57th ASMS Conference Preview


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Spectroscopy previews the upcoming ASMS conference to be held May 31–June 4, 2009, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The 57th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from May 31 through June 4, 2009.

The program will begin on Sunday afternoon, May 31, with tutorial lectures from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. These will be followed by the Opening Session and Plenary Lecture at 6:45. This year's plenary presentation will be delivered by Jerald L. Schnoor of the University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), who will discuss "Biofuels and Global Climate Change." The plenary lecture will be followed by a Welcome Reception from 7:45 to 9:30 p.m. in the exhibit hall.

Program Schedule

Monday through Thursday will be full program days consisting of concurrent oral sessions, poster sessions, and workshops. Poster sessions are scheduled before and after the lunch break to allow four hours of viewing time for posters and exhibits.

Daily oral sessions will cover such topics as "Mass Spectrometry of Lipids," "Developments in Ion Mobility Instrumentation and Theory," "Frontiers in Elemental Mass Spectrometry," "Mass Spectrometry in Environmental Toxicology," "Mass Spectrometry and Biofuels," "The Role of Mass Spectrometry in Understanding Cellular Pathways," and "New Developments in Bioinformatics."


Workshops will be held from Monday through Wednesday, June 1–3, 2009, from 5:45 to 7:00 p.m. each day. Workshops are organized on topics of special interest with a focus on new technology. There is no additional charge for workshops — they are open to all as a forum for discussion.

Topics for the workshops include "Tips and Tricks for the MS Analysis of Nucleic Acids and Their Assemblies," "Mass Spectrometry Applications in Clinical Diagnostics: From the Bench to the Bedside," "Identification of Counterfeit Foods and Ingredients by Mass Spectrometry," "MS Applications in Forensics and Homeland Protection," and "Careers in Mass Spectrometry."

Conference Finale

The conference will conclude on Thursday evening, June 4, with a gala at the National Constitution Center, located just two blocks from Independence Hall. This event will include full access to the displays, musical entertainment, and a buffet. The cost for this even is $20 for each conference registrant and registered guest, and there will be a cash bar.

Employment Center

The conference Employment Center will be in Pennsylvania Convention Center. Hours are:

Sunday 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday 8:00 am – 12:00 noon

ASMS members can submit their resumes at the "Employment" section of the ASMS website and should register at the Employment Center when they arrive at the conference. The job posting boards will be provided in the Employment Center. The posterboards will be divided by industry (Biotech Pharma, Core, Academic Post Docs, Government, and Instrument Vendors). Employers can post positions on the boards, one posting per position.

Plan Your Visit to Philadelphia

On Sunday afternoon, May 31, ASMS will provide free shuttle bus transportation to the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) Museum, located at 315 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Admission to the museum is free, and CHF's exhibits are completely accessible by wheelchair. Visit http://www.philadelphiausa.travel/asms for additional travel information.

Registration and Further Information

Advance conference registration fees are $150 for ASMS members, $300 for nonmembers, $75 for ASMS students, and $120 for student nonmembers. Guest registration for the conference includes the Welcome Reception and a continental breakfast on Monday morning that will include a presentation about what to see and do while in Philadelphia. Cost for guest registration is $20.

For further information about the conference, contact:

ASMS • 2019 Galisteo Street, Building I-1

Santa Fe, NM 87505 • Tel.: 505-989-4517 • Fax: 505-989-1073

E-mail: office@asms.org • Website: www.asms.org

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