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September 2021 Issue of The Analytical Scientist

Welcome to this month’s conference themed issue where we aim to whet your appetite for one of the first physical events for analytical scientists in a pandemic world, SciX: 2021, while also exploring the Pittcon mission: Did you know that over 90 percent of the net profit generated by Pittcon goes to funding education, scholarships, lab improvements and outreach activities? Also in the issue: Victoria Samanidou, makes the case for integrity in scientific publishing, Benedikt Geier discusses his work on the humble earthworm using MALD-MSI and micro-CT; and, finally, we Sit Down With Public Service Spectroscopist, Ramon Barnes.

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Articles featured in this issue

Fields & Applications Pharma & Biopharma

Marrying Up Proteins using Molecular Glues

| Angus Stewart

A husband-and-wife-led team used mass spec to identify new drugs that “glue” proteins together. We spoke to Aneika Leney about the project.

Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy

Swifter Spec

| Lauren Robertson

Taking measurement into the ultrafast range with spectral vector beams

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Small Molecule Discovery – and Make It Snappy!

| Lauren Robertson

An MS-based algorithm could transform natural product drug discovery

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Putting Pen to Tumor

| Lauren Robertson

The MassSpec Pen looks set to transform cancer surgery with encouraging new results

Fields & Applications Clinical

We Need to Talk About Clinical Representation

| Renã Robinson

Alzheimer’s research should benefit all, regardless of ethnicity or race.

Techniques & Tools Sample Preparation

(NA)DES: Delivering on a Green Promise?

| Lourdes Ramos

Could (NA)DES help the field deliver on the 2013 Green Analytical Chemistry (GAC) principles?

Business & Education Education

P(r)aying for Authorship: Integrity in Publishing

| Victoria Samanidou

With authorship in journals for sale, we must all do our bit to maintain integrity in scientific publishing

Business & Education Spectroscopy

SciX 2021: A Brave New World

| Matt Hallam

SciX is opening its doors again this September - join us as we explore some of its key offerings

Business & Education Professional Development

Why Pittcon Stands for Philanthropy and Collaborative Science

| Lauren Robertson, Frank van Geel

What makes Pittcon different? And what lies in its future? We spoke with its organizing committee to find out.

Fields & Applications Metabolomics & Lipidomics

A Worm's-Eye View

| Lauren Robertson

Could a new MALD-MSI approach bring unprecedented levels of detail to the study of host-microbe interactions?

Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy

Public Service Spectroscopy

| James Strachan

We Sit Down With Ramon Barnes, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, USA