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Florida's Scientific Community Plays Major Role in Pittcon 2012

The Pittcon Organizing Committee is pleased to announce more than 72 select members of Florida's scientific community will be making presentations at the event.

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. (January 3, 2012) -- The Pittcon Organizing Committee is pleased to announce more than 72 select members of Florida's scientific community will be making presentations in symposia; organized contributed, oral and poster sessions; and workshops for the technical program at Pittcon 2012 in Orlando, Fla., at the Orange County Convention Center March 11-15, 2012. These presenters will be among the 2,000 plus scientists, researchers and professionals who will be speaking and introducing their research at Pittcon 2012, the world's largest annual conference and exposition for laboratory science. The 2012 Technical Program will cover a diverse range of topics such as life sciences, drug discovery, nanotechnology, biomedical, environmental, homeland security, food science, forensics, agriculture, analytical chemistry, biomass and many more.

New for this year is a Capstone Lecture, "Redesigning DNA: Fixing God's Mistakes," which will be presented by Steven A. Benner. Benner is a Distinguished Fellow at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution in Gainesville, Fla., which he founded following service on the faculty at Harvard University, ETH Zurich and University of Florida.

We are honored our 2010 Plenary Lecturer Alan G. Marshall from Florida State University will receive the 2012 Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award. This award acknowledges Marshall's contributions to the field of analytical chemistry through his continuing development of Fourier transform ICR mass spectrometry. His current research spans FT-ICR instrumentation development, fossil fuels and environmental analysis and mapping the primary and higher-order structures of biological macromolecules and their complexes. Dr. Marshall will also present a symposium, "Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance: The Mass Spectrometry Zenith" and a workshop, "Algae Polar Lipids Characterized by On-Line Liquid Chromatography Coupled with Hybrid Linear Quadrupole Ion Trap/Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry."

The technical program includes some of Florida's top academics from institutions such as University of Central Florida, University of North Florida, Florida State University, University of Florida, Florida International University, University of South Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville. A complete list of participants is available upon request.

In addition, the Pittcon Short Course includes instructors from local organizations such as Steven Schultz, Writing at Work, Inc; Tod Fairbanks and Jill Diodato, Banner Center for Life Sciences; Meredith May, Atlas Spine Inc.; Stuart Chalk, University of North Florida; and David Bliesner, Delphi Analytical Services, Inc.

In addition, this year, there will be more than 30 Florida-based companies exhibiting. These range from manufacturers of analytical equipment, peripheral products, lab supplies and laboratory system solutions and include such leading names as BioTools, Inc., Metrohm USA, Ocean Optics, STARLIMS, American Lab Design and Separation Systems, Inc., to name a few.

A complete, up-to-date listing of all exhibitors, technical sessions and short courses is available at