Scientists meet in Connecticut to discuss research findings

June 15, 2000

Topics ranging from potential therapies for cocaine addition to the chemistry of wine will be presented at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, the worldís largest scientific society, to be held in Storrs, Conn., June 18-21. More than 250 papers will be presented at the meeting, which is expected to draw 500 scientists.

Research highlights include:

Possible medication to treat cocaine addiction: Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that affects brain chemistry and produces increased heart rate and hypertension. Local researchers will present data on the development of medication to combat the negative effects of cocaine. M. Kamal, University of Connecticut, Monday, June 19, poster session, 7- 9:30 p.m.

Event highlights include:

Life in 2025 Ö teenagers decide: Students from 20 area high schools will compete in an essay contest to answer the question, ìWhat breakthrough or innovation related to chemistry will improve the quality of a teenagerís life in the year 2025?î The contest begins on Tuesday, June 20, 2:00 p.m. Winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m., South Campus Dormitories.

The pitfalls and pleasures of Connecticut winemaking: Dr. Robert Bates of the University of Floridaís Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, will demonstrate the chemistry behind wine production and its challenges in the Connecticut area. A tasting follows the presentation. Tuesday, June 20, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., South Campus Dormitories.

WHO: Sponsored by the Connecticut Valley Section of the American Chemical Society

WHAT: Northeast Regional meeting of the American Chemical Society

WHEN: Sunday, June 18, through Wednesday, June 21

WHERE: University of Connecticut
New Chemistry Bldg., Storrs Campus
55 N. Eagleville Rd., U-60
Storrs, Conn.


News media are welcome to attend the meeting. Please see the Northeast Regional Meeting website (http://www.lib.uconn.edu/chemistry/calendar/nerm.html ) or call Hillarie Fogel at 202-872-4371 for more information.
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A nonprofit organization with a membership of 161,000 chemists and chemical engineers, the American Chemical Society publishes scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences, and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio. http://www.acs.org

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