More than 8,000 chemists will gather in Miami Beach next week forthe 198th national meeting of the American Chemical Society. At the convention, researchers from around the world will present 3,500 technical papers and discuss issues faced both by the entire human race (environmental problems) and by ACS alone (membership problems).

Twenty-nine technical divisions will sponsor sessions throughout the week. In addition to presentations of general papers, each division will feature special topic symposia. Some of these areas have sparked so much research that it will take up to nine separate sessions to cover all of the papers.

Among the topics that will require multiple sessions at next week’s meeting are textiles, liquid crystals, global environmental chemistry, coal science, exotic nuclear spectroscopy, and computer simulation of synthetic polymers. Conspicuously absent from the upcoming agenda is cold fusion. At the 197th meeting last April in Dallas, cold fusion fueled a last-minute...

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