American Chemical Society's National Meeting & Expo is expected to generate $16 million in economic impact
More than 14,000 scientists are in New Orleans this week for the American Chemical Society's 245th National Meeting & Exposition, going on at the Morial Convention Center.
Glenn Ruskin, spokesman for the Society, says the annual gathering has been called the "Super Bowl of Science" because it brings together in one location a large number of highly educated people.
"We will have a higher concentration of Ph.D's in New Orleans within several blocks than any other place on the face of the earth," Ruskin said.
12,000 technical reports are scheduled to be presented. Many of the topics address serious issues, but some are on the lighter side, such as exploring why people can't eat just one potato chip.
"Looking at the chemistry that goes into driving you to eating - you're not hungry, but you continue to eat - so, looking at the chemistry behind that," Ruskin said.
Some of the alcoholic beverages that New Orleans is famous for, such as the Hurricane and the Hand Grenade, will also be a featured topic.
"What they're going to be looking at is kind of the, the taste and effects that go into a successful cocktail," Ruskin said.
The chemists' meeting runs through Thursday.