Analytical Chemistry Faculty Shortage Haunts PittCon

Amid bustle of meeting, participants worry about a growing need for professors to train the next generation.
Many of the more than 35,000 analytical chemists streaming into New York this week for the 41st annual PittCon meeting know that not enough of them are teaching the next generation of researchers. They also know the problem is likely to worsen as industrial demand for their skills continues to climb. But that's not why they come to the meeting, known officially as the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy. They come to see what's for sale, and how best to use the equipment displayed by an estimated 850 suppliers.

PittCon sessions have "always been highly technical in nature; [they] feature developments in an area of analytical science," says John Sember, senior group leader at the Pittsburgh-based Calgon Carbon Corp. and publicity chairman for the...

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