video games, graphics processing units bring once-impossible simulations within reach for chemists. (pp. 27-29)

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Cover Stories

Cautiously Optimistic Wanted: Role Models

Hint Of Hope p. 37

Job outlook for 2011 will likely be similar to 2010's, perhaps even slightly better.

Cautiously Optimistic pp. 38-42

In the wake of the recession, employers are poised to slowly and selectively hire.

Making Labs Work Magically Well p. 43-45

Lab and stockroom managers have essential jobs with diverse responsibilities.

Wanted: Role Models pp. 46-47

Mentors can help women scientists of color achieve success in their careers.

News Of The Week

Forging Ligands Don't Blame The Pill Revealing How Plants Breathe Probing Human Genetic Variation

Chemical Demand Remains Strong p. 5

Earnings: Firms capitalize on rebound for another winning quarter.

Forging Ligands p. 6

Organometallics: Custom hybrid chelating system could have many uses.

Don't Blame The Pill p. 6

Water Pollution: Only a small fraction of the estrogen pollution found in waterways comes from oral contraceptives.

Revealing How Plants Breathe p. 7

Structural Biology: An ion channel that controls opening, closing of pores in leaves has a rare protein fold.

ACS's Next Day In Court p. 7

The Ohio Supreme Court will hear an appeal of American Chemical Society v. Leadscope Inc.

Eastman Exits Polyester Business p. 8

Plastics: One-time PET leader will sell unit to DAK Americas.

Probing Human Genetic Variation p. 8

Genome Sequencing: Consortium improves catalog of human DNA differences.

GSK Pays Big p. 9

Pharmaceuticals: Settlement for $750 million reflects U.S. crackdown on adulterated products.

Carbon Capture By Solids p. 9

Porous Crystals: Study uncovers details of CO2-binding sites in framework compounds.

Business

A Love Affair With Sustainability pp. 12-13 (Member Content)

Firms use indexes of responsible behavior to cultivate public acceptance.

A Sweet Result pp. 14-15 (Member Content)

With a life-cycle assessment, Danisco seeks to enhance status of its xylitol.

C&EN Talks With Magid Abou-Gharbia p. 16 (Member Content)

After 26 years at Wyeth, the former drug industry executive is charting a new course in academia.

Business Concentrates pp. 10-11 (Member Content)

  • Researcher Gets Prison Term
  • At a hearing on Oct. 20, a Delaware federal court sentenced former DuPont research chemist Hong Meng to 14 months in jail for theft of trade secrets...
  • SABIC Eyes Entry Into Polyurethanes
  • Saudi Basic Industries Corp. is planning to enter the polyurethanes business. At the K 2010 plastics show in Düsseldorf, Germany, last week...
  • Kyowa Hakko Chemical Goes To Private Firm
  • Japan’s Kyowa Hakko Kirin will sell its Kyowa Hakko Chemical subsidiary to Japan Industrial Partners, a Japanese investment firm...
  • Airgas Wants Higher Air Products Bid
  • After posting strong quarterly earnings, Airgas’ board has sent a letter to Air Products & Chemicals trying to get the hostile suitor to once again up its bid....
  • Ferguson To Get Industry Medal
  • he Society of Chemical Industry has awarded its Chemical Industry Medal to J. Brian Ferguson, chairman of Eastman Chemical...
  • Solvay And MGC Join For NewPolymer
  • Solvay Advanced Polymers and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) will collaborate on a line of high-temperature polyamides based on renewable raw materials...
  • Evonik, PQ Boost Silica Facilities
  • Evonik Industries plans to expand its global capacity for precipitated silicas by 25% over the next four years...
  • Danisco Sets Betaine At Sugar Refinery
  • Danisco will build a facility for trimethyl­glycine, also known as betaine, at a beet sugar and ethanol refinery in Origny, France...
  • Genzyme Calls Sanofi Offer Inadequate
  • At a recent analysts’ meeting in New York City, Genzyme executives outlined why they believe an $18.5 billion takeover bid by Sanofi-Aventis “dramatically undervalues” their company...
  • Waksal Buys Back Into Pharmaceuticals
  • Kadmon Pharmaceuticals, headed by Sam Waksal, the former ImClone Systems CEO who was imprisoned for an insider trading scheme that also snared Martha Stewart, has acquired Three Rivers Pharmaceuticals...
  • Macrogenics Licenses Antibody Technology
  • MacroGenics has signed two deals to develop drugs using its Dual-Affinity Re-Targeting antibody technology...
  • Elevance And Stepan Target Surfactant
  • Elevance Renewable Sciences and surfactants maker Stepan Co. have agreed to commercialize surfactants, antimicrobials, and polyurethane polyols based on Elevance feedstocks including...
  • Braskem Plans Green Propylene
  • The Brazilian petrochemical maker Braskem intends to be the world’s first producer of propylene from renewable raw materials...
  • Business Roundup
  • Momentive Performance Materials, Bridge12 Technologies, Chemtura, Voltaix, InChem Corp., Immune Design, PPD and Bend Research, Celtic Therapeutics...

ACS News

Buckyballs Named A Landmark p. 36

Fullerene discovery helped launch nanoscience field.

ACS Meetings

2010–11 C&EN Calendar Web Exclusive

C&EN's latest list of meetings and events of interest to those in the chemical community.

Government & Policy

Matthew Platz Takes The Helm pp. 19-21 (Member Content)

Head of NSF Chemistry Division sees science as the way to tackle society's problems.

Fighting Back For Academic Freedom pp. 22-24 (Member Content)

University of Virginia buttresses defense against attorney general’s fraud probe.

Government & Policy Concentrates p. 18 (Member Content)

  • U.S., Europe Will Collaborate On Patent System
  • The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and the European Patent Office have agreed to jointly develop a patent classification system based on the European model...
  • Geoengineering Research Parsed
  • The U.S. government spent nearly $1.9 million for research on geoengineering during fiscal-years 2009 and 2010, according to an analysis from the Government Accountability Office...
  • Agencies Join To Boost Import Safety
  • Ten federal agencies have agreed to a set of key principles to improve the safety of imported consumer products, including food and drugs...
  • Group Seeks Info On Delayed Integrity Plan
  • The nonprofit activist group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) has filed a lawsuit against the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy...
  • Study Hits Prison-Run Electronics Recycling
  • A Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report released last week slammed the use of U.S. prisoners to recycle computers and electronics equipment...

ACS Comment

Achieving Recognition Equity p. 34 (Member Content)

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Science & Technology

The GPU Revolution pp. 27-29

Designed for video games, graphics processing units bring once-impossible simulations within reach for chemists.

Fertilization Formula pp. 30-31

Researchers step closer to the molecular mechanism behind the sperm and egg union.

And The Winners Are... pp. 32-33

Photo contest draws lively response and cool images from C&EN readers.

Science & Technology Concentrates pp. 25-26 (Member Content)

  • Ligands Dial In Ring Size
  • Varying the ligand in a particular palladium-catalyzed cyclization reaction gives chemists access to four different types of heterocycles
  • Atmospheric Nitric Acid Rate Constant Clarified
  • The reaction of hydroxyl radicals with nitrogen dioxide to form gaseous nitric acid is critical in atmospheric chemistry because it sequesters the reagents and slows the catalytic cycle
  • Pentacenes Exhibit Unsymmetrical Side
  • A synthetic strategy that produces previously rare unsymmetrical pentacene derivatives has been developed, broadening the chemical repertoire of this industrially useful class of compounds
  • Turning Up The Heat On DNA Methylation
  • A simple melting test can detect DNA methylation at the genomic level, a development that could bolster the study of gene expression and epigeneticsr
  • Parrot Pigments Preserve Pretty Plumage …
  • Parrot feather pigments appear to have properties that promote resistance to bacterial degradation
  • … And Red Alga Pigments Stand The Test Of Time
  • An unusual class of boron-containing organic pigments, dubbed borolithochromes, is responsible for the pink color of a fossilized Jurassic-period red alga
  • Prion Aggregate Size Affects Transmissibility
  • In work that could aid understanding of protein-misfolding diseases, researchers have found that the size of prion aggregates affects their ability to induce further aggregation and cause illness
  • Gradient Core-Shell Quantum Dots
  • Colloidal quantum dots with core-shell structures in which both components feature alloyed gradient compositions have been prepared by researchers in Israel

Editor's Page

Jobs p. 3

The Departments

Letters p. 2

Newscripts p. 64

Dancing Chemists, Old Butter, Asparagus Urine

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Environmental SCENE News

Fertilizer May Help Bacteria Slip Into Groundwater

Water Safety: High phosphate levels allow deadly microbes to pass through soil.

Bisphenol A Is Ubiquitous In Receipts

Endocrine Disrupters: Researchers detect BPA in every receipt that they collected from seven U.S. cities.

Sunlight Is An Effective Disinfectant

Public Health: Field work shows that a cheap water treatment method improves children's health.

House Takes Aim At Clean Air Act

Pollution: Industry backs cost-benefit analyses of EPA rules, but critics fear assault on public health.

Analytical SCENE News

New Method Isolates Membrane Proteins

Protein Purification: Technique separates proteins on a lipid bilayer.

Bisphenol A Is Ubiquitous In Receipts

Endocrine Disrupters: Researchers detect BPA in every receipt that they collected from seven U.S. cities.

Mapping Drugs In Human Tissue

Clinical Chemistry: Mass spectrometry imaging provides view of an inhaled drug in human lung tissue.

Skeletons Come To Light

Fluorescence Imaging: Monitoring cells as they dissolve bone may lead to disease treatments.

Analyzing Nuclear Processes

ACS Meeting News: Analytical chemists devise ways to watch radioactive streams.

JACS In Research

Indole Changeup Yields Elusive Alkaloid

ACS Meeting News: Cyclization and nitrene insertion star in synthesis.

Prefab Synthesis Moves Ahead

Organic Chemistry: First stable alpha-boryl aldehydes ease preparation of complex small molecules.

Multiple Bradykinin States Revealed

The peptide adopts at least 10 conformers in solution, explaining why its structure had only been partially characterized.

Scaling Up The Axinellamines

A quicker, more efficient, and stereocontrolled route to a key intermediate streamlines natural product syntheses.

A Revamped Vancomycin

Medicinal Chemistry: Modified compound shows promise against hard-to-treat bacteria.

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