Two major scientific meetings will be taking place next week--one marked by controversy, the other by change.

Denver is the site of the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), set for March 28-April 2. ACS officials say they are unfazed by a boycott of the state of Colorado by gay-rights activists and others angry about the passage in November of Amendment 2, an amendment to the state constitution banning local antidiscrimination laws for homosexuals.

At press time, the boycott had "not materially affected our attendance yet," according to Christine Pruitt of the society's meetings office, although she acknowledges receipt of several letters from people saying they will not be coming to the meeting because of its location. About 10,000 to 12,000 people generally attend ACS's spring and fall meetings, society officials say.

The more than 10,000 expected attendees at the conference March 28 to April 1 will encounter...

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