Dear PMSE Division Members:
The PMSE Division continues to focus on Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering issues that relate to the chemical sciences, including intermediate and small molecules. The Division is in excellent is condition due to the hard work of the dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers on the Executive Committee, other committees and members at the national and regional meetings, as well as the loyally of our 4200+ members. I thank you all for the contributions you have made and will make in the coming years! Your involvement as a member is essential in order to realize our vision: Reaching out across technical disciplines, generational, and international boundaries to create the premier home of materials science and engineering for the global chemistry community.
We have taken strides to meet goals supporting our vision and strategic plan. The Division’s international outreach is in its fourth year with the Chinese Chemical Society which began in 2012 with a meeting in Changdu, 2013 in New Orleans and Shanghai, 2014 in San Francisco and 2015 in Suzhou, China.
PMSE also has a strong local impact; we provide support for regional meetings as well as a variety of technical programming activities that focus on topics of interest to our membership. The PMSE Technical Programing Committee will continue to use a programing format that captures emerging trends in polymers and material science, while regularly rotating topics of high interest for the global polymer science community. These include biopolymers, nano-materials, polymeric coatings, composites, green chemistry and sustainable materials and many new emerging technologies. If you are a PMSE symposium organizer at a national meeting I encourage you request support from the division to organize your symposium, please consult the webpage for deadlines and details. The PMSE Division continues to work with the POLY Division on items of mutual interest, including a joint poster session the national meetings and joint PMSE/POLY student chapters.
If you are interested in getting 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, LinkedIn (coming soon) and Twitter. Please visit these sites and give us constructive feedback.
We have prepared an exciting set of symposia for the Fall 2015 American Chemical Society Meeting in Boston with 49 sessions, and a total of 504 presentations. As always, tremendous thanks are due to the PMSE technical programming committee, which works tirelessly to identify and organize outstanding programming for the benefit of PMSE members.
I am looking forward to the opportunity to meet many of you at the meeting in Boston and other PMSE-ACS sponsored meetings.
2015 ACS PMSE Chair
Gustaf Carlson School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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