The ACS National Meeting: Dragonfly’s double bond to the most important gathering in science

ACS National MeetingTwice a year, the average IQ of one U.S. city spikes as roughly 13,000 chemists, engineers, academics, and others descend, taking in more than 7,000 presentations on the newest, most exciting research in chemistry and the related sciences.

The National Meetings of the American Chemical Society (ACS) are “two of the most respected scientific meetings in the world.”

The 249th ACS National Meeting & Exposition is happening March 22–26 in Denver. And we’re proud to say that Dragonfly played a molecule-sized role in the massive event’s success.

We helped write the spring 2015 issue of ACS Excellence, ACS Publications’ member magazine that gets distributed at the National Meeting. It’s a way for ACS members to learn about new journals the Society publishes, new authors of those journals, and new benefits ACS offers to its members.

Writing the magazine was a great learning experience, not least for its subject matter. For example, did you know that ACS just began publishing its first-ever open-access journal? Or that they recently hosted a webinar on the chemistry of cocktails? Special thanks go to Bethany Meisinger-Reiff, Laurie Wells, and Anna Bentley on our team for their help with interviews, writing, and research.

Dragonfly has another connection to the meeting: our longtime customer King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) will be there. Eight representatives from the university’s Core Laboratories and the Solar & Photovoltaic Engineering Research Center will attend the event and greet visitors at a booth.

One attendee is KAUST Vice President for Research and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Jean M. J. Fréchet—who also happens to be an associate editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).

With five days of science, a 300-booth exposition, a career fair, and the city of Denver to explore, the National Meeting is sure live up to its hype.

It’s awesome to see our clients publishing cutting-edge research, promoting innovation, and generally making the world a better place. And it makes us feel good to play a part, however small, in what they do.

 

Mary is a writer and editor for Dragonfly Editorial and a member of the National Association of Science Writers.

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