Free Chemistry Education Resources for April 2017

Each month ACS Webinars provides free live webinars for chemists. These free webinars cover subjects as diverse as drug development, food chemistry, and professional development for chemists. Here’s what’s coming up for the month of April. Register today!

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The Good, the Bad, and the Uncertain: Public Perception of the Chemical Enterprise

Thursday, April 13, 2-3 PM ET

Much of the convenience and comfort of our modern lives is down to advances in chemistry. Yet with those advances come setbacks and uncertainty, tainting the science in the eyes of the public. Mark Jones from Dow discusses public perceptions of the chemical enterprise, including why some have a negative view of chemistry and what can be done to advance the science without causing harm. This third installment in the 2017 Industrial Science Series will look ahead to the future of chemistry and industry.

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Cystic Fibrosis: Discovery of CFTR Modulators

Thursday, April 20, 2-3 PM ET

Cystic fibrosis is the result of malfunctions in a single protein, known as CFTR. As such, CFTR is an excellent target for developing drugs. Peter Grootenhuis of Vertex Pharmaceuticals will discuss approaches to developing small molecule modulators of CFTR, which can improve function in cystic fibrosis patients. This is the fourth installment in the 2017 Drug Design and Delivery Series, which highlights efforts by chemists to combat the diseases that plague us.

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Being a Successful Scientist: Lessons in Self-Fulfillment

Thursday, April 27, 2-3 PM ET

Failed experiments, the pressure to publish, fighting for grant money: Sometimes happiness and chemistry seem downright immiscible. Join frequent contributor Darren Griffin from the University of Kent as he discusses how to find your base in the sometimes acidic world of chemistry. In this sequel to his first broadcast, “10 Commandments of Being a Successful Scientist,” Darren will concentrate on self-fulfillment and draw on inspiration outside of laboratory textbooks with insight from British DJs, Australian comedians, and renaissance artists.

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