ACS Spring 2016 National Meeting in San Diego
Abstract submission for the Spring 2016 ACS meeting is now open! Join the Division of Analytical Chemistry in San Diego next March 13 to 17. Abstracts are due October 15, 2015. A wide range of sessions are planned in 15 analytical symposia. Many prominent scientists in our field have already committed to participating in these symposia. The Meeting theme is Computers and Chemistry, and the Division has several sessions that are part of this theme. You can find the list and submit your abstract here.

Pacifichem 2015 Program
Pacifichem 2015 takes place December 15-20 in Honolulu. There are a large number of sessions in analytical chemistry on each of the days, covering the full range of our discipline. Advance registration will be open until October 15.

ACS National Awards to Division Members
The Division of Analytical Chemistry has been selected by the recipients to present their award address for (1) ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences by Luis A. Colón, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, (2) ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry sponsored by Battelle Memorial Institute by William R. Heineman, University of Cincinnati, and (3) ACS Award in Chromatography sponsored by Supelco/Sigma-Aldrich by Harold M. McNair, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Application for Kolthoff Award
Applications are invited for the 2016 I. M. Kolthoff Award for undergraduate research in analytical chemistry. The Kolthoff awards provide travel funding up to $750 for students to present a poster on their research at Pittcon or the Spring ACS National Meeting. The deadline for applications for 2016 awards is October 1, 2015. Please direct questions to Kim Frederick.

Analytical Division July 2015 Newsletter
Newsletter Editor Sayo Fakayode has issued the latest Newsletter. This issue includes a message from Division Chair Susan Olesik, information about the Division's officers and councilors, a report on Division activities at the Denver Spring ACS National Meeting, plans for the ACS National Meeting in Boston in August, information about submitting an abstract for Pittcon 2016, and information on resources the Division offers for students, Division Awards, and Division support for ACS Regional Meetings.

Tribute to the late Craig Lunte
The Division is saddened to learn of the death of Craig Lunte, a prominent analytical chemist at the University of Kansas and significant contributor to the field of analytical chemistry. Please read this tribute to his life.

Long Range Program Planning Committee
The Division now has a long range program planning committee. The members are:

  • Joel Harris (University of Utah) co-Chair;
  • Lane Baker (Indiana University) co-Chair
  • Doug Duckworth (PNNL) ex-Officio
  • Cindy Larive (University of California-Riverside)
  • Michael Heien (University of Arizona)
  • Alexandra Ros (Arizona State University)
  • Matthew Bush (University of Washington)
  • Yong Zeng (University of Kansas)
  • Karen Phinney (NIST)


From the chair, Susan Olesik

Dear Members of the ACS Analytical Division,

I am delighted to serve as the Chair of the ACS Analytical Division this year. For those who may not know me, I am currently the chair of the Department of Chemistry at Ohio State University. My recent research is focused on use of nanotechnology in separation science and surface assisted laser desorption ionization (SALDI) as well as efforts to expand the use of enhanced-fluidity liquids to the separation of polar compounds. You can read more about this work at this website: https://chemistry.osu.edu/faculty/olesik. I also have long standing efforts in science outreach: https://wow.osu.edu and in retention efforts for students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) majors http://ohse.chemistry.ohio-state.edu. I provide this information so that you know a bit about me, what I care about and how I spend my research time.

From my perspective, the ACS Analytical Division is a service organization to provide program-ming and other opportunities for its members. The primary goal that I have for my time as chair is to enhance engagement of you, the division members. The Analytical Division continues to provide programming at the Fall ACS meeting, the Pittsburgh Conference and the Spring ACS meeting. The Pittsburgh Conference program and the spring 2015 program are already completed. Also, ideas for sessions in 2016 and beyond would be appreciated. I would also like to hear from you on other activities that would be useful to members and activities that you would be willing to help launch. As an example, the executive committee has discussed the possibility of providing webinars for Division members only. I would like to hear from the membership on this idea and also other ideas that you might have on how to engage as many members as possible in activities that will move the field of Analytical Chemistry forward. To collect your ideas I will send you a survey soon.

No doubt you have already heard that Donna Nelson, a Councilor for our Division, was elected to be President of the ACS for 2016. I hope you agree with me that this is great news for the discipline of Analytical Chemistry.

Finally, I look forward to meeting many of you this year and also working together to move the field of Analytical Chemistry forward. Onward and upward!

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