I am honored and gratified to receive the Priestley Medal. This highest honor of the American Chemical Society comes from a society I have been associated with for decades and with which I continue to have strong relations, not only as a member and fellow, but also with its institutions, the board of directors, the society journals, and the super-dynamic Executive Director & CEO Madeleine Jacobs. Recently, Madeleine asked me to preside over the 44th International Chemistry Olympiad, and as many of you know, when Madeleine calls you with her typical affection and enthusiasm, you simply cannot say no!
When ACS was established in 1876, its founders were luckily unaware of, or perhaps chose to ignore, the words of the sage Thomas Jefferson, who in 1809 wrote in a letter to his nephew, “If you are obliged to neglect any thing, let it be your chemistry. It is the least useful and the least amusing to a country gentleman of all the ordinary branches of science.”
Jefferson went on to promote the virtues of farming over chemistry! Fortunately, many people have not shared Jefferson’s preference for farming, including a certain graduate of the Oregon Agricultural College by the name of Linus Pauling. Linus famously said, “Chemistry is wonderful! I feel sorry for people who don’t know anything about chemistry. They are missing an important part of life, an important source of happiness, satisfying one’s intellectual curiosity.” Pauling received the Priestley Medal at the age of 83, so make sure to live long! Read the rest of this entry »
Lots of money has been flowing into sustainable solutions for the future. Something needs to be done. The person who figures this out will be not only incredibly beneficial to human society but also FILTHY rich.
Wish I could go to this conference… [sponsor me!! pretty pretty please?]
“revolution through competition”
here is another opportunity to capitalize on your creativity
KISS -> keep it simple, stupid
- ACG -
Do you have an idea for a product that could generate new jobs, help the environment, or improve our health and safety? Your
design could win $20,000 in the ninth annual “Create the Future” Design Contest, sponsored by COMSOL, Creo – a PTC product, and
Tech Briefs Media Group. Visit www.createthefuture2011.com for the exciting details. There is no cost to enter.
Some of you may want to attend some of these talks if you are contemplating building on your creativity by starting a company !
1. Program in [Technical Commercialization] – Guest Speakers
2. [Electrical Engineering Colloquium Series] (Andrea Perkins)
3. P.NW Regional Conference on [Sustainability] at UW -
Starts Friday 4/29 (Matt O’Donnell
Take a look at this week’s highlighted Challenges from our InnoCentive Challenge Center. Click on the Challenge links below and
start solving today!
Life Grand Challenge: Twice the Accuracy of Genome Sequencing
The goal of this Life Grand Challenge, sponsored by Life Technologies, is to improve the accuracy of the Ion TorrentTM DNA
sequencing technology. More specifically, the goal is to find a way to double the accuracy of data generated by the Ion chips. The
Winner of this Challenge will have to provide a two-fold improvement, relative to the best Ion performances, in the accuracy
(halve the error rate) across Torrent’s available chips.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a written proposal and experimental proof-of-concept data. This
Challenge’s treatment of IP differs from typical RTP Challenges so read the Challenge agreement (entitled Life Technologies Grand Challenge Terms and Conditions) carefully.
Deadline: June 15, 2011