SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
  6 October 2011
Volume 12 Issue 10

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SETAC Supports International Year of Chemistry Activities at the 43rd IUPAC World Chemistry Congress

George Cobb, Department of Environmental Science, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA; Laura McConnell, USDA Agricultural Research Station, Beltsville, Maryland, USA; and Karina Miglioranza, Lab de Ecotoxicologia, University of Mar Del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Scientists from 13 countries contributed technical presentations as part of the 2-day symposium Advanced Physico-chemical Techniques to Solve Environmental Science Challenges. This symposium was one of 34 held during the 43rd IUPAC World Chemistry Congress July 30 – August 7, 2011 in San Juan Puerto Rico. The topics covered during the symposium spanned many aspects of environmental and analytical chemistry, including natural and engineered particle characterization, environmental sampling and separations, advanced spectroscopic techniques, reaction kinetics, and sorption dynamics.

Four SETAC members were speakers and/or organizers of the symposium. Laura McConnell organized the symposium with assistance from others, including George Cobb. Karina Miglioranza and Elin Ulrich presented research findings regarding atmospheric deposition and pesticide exposures, respectively. Also presenting were Rai Kookana from SAP and Leif Abrell of the University of Arizona, a 2009 Chemistry Advisory Group travel award winner. Each of these SETAC representatives participated in the IUPAC Subcommittee on Crop Protection Chemistry annual meeting to discuss potential future collaborative projects. Networking opportunities with IUPAC organizers and participants continue to solidify SETAC’s standing as a global leader in the areas of environmental assessment.

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