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News and features abound at ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, April 6-10
Date:3/4/2008

NEW ORLEANS Blood from the American crocodile the creature feared for attacks on people and pets may have a new role as a medical lifesaver. Crime scene investigators get a more accurate test for gunshot residue. How research on clay is pointing the way to new rub-on medicines for stubborn antibiotic-resistant skin infections. Welcome to the Black Gold agriculture revolution, and its promise for feeding a hungry world.

Those are among hundreds of newsworthy topics on the agenda next month, when scientists from around the world gather in the Crescent City for the 235th national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). With more than 160,000 members in the United States and other countries, ACS is the worlds largest scientific society.

About 12,000 researchers and others are expected for the event, one of 2008s most significant scientific conferences. It will include more than 9,000 reports on new discoveries in chemistry and other fields. Those fields span the breadth of science from astronomy to zoology, and include a special focus on health, energy, food, environment, and alternative fuels.

In addition to coverage of breaking science news, the meeting provides an opportunity for independent reporting on disaster recovery efforts in the region before the June 1 start of the 2008 hurricane season.

Reporters will get a first-hand look at the recovery of one esteemed scientific research facility April 7 during the ACS Office of Communications (OC) special news media tour and briefing. Media will travel to the shores of Lake Pontchatrain and the U. S. Department of Agricultures Southern Regional Research Center (SRRC).

Devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, SRRC has resumed a rich heritage of scientific discovery that connects with the everyday lives of consumers. SRRCs projects include battling the dreaded Formosan Subterranean Termite, which survived Katrina and continues to threaten historic buildin
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Contact: Michael Bernstein
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202-872-4400
American Chemical Society
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