Second Quarter 2013
Philadelphia-area students and their teachers received lessons in laboratory science during Science Week, a program that supports science education from elementary through high school levels. Twenty schools in the Philadelphia region participated, including Central High, Parkway Center City, the William M. Meredith Elementary School (K-8) in Queen Village, and Green Woods Charter School (K-8) in Roxborough, and students from the Philadelphia Academies Inc.
Elementary through middle school students rotated among six hands-on workshops on astronomy, chromatography, gases, acid/base reactions, electrochemistry and light and color. High school students experienced a “Weird Science on Fuels and Energy” demonstration at the event. Nationally recognized science demonstrator and educator from the University of Illinois at Chicago Lee Marek, presented the lecture to the high school students.
The six-day program was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center March 16-21. Pittcon, the world’s premier annual conference and exposition on laboratory science, hosted the event.
Pittcon is known for its huge exposition of analytical and laboratory instruments from hundreds of companies. A panel of four academic advisers—specialists in atomic and molecular spectroscopy, chromatography, and mass spectrometry—helps C&EN sift through the many new products introduced at Pittcon each year to identify some of the most noteworthy ones. And instrument industry journalists who attend and cover Pittcon nominate and vote each year on the most innovative and promising new products. These two groups’ selections are presented here.
Instruments highlighted by the four C&EN advisory panelists and instrument industry editors this year include a miniaturized mass spectrometry (MS) instrument, a bioinformatics system, a gas chromatography (GC) detector, a pair of miniature GC instruments, a handheld Raman analyzer, a new detector coating, a portable interferometer, a pH meter, a miniature nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, and an optical microscope attachment.
Pittcon 2013, the 64th Conference and Exposition for Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, ended on a high note following its first appearance in Philadelphia. Preliminary figures for this global event, which was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Centre, were declared as 18,197 attendees; 40% of which attended the Conference for the first time. New this year was a strategic partnership between Pittcon and the co-located Food Labs Conference hosted by Food Safety Tech*: the organisers of both events were pleased with their first-year success and are looking forward to expanding the relationship.
Pittcon 2013 President Ronald Bargiel commented, “The food industry is one of Pittcon’s top industries for growth. We are excited about this newly formed partnership with Food Safety Tech and look forward to working jointly to increase Pittcon’s presence in the food industry.”
Rick Biros, publisher of Food Safety Tech added, “Co-locating with Pittcon makes perfect sense for everyone. This partnership makes it possible for food industry lab managers to significantly benefit from the first conference [Food Labs] focused on their needs along with having access to thousands of laboratory technology suppliers at Pittcon—all under one roof.”
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