Announcement of the Appointment of Dr. Lynn Soby as Executive Director IUPAC

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Lynn Soby as Executive Director IUPAC today, 24th July 2014.

Dr. Soby is a chemistry graduate who gained a PhD in Macromolecular Science and an MBA in the Management of Technology from Case Western Reserve University. She has held senior positions in industrial research and in technology development with BF Goodrich and with Avon Cosmetics, which included actively setting up research and technical organizations in many countries around the world. She has worked as a business analyst and most recently held the position of Vice President Innovation and Commercialization at Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International in North Carolina.

Dr. Soby brings a valuable blend of science, technology and business administration to the role of Executive Director at a time of change for IUPAC as the Union approaches its centenary. The officers are sure the IUPAC community will welcome Dr. Soby to her new role and we are all looking forward to working with her.

Colin Humphris
Acting Secretary General
On behalf of the Officers of IUPAC

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Start of the Name Approval Process for the Elements of Atomic Number 114 and 116

The President of IUPAC, Professor Nicole J. Moreau announced the proposed names for the elements with atomic numbers 114 and 116 at the Closing Ceremony of the International Year of Chemistry in Brussels on December 1st 2011. On May 1st last a Joint IUPAC-IUPAP Working Party assigned the priorities for the discoveries of these elements (Pure Appl. Chem., Vol. 83, No. 7, pp. 1485–1498, 2011, to collaborative work between scientists from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia and from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California, USA (hereinafter referred to as the Dubna-Livermore collaborations). Following the procedure laid down by IUPAC the scientists involved in the collaboration were invited to propose names for the elements. With Professor Yuri Oganessian as spokesperson the collaborators have proposed the name flerovium (symbol Fl) for element number 114 and the name livermorium (symbol Lv) for that with number 116. These proposed names have now also been examined and approved by the Inorganic Chemistry Division (Division II) of IUPAC which clears the way for IUPAC to issue a Provisional Recommendations document. These Provisional Recommendations will be made available in the very near future for Public Comment for five months and will also be sent to expert referees. At the end of the Public Comment period, the Inorganic Chemistry Division will review the comments made and either revise the Recommendations or recommend approval by the IUPAC Council. After approval by the IUPAC Council or by the IUPAC Bureau which, in this case, has been delegated to do so, the Recommendations of the names and symbols will be published in the IUPAC Journal, Pure and Applied Chemistry.

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A provisional recommendation has also been released.