University of California-Irvine, Department of Chemistry
Irvine, CA 92697
(949) 824-6020, fax (949) 824-3168
Chair-Elect (8/02-03) James L. Skinner
Secretary/Treasurer (8/01-06) Kenneth D. Jordan
University of Colorado, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Boulder, CO 80309
(303) 492-8857, Fax (303) 735-1424
Vice-Chair Elect (8/02-03) Barbara Garrison
Past Chair (8/02-03) Richard M. Stratt
John Hellgeth (02-05) SRN Company
David Norris, (01-04) Univeristy of Minnesota
Anne McCoy (01-04) Ohio State University
Jeanne Robinson (02-05) Los Alamos National Laboratory
Michael Bowers (02-04) Univ of California, Santa Barbara
Ellen Stechel (01-03) Ford Motor Company
Joseph Golab (02-04) BP Naperville Complex C-7
Gil Nathanson (03-05) University of Wisconsin
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0332
Chair-Elect (8/02-03) Zaida Luthey-Schulten
Secretary (8/01-02) To Be Announced
Past Chair (8/01-02) (8/01-02) Arieh Warshel
Dept. of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
Vice-Chair (8/02-03) Sharon Hammes-Schiffer
Department of Chemistry, Boston University
Boston, MA 02215
Secretary (8/00-03) Anne M. Chaka
Past Chair (8/01-02) Edwin L. Sibert
The ACS Spring National meeting is upon us again, and Jim Skinner has done a superb job as Physical Chemistry Division program chair in putting together a diverse and exciting program. In New Orleans, Jim has organized eight oral symposia including two on electronic structure: "Iterative methods in quantum mechanics and applications to chemical problems" , and "New electronic structure methods: from molecules to materials"; three in areas of biophysical chemistry: "Physical chemistry of biomolecular motors", "Sequence-dependent curvature and deformation in nucleic acids and protein-nucleic acid complexes", and "Structure-function correlation for biological ion channels". In addition, symposia have been organized on "Spectroscopy and dynamics in liquids", "VUV probes of dynamics and spectroscopy", and "Synthesis, spectroscopy, characterization, and applications of nanoparticles". In addition, the traditional Physical Chemistry Poster session will be held on Wednesday evening. We will be continuing the tradition we began at the last meeting of awarding cash prizes (on-the-spot checks) to the best student presented posters. Please plan to attend the poster session and congratulate the winners.
The spring meeting is also when we honor our colleagues who have won National ACS Awards. The Physical Chemistry Award symposium will be held Tuesday afternoon. Receiving awards this year are: H.F. Schaefer, III (ACS Award in Theoretical Chemistry, sponsored by IBM Corporation), W. H. Miller (Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry, sponsored by E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company), M. E. Jacox (E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy), R. L. Christensen (Research at an Undergraduate Institution sponsored by Research Corporation), and L. Blum (Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids, sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co., and Exxon Mobil Chemical Co.).
I would like to invite all Physical Chemistry Division members to become active in the Division. We are always looking for Division Members who would like to represent the Division as officers or executive committee members. If you are interested in participating in this manner, please let any of the Division officers know. Each year at or just prior to the fall meeting the Division Chair appoints a three-person nominating committee to nominate candidates for all the open officer and executive committee positions, and elections are held coincident with the spring meeting. In an organization such as the ACS where the bulk of the work is carried out by volunteers such as the division officers, councilors, and executive committee members, it is important to have diverse and active participation by the division members.
Jim is already well along with the planning for the Fall, 2003, meeting which will be held in New York City next September. I would encourage all of you to provide your suggestions for symposia you would like to see the physical chemistry division organize (or which you would like to organize under the auspices of the division) to David Nesbitt, who is the Program Chair for the 2004 National Meetings. You can also provide suggestions to any of the physical chemistry division executive committee members.
Lastly, I would like to thank the immediate past officers and staff of the Physical Chemistry division for their dedication and hard work. The past Chair, Richard Stratt, has made my job as program chair and now Chair a lot easier with his advice and instruction on how to accomplish things within the ACS. Our secretary/treasurer, Ken Jordan. has worked tirelessly for the Division. His efforts to see that the money flows appropriately and effectively have made the activities at the national meetings work smoothly. Elaine Springel has been our Division administrative assistant for almost a year now. She stepped into this position as we prepared for the Spring, 2002, National Meeting in Orlando and has provided invaluable assistance ever since.
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 4,000). 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 of biographical sketches of the single candidates for each Councilor and Alternate Councilor vacancy submitted by the Nominating Committee.
New Officers for the PHYS division follow. The first seven physical
chemistry officers assumed their respective offices at the close of the
national meeting in Chicago. The Councilors and vice-councilors begin their
terms of service on January 1, 2002.
|John C. Hemminger, Chair
James L. Skinner, Chair-Elect
David Nesbitt, Vice-Chair
Barbara Garrison, Vice-Chair Elect
Stephen Bradforth, Executive Committee
John Hellgeth, Executive Committee
Jeanne Robinson, Executive Committee
John Adams, Councilor
Marsha I. Lester, Alternate Councilor
Gil Nathanson, Alternate Councilor
The Physical Chemistry Division thanks outgoing officers Richard M. Stratt (Chair), John C. Hemminger (Chair-Elect), James Skinner (Vice-Chair), David Nesbitt (Vice-Chair-Elect), Steven Buntin (Executive Committee), Barbara Garrison (Executive Committee), Alexander Harrison (Executive Committee), Edward M. Eyring (Councilor), Paul Houston (Alternate Councilor), and Gregory Voth (Alternate Councilor) for their service to the Division.
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 this 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:
A copy of the bylaws and regulations is also included on the Division's web page.
Subdivision membership is free to dues-paying members or affiliates of the Division of Physical Chemistry. To join the Biophysical Subdivision, notify the Chair, Peter G. Wolynes, 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.
At the Fall 2002 National ACS meeting in Boston the Physical Chemistry Division initiated graduate student poster awards. Five awardees were chosen and received cash awards of $300 each. The recipients were:
|219th ACS National Meeting San Francisco, CA March 26-31, 2000||Aperiodic Metals & Metallic Glasses: Surface Properties
Atmospheric Chemistry (Harold Johnston Festschrift)
Modern Electronic Structure Theory: Celebrating the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Patterning, Functionalization, & Reactivity of Complex Solid Surfaces
Physical Chemistry at Chirality
Physical Chemistry at High Pressure & Temperature
Potential Energy Surfaces: From Polyatomics to Macromolecules
Proteins 2000: Frontiers of Protein Structure & Function
|220th ACS National Meeting Washington, DC August 20-20, 2000||Chemical Applications of Neutrons
Chemistry Under Extreme Conditions
Dynamics in Liquids
Femtochemistry: 1999 Nobel Prize Symposium
Frontiers in Biophysical Theory
Industrial Applications of Theoretical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry of Nucleic Acids: In Memory of Matter Petersheim
Proton Transport in Liquids, Solids, & Proteins
Quantum Computing for the Next Millenium
Very Low Temperature Dynamics & Spectroscopy
|221st ACS National Meeting San Diego, CA April 1-5, 2001||Accurate Description of Low-Lying Molecular States & Potential
Chemical Approaches to Photonic Crystals
Energy Landscapes of Proteins, Glasses, & Clusters: Dynamics, Folding,
Function, & Prediction
Molecular Photoelectron Spectroscopy
Optical Studies of Single Molecules & Molecular Assemblies in Chemical Physics & Biophysics
Probing Molecular Aqueous Environments in Chemistry & Biology
Strong-Field Chemistry: Molecules & Clusters in Intense Laser Fields
|222nd ACS National Meeting Chicago, IL August 26-30, 2001||Computational Chemistry in the Undergraduate Curriculum
Dissociative Recombination of Molecules with Electrons
First Principles Simulation of Chemical Dynamics
Physical Chemistry of Gas-Particle Interactions
Signal Processing Chemistry
Stereochemistry in Aligned Environments
Three-Dimensional Si-O Cages: Materials for the 21st Century
What Can We Really Learn about Condensed Phases from Clusters?
|223rd ACS National Meeting Orlando, FL April 7-11, 2002||Biophysical Chemistry of Protein Binding Events
Chemistry & the Environment in the 21st Century: Environmental Chemistry at Interfaces
Dynamics & Friction at Submicron Confining Systems
Frontiers in Chemical Dynamics
Mechano-Chemistry & Forces in Biophysics
Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlations of Biomolecules:
Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlations of Biomolecules: Enzyme Action
Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlations of Biomolecules: Phosphoryl & Nucleotidyl Transfer Reactions
Molecular Modeling & Simulation of Reaction Mechanisms, Kinetics, & Catalysts
Organic & Molecular Electronics
|224th ACS National Meeting Boston, MA August 18-23, 2002||Applications of Neutron Scattering in Structural Biology & Biophysics
Biologically Relevant Molecules in the Gas Phase
Classical & Quantum Statistical Mechanics Studies of Solvation
Chemical Studies Important To Astrobiology
Frontiers in Atmospheric Chemistry
Mesoscale Phenomena in Fluid Systems
New Developments in Force Fields for Molecular Modeling
Nonlinear dynamics on Polymeric Systems
Ordered Molecular Assemblies of Nanoparticles
A significant portion of the Division's annual income is provided by the ACS, based in part on Division members' attendance at the national meetings. On the advance meeting registration form, you will see a question such as that given below. If you list the Physical Division, you will contribute to our income and allow the Division to offer better symposia.
"Please list ALL of the division(s) to which you belong: ____________________________________."
Online abstract submission for this meeting begins approximately mid-February. 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 the end of February. You can check the Division's website for specific deadlines. The web page is http://hackberry.chem.trinity.edu/PHYS.
Submit your abstract online at the ACS website: http://www.acs.org/meetings/abstract/abinfo.html. Please see the following for more information regarding submission. As is now customary, Program Chair Skinner has arranged for the presentation of contributed talks in each of the topical symposia. The contributed talks will be selected by the individual symposium organizers from among abstracts that explicitly request consideration for oral presentation. The criterion for selection will be close connection with the topics addressed in the symposia. Abstracts not selected for oral presentation will be assigned to the poster session(s), unless the authors request otherwise. Since the organizers will not be able to accommodate all requests, the poster sessions will be specifically organized to group posters by symposium topic. While the symposia do cover a wide range of topics, they cannot cover the full depth and breadth of physical chemistry. The Division, therefore, also welcomes general contributions to the poster sessions, which will be grouped by subject area.
Request for Contributed Oral Presentations : Authors who submit a contributed paper to the program and wish their abstract to be considered for possible oral presentation in a topical symposium must indicate such preference. The abstract should be submitted to the symposium in which oral presentation is desired and is due one week prior to the deadline.
|New York City, NY September 7-11, 2003
Program Chair: Professor James L. Skinner
|Anaheim, CA March 28-April 1, 2004
Program Chair: Professor David Nesbitt
|Philadelphia, PA August 22-26, 2004
Program Chair: Professor David Nesbitt
|San Diego, CA March 13-17, 2005
Program Chair: Barbara Garrison
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA
November 10-13, 2002
Process Chemistry in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Chairs: Kumar Gadamasetti, X-Mine, Inc., Mike Martinelli, Eli Lilly
Condado Plaza Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico
February 2-5, 2003
Catalysis in Modern Organic Synthesis
Chairs: Stephen Buchwald, MIT, Gregory Fu, MIT, Eric Jacobsen, Harvard University
Cambridge Marriott, Cambridge, MA March 2-5, 2003
For more information, please contact John Katz, ACS Prospectives, (800) 227-0558