Dear PMSE Division Members:
The PMSE Executive Committee continues to focus on Materials Science and Engineering issues that relate to the chemical sciences, particularly for polymers, of course, but also for molecules of intermediate and smaller sizes. We are continuing to develop strong, interdisciplinary programming for our National meeting, including the upcoming fall 2013 meeting in Indianapolis and the spring 2014 meeting in Dallas, Texas. We are also continuing our international outreach, including a visit from several representatives from the Chinese Chemical Society – Polymer Division to the New Orleans visit, and a return visit of US PMSE representatives to Shanghai this October. PMSE also has a strong local impact; we provide ongoing support for regional meetings as well as a variety of technical programming activities that focus on topics of interest to our membership. If you helping to organize such a meeting please let us know if you are interested in having PMSE give you a hand.
The PMSE Division continues to work closely with the POLY Division on several items of mutual interest, including a joint poster session the national meetings and joint PMSE/POLY student chapters. At the Indianapolis meeting there will also be a new joint PMSE/POLY Award given to Professor James E. McGrath, named in honor of the late Charles Overberger. Dr. Overberger was a former ACS President and for many years served as Director of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan.
If you are interested in getting more involved in PMSE activities please let us know, there are many opportunities for volunteers to contribute their time and energy to help promote the goals of the Division. We do our best to keep information about PMSE continually updated on the Web (pmse.sites.acs.org), and we also have a presence on Facebook and Twitter. Please visit these sites and give us constructive feedback. We are currently working on a listing of links to other technical societies that share common interests with our PMSE membership, for example.
Let me also use this opportunity to thank the efforts of our programming committee for their continued work to identify excellent scientific content for our meetings, and for the ongoing contributions of our Executive Committee officers and in particular for Eileen Ernst, who has provided administrative support for our programming activities for the past several years.
I’m looking forward to the chance to meet many of you at the meeting in Indianapolis.
David C. Martin
2013 ACS PMSE Chair
Karl W. and Renate Böer Professor and Chair
Materials Science and Engineering
The University of Delaware