Homeland security symposium covers what chemists can do to help protect the nation

August 25, 2003

NEW YORK -- Leading experts will focus on how chemists should address current homeland security issues and potential terrorist threats during a presidential symposium at the 226th national meeting of the American Chemical Society. Speakers will discuss the use of nanotechnology to improve sensors and to develop porous silicon "smart dust" detectors, explain the threat posed by "dirty bombs," and cover techniques that have been developed to assess and address threats posed by terrorists against chemical manufacturing facilities. The session will highlight the steps chemists are taking to make chemical plants more secure.

What: Symposium on Issues of Homeland Security: What Can Chemists Do?

Where: Javits Convention Center, 1E14/1E15

When: Thursday, Sept. 11, 9 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Who: James Kapin (organizer), Advanced Chemical Safety, Henry D. Royal, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Cal Jaeger, Sandia National Laboratories, Michael J. Sailor, University of California, San Diego, Candy Petrolle, University of California, San Diego, John Phillips, Central Intelligence Agency, Debra M. Phillips, American Chemistry Council, and John Gilman, Environmental Protection Agency.

Attached are abstracts submitted by participants for this symposium.

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