|Chair (8/01-02) Richard M. Stratt
Brown University, Department of Chemistry
324 Brook Street
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-3418, fax (401) 863-2594
Chair-Elect (8/01-02) John C. Hemminger
Secretary/Treasurer (8/01-06) Kenneth D. Jordan
|Vice-Chair (8/01-02) James L. Skinner
University of Wisconsin, Department of Chemistry
Madison, WI 53706
(608)262-0481, fax (608) 262-9918
Vice-Chair-Elect ( 8/01-02) David Nesbitt
Past Chair (8/00-01) Daniel Neumark
|Steven A. Buntin (99-02) NIST
Barbara Garrison (00-03) Penn. State Univ.
David Norris, NEC Research Inst. (01-04)
|Alexander L. Harris (99-02) Bell Labs
Arthur Nozik (00-03) NREL
Anne McCoy (01-04) Ohio State University
|Michael Bowers (02-04) Univ. of California, SB
Edward M. (Ted) Eyring (00-02) University of Utah
|Alvin L. Kwiram
(00-02) Univ. of Washington
Ellen Stechel (01-03) Ford Motor Co.
|Paul L. Houston
(00-02) Cornell University
Joseph Golab (02-04) BP Naperville Complex C-7
(00-02) University of Utah
A. Welford Castleman, Jr. (01-03) Penn. State
|Chair (8/01-02) Arieh Warshel
Dept. of Chemistry, University of Southern California
Los Angeles CA 90033-1062
Chair-Elect (8/01-02) Peter G. Wolynes
|Vice-Chair (8/01-02) To Be Announced
Secretary (8/01-02) To Be Announced
Past Chair (8/01-02) William A. Eaton
|Chair (8/01-02) Edward L. Sibert
Dept. of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin
Madison WI 53706
Vice-Chair (8/01-02) John Straub
|Chair-Elect (8/01-02) Martin Head-Gordon
Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
Secretary (8/00-03) Anne M. Chaka
Past Chair (8/00-01) Susan C. Tucker
The ACS meeting is here again, offering us another chance to see what modern physical chemistry looks like -- both in its more traditional habitats and in some far-flung settings.With the Fall (Boston) program assembled by the 2002 program chair, John Hemminger, comes a new opportunity to hear about progress in the fundamentals of the subject, and the applications of the those fundamentals to an ever widening set of scientific problems.
The basic molecular underpinnings of physical chemistry are highlighted in symposia dealing with Classical and Quantum Mechanical Studies of Solvation and with Biologically Relevant Molecules in the Gas Phase.Phenomena at somewhat longer length and time scales are explored in symposia covering Mesoscale Phenomena in Fluid Systems, Ordered Molecular Assemblies of Nanoparticles, and Nonlinear Dynamics in Polymeric Systems.The physical chemistry perspective is taken even further (to all new heights?) with symposia on the Frontiers of Atmospheric Chemistry and on Chemical Studies Important to Astrobiology.And, undoubtedly, we will hear both experimental and theoretical insights into the structures and dynamics of biomolecules during the course of symposia on Applications of Neutron Scattering in Structural Biology and Biophysics and on New Developments in Force Fields for Molecular Modeling.
On top of all this, Wednesday evening is reserved for the general Physical Chemistry poster session. The poster session always offers a wonderful overview of our field as a whole, but the poster session at this meeting also marks the inauguration of our Student Poster Awards.The Division will be looking for the best posters presented at the meeting by graduate or undergraduate students and the winners will receive monetary awards, as well as a mention in a future newsletter.
Speaking of newsletters, I would be remiss if I did not urge you and your coworkers to consider becoming a member of the Physical Chemistry division if you are not already a member. Students are especially welcome. Membership applications are available outside the physical chemistry meeting rooms and on the Physical Chemistry Division Web Site. Membership costs only $12, whether or not you're a member of the ACS (and only $3 if you're a full-time undergraduate or graduate student and a member of the ACS). Your membership helps the division support the symposia we put on at each national meeting -- and for your membership you receive a free copy of our vaunted newsletter (including all of the abstracts of all of the physical chemistry papers submitted to each national meeting). I would also urge you to contribute ideas for possible future symposia by contacting Jim Skinner (email@example.com), the program chair for the 2003 national ACS meetings. Most of the symposia we sponsor begin with suggestions from the physical chemistry community.
On a somewhat different topic, I should also mention that the Boston meeting will be providing the occasion for an important discussion by the Council of the American Chemical Society, the Society's legislative governing body. For some time the Society has been worried about how best to support the rather different activities undertaken by its Divisions (Physical, Organic, Inorganic, Polymer, ...) and its Local Sections. Both groupings perform important functions for ACS members, both rely on the financial support of the Society to fulfill their missions, and both have long been impeded by not having the funds that they really need to put in place all the programs they would like. The suggestion to be discussed in Boston is a significant increase in funding for both -- a development which would, among other things, greatly enhance the Physical Chemistry's Division's ability to put on broadly-based, high-quality programs at national meetings. If you support this proposal, I hope you will take the time to let the Councilors of your Local Sections (and the Councilors of the P. Chem. Division) know how you feel.
Finally, let me welcome on board (and thank in advance!) the Division's new administrative assistant, Elaine Springel. As I mentioned in my last message, I hope that you will take the opportunity to let the officers of the Division, and me in particular (Richard_Stratt@brown.edu), know of any ways in which you think that the Physical Chemistry division can better serve its membership or help contribute to the field of Physical Chemistry.
Professor Alvin Kwiram, a physical chemist from the University of Washington and a Councilor for the Physical Chemistry division, is one of this year's candidates for ACS president. A copy of his statement follows.
The intellectual and economic reach of our discipline was never greater than it is today. ACS members are in an enviable position to take advantage of the manifold opportunities created by the knowledge-based economy. However, even as we exploit these tantalizing opportunities through discovery and invention, our vision must reach out to embrace fundamentally important social goals such as promoting the well being of all members of society, supporting environmental stewardship, and facilitating opportunities for those who face unwarranted barriers.
As head of the Office of Research at the University of Washington for over a decade, I have had an opportunity to identify and facilitate exciting new directions in scholarship and research, to foster technology transfer and economic development, and to promote the public understanding of science. I would bring this experience to bear in catalyzing selected ACS initiatives. The precise shape of that agenda should be the product of an active dialog with members, but here are a few of the themes I would emphasize.
Membership needs:The needs of the membership must always be among the highest priorities of the ACS president and, in the current climate, employment related issues are especially important. I would work with the appropriate committees and the Divisions to coordinate tutorials on emerging areas of science and technology that have strong employment growth potential for chemists. This effort could be coupled with video streaming to Local Section venues and complemented by expanded training opportunities through distance education. Indeed, a general strategy for continual learning and retraining opportunities for all ACS members should be a high priority both because job responsibilities are changing more and more rapidly, and because emerging technologies will allow us to moderate the impact these changes have on our members.
Research:Congress has nearly doubled funding for NIH over the past four years, partly in response to a comprehensive and well-targeted campaign. Congress should do the same for NSF. I would work with The Office of Legislative and Government Affairs (OLGA) as well as other organizations to encourage Congress not only to double the level of funding for NSF, but also to improve funding for other key agencies that support research beyond the health sciences. This is essential if our research enterprise and our industries in non-biomedical fields are to remain competitive with international centers of excellence. (Clearly, support for life sciences research must continue to be a priority for us.) We can demonstrate that strategic investments in research will not only strengthen our national defense and improve the health of the nation, but also yield significant economic benefits. OLGA does an excellent job of working with Congress and federal agencies, but needs more members to participate in the Legislative Action Network. I will work to give this program greater visibility.
As a founding member and the first academic chairman of the board of the Council for Chemical Research, I actively promoted university-industry collaboration as a means of revitalizing our national economy. I have continued those efforts in my research administration role and would do so at the ACS.
Education:Doctoral programs in the US are the envy of the world, but the world is changing rapidly. This is no time for complacency. Members of the European Union are modernizing and harmonizing their graduate education programs so students can move more freely from one country to another. Significant reforms are also afoot in several Asian countries. We must review our own system to ensure that we remain competitive for the best and brightest. In the last two years the ACS has launched a new effort to take a closer look at graduate education, and I am pleased to serve on the Graduate Education Advisory Board. I am particularly interested in the role ACS could play in responding to the increasingly global context of education and employment.
Publications and Finance: The health of our core activities and any new initiatives will depend in large measure on our financial stability. The latter, in turn, is closely tied to our publication enterprises. We face especially challenging times because, along with the current economic turbulence, we must also grapple with profound changes being wrought by the effects of the Internet. The ACS has provided leadership in the publication arena for a century, and more recently has demonstrated considerable agility in adapting to the new technologies. However, the impact of these technologies will go far beyond the displacement of traditional print media. These technologies will also transform disciplinary boundaries and patterns of collaboration. I would bring together a Task Force of creative and knowledgeable individuals to explore, in consultation with the ACS professionals and the Publications Committee, an open-ended range of opportunities we may wish to seize. Such an analysis, together with a careful review of our long-term financial structure, will be a high priority.
The remarkable record of the ACS is testimony to the leadership and vision of those who have dedicated themselves to these goals over the last 125 years. We have been successful because we have continued to re-invent ourselves. I have nearly two decades of experience in working at the institutional and national level on just the kinds of issues the ACS encompasses. I would be honored by the opportunity to contribute to the continued vitality of our profession and our Society.
The Bylaws of the Division of Physical Chemistry, approved in 1997, call for the Division Chair to appoint a three person nominating committee before the spring meeting. A complete slate of candidates prepared by this committee will consist of one candidate for Vice-Chair-Elect, one candidate for each vacancy on the Executive Committee, and one candidate for each vacancy that may have developed in the ranks of the division Councilors, Alternate Councilors, and Secretary/Treasurer position. The Vice-Chair-Elect automatically becomes the Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect, Chair, and Immediate Past-Chair in each succeeding year. Thus, this person makes a commitment to serve five years on the Executive Committee. In the year this person serves as Chair-Elect, the duties of Program Chair are also his or hers. The term of office for other Executive Committee members, Councilors, and Alternate Councilors is three years. The Secretary/Treasurer serves five years.
The Secretary/Treasurer is required to announce the slate of candidates in the fall newsletter (which is part of the abstract separates for the fall meeting).
To increase the input of the members in this nominating process and to broaden the pool of candidates, the Executive Committee seeks input directly from members for use by the nominating committee. Any member may suggest nominees to any of the officers of the PHYS division in writing. The nominee must agree to serve.
Additional nominations can come from the membership in the following fashion: A petition candidate must be supported by the signatures of not fewer than 4% of the members of the PHYS division in good standing (presently approximately 3,500). No signature shall be valid if it appears on more than one nominating petition for the same vacancy during the same calendar year.
A letter shall be submitted from each petition nominee stating willingness to be a candidate for election and to serve the Division for a full term if elected. No nominee may be a candidate for more than one vacancy. If nominated for more than one vacancy, the nominee must choose which nomination to accept.
Four weeks from the date of the mailing of the fall newsletter shall be allowed for additional nominations to be received by the Secretary/Treasurer. All valid nominations received within that period shall be accepted and no others.
If no valid nominations are forthcoming from the membership, the nominees submitted by the Nominating Committee for Vice-Chair-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer and membership on the Executive Committee are declared elected.
Regardless of whether petition nominees are validated or not, the Bylaws require the Secretary/Treasurer to mail to every PHYS division member a ballot that bears at a minimum the names and biographical sketches of the single candidates for each Councilor and Alternate Councilor vacancy submitted by the Nominating Committee.
Biographical sketches of all the nominees are found below. This year the Nominating Committee consisted of Dan Neumark, Ken Jordan, and Rich Stratt. They have chosen the following candidates for election.
Barbara Garrison (succeeding David Nesbitt)
Alvin Kwiram (succeeding himself)
John Adams (succeeding Ted Eyring)
Gil Nathanson (succeeding Paul Houston)
Marsha Lester (succeeding Greg Voth)
Born 1949. B.S. in Physics, Arizona State University (1971), Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley (1975), Postdoctoral Assistant, Purdue University (1975-1977), Sabbatical at California Institute of Technology (1985-1986), Penn State University: Assistant & Associate Professor of Chemistry (1979-1986), Professor of Chemistry (1986-2000), Head, Department of Chemistry (1989-1994), Distinguished Professor of Chemistry (2000-2002), Shapiro Professor of Chemistry (2002-present), APS Executive Committee, Division of Chemical Physics (1993-1996), Council of Chemical Research Governing Board (1992-1995), NSF Chemistry Advisory Committee (1991-1993); Committee of Visitors, Chemistry Division (1992, 1995-Chair, 1998), DOE Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (1995-1999), Board on Chemical Science and Technology (1997-2000).
Awards: Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Grant for Newly Appointed Young Faculty in Chemistry (1979-1984), Teacher-Scholar Award (1984-1991), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow (1980-1984), AVS Peter Mark Award (1984), Penn State Faculty Scholar Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Physical Sciences and Engineering (1990), ACS Akron Section Award (1990), ACS Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal (1994), APS, Fellow (1994).
Research Interests: Computer simulations of reactions at surfaces; keV particle bombardment of solids; laser ablation; diamond film growth; time-dependent Monte Carlo methods; bombardment of single crystals to organic mass spectrometry; self assembled monolayers; F atom etching of silicon; silicon epitaxial growth. More information is available at http://galilei.chem.psu.edu/.
Born 1937. Walla Walla College, B.A. (Physics), B.S., (Chemistry), 1958; California Institute of Technology, Ph.D., 1963. Honors: Council for Chemical Research Award, 1986; Guggenheim Fellow, 1977-78; Sloan Fellow, 1968-70; Alfred A. Noyes Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 1962-63; Eastman Kodak Scientific Award, 1962-63; Sigma Xi; honorary degree, Andrews University, 1995. Professional Positions (for past ten years): University of Washington, Vice-Provost for Research, 1990-2002, and Professor, 1975 to date; Senior Vice-Provost, 1988-90; Vice Provost, 1987-88; Department Chair, 1977-87; University of Stuttgart, Visiting Professor, 1985-86. Service in ACS National Offices: Committee on Budget and Finance, Committee Associate, 1999-01; Committee on Science, 1989-97, Vice-Chair 1992-93; Committee on Divisional Activities, Committee Associate, 1988; Advisory Board for Graduate Education, 2001 to date. Service in ACS Offices: Member ACS since 1969. Division of Physical Chemistry: Councilor, 1988-02; Secretary-Treasurer, 1976-86; Executive Committee, 1976-present. Puget Sound Section: Executive Committee, 1987. Member: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow; American Physical Society, Fellow. ACS Division Division of Physical Chemistry. Related Activities: Council for Chemical Research, Member of the Founding Committee (1980), Board of Directors (1981-84), Chair of the Board of Directors (1982-83); Regional Liaison Leaders of the National Research Council, Chair, 1986-89; American Association for the Advancement of Science, Chemistry Section, Chair, Chair-Elect and Past Chair (1991-94) and Member, Executive Committee, 1991-94; Member, Program Committee 1993-1998; NASULGC, Executive Committee, Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education, 1993-1995, 2001 to date; Chair-elect, Chair, Past-chair, 2001-2003; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Laboratory Advisory Committee, 2000 to date; Divisional Review Committee, 1998-2002; Member, numerous Visiting and Review committees, Commissions, and Board of Directors of many Scientific Organizations and corporations; Published more than 75 papers; Editor of several books.
Born 1952. B.S. (1974) University of Missouri-Rolla, Ph.D. (1979) University of California, Berkeley. Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory (1979-1981); Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia (1981-1987); Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia (1987-present); Visiting Associate Professor, Brown University (1989-1990); Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia (1996-present). ACS Committee on Membership Affairs, Associate (1994, 2001), Member (1995-2000), Secretary (1995, 2001); Board of Trustees, Group Insurance Plans for ACS Members (1997-2000); ACS Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, Member (2002-2003); ACS Committee on Budget and Finance, Associate (2002); ACS Subdivision of Theoretical Chemistry, Webmaster (2001-2002); University of Missouri Local Section, Secretary-Treasurer (1984-1985), Chair-Elect (1988), Chair (1988-1989), Councilor (1993-present); Midwest Regional Meeting, Program Chair (1993), General Chair (2003); Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity (Professional in Chemistry), 2nd Vice President (1998-2000), 1st Vice President (2000-2002); Alpha Chi Sigma Educational Foundation, Assistant Secretary (1998-2000), Vice President (2000-2002), Foundation Member, 1999-2009; AMOCO Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award (1987); William T. Kemper Fellow for Excellence in Teaching (1993); Excellence in Education Award (1999).
Research Interests: Structure and dynamics in supercritical fluids, solvation dynamics, energy transfer at interfaces, fluid simulations.
Born 1957. B. S., Yale University (1979). Ph. D., Harvard University (1985). Miller Research and Post-Doctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley (1985-88). University of Wisconsin-Madison, Assistant Professor (1988-95), Associate Professor (1994-97), Full Professor (1997-present). Camille and Henry Dreyfus Young Faculty (1988) and Teacher-Scholar (1992) Awards, Presidential Young Investigator Award (1990). Member of ACS, APS, and AAAS. Co-author of forty publications.
Research Interests: Experimental Physical Chemistry. Molecular beam studies of collisions, solvation, and reactions at gas-liquid interfaces. Atmospheric heterogeneous chemistry. Structure and reactivity of the surfaces of pure liquids, acidic and basic solutions, and soluble and insoluble monolayers.
Born, 1955. B.A. Douglass College, Rutgers University (1976), Ph.D. Columbia University (1981), National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Bell Laboratories (1981-82), University of Pennsylvania, Assistant Professor (1982-88), Associate Professor (1988-92), and Professor of Chemistry (1992-present). Camille and Henry Dreyfus Young Faculty Award (1982) and Teacher-Scholar Award (1986), Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1987), National Science Foundation Career Advancement Award (1988), Broida Prize awarded by the International Symposium on Free Radicals (1995), Fellow of the American Physical Society (1993) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (1997), Guggenheim Fellowship (2002-03), Visiting Miller Research Professor, Berkeley (2003). Lucy W. Pickett Lecturer, Mount Holyoke College (1998), Visiting Lecturer of the Chemistry Research Promotion Center, Taiwan (2000), Distinguished Traveling Lecturer, Division of Laser Science, American Physical Society (2002-04).
Recent professional activities: Chair, Chair-Elect, Vice-Chair, and Past-Chair, Division of Laser Science, American Physical Society (1998-2002), Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, Department of Energy (1998-2002), Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications, National Research Council (1996-2001), Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Area Coordinator, Pacifichem 2000, sponsored by the American Chemical Society (2000).
Her current research employs a variety of novel laser spectroscopic methods to investigate the dynamics of free radicals in encounters with reactive molecular partners of atmospheric and combustion relevance. She is the coauthor of more than 75 publications in physical chemistry. She has served on the editorial advisory boards of Chemical Physics Letters (1997-present), Molecular Physics (1998-2000), and the Journal of Physical Chemistry (1995-2000).
Born 1954. B.S., Biochemistry, Virginia Tech (1977); Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Virginia Tech (1986); NIST Graduate Internship (1984-85). Visiting Research Professor, Chemistry, Virginia Tech (1987-1991). Senior Application Scientist, Nicolet Instrument Corp. (1992-6): Product Manager (Vibrational Microspectroscopy), Spectra-Tech, Inc. (1996-7), Associate Research Fellow, Kimberly-Clark Corp. (1998-9); President, The SRN Company, LLC, (1999- present).
Research Interests: Vibrational spectroscopy of materials; in particular, development and use of novel hyphenated methods that permit investigation of structure-property relationships of material; chemical imaging via vibrational microspectroscopy.
Member: ACS, Society for Applied Spectroscopy and The Coblentz Society (current President of The Coblentz Society)
Group Leader of the Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy group (C-PCS) in the Chemistry Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She received the B.S. degree in chemistry and biology from Viterbo College, La Crosse, Wisconsin, in 1979. She received the Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1986 she became a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Oregon. Dr. Robinson joined LANL as a Technical Staff Member in the Photochemistry and Photophysics group in l990. Dr. Robinson is investigating the heterogeneous reactions of gases and aerosols implicated in ozone depletion. She has co-developed a nonlinear optical microscope for interfacial imaging. She is working on development of integrated ferroelectric devices for electro-optics. She has also investigated waste destruction and supercritical fluid chemistry in water at high temperature and pressure. Her postdoctoral research used second harmonic generation as a real time optical probe of metal/liquid interfacial structure and kinetics and she is now working on both bulk and surface nonlinear optical measurements of multiplayer films formed by ionic self-assembly and spin assembly at LANL. Her thesis research concerned gas phase intermolecular energy transfer using state-to-state laser based diagnostics. She has 45 refereed publications and two patents.
Born 1966. Cambridge University, B.A., M.A. (Cantab) (1987). University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. (1992). Postdoctoral fellow, University of Chicago (1993-1996). University of Southern California, Assistant Professor (1996-2002), Associate Professor (2002 - present). Fulbright Scholar (1987), Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award (1996), Cottrell Scholar of the Research Corporation (1999), David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellow (2000).
Bradforth's current research involves the application of femtosecond spectroscopic methods to problems of chemical reaction dynamics in condensed phase. Probes of the solvent influence on reaction dynamics include electron photodetachment from aqueous negative ions, and photodissociation of small molecule systems. Energy and electron transfer processes are also studied in novel polymer systems designed for artificial light harvesting and energy conversion. He is a member of the ACS, APS, and Royal Society of Chemistry and co-author of over 40 papers.
This newsletter contains information about the ACS national meetings and any other items of interest to significant numbers of PHYS division members. All members of the PHYS division are welcome to submit items to the Secretary for inclusion in the newsletter. The deadlines are generally around December 1 and May 1 for the newsletters appearing before the Spring and Fall ACS meetings, respectively. Submissions may be made via mail, FAX or e-mail.
The current ACS Bylaws & Regulations may be viewed at: http://chemistry.org/portal/Chemistry?PID=acsdisplay.html&DOC=bulletin5\index.html.
A copy of the bylaws & regulations is also included on the Divisionís web page.
The biophysical subdivision organized the following symposia in the spring meeting: (i) Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlation of Biomolecules: Enzyme Action; (ii) Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlation of Biomolecules: Electrostatic Aspects; (iii) Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlation of Biomolecules: Phosphoryl and Nucleotidyl Transfer Reactions; (iv) Forces in Biology; and (v) Structural and Mechanistic Aspects of Amyloid and Fibril Formation. These symposia were very well attended, showing a great interest in biophysical problems and reflecting the growing number of physical chemists who study biological systems.
Subdivision membership is free to dues-paying members or affiliates of the Division of Physical Chemistry. To join the Biophysical Subdivision, notify the Chair, Arieh Warshel, at the address in the table of officers. Indicate that you wish to join and mention that you belong to the PHYS division. If you do not belong to the Division, you may join both the Division and the Biophysical Subdivision by completing the application form at the end of this newsletter.
The Executive Committee of the Theory Subdivision, which consists of current and past officers, met Sunday, April 7th, at the Orlando ACS meeting. Present were Anne Chaka, Casey Hynes, Martin Head-Gordon, Ken Jordan, Richard Stratt, and myself. Topics discussed at the meeting included the IBM graduate student computational chemistry awards, ideas for future symposia, and suggestions for the appointment of the nominating committee to choose the next Vice Chair of the Subdivision. We also considered how we might enhance ties between Computational Chemistry, particularly in regard to planning future symposia.
Following the advice of the Executive Committee, Jack Simons (Utah), and Charlie Brooks (Scripps) and I were selected to form a nominating committee to find the next Web Master and Vice Chair Elect. The nominating committee proposed that John Adams continue to serve as the Web Master and Sharon Hammes-Schiffer (PSU) was proposed for the position of Vice Chair. I am pleased to report that both have agreed to serve. They will begin their respective terms at the conclusion of the Fall ACS meeting. XXX will succeed to Chair Elect in 2003 and to the Chair of the Division in 2004.
Speaking of Web Masters, please visit the Subdivision web page at http://www.chem.missouri.edu/theory/. You will find links of interest to the theoretical chemistry community as well as postdoctoral announcements. Please send John Adams any comments you might have.
This year's competition for the IBM Graduate Fellowships had many high quality applicants. The selection committee of Martin Head-Gordon, Jamie Coffin (of IBM), and myself had a difficult time selecting the two recipients from this talented pool. The two recipients are Collin Wick (University of Minnesota, working with Ilja Siepmann) and Feng Wang (University of Pittsburgh, working with Ken Jordan). Collinís proposal was entitled "Simulation Studies of Reversed-Phase Liquid Chromatography". Fengís proposal was entitled "Drude Oscillator Models to Incorporate Dispersion Interactions into Model Potentials Describing the Interaction of Excess Electrons with Clusters of Polar Molecules".
Our congratulations go to Collin Wick and Feng Wang for winning the 2001 Graduate Student Awards in Computational Chemistry. Many thanks to Jamie Coffin and IBM for their continued support of these awards and to Don Truhlar and the Minnesota Supercomputing Center for making available grants of CPU time for the awardees. I urge you to encourage your students to apply next fall. Martin Head-Gordon firstname.lastname@example.org will be in charge of the competition.
Several excellent suggestions for symposia topics were raised over our lunch meeting, and I passed these along in my report at the Physical Chemistry Division Executive Committee meeting on Sunday evening. As always, we welcome suggestions for symposia for the national meetings. For past and planned meeting symposia visit the physical chemistry web site at http://hackberry.chem.trinity.edu/PHYS/. Please send your suggestions along to myself or Martin-Head Gordon, who will be rotating into the Chair position after the Fall meeting.
We would also like to remind faculty, who are members of the Subdivision, to encourage their students and postdoctoral fellows to join both the Theory Subdivision and the Physical Chemistry Division.
I look forward to seeing you all in Boston.
|218th ACS National Meeting New Orleans, LA August 22-26, 1999||Water and Water Clusters
Chemical Waves, Fronts and Patterns
Electronically Nonadiabatic Processes in Gaseous, Cluster and Condensed Media
Imaging in Chemical Dynamics
Modern Electronic Structure Theory: Celebrating the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
|219th ACS National Meeting San Francisco, CA March 26-31, 2000||Aperiodic Metals and Metallic Glasses: Surface
Patterning, Functionalization, and Reactivity of Complex Solid Surfaces
Proteins 2000: Frontiers of Protein Structure and Function
Potential Energy Surfaces: From Polyatomics to Macromolecules
Physical Chemistry at Chirality
Physical Chemistry at High Pressure and Temperature
Atmospheric Chemistry (Harold Johnston Festschrift)
|220th ACS National Meeting Washington, DC August 20-24, 2000||Chemistry Under Extreme Conditions
Very Low Temperature Dynamics and Spectroscopy
Chemical Applications of Neutrons
Industrial Applications of Theoretical Chemistry
Frontiers in Biophysical Theory
Proton Transport in Liquids, Solids, and Proteins
Quantum Computing for the Next Millennium
Dynamics in Liquids
Physical Chemistry of Nucleic Acids: In Memory of Matter Petersheim
Femtochemistry: 1999 Nobel Prize Symposium
|221st ACS National Meeting San Diego, CA April 1-5, 2001||Probing Molecular Aqueous Environments in Chemistry and
Strong-Field Chemistry: Molecules and Clusters in Intense Laser Fields
Chemical Approaches to Photonic Crystals
Accurate Description of Low-Lying Molecular States and Potential Energy Surfaces
Optical Studies of Single Molecules and Molecular Assemblies in Chemical Physics and Biophysics
Molecular Photoelectron Spectroscopy
Energy Landscapes of Proteins, Glasses, and Clusters: Dynamics, Folding, Function and Prediction
|222nd National Meeting August Chicago, IL 26-30, 2001||Physical Chemistry of Gas-Particle Interactions
Computational Chemistry in the Undergraduate Curriculum
What Can We Really Learn about Condensed Phases from Clusters?
Signal Processing in Chemistry
First Principles Simulation of Chemical Dynamics
Stereochemistry in Aligned Environments
Three-Dimensional Si-O Cages: Materials for the 21st Century
Dissociative Recombination of Molecules with Electrons
|223rd National Meeting Orlando, FL April 7-11, 2002||Biophysical Chemistry of Protein Binding Events
Chemistry and the Environment in the 21st Century: Environmental Chemistry at Interfaces
Dynamics and Friction at Submicron Confining Systems
Frontiers in Chemical Dynamics
Organic and Molecular Electronics
Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlations of Biomolecules: Enzyme Action
Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlations of Biomolecules: Electrostatic Aspects
Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlations of Biomolecules: Phosphoryl and Nucleotidyl Transfer Reactions
Mechano-Chemistry and Forces in Biophysics
Structural and Mechanistic Aspects of Amyloid Fibril Formation
Molecular Modeling and Simulation of Reaction Mechanisms, Kinetics and Catalysis
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Online abstract submission for this meeting begins approximately March 1, 2003, abstracts for the following symposia must be submitted by approximately April 5, 2001.Please see http://www.acs.org/meetings/abstract/abinfo.html for abstract submission access and guidelines. Only electronic abstracts via the ACS online submittal system, OASys, will be accepted, except by special arrangement with the ACS symposium organizers before approximately March 15, 2003.
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|New Orleans LA March 23-27, 2003
Program Chair: Professor James L. Skinner
|New York City, NY Sept. 7-11, 2003
Program Chair: Professor James L. Skinner
|Anaheim, CA March 28-April 1, 2004
Program Chair: Professor David Nesbitt
|Philadelphia, PA Aug. 22-26, 2004
Program Chair: Professor David Nesbitt
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Apply for ACS membership. Chemical professionals can apply for membership in the ACS. The quickest way is to complete the Online Membership Application. You can also contact the ACS Membership Activities Department via mail, phone, fax, or e-mail. For more information, contact: American Chemical Society, Department of Membership Activities, 1155 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, Phone: 1-800-227-5558, ext. 4568, Fax: 1-202-872-6337, or e-mail: ACS2001@acs.org.