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Pioneers in the development of analytical instrumentation to be recognized at Pittcon 2009 symposium

Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Conference has announced “Near Infrared Spectroscopy – NIRS,” as the topic for the twentieth annual James L Waters Annual Symposium on March 9 at Pittcon 2009 in Chicago.

The Waters symposium recognizes the important technological contribution of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to the world of analytical chemistry. Organizers say an outstanding panel of speakers has been organized to recognize and review the development, widespread commercial application, and current research in NIRS.

In addition, the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) says it is extremely pleased to welcome the following NIRS pioneers to Pittcon 2009:

• Peter Flinn, Kelspec Services, “Near Infrared Spectroscopy: From Sleeper to Activist”
• Karl Norris, US Department of Agriculture (USDA), “In the Beginning Was: Visible and IR Spectroscopy”
• Franklin Barton, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) agency of the USDA, “NIR-A Journey in Learning”
• Phil Williams, PDK Grain, “The Introduction of Near-infrared Spectroscopy to the World of Commerce”
• Robert A Lodder, University of Kentucky Medical Center, “Modern Applications of Near-Infrared Spectrometry”

The 2009 Waters Symposium will be presented at Pittcon 2009 (March 8-13, 2009) in Chicago, Room S401d of McCormick Place South, Monday, March 9, 2009, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Complete information on this symposium and the Pittcon 2009 Technical Program can be found at

Pittcon, the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, is co-sponsored by the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh. A premier annual conference and exposition on laboratory science, the event features the world’s largest exposition of instrumentation and a cutting-edge technical program, which includes symposia, technical sessions, posters, workshops, and short courses.