75 Years of the Committee on Professional Training (CPT): It's Not Just About Approval

Organizer: Cynthia K. Larive, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, tel: (951) 827-2990, Email: clarive@ucr.edu

The half-day symposium “75 Years of the Committee on Professional Training (CPT): It's Not Just About Approval” celebrated the 75th anniversary of the founding of CPT and the ACS approval of undergraduate chemistry programs. This symposium provided a look backwards at the history of the Committee on Professional Training and the ACS Approval program, and at issues and opportunities facing chemistry today, including the central position of chemistry in the increasingly interdisciplinary scientific arena, the participation of members of underrepresented groups in our discipline and the importance of global participation in the chemistry enterprise, especially important in this the International Year of Chemistry. The session was well-attended as was the reception at the close of the symposium continuing the celebration the 75th anniversary of CPT.