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Smithers Viscient Scientists to Lead Several Discussions at American Chemical Society National Meeting and Expo

Smithers Viscient
Posted on: 19 Aug 16

Smithers Viscient, a global contract research organization (CRO), has announced that four of the company’s leading scientists will present or lead discussions at the 2016 American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition being held August 21-25 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Participating in the event’s agenda will be:

  • Dr. James Ferguson will present “Making the most of the information in accurate mass spectrometric data”, and the poster session “Accurate mass in agrochemical analysis. Understanding when to use ppm and when to use Da to express mass accuracy.”
  • Dr. Paul Reibach will present “Navigating the Pesticide Related Regulatory Landscape With Respect to Individual State Legal Cannabis Cultivation in the US,” and is chairing a session titled "Emerging Mass Spectrometry Trends in Support of Agricultural Research & Development.” In addition, Dr. Reibach is a co-arranger of the graduate student luncheon.
  • Dr. Kalumbu Malekani will chair the session, “Environmental Risk Assessment of Down-the-Drain Chemicals”, and will present “Pollinator Tier I Risk Assessment: A Link between Laboratory and Field Studies.” Dr. Malekani also co-authored the presentations "Are Additional Solvent Extractions in Soil/Sediment Laboratory Studies Really Necessary?" and "Determination of Substance Specific Plant Uptake Factor (PUF) for use in Regulatory Fate Modeling."
  • Dr. Shakil Saghir will present “Application of Toxicokinetics in Regulatory-Mandated Toxicity Testing of Plant Protection Products (PPPs): From Concept to Application” and “Use of Toxicokinetics to Improve the Current Extended One-Generation Reproductive Toxicity (EOGRT) Study Design.”

“As an organization that deeply values the importance of scientific innovation and discovery, it is a tremendous honor to have four of our scientific leaders chosen to present at ACS,” said Susan Shepherd, President, Smithers Viscient. “We are excited to share our experience and ideas with our colleagues in the scientific community and look forward to learning a great deal from them as well.”

The ACS is currently the world’s largest scientific society with nearly 157,000 members. The organization works to educate and communicate with policy makers and the general public about the role chemistry plays in daily life and how chemists are working to improve health, protect the environment and contribute to the economy. The ACS National Meeting and Exposition is a biannual meeting of leading professionals representing academic institutions and both non-profit and for-profit organizations working in the chemical industries.

For a full schedule of presentations and sessions, visit:

About Smithers Viscient

Smithers Viscient is a global contract research organization (CRO). The company delivers a comprehensive range of ecotoxicology, environmental fate, metabolism, chemistry, and toxicology services, for the pharmaceutical, crop protection, chemical, and consumer household product industries. Pollinator testing capabilities include laboratory-based studies, semi-field, and field exposures. With laboratories located in North America and Europe, Smithers Viscient, has performed standard guideline and higher-tiered environmental studies for 45 years. For more information about Smithers Viscient’s environmental regulatory testing solutions, visit

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Last updated on: 19/08/2016

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