International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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The April 2011 cover of Clinical Chemistry.

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Clinical Chemistry

Paintings, poems, podcasts, and more . . .

The international journal Clinical Chemistry is celebrating the International Year of Chemistry with a plethora of multimedia offerings exploring different aspects of the profession. Paintings, poems, podcasts, and more will be featured on the journal’s website in addition to articles by inspiring scientists and award-winning writers.

Published by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, the journal Clinical Chemistry produces 2,000 pages per year of peer-reviewed papers that advance the science of the field. Starting as a mere intellectual curiosity in the 19th century, clinical chemistry has developed into a sophisticated scientific discipline and an integral component of the contemporary practice of medicine. Throughout the year, the journal will provide compelling stories—in a variety of mediums—about this important branch of chemistry. Following are some highlights:

  • John Savory and Larry Kricka, professors at the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively, will recount the story of clinical chemistry, which spans from before 400 BC, when the Greeks diagnosed “boils” by determining whether the urine attracted insects, to the era of genomics, proteomics, and personalized medicine. Read more.
  • Susan Quinn, an award-winning writer of nonfiction books and articles and the author of Marie Curie: A Life, highlights Curie’s scientific achievements and contributions. Quinn’s biography of Madame Curie, which has been translated into eight languages, was awarded the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle in 1997 and garnered many other accolades. Read more.
  • The journal has published the poem “Sustainable Development” by Roald Hoffmann, poet, philosopher, playwright, and chemist. He shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in chemistry with Kenichi Fukui “for their theories, developed independently, concerning the course of chemical reactions.” Read more.
  • The website will feature a documentary filmed by Peter Wilding in 1966 that demonstrates the remarkable journey of our profession and the astonishing advances made in almost half a century. Wilding, now an emeritus professor at the University of Pennsylvania, was an assistant professor at the University of Southern California and a young clinical chemist at the Los Angeles County Hospital, then a 2000-bed hospital. Read more.
  • The series “Science in the Arts,” by Marek Dominiczak, professor of clinical biochemistry and medical humanities at the University of Glasgow, will explore the interface of the arts and chemistry with 12 paintings and commentaries throughout the year. Read more.
  • Bob Barrett, the host of public radio’s The Health Show, will help create a series of podcasts of interviews conducted with the above-mentioned authors. These podcasts will be posted throughout 2011 on the AACC and journal sites and will be accessible through iTunes. Read more.

featured Mar 30, 2011