Dear AES and FACSS Members,
We are delighted to announce that in March 2012 at the Governing Board meeting of The Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) held in conjunction with the PITTCON Conference & Expo in Orlando, FL, the AES Electrophoresis Society was accepted as a full member of FACSS.
This is a very important relationship that will support growth and strengthen efforts by both organizations in the dissemination of multi-disciplinary technologies necessary for biomolecular separation and detection. Both organizations strive in organizing scientific meetings with high quality programming. AES has been programming in partnership with FACSS since 2009, which has benefited both members and attendees by expanding the breadth of topics, member-interactions, and potential intellectual collaborations arising from presentations and networking opportunities.
There are important mutual benefits to AES and FACSS with this relationship. AES has a dedicated membership that crosses diverse disciplinary backgrounds surrounding electrophoresis and has many overlapping interest areas to historic FACSS session topics. FACSS began investing in symposia in dielectrophoresis and related techniques at their 2009 meetings with continuing investment accompanied by increasingly formal joint AES/FACSS programming. Currently co-programming for the AES portion of the current North American FACSS meeting: SciX 2012 Conference is being led by Dr. Christa Hestekin, University of Arkansas and Wenwan Zhong, University of California, Riverside. Past programming has been well received in the FACSS and AES communities yielding discussion that resulted in FACSS’s acceptance of AES as a full member organization. AES and FACSS will benefit and grow together by continuing to organize and expand the symposia in future years.
At this time, AES President, Dr. Adrienne Minerick has accepted to serve as the AES delegate for the first two years of this positive alliance that will bring significant benefits for both organizations. Also, AES Vice-President Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas has agreed to serve on the FACSS Long Range Planning Committee (the long-range think-tank of the federation). We are optimistic about the opportunities this relationship opens up for members and look forward to seeing you at the 2012 SciX Conference, September 30 – October 5 in Kansas City, MO and at the Annual AES Meeting, October 28- November 2 at the Pittsburgh Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
Ian R. Lewis
FACSS, Governing Board Chair (2012-2013)