e-news, 6 November 2003
This issue is online as <http://www.iupac.org/news/e-news/031106.html>

Do not forget to back-up your computer!
It was just another day yesterday until my computer crashed ... and than nothing, just a void. Luckily I did back-up my system last Friday; I know, a back up of yesterday would have been better, but who is that perfect ;->
So I did start another processor and restore emails and data from a few days back. In a way, it made me feel a few days younger, but seriously, what a nightmare! After an hour or so, I was able to re-email my colleagues and friends, asking them to back me up on what happened earlier, and send me back lost files. Quickly I felt that I was back on track, but really I also felt that I have aged a few days just in a few hours.
I have learned my lesson: back-up regularly, and always be thankful to your friends and colleagues for the help they provide.

In this issue:
~ Recent publications
~ Recent IUPAC reports & recommendations
~ Provisional recommendations
~ New pages on iupac.org
~ Projects front
~ IUPAC-sponsored events
~ Beakers & Flasks

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* Endocrine Active Substances
A report from the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) and International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) project on endocrine active substances, a major project looking at these potentially harmful substances from a world-wide perspective, will be published in a double issue of the IUPAC Journal, Pure and Applied Chemistry, 75 (11/12), 2003.
An Executive Summary edited by J. Miyamoto and J. Burger is readily available.

* Boron Chemistry
Every 3 years, the International Conference on Boron Chemistry provides a forum for the presentation of the latest results and future trends as well as for discussion of the key problems in various fields of boron chemistry. The main goal of the conference is to analyze the state of the art in boron chemistry, to encourage the newcomers to the field, and to give the experts fresh motivation for future developments. For a long time, boron compounds have played an important role in fundamental chemistry owing to the fortunate combination of their unique structure and their wide range of practical applications. The IMEBORON XI was held 28 July - 2 August 2002 in Moscow, and the invited lectures have been published in the IUPAC journal.
Pure Appl. Chem. 75(9), pp. 1157-1355, 2003
Conference editor, Yuri Bubnov

* Mission and Challenges of Polymer Science and Technology
The IUPAC Polymer Conference on the Mission and Challenge of Polymer Science and Technology (IUPAC PC2002) was held as the first strategic conference of IUPAC 's Macromolecular Division (MMD), in order to figure out the present stage of polymer science and technology and clarify their mission and challenges in the future. The scientific program consisted of 4 plenary lectures, 6 scientific sessions (including 42 invited lectures, 33 oral, and 577 poster presentations), and a panel discussion concluding the conference and discussing the role and activities of IUPAC 's Macromolecular Division among the world polymer community. For a selection of invited lectures, see the IUPAC journal.
Pure Appl. Chem. 75(10), pp. 1359-1402, 2003
Conference editor, Kazuyuki Horie

* Heterocyclic Chemistry
The 4th Florida Heterocyclic Conference was held at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, USA from 10-12 March 2003. About 170 out-of-town participants were treated to a plethora of fascinating chemistry presented by 12 plenary lecturers. A selection of contributions appears in the IUPAC journal.
Pure Appl. Chem. 75(10), pp. 1403-1475, 2003
Conference editor, Alan Katritky


* Erratum -"Heavy metals"-A meaningless term? (IUPAC Technical Report).
J. H. Duffus

* Properties and units in the clinical laboratory sciences.
XIX. Properties and units for transfusion medicine and immunohematology (IUPAC Technical Report)
K. Varming, U. Forsum, I. Bruunshuus, and H. Olesen
Pure Appl. Chem. 75(10), 1477-1600, 2003

* On the claims for discovery of elements 110, 111, 112, 114, 116, and 118 (IUPAC Technical Report)
P. J. Karol, H. Nakahara, B. W. Petley, and E. Vogt
Pure Appl. Chem. 75(10), 1601-1611, 2003

* Name and symbol of element of atomic number 110 (IUPAC Recommendations 2003)
J. Corish and G. M. Rosenblatt
Pure Appl. Chem. 75(10), 1613-1615, 2003

- - - - - -- PROVISIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS -- - - - - -

Provisional recommendations are drafts of IUPAC recommendations on
terminology, nomenclature, and symbols made widely available to allow
interested parties to comment before the recommendations are finally
revised and published in PAC.
~ IUPAC seeks your comments on the following:

* Terminology in Soil Sampling
Comments by 30 November 2003

- - - - - -- NEW PAGES on IUPAC.ORG -- - - - - -

* Pure and Applied Chemistry
Online contents of 75(9) and (10) 2003

* Chemistry International
November-December 2003 online issue
~ President's Column - Pursuing Our Longe-Range Goals, by Piet Steyn
~ "It's A Chemical World!"-The Overwhelming Success of a Poster Competition by Lida Schoen
~ IUPAC in Ottawa: The General Assembly and the IUPAC Congress and Conference of the Canadian Society for Chemistry
~ Safety Training Program by Mark C. Cesa
~ Up for Discussion: A Central Position for Hydrogen in the Periodic Table, by Herb Kaesz and Peter Atkins
~ and more News, Projects, Publications, etc.

If you are interested in writing a feature article for the IUPAC News Magazine, contact <[email protected]>. CI readership of about 9000 includes IUPAC members and affiliates, and individual subscribers from more than 60 countries.

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> Recently initiated projects
~ Crop protection chemistry in Latin America: Harmonized approaches for environmental assessment and regulation, by Elizabeth Carazo
~ Selected free radicals and critical intermediates: thermodynamic properties from theory and experiment, by Branko Ruscic
~ Short course in polymer characterization - POLYCHAR 12, by António M. Cunha
~ Determination of trace elements in oils and fats by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) - evaluation of a method by collaborative study, by Richard Cantrill
~ Extension of IUPAC Rules for Stereo Descriptors to Include Coordination Numbers 7-12, by G. J. Leigh

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> Recently Sponsored Symposia and Conferences
~ Carotenoids, 17-22 July 2005
~ pi-Electron Systems, 14-18 June 2004
~ Carbohydrates, 23-27 July 2004
~ Organometallic Chemistry, 25-30 July 2004

If you plan to organize a conference or symposium in 2004 or 2005, it might not be too soon to find out what it takes to make this event IUPAC-sponsored. Check the new and simplified "Application for IUPAC Sponsorship"

- - - - - -- BEAKERS & FLASKS -- - - - - -

* Innovation - from Pure to Applied Chemistry
A workshop in the context of Chemrawn XVI was organized in Aug 2003 during the IUPAC General Assembly in Ottawa. The Agenda including access to abstracts and presentations is available online:

* The World Chemistry Leadership Meeting
The WCLM assembles the Presidents of national chemical societies, regional chemical federations, and leaders of chemical industry to discuss subjects of importance to the global chemistry community, and last met on Friday, 15 August 2003.
For access to the 2003 agenda, abstracts, and presentations, link:

* IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists - 2004 Solicitation
The IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists has been established to encourage outstanding young research scientists at the beginning of their careers. The prize will be given for the most outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the general area of the chemical sciences, as described in a 1000-word essay.
Next Deadline: February 1, 2004 - for entrants that receive their Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree during the calendar year 2003.

* Thieme-IUPAC Prize in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Call for Nominations - deadline December 12, 2003
The Thieme-IUPAC Prize is presented every two years on the occasion of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry - International Conference on Organic Synthesis (IUPAC-ICOS).
The prize is awarded to a scientist under 40 years of age whose research has had a major impact in synthetic organic chemistry.

* It's Elemental
While celebrating 80 years of covering the Chemical Enterprise, Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) made their version of the periodic table freely available online

Fabienne Meyers
email: <[email protected]>

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