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Message from the 2022 EAS President

February here on Long Island has offered up 2 feet of snow followed by 60 degree temperatures followed by arctic blasts of wind.  It’s been an eclectic mix, and I’m looking forward to whatever March brings.  I’m also looking forward to an increasing return to normalcy as we put the pandemic years behind us.  I look forward with excitement and hope, and that includes the hope you will join us in November as we Embrace Analytical Diversity for a sustainable future.  Eastern Analytical Symposium has long promoted diversity and inclusion on multiple levels.  While our focus is clearly on the analytical sciences, this necessarily involves diverse chemistry subdisciplines – pharmaceutical, forensic, environmental – to name just a few examples of what you will find at EAS.

EAS embraces diverse techniques, providing something for anyone.  Whether your career focus is chromatography, spectroscopy, microscopy, whatever, we bring it to EAS.  Rarely is one specific analytical technique sufficient to solve a complex problem, and developing a sustainable future is replete with complex problems.

EAS embraces geographic diversity, with speakers and attendees from across the nation and the world.  We embrace occupational diversity, with speakers and attendees representing industry, government and academia.  We embrace personal diversity, with speakers and attendees from multiple ethnicities, abilities, and stages of professional development.  There is no other way to build a sustainable future, and we bring all this to EAS 2022.

This year, we are expanding the diversity of our offerings.  Watch for announcements about our Virtual Student Symposium in the Spring, our EAS online Summer School, our free EAS Lunch & Learn webinars throughout the year, and of course our signature Eastern Analytical Symposium and Exposition in November.  The Exposition allows companies to showcase the latest analytical technologies.  The Symposium brings you the best in analytical sciences, with technical sessions, short courses, and workshops.  Each year we honor analytical chemists who have distinguished career achievements, and in 2022 we are proud to announce our highest award, the EAS Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Fields of Analytical Chemistry, will be presented to Prof. Richard M. Crooks, who holds the prestigious Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry at the University of Texas, Austin. If you attend just one conference this year, make it count, make it inclusive.  Take the opportunity to encounter an array of techniques crossing disciplinary boundaries.  Be sure to check our website, eas.org, for updates and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.  And be sure to join us in Princeton, NJ in November 2022, and embrace analytical diversity.

Barbara Hillery
2022 EAS President