For several years the NACS has been continually enhancing a part of its website to include historical items of interest to the catalysis community. We have some white papers posted on key catalytic technologies, as well as news items on many of the past leaders in the catalysis community. Much of the slides that Heinz Heinemann presented at the 2005 NAM banquet are already posted on this site. More recently, I’ve added some new photos to the biographies that we have and added some more biographies.
Now the NACS has initiated a brand new feature to enhance the historical content of its popular website. We have begun to provide a historical collection of video clips of popular figures in catalysis. We hope these first 7 video clips will grow to a large collection of such video clips providing a glimpse of some of the notable speakers in catalysis over the past decades. The purpose of these postings is to give the membership, the public, and new entrants into the catalysis community a glimpse of high profile speakers and popular topics in catalysis.
Several years ago, the NACS began to record videos at NACS events as a means of collecting a video history of notables in the catalysis community. This effort by Professor Burt Davis (our volunteer, dedicated videographer) was often limited by poor audio or lighting in large conference rooms and was not easily shared with the membership. Newer video recording technology and storage of video on the WWW, now allows these video clips to be shared with the worldwide community.
We chose the recent 20th NAM meeting in Houston as the first featured set of clips. The first five minutes of the five plenary lectures and portions of the banquet acknowledgements are now posted on the website. While each, entire presentation was recorded, these would be too long for posting on the WWW. Sometimes the video quality is sub par (due to lighting or audio limitations), but it is a beginning of what we hope will be a memorable posting of leaders among the catalysis community, and I am sure new technology will improve the quality of the videos in the years to come. I’ve asked Burt Davis to find other good quality video clips for additional postings. If some of the membership have good, video quality clips that they might wish to have posted on the NACS website, please contact me, John Armor (email@example.com). Initially, we will offer these as ~ 5 minute segments of the full lectures/interviews.
To review a video clip, go to the NACS video page. Speakers are listed with the title of their lecture. Start the video clip by clicking on the button to the lower left below each photo.
Let me have any suggestions or comments which might improve this new website feature. Burt Davis has done a great deal of voluntary work to record, compile, edit, and consolidate these videos, and we thank him for his efforts. Thanks also go to Ray Buchta who has been invaluable in setting up and designing the graphics of our website.