View from the Program Chair Irv Levy, Fall 2017

Irvin J. LevyIt’s a beautiful summer day in New England as I compose this note in anticipation of the next national meeting. It will be a pleasure to assemble with many of you as we come together for the 254th national meeting in Washington, D.C. this August.

Your meeting co-chairs, Denyce Wicht and Beatriz Rios-McKee, have been working for nearly a year to assemble all of the details for this meeting. We are delighted that Sherri Rukes is now taking the lead on the High School program after several years of outstanding programming by Sally Mitchell. As has been our recent practice, Sherri has partnered with a local organizer, Michael Mury. While in D.C., please take the time to personally thank Denyce, Beatriz, Sherri, and Michael for their work on your behalf. As this is my last meeting as your Program Chair I wanted to pull out all the stops. I’ve even scheduled a solar eclipse to make a brief appearance! Hope you’ll be there to join us.

There are a number of people behind the scenes who provide direct and indirect support for our programming at a national meeting. Many thanks to the ACS staff who are the ones who help us bring it all together. Special thanks are due to our ACS staff partner, Robin Green, and her team, our meeting planner, Vernar Beatty, and the Undergraduate Programs Office staff, led by Nicole DiFabio. As always Heather Johnson attends to a host of details that make the job of organizing a meeting so much more convenient. Many thanks are due to all the folks in the Division and ACS who work with our committee to produce a quality meeting.

Our meeting will be held at the Grand Hyatt in Washington. The hotel is an easy 10-minute walk from the Convention Center so we will be able to easily access all of the ACS meeting from our venue.

Any day now you will see that ACS has opened the abstract submission for the spring 2018 national meeting in New Orleans. Nicole Snyder and Carmen Valdez Gauthier have assembled a large group of exciting sessions and spring meetings in NOLA tend to be among our highest attendance meetings. It’s not too late to submit your own ideas for a symposium, so if you’ve got one – especially one that works with the meeting theme Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water – then please let one of us know. We could use a FEW more. Get it? Food Energy Water? F.E.W.?

The deadline for submission of abstracts to New Orleans is October 23. Mole Day!

Last, but surely not least, it is my distinct pleasure to introduce Anderson Marsh as our Division’s next Program Chair beginning this January. Andy will work with us as we ride the City of New Orleans this coming spring. It’s been great fun working with all of you (you know who you are) for this, my thirteenth meeting as Program Chair. I know that Andy has an enjoyable task ahead as he takes my place and has the chance to get to work with you in the future.  See you in D.C.

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