Archive for the ‘News & Announcements’ Category

2016 JNPC Meeting

Monday, July 27th, 2015

The 9th Joint Natural Products Conference 2016 will be held in  Copenhagen, Denmark, 24-27 July 2016. Further details are available at and

C&E News highlights nonagenarian ASP members

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Koji Nakanishi and Mansukh Wani are among those highlighted in an article in C&E News (vol. 93, issue 29, 2015) about chemists who remain actively engaged in research in their 90s. The cover of the issue features Dr. Nakanishi.

50 Years in Pharmacognosy – An Honoring Symposium

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

50 Years in Pharmacognosy: A Symposium to Honor the Career of Ara DerMarderosian

Ara began his career under the guidance of Richard Evans Schultes and Heber W. Youngken, Jr. In 1964, Ara joined the faculty of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science, which became University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 1997. Ara formally retired in 2014, but continues to come in to his office each week. Join us as we celebrate Ara’s career with presentations by some of his former students. October 24, 2015, 9 am – noon, AstraZeneca Auditorium, McNeil Science & Technology Center, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 4320 Woodland Avenue (45th Street at Woodland Avenue), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. RSVP to, or 215.596.7619.

Sreekantaswamy Murthy, Rowan University (PhD, 1973)

John Beutler, National Cancer Institute (PhD, 1980)

William Obermeyer, ConsumerLab LLC (retired) (PhD, 1989)

John Gruber, Friends School of Philadelphia (MS, 1997)

Vidhanchandra Jaiswal, FutureBiotics LLC (PhD, 2008)

Contact John R. Porter ( for further details.

New book focuses on ASP member Bob Pettit

Monday, June 1st, 2015

A new book focusing on the research of Bob Pettit will appear soon.
Waging War on Cancer. Dr. Pettit’s Lifelong Quest to Find Cures by Robert S. Byars. FriesenPress. ISBN 978-1-4602-5976-4 (Hardcover; 978-1-4602-5977-1, Paperback; 978-1-4602-5978-8, eBook).

Les Mitscher, 1931-2015

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

The Officers and Executive Committee members of the ASP are saddened to report the death of Les Mitscher, Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Kansas. Dr. Mitscher has been a long-time member of ASP,  past President of the Society (1992-1993), ASP Fellow (from 2007), recipient of the Norman R. Farnsworth Research Achievement Award (2007), Fellow of the ACS (from 2011), and long-time and prolific researcher of biologically-active natural products and analytical techniques. His contributions and guidance will be missed. A more detailed review of the career of Dr. Mitscher will appear in an upcoming ASP Newsletter.