Presidential Event Focuses On Improving Diversity In Science

August 24, 1998

The president of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, will host a special event on the evening of Aug. 24 to focus on programs and ideas for creating a diverse chemistry workforce -- one in which diversity can be used to solve current and future scientific challenges.

As part of the ACS National Meeting in Boston, Aug. 23-27, "The Future of Chemistry Is All of Us" will feature a session of more than 120 posters by minority chemistry students from across the country, including nine current and former ACS Scholars. In addition, two brief plenary sessions will include addresses by distinguished academicians from Cornell University and University of Maryland. Five breakout sessions will explore under-representation issues, including affirmative action and the political consequences of changing demographics. Some 30 exhibits will highlight programs encouraging minority participation in science. The event will conclude with a reception featuring African-American, American Indian and Hispanic/Latino ethnic dishes.


Monday, Aug. 24
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.


Hynes Convention Center, 3rd Level
Plenary and Breakout Sessions--Rm. 301
Exhibit of Programs, Posters, Reception--Ballroom A


Paul H.L. Walter
President, American Chemical Society

Eloy Rodriquez
Professor of Environmental Studies, Cornell University

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
President, University of Maryland-Baltimore County

More than 120 minority chemistry students presenting posters

For Further Information Contact:

Nancy Blount, (202) 872-4451
August 20-27: Press Room, Convention Center, Room 308
Phone: (617) 351-6808, FAX: (617) 351-6820
A nonprofit organization with a membership of more than 155,000 chemists and chemical engineers as its members, 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.

American Chemical Society

Related Diversity Articles from Brightsurf:

More plant diversity, less pesticides
Increasing plant diversity enhances the natural control of insect herbivory in grasslands.

Insect diversity boosted by combination of crop diversity and semi-natural habitats
To enhance the number of beneficial insect species in agricultural land, preserving semi-natural habitats and promoting crop diversity are both needed, according to new research published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied of Ecology.

Ethnolinguistic diversity slows down urban growth
Where various ethnic groups live together, cities grow at a slower rate.

Protecting scientific diversity
The COVID-19 pandemic means that scientists face great challenges because they have to reorient, interrupt or even cancel research and teaching.

Cultural diversity in chimpanzees
Termite fishing by chimpanzees was thought to occur in only two forms with one or multiple tools, from either above-ground or underground termite nests.

Bursts of diversity in the gut microbiota
The diversity of bacteria in the human gut is an important biomarker of health, influences multiple diseases, such as obesity and inflammatory bowel diseases and affects various treatments.

Underestimated chemical diversity
An international team of researchers has conducted a global review of all registered industrial chemicals: some 350,000 different substances are produced and traded around the world -- well in excess of the 100,000 reached in previous estimates.

New world map of fish genetic diversity
An international research team from ETH Zurich and French universities has studied genetic diversity among fish around the world for the first time.

Biological diversity as a factor of production
Can the biodiversity of ecosystems be considered a factor of production?

Fungal diversity and its relationship to the future of forests
Stanford researchers predict that climate change will reduce the diversity of symbiotic fungi that help trees grow.

Read More: Diversity News and Diversity Current Events is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to