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The 38th Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM 2006), organized and jointly hosted by the Southeastern Pennsylvania and Susquehanna Valley Sections, was held from Sunday, June 4 through Wednesday, June 7, 2006, at the HERSHEY Lodge® and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Major Symposia around the themes of:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Medicinal/Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical History
  • Chemical Education (K-12 and college)
  • Solid State and Materials Science.

Special Symposia honoring the winners of:

  • The Alfred Burger Award in Medicinal Chemistry.
  • The Cope Scholars Award in Organic Chemistry will feature past award recipients and future potential winners.
  • The Delaware Valley Chromatography Forum student award recipients for 2005 will give presentations on their research in an award symposium.
  • The ACS Regional Industrial Innovation Award winners will receive their awards and present a symposium highlighting their research, followed by a reception in their honor.

MARM 2006 conducted :

  • Celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the FDA, and of Joseph Priestley (who resided in central Pennsylvania).
  • Programs on the chemistry of chocolate, beer, tea, and wine.
  • The role of mass spectrometry in toxicology and metabolite identification.
  • The use of proteins as biomarkers, and the rational design of proteins.
  • Analytical sessions on capillary electrophoresis, fluorescence, NMR, food safety, pharmaceutical cleaning validation, and process technology will be interspersed with a variety of other invited sessions in biochemistry, carbohydrates, forensics, and computational chemistry.

Each evening concluded with a Plenary Presentation from one of the following distinguished chemists:

  • Paul Anderson
  • Ed Yeung
  • Sally and Howard Peters.

Sunday, June 4, 2006, was designated “Science Education and Career Day,” with programming focused on the needs of students, their parents, and their teachers from throughout the region. MARM has planned events that will appeal to chemists from all walks of life. This program provided unique opportunities for students, teachers, and scientists from diverse disciplines to mix with each other in an informal, informative atmosphere.

Student Affiliate chapters were invited to participate on Sunday in a full program for sharing research, outreach, eminent scientist lectures on chocolate, and life in their chapters. Student Affiliate chapters enjoyed special programming for them on Sunday, but both undergraduate and graduate student events were incorporated into the regular programming to maximize their interaction with working scientists.

The ACS Office of Employment Services ran sessions Sunday on interviewing techniques and resume writing, along with providing interview opportunities through the Chemjobs Regional Employment Center.

Attendees also explored the exhibition that will feature a wide range of Vendors and Service Providers from publishers, chemical instrumentation, glassware, and other lab supplies.
Interested vendors should contact Peter Christie at 717-531-8048 or
by .

In addition to technical symposia there were a number of exciting and unusual Special Events planned:

  • An awards banquet on Tuesday evening where 50-year members honored along with the winners of a number of ACS regional and local section awards.
  • Special lunches were held for Senior Chemists and Women Chemists.
  • Tours of the Hershey Food facilities were available [pre-registration required]
  • And, there was a lot of family fun at Hershey Park.

The historic HERSHEY Lodge was the site of the meeting. Attendees who reserve rooms there can enjoy the exclusive golf courses. Those who chose to see Pennsylvania at a slower pace can explore Pennsylvania Dutch Country within easy driving distance. There was also excellent dining opportunities and planned wine, cheese, and chocolate tastings in conjunction with our very special programming, vendor exhibits, and poster sessions.

Abstracts were requested for oral or poster presentations, in all disciplines of chemistry. A select number of oral presentations were be incorporated into major symposia. All other accepted abstracts were assigned to appropriate oral or poster sessions.

For program information, please contact either of the Program Chairs,

  • Dr. Timothy Strein, , or
  • Dr. Stephen Waller,     

Participating MARM Sections
(Representing 23,000 Members)

Central Pennsylvannia
Chemical Soc of Washington
Lehigh Valley
Monmouth County
New York

North Jersey
Ocean County
South Jersey
Southeastern Pennsylvania
Susquehanna Valley Local Sections
Western Maryland
All Nearby Local Sections were Invited and Encouraged to Participate in MARM-06

For more information, please contact:

the MARM 2006 Committee Co-Chairs:
Michael Shifflet
Donald Mencer
the Program Co-Chairs
Timothy Strein
Steve Waller



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