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Microscopy and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Microscopy was in the news this week. The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Eric Betzig, of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Virginia, Stefan W. Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Germany and William E. Moerner of Stanford University in California for developing new microscopic techniques that enable the observation of single molecules inside living cells. The impact of their discoveries in biology and medicine is considerable. Any Nobel Prize awarded for research

Tribute to Hal Ferrari

The Eastern Analytical Symposium family is deeply saddened by the recent death of Hal Ferrari, who was the longest serving member and a past president of the organization. At this time of grief, we wanted to republish the tribute that was published in last year’s symposium final program:  We would like to dedicate the 2013 symposium to one of the former Presidents, Hal Ferrari, to mark his 50 years of service to EAS.  Hal’s association with EAS began in 1963,

Back to School

As students are heading back to their campus, it seemed a good time to discuss the state of chemistry education and employment. While the number of chemistry majors is still declining in the US, it is apparently increasing again in the UK and some other European countries. This is good news for the profession and one can hope that this trend will be seen in the US soon. The other good news is that chemistry is re-emerging as a growth

Forensic Science, the stuff of TV shows

During human progress, every science is evolved out of its corresponding art.  Herbert Spencer, British Philosopher and Sociologist Of all the fields of analytical chemistry, Forensic Science is the only one to be regularly featured on TV shows. If in the past, television detectives solved mysteries by observation, these days, they head to the lab and talk to chemists. I recently watched a documentary on Public Television on the history of Forensics, “the Poisoner’s Handbook”. The story is based on

Learning From Other Fields

Science is knowledge reduced to principles; art is knowledge reduced to practice. — Sir Samuel Wilks, British Physician If you can only attend one conference every year; which one should you choose, the specialist conference, attended by all the big names in your field or a generalist conference where you may not know everyone but have a chance to keep up with other fields as well as your own? Many of us in industry are facing this dilemma, with shrinking

The Science of Art

Study the science of art and the art of science. – Leonardo da Vinci, artist, scientist and inventor I explained in an earlier post how the theme of the 53rd EAS, “The Art and Science of Analysis” came about. Coincidently, 2014 also marks 20 years of collaboration between EAS and the New York Conservation Foundation, joined in 2014 by the New York Microscopical Society, to organize the Conservation Science Annual Conference so the theme also works well as a celebration

2013 Exhibitor Survey Results

We’re all analytically bent here at EAS.  And statistics play a big role in that.  To that end, in 2011 the Governing Board began using an Exhibitor Survey that would allow some simple statistical analyses.  We decided that we would use the same survey questions in ’12 and ’13 and now have some data to share.  In summary, EAS, along with the national economy, seems to be headed in the right direction.  2013 saw the exhibitors rate the show higher

The Art and Science of Analysis

Science is knowledge reduced to principles; art is knowledge reduced to practice. — Sir Samuel Wilks, British Physician I got the inspiration for this year’s theme in a hallway conversation with a colleague. We were discussing a common friend who is a chromatographer. At one point in the discussion, he said that he was “the only person that could make me believe that chromatography is a science, not an art.” As a chromatographer myself, I felt mildly offended at first.

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