Fall 2017 Washington, DC ACS Meeting
Photos courtesy of Susanna Widicus Weaver and Partha Bera. The photo to the left shows two officers and a symposium organizer taking in the eclipse. While the eclipse was definitely the higlight of the week, great science was born out at the Molecules in Space: Linking the Interstellar Medium to (Exo)Planets symposium held from 20-24 August 2017 in Washington, DC. The symposium was such a success that it was moved to a larger room to accomodate the audience. Average attendance was in the upper 50s with even the Sunday morning symposium hosting over 60 fellow astrochemists. This makes our symposia some of the best-attended in recent years. One of the featured talks was by Dr. Eric Parker (see below photo and news release further down), winner of the 2017 subdivisional dissertation award. Look for upcoming information about the symposium in New Orleans in March 2018.
Spring 2017 San Francisco ACS Meeting
Photos courtesy of Murthy Gudipati. The eight sessions of the "Expanding the Frontiers in Condensed Phase Astrochemistry: Electron Transfer Processes in Ices and Catalysis on Interstellar Grains" symposium began with a room filled to capacity on Monday. A change of rooms led to expanded discussions with presentations by undergraduate students all the way to emeritus professors. The astrochemistry symposium was one of the most highly attended of the PHYS symposia drawing in chemists and other chemically-minded scientists from across the spectrum of chemistry, physics, astronomy, and geoscience to name a few. Look for more information coming about the upcoming Washington, DC symposium with time allotted for watching the solar eclipse!
ACS Astrochemistry 2017 Dissertation Award
For 2017, the ACS Astrochemistry Dissertation Award is given to Dr. Eric Parker
of the NASA
Goddard Space Flight Center. Dr. Parker's dissertation, “New
Insights into Biomolecule Polymerization Under Plausible Primordial Earth
Conditions: Implications for the Origin of Life” from Georgia Tech under
the guidance of Prof. Facundo M. Fernandez with collaboration from Dr. Jason P.
Dworkin, was selected for its creativity related to fundamental questions at
the core of astrochemistry. Dr. Parker will receive a $500 cash prize, an
invitation to give a talk at the Fall 2017 ACS Astrochemistry symposium (Molecules
in Space: Linking the Interstellar Medium to (Exo)Planets), a $500 travel
award provided by ACS Earth and
Space Chemistry to attend the fall ACS meeting, and a certificate. All
images are used with the permission of the awardee. Congratulations!
ACS Earth and Space Chemistry Journal Launches
ACS Publications has launched ACS Earth and Space Chemistry with submissions open now. It promises to be a high-impact journal with one of its primary outlets being astrochemistry. Several subdivision members are involved in the project giving a new outlet for astrochemistry and atmospheric related research.
Fall 2016 ACS Philadelphia Wraps Up
The Frontiers of
Solar System Chemistry-From Planets to Comets and Beyond symoposium at ACS
Philadelphia wrapped up on August 21, 2016. Thank you, Reggie and Stefanie, for
a job well done! We had over 50 total speakers, kept the room attendance
largely over 30, and even peaked near 75. It was a very successful program
with lots of questions and good discussion. The entire breadth of
astrochemistry was represented. The good-natured discussions also lead to some
promising future work. Thank you all who attended.
We would also like to thank our most recent Dissertation Awardee, Dr. Brian Hays, for his contribution to the symposium.
Astrochemistry Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award
The 2016 ACS Astrochemistry subdivision has been awarded to Dr. Brian Hays formerly of Emory University now at Purdue University. The full announcement about Dr. Hays's work is given here. For more information about the award and now to apply or nominate a recent Ph.D., please see the dissertation award guidelines.
Spring 2017 Astrochemistry Symposium
The 253rd ACS National Meeting will be held in San Francisco, CA on 2-6 April 2017. The Astrochemistry symposium for this meeting is entitled "Expanding the Frontiers in Condensed Phase Astrochemistry: Electron Transfer Processes in Ices and Catalysis on Interstellar Grains". More information is given with the announcement.
Astrochemistry in Scientific American
A recent article appearing in the popular science magazine Scientific American is bringing astrochemistry to the forefront of modern science. Check out "The Hunt for Alien Molecules" by Clara Moskowitz.