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Vachet Elected to Board of Directors of American Mass Spectrometry Society

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Chemistry Professor Richard Vachet was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) as the result of a nation-wide election. With more than 7,500 members from academic, industrial, and governmental laboratories, ASMS is the world’s largest society for mass spectrometry and allied topics. Mass spectrometry is a technique used by chemists, physicists, biochemists, biologists, geologists, and forensic scientists to measure the precise weight of molecules. This unique molecular weight often serves as a fingerprint for that specific molecule. Mass spectrometry allows scientists to identify and quantify interesting molecules such as drugs or environmental pollutants from almost any source whether it be solid, liquid, or gas. The technique has also become nearly synonymous with proteomics, which is the large-scale study of the proteins that are vital players in almost every cellular process in living organisms. This has made mass spectrometry one of the most important techniques in both drug discovery and disease diagnosis. Vachet’s term on the ASMS Board of Directors runs from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012. He joins a nine-member Board of Directors overseeing the numerous operations of the society. ASMS serves its members and the larger scientific community by organizing an annual meeting that attracts approximately 6,500 people each year, and by publishing a peer-reviewed scientific journal that is the most cited mass spectrometry journal and is one of the top-cited journals in analytical chemistry. The society also sponsors numerous specialty scientific meetings and short courses throughout the year. Vachet’s specific role as an ASMS Board member will be to direct the educational activities of the society. Each year, ASMS supports over 15 short courses on a variety of mass spectrometry-related topics serving over 700 participants. In addition, Vachet will organize the annual ASMS Fall Workshop, which provides a highly interactive tutorial on specific topics related to mass spectrometry. Finally, two of Vachet’s initiatives will be to re-publish classic books in the field of mass spectrometry and spearhead efforts to expand the educational content on the society’s website,

(June 2010)