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May 2008 Meeting and Symposium – Pharmaceutical Success Stories

Thursday May 22, 2008 Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Ave, Somerset, NJ 08873 Invited Speakers “Process Chemistry at GlaxoSmithKline, The Development of a Manufacturing Route to a Cathepsin K Inhibitor” William Clark & Robert W. Marquis (GlaxoSmithKline) “Discovery and Development of SGLT-2 Inhibitors” Prashant Desphande & Wei Meng (Bristol Myers Squibb) “Natural Products in Drug Discovery: The Development of Cancidas®” James Balkovec (Merck Research Laboratories) “From R1479 to R1626: Discovery and Advancement of 4’-Substituted Nucleosides for the Treatment of Hepatitis C” David Smith (Roche) “The Discovery of Varenicline, a Nicotinic Receptor Partial Agonist for Smoking Cessation” Jotham Coe (Pfizer)

Chemist Becomes Historian

Jeannette Brown, a retired organic medicinal chemist, was one of the many authors of the short biographies that have been selected for publication in the new series of books African American National Biography, recently published by Oxford University Press. African American National Biography is a joint project of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and Oxford University Press.

Freddie and Ada Brown Encouragement Award for Future Careers in Chemistry

The objective of Freddie and Ada Brown Encouragement Award, given annually by NJ-ACS, is to identify and motivate high achieving middle- and high-school students, of African American and Native American heritage, to further develop their budding academic skills, with views on careers in chemistry.

Margaret Wu Receives 2007 Industrial Chemistry Award from National ACS

[caption id="attachment_2442" align="alignright" width="320"] Margaret Wu (center) receives the 2007 Industrial Chemistry Award from ACS President Catherine Hunt (right) and the Division of Business Development and Management Chair Janet Bryant (left) at the ACS Spring National meeting. Margaret Wu (center) receives the 2007 Industrial Chemistry Award from ACS President Catherine Hunt (right) and the Division of Business Development and Management Chair Janet Bryant

Drugs from Academia: Marketed Drugs from Academic Labs

Friday, October 26, 2007 Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Ave, Somerset, NJ 08873

Invited Speakers

  • “Discovery of Alimta, a Broadly Effective New Antitumor Agent” Edward C. Taylor (Princeton University)
  • “SAHA (Vorinostat): The First Anticancer HDAC Inhibitor Approved for Human Use” Ronald Breslow (Columbia University)
  • “Didanosine (ddI): A Member of the Versatile 2′,3′-Dideoxy Family of Biomedicinal Nucleoside Analogues” Morris J. Robins (Brigham Young

NJACS Student Affiliates Booth at ChathamFest Street Fair

Our section will participate in a Street Fair at ChathamFest on June 9th. This fair goes rain or shine so we hope for nice weather. The booth will be sponsored by the Student Affiliates of Fairleigh Dickensen. This is one of the series of fairs in which we will show “The Faces of Chemistry” the National Chemistry Week theme for this year.

WGBH Seeks Women Chemical Engineers

WGBH is working on a new project, Extraordinary Women Engineers Project, and we are looking for young women engineers as potential subjects for video and text profiles on a Web site we are developing with the National Academy of Engineering. We’re looking for chemical engineers and wondered if you might have any leads on potential candidates. We are especially looking for women in the Boston area, but not exclusively. Because we’re looking for someone who will inspire high school girls, we’d prefer candidates that are just starting out in their career.

May 2007 Symposium: New Methods and Strategies for Heterocyclic Synthesis

Thursday, May 24, 2007 From left to right: Dr. Binh Vu, Prof. Victor Snieckus, Prof. Lawrence Williams Prof. Steve Martin, Prof. Chulbom Lee, Dr. Albert DelMonte, Prof. Mo Movassaghi, Dr. Amjad Ali, Dr. Gabor Butora, Dr. Dong Xiao, Prof. Tomas Hudlicky.

Invited Speakers

  • “Strategies for the Synthesis of Heterocyclic Natural Products” Stephen F. Martin

Roger Prince Receives 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Roger C. Prince of the Biomedical Sciences Division of ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company is an internationally recognized leader and spokesperson for environmental science and pioneer in the fields of bioenergetics, bioinorganic chemistry and oil spill research. He has applied his penetrating insight to an incredible variety of scientific problems and is held in the highest esteem as a scientist.

NJACS Chemagination Contest 2007

The NJACS Chemagination contest took place at St. Elizabeth College on April 23, 2007. Check out pictures from the event.
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