Vol. 62, No. 2: Summer, 2010

Chemical Information Bulletin

A Publication of the Division of Chemical Information of the ACS

Volume 62 No. 2 (Summer) 2010

 

Svetlana Korolev, Editor
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
skorolev@uwm.edu

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ISSN: 0364-1910
Chemical Information Bulletin,
©Copyright 2010 by the Division of Chemical Information of the American Chemical Society.

Message from the Chair

ImageDear Colleagues

With spectacular weather and comfortable conferencing accommodations, San Francisco welcomed all of us traveling CINF members to the 239th ACS National Meeting. We accomplished much at our various Division planning meetings on Saturday. Among the highlights:

  • The Communications and Publications Committee (formerly the Publications committee) gave us an update on their e-publication efforts, and their archiving and website improvement plans.
  • The Program Committee described the launch of an exciting new hot topics session for the Fall National meeting, which will encourage members to report on late breaking activities. Abstracts for this session will be solicited much closer to the time of the meeting, to insure timely presentations.
  • The Executive Committee decided to review possible participation in the newly formed InChI Trust in an advisory role. An InChi Trust representative will be asked to report at our Fall Executive committee meeting on the new Trust and what role CINF might play.

We had excellent turnout for the CINF sessions. We once again sponsored a Best Presentation Award. For those who could not attend in person, several sessions had live webcam and conferencing options as well. I wholeheartedly support these efforts – and look forward to making this part of our routine. For those who held down the fort, I urge you to visit the CINF website (www.acscinf.org) to catch up on what you missed.

Thanks to our terrific sponsors, CINF also continued its tradition of excellent networking opportunities, including three receptions and a luncheon. I had a wonderful time catching up with old colleagues and meeting new ones. In keeping with the “Chemistry for a Sustainable World” theme we opted for recycled/recyclable materials at our receptions, which went over very well. And we were very lucky to have Randy Marcinko as our guest speaker, who shared with us a glimpse into his professional journey in publishing. When viewed in total, Randy has spent his career trying to connect the information user to the answers they were seeking and, in the process, executing on the business goal of profitable publishing.

In closing, I would like to invite all of you to participate in your CINF community. We have many committee openings, be they on membership or publications, on fundraising or careers, on program or awards or education committees. There is plenty to do and there are not enough hands to do it all. Please join in. Have a wonderful summer and hope to see you all in Boston this Fall.

Carmen Nitsche, Chair
ACS Chemical Information Division
Carmen.Nitsche@symyx.com

Letter from the Editor

ImageThis is the first issue converting the old CINF E-News into the Chemical Information Bulletin format. As the bulletin itself was transformed to an electronic publication with its previous issue (Spring 2010), the reason to distinguish between the two divisional publications has disappeared. Consequently, the younger CINF E-News, which marked its 10th anniversary in 2009, is now being merged into the older Chemical Information Bulletin, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2009. The new integrated bulletin will be published four times per year, with an issue before and after each of the two ACS National Meetings.

In writing this letter, I briefly reviewed the history of CINF E-News and its preceding publications. According to "Division History 1943-1993" by Val Metanomski, the first Newsletter was published by Ann Moffett in February 1986, with another issue following in March 1988. Next, CINF News was launched by Bonnie Lawlor in November 1989. Two issues of CINF News were published in 1990, two in 1991, and three in 1992 with additional features such as Letter from Europe, CINF Member Demographics, A Brief History of the CINF and Copyright News. For 1989–1992, Richard Love was the CINF News Production Editor and for 1993 Richard Lowe took over that responsibility. Someone else might be able fill in the history of the interim publications during 1993-1999 before CINF E-News was introduced by Bruce Slutsky in Fall 1999. Since then it has been published after each national meeting (2 issues/year) with an exception of three issues in 2000. Except for two terms, Bruce Slutsky has served as the Editor since its inauguration (Fall 1999-Fall 2005) and the last issue (Fall 2009). Besides Bruce, Beth Thomsett-Scott (Spring 2006-Fall 2008) and Judy Matthews (Spring 2009) have taken over the Editor’s role. Over the decade, the content of CINF E-News has remained pretty much the same with reports and announcements from the meetings and some additional features, e.g. Chemistry Site Seeing or CINF People in the News. Speaking of CINF people, "Who is Harry?" a frequently asked question on Monday at national meetings, can be answered by CINF E-News (Fall 2002). Harry Allcock, Vice President of IFI CLAIMS Patent Services 1961 – 2002, hosted Harry's parties 1963 – 2002. After his retirement, René Deplanque, Managing Director of FIZ CHEMIE Berlin, revived the tradition of Harry's parties at the 2006 San Francisco meeting. For more information, please visit http://harrys-party.com/.

In conclusion, I would like to thank all who submitted materials for this issue. It contains announcements of awards and scholarships from the 2010 spring meeting, highlights of the CINF technical program, reflections on a hybrid symposium experiment, updates on the Electronic Dissemination of the ACS Meeting Content and on the Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group, plus an invitation for celebrating of the Golden Anniversary of the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling. Over the past four years, the CINF Division has been benefiting from receiving funding for six project proposals sponsored by the ACS Innovative Projects Fund. Three such projects, CINF Best Presentation Award, XCITR - eXplore Chemical Information Teaching Resources, and Careers Vignettes, are featured in this issue. A Book Review column, numerous reports and announcements are included, too. A special thank you goes to Mark Luchetti for cover design and to Bonnie Lawlor and Wendy Warr for proofreading this issue.

Svetlana Korolev, Editor,
Chemical Information Bulletin

Awards and Scholarships

Meritorious Service

2010 Val Metanomski Meritorious Service Award to Svetla Baykoucheva

ImageOn behalf of the Awards Committee of the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) of ACS I am delighted to congratulate Svetla Baykoucheva as the recipient of the prestigious Val Metanomski Meritorious Service Award. This award is given to members who have made outstanding contributions to the division, and this is just the ninth time this award has been given in the history of the division. The announcement was made at the Executive Committee meeting at the Spring ACS meeting in San Francisco, and the award will be presented to Svetla at the CINF divisional luncheon at the 240th National ACS Meeting in Boston.

Svetla is perhaps best known as the tireless editor of CINF's widely read Chemical Information Bulletin (CIB), and this award is in recognition of her work, not just as editor of the print edition - which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2009 - but particularly for all her recent efforts to transition CIB from print to online. The first online version was issued in March 2010 in HTML, with a viewable/printable PDF version, and it will continue to evolve. Under Svetla's editorship, CIB was given an attractive new look and layout, and was enhanced with a wider range of content, including a series of well received in-depth interviews with scientists, librarians and publishers.

Svetla has BA and MS degrees in chemistry, a PhD in microbiology, and an MLIS. She started her professional life doing research in biological membranes and lipid metabolism, but her increasing interest in chemical information and librarianship resulted in a career change, and following her acquisition of an MLIS degree, she became the manager of the ACS Library and Information Center in Washington DC. She is currently head of the White Memorial Chemistry Library at the University of Maryland, College Park. Svetla has been a member of ACS since 1997, and has been editor of CIB since 2006.

Congratulations Svetla!

And just a reminder, the deadline for nominations for the 2011 award is March 1, 2011.

Phil McHale, Chair, CINF Awards Committee

Best Presentation

2010 CINF Best Presentation Award to George Thompson

At the 239th ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, March 21-25, 2010, the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) announced the winner of the CINF Best Presentation Award. The Award symposium selected was "Green Chemistry: Multidisciplinary Use of Chemical Information Resources" which was held on Sunday March 21, and the judges' unanimous choice of winner was Dr. George Thompson of Chemical Compliance Systems, Inc.

Dr. Thompson described an established database and system for assessing the "greenness" of chemicals, mixtures, processes and objects, which is just about to be embodied by a number of standards bodies.

The CINF Best Presentation Award was instituted in 2009 and is the result of an ACS Innovation Grant awarded to CINF with the intent of encouraging more speakers, higher quality papers, and larger audiences at CINF sessions at ACS Meetings.

The next CINF Best Presentation Award will take place at a CINF symposium on Drug Intensive Data Design, Fall 2010 ACS National Meeting, August 22-26, 2010, Boston, MA.

Phil McHale, Chair, CINF Awards Committee

Scientific Excellence

CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence Sponsored by SYMYX

At the 239th ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, March 21-25, 2010, the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) announced the winners of the CINF-Symyx Scholarship for Scientific Excellence. Two scholarships valued at $1,000 each were awarded at the CINF divisional luncheon by Carmen Nitsche of Symyx to Bin Chen of Indiana University and Steven Smith of the University of Cambridge. The scholarship recipients presented posters of their work at the CINF reception on Sunday evening.

The titles of their presentations were "Chem2Bio2RDF: Semantic System Chemical Biology" (Chen) and "Assigning Stereochemistry Using GIAO NMR Shift Calculation" (Smith).

The international scholarship program of CINF is designed to reward graduate and post-graduate students in chemical information and related sciences for scientific excellence and to foster their involvement in CINF. The scholarship program was initiated in 2005 and the awards funded by different organizations are given out at each ACS National Meeting. Scholarship winners receive a year’s complimentary membership in CINF.

Phil McHale, Chair, CINF Awards Committee

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Bin Chen

 

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Steven Smith

 

Lucille Wert

2010 Lucille M. Wert Scholarship to Yuening Zhang

ImageThe scholarship administered by the Division of Chemical Information of the American Chemical Society consists of a $1,500 grant and a complimentary one-year CINF membership. It is designed to help persons with an interest in the field of Chemical Information to pursue graduate studies in Library Information or Computer Science.

The 2010 award will be presented to Yuening Zhang!

Yuening has a BS in Chemical Education from Henan University, an MS in Organic Chemistry from Wuhan University, and a MS in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University, and she is currently enrolled in the Master of Library Science course at Indiana University.

In addition to studying for her MLS, Yuening works as a research associate in the MetaCryt Biochemical Analysis Center at Indiana University, and as a graduate assistant in the Chemistry and Life Sciences Library, where she answers patrons’ questions, and creates and delivers training classes in chemical database systems.

Congratulations Yuening and good luck with your studies!

The deadline for nominations for the 2011 Lucille M. Wert Scholarship is February 1, 2011.

Phil McHale, Chair, CINF Awards Committee

CSA Trust (Call)

Applications Invited for CSA Trust Jacques-Émile Dubois Grants for 2011

ImageThe Chemical Structure Association (CSA) Trust is an internationally recognized organization established to promote the critical importance of chemical information to advances in chemical research. In support of its charter, the Trust has created a unique Grant Program, renamed in honor of Professor Jacques-Émile Dubois who made significant contributions to the field of cheminformatics. The Trust is currently inviting the submission of grant applications for 2011.

Purpose of the Grants:

The Grant Program has been created to provide funding for the career development of young researchers who have demonstrated excellence in their education, research or development activities that are related to the systems and methods used to store, process and retrieve information about chemical structures, reactions and compounds. A Grant will be awarded annually up to a maximum of four thousand U.S. dollars ($4,000). Grants are awarded for specific purposes, and within one year each grantee is required to submit a brief written report detailing how the grant funds were allocated. Grantees are also requested to recognize the support of the Trust in any paper or presentation that is given as a result of that support.

Who is Eligible?

Applicant(s), age 35 or younger, who have demonstrated excellence in their chemical information related research and who are developing careers that have the potential to have a positive impact on the utility of chemical information relevant to chemical structures, reactions and compounds, are invited to submit applications. While the primary focus of the Grant Program is the career development of young researchers, additional bursaries may be made available at the discretion of the Trust. All requests must follow the application procedures noted below and will be weighed against the same criteria.

What Activities are Eligible?

Grants may be awarded to acquire the experience and education necessary to support research activities; e.g., for travel to collaborate with research groups, to attend a conference relevant to one’s area of research, to gain access to special computational facilities, or to acquire unique research techniques in support of one’s research.

Application Requirements:

Applications must include the following documentation:

  1. A letter that details the work upon which the Grant application is to be evaluated as well as details on research recently completed by the applicant;
  2. The amount of Grant funds being requested and the details regarding the purpose for which the Grant will be used (e.g. cost of equipment, travel expenses if the request is for financial support of meeting attendance, etc.). The relevance of the above-stated purpose to the Trust’s objectives and the clarity of this statement are essential in the evaluation of the application;
  3. A brief biographical sketch, including a statement of academic qualifications;
  4. Two reference letters in support of the application. Additional materials may be supplied at the discretion of the applicant only if relevant to the application and if such materials provide information not already included in items 1-4. Three copies of the complete application document must be supplied for distribution to the Grants Committee.

Deadline for Applications:

Applications must be received no later than March 14, 2011. Successful applicants will be notified no later than May 2, 2011.

Address for Submission of Applications:

Two copies of the application documentation should be forwarded to:

Bonnie Lawlor,
CSA Trust Grant Committee Chair
276 Upper Gulph Road
Radnor, PA 19087, USA

If you wish to enter your application by e-mail, please contact Bonnie Lawlor at blawlor@nfais.org prior to submission so that she can contact you if the e-mail does not arrive.

Bonnie Lawlor, Chair, CSA Trust Grant Committee

Technical Program

Technical Program Highlights

CINF Technical Program Highlights

ImageThe Spring National meeting in San Francisco was a great week not only because of the excellent location, but also because of the great technical programming. This meeting saw a record breaking 144 submissions, including 13 poster submissions to the CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence, 29 paper submissions to General Papers, and 7 submissions to the General Posters session (co-scheduled with COMP). We had a number of excellent symposia – and that’s not just me saying it! The rooms were packed and in some cases overflowing. Even General Papers, which traditionally does not have a very large audience, saw an appreciable crowd for Thursday programming.

The meeting kicked off with Sunday morning sessions on metabolomics, materials informatics, and faculty-librarian collaborations. Maciej Haranczyk and Berend Smit put together an excellent series of speakers focusing on cheminformatics methods to virtually screen materials for a variety of properties. There was an excellent discussion session and it appears that we will revisit the materials informatics topic in the future. Christoph Steinbeck put together a great, whole day symposium on various aspects of metabolomics, with an engaging keynote talk by Gary Suizdak. Judith Currano and Jeremy Garritano organized an excellent symposium on the role of collaborative relationships between faculty members and librarians and their impact on chemical education, that saw a packed room and lively discussion. After lunch, Roger Schenck chaired the Green Chemistry symposium, which was also the Best Presentation Award symposium.

Monday saw a variety of topics being covered. Maciej and Berend chaired the second session of the materials informatics symposium. The trio of Jean-Claude Bradley, Noel O’Boyle, and Andrew Lang put together a great set of talks, over three sessions starting on Monday, focusing on different aspects of visualization ranging from new graphical summaries of structure-activity relationship data to new tools for high performance (and very beautiful) molecular visualizations. On Monday as well, we saw Erja Kajosalo chairing the symposium titled “What Happened to My Library.”

The CINF-CSA Trust symposium on the future of scholarly publishing, organized by David Martinsen, Bill Town, and Wendy Warr extended over five sessions, starting on Monday afternoon. With a string of important developments in this area of the last few years, this symposium was perfectly timed and covered topics ranging from new business models and modern web-based technologies to article metrics and author tools. This symposium was well appreciated as suggested by the packed room.

On Wednesday Rachelle Bienstock chaired the Fragment Based Design Symposium. With a great set of speakers lined up, both the sessions in this symposium filled up the room, with audience members even sitting in the aisles, highlighting the relevance of this area of computational drug design.

Thursday ended with four sessions of General Papers, again covering an array of topics ranging from cheminformatics toolkits to recent developments in databases and platforms for data exchange, discovery and analysis. My thanks to David Martinsen and Chuck Huber for chairing two of these sessions.

Overall, while I’m sure that the city of San Francisco itself was a great attraction, I like to think that CINF put together an excellent set of symposia and within them an excellent set of speakers. And it goes without saying that the program would not have come through without the outstanding efforts of the symposium organizers who did the actual hard work of putting together topics and speakers. I’d also like to point out that a number of organizers for this meeting were brand new and had not organized before. It’s great to see new faces joining in the fun of putting together programming for the Division. I would also like to thank the members of the Program Committee who have always played a critical role in the construction of the CINF technical program.

Rajarshi Guha, Chair, CINF Program Committee

ACS San Francisco Meeting: Hybrid Physical/Virtual Symposium

ACS San Francisco Meeting: Hybrid Physical/Virtual Symposium

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Bill Town and David Martinsen

At the ACS Meeting in San Francisco, Bill Town and I co-organized a symposium on the Future of Scholarly Communication. The symposium ended up attracting 32 speakers and ran for 2-1/2 days, divided into sections of Evolving Business Models, Towards Web 2.0, Application of Emerging Technologies, Authoring and Discovery Tools, and Peer Review and Impact Metrics. As part of the theme, we decided to try to run a hybrid symposium, with virtual attendance as well as physical attendance. In fact, one of the speakers decided to present remotely from Germany, rather than traveling to San Francisco. One of the goals of this experiment was to see how easy it would be for a non “event professional” to run such a session. How routine could such a hybrid meeting be to set up, to run, to participate in? Is this something that could be now, or in the near future, the norm for a scientific meeting?

The first question was what virtual meeting software to use. Possibilities considered were Skype, Second Life, Webex, GotoMeeting, and Adobe Connect Pro. Skype is free, and quite easy to set up and establish connections, but does not allow conference calls with more than 20 participants, and does not allow desktop sharing in conference calls. Second Life is also free, but requires a somewhat complex level of skill for each of the participants. Unless participants were already familiar and adept in traversing Second Life, it would have been difficult for them to navigate and participate in the meeting.

Of the three commercial virtual meeting platforms, Adobe Connect Pro was chosen because it runs cross platform, provides a video capability so remote attendees can see the speakers, is available through ACS Publications, and can accommodate up to 100 remote participants.

The second question was configuration of hardware and software for the session. In a few trial runs of remote meetings prior to the ACS meeting, we determined that it was best to have one computer dedicated to hosting the virtual session, and one or more additional computers for presentations. Because the ACS was also offering to record talks, pending speaker approval, they were providing a PC-based computer and encouraging speakers to use that computer for their presentations. Adobe Connect Pro was set up on that machine, with a user identified as a presenter. A Macintosh was also available, and set up as a second presenter. A third computer was set up to be the host machine.

The third question was how to provide the Internet access required for the three computers needed to run a remote meeting. The possibilities were to use the Moscone Center wifi or wired Internet. A 3G network hotspot card was considered, but rejected because of uncertain network access inside the convention center, and reduced bandwidth for running multiple computers over a single 3G access point. Although less expensive than wired Internet, the wifi was also rejected because in past experience in meetings in the Moscone Center, I had experienced very sketchy wifi service. At times, the wifi worked quite well. At other times, the network was almost unusable, with no connections available, or very slow connections. Wired Internet was chosen as the simplest, most reliable, and fastest. So how did it all work out? Well, there was some good and some bad.

Being a cautious person, I arrived before the Monday morning session to check out the Internet connections in the conference meeting room. The Scholarly Communication symposium wasn’t scheduled to begin until 1 pm, but I wanted to be safe. In fact, there were no Internet cables around, no router, nothing. Finding one of the ACS IT staff (Garcia Dolores), we discovered that the router and cables were actually beneath a chair in the very back of the room, with an Internet cable taped to the floor, connected to the Internet outlet in the back of the room. Not a very big help to the presenters up front. We got in touch with the appropriate staff and arranged to meet them in the conference room at 11:45am, when the morning session ended. Sure enough, they came and installed the router and connected the wires up in the front at that time, turned on one computer, verified that the Internet was working, and left. When we tried to connect up the two other computers, no Internet. Turns out that although three connections had been ordered, the configuration was set to assign only one IP address. We finally got the network people back and got the other computers connected by about 1:05pm, missing the opening remarks but in time for the first speaker.

Because of the scramble to get the connections working, Phillip Ruiz of ACS Publications, our Adobe Connect Pro expert and my mentor in this exercise, ended up hosting this session from his laptop with a 3G network card. As far as we could tell, everything worked fine for the speakers and for the remote attendees. The only improvement to this configuration was to see if we could get a feed from the microphone in the room directly to the mic input on the host computer. In this session, the host computer picked up the audio from the room speakers. The audio could be heard by the remote attendees, but was not the best sound quality.

So, the Tuesday morning, I arrived about 7:30 am to ask the audio people if they could provide an audio feed to my computer. We started about 7:45, and were almost ready to give up when at 8:10 am, 5 minutes before the start, we got the audio feed into the mic input working. This provided much better audio quality for the remote attendees. But it was still a little nerve racking getting the remote participants online with only a couple of minutes to spare.

Given all of this experience, the third day should have gone smoothly, right? Well, there were some new challenges. On Wednesday, two of the morning speakers and one of the afternoon speakers chose to use their own computers. They were running software applications which weren’t installed on the presentation computers. So we needed to swap their computers in on the fly, start up Adobe Connect Pro (installing a plug-in in the process), and make them presenters. This went smoothly, if a little time consuming, except for one speaker who had a 64-bit PC. The Adobe Connect Pro plug-in could not be installed. For the remote attendees, that meant his talk was audio only. One of the speakers wanted to play a movie, with sound, which resulted in piercing feedback. We stopped the sound, and the speaker simply described what was happening in his video. The remote presenter was speaking on Wednesday afternoon. Given the audio feedback problem in the morning, we were a little concerned about how the afternoon speaker would sound. However, that presentation worked fine. The remote attendees heard the audio directly from the remote presenter. The onsite audience heard the amplified audio from one of the conference room computers, becoming in effect remote attendees of the presentation in Germany. The critical setting in eliminating the audio feedback loop was that the conference computer was set to mute, so it wasn't sending a signal back to the Adobe Connect meeting.

Still, the third day wasn't without glitches. The technical staff came and swapped in a new router just after noon, and we spent an anxious lunch hour trying to restore Internet access. Again, just at the last minute, we got Internet access back. It turned out that the hard-wired Internet wasn't so reliable after all. Surprisingly, though, everything came together when it needed to, and there was minimal interruption to the on-site and remote attendees. One interesting glitch surfaced when the remote speaker tried to upload a presentation while the earlier speaker was in the middle of her talk. That operation took over the shared screen from the presenter, so remote attendees could only see the upload taking place. As host, I couldn't revoke the remote speaker's privileges to get the current speaker back on line. But that was eventually resolved.

So are we ready for large scale virtual meetings, or hybrid meetings, of this type? I think we are close, but not quite there. If I were doing this over again, I would ask each of the speakers who intended to use their own computer to go to the Adobe Connect Pro test site and get the plug-in installed ahead of time, reducing the setup time during the change of speakers. With regard to network connections, it would be ideal if each speaker had been connected via the virtual meeting software during the session, so he or she would just need to come up to the front of the room, and become "presenter" in the virtual meeting. That would have required the use of the presumably less reliable wifi. In effect, every presenter would have been treated as a remote presenter, even if he or she were physically present in the room. In some ways, having to swap speakers and computers simultaneously is what caused some of the logistical problems. With all speakers connected to the Internet, and connected to the Adobe Connect Pro session, and the host just handing off presentation rights, the control of the session could have been easier.

One interesting discovery is that the iPhone app for Adobe Connect Pro makes quite a nice monitoring device. You can see the slides, view the attendee list, see the video feed of the speaker, and listen to the audio. Thinking of the possibilities, one could be attending one session in person, and a second session via virtual meeting technology, and through this multi-tasking, take in more of the conference.

Although 35 people had expressed interest, we ended up having a total of 20 different people participate remotely, with a maximum of 12 at a given time. Two of these had been at the symposium on Monday and/or Tuesday, but had planned to return home on Tuesday evening. ACS had agreed as a pilot to allow remote attendance at no charge. All in all, feedback has indicated a successful pilot. CINF will be working with ACS to determine how and when this could be used in the future.

We wish to thank the CSA Trust for their co-sponsorship of the symposium, as well as our financial supporters, Elsevier/Reaxys, the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, and CambridgeSoft, for Internet connections and speaker travel.

David Martinsen, Member, CINF Program Committee

Electronic Dissemination of Meeting Content

Electronic Dissemination of Meeting Content

In 2010, the ACS Board Committee on Professional and Member Relations (P&MR) established a Task Force on the Electronic Dissemination of Meeting Content (EDMC). The group’s charge is to make recommendations regarding policies for the Society’s efforts to make meeting content available online. The EDMC Task Force held its first meeting on March 5 - 6, 2010 in Washington, DC. Some of the preliminary findings emerging from that meeting are as follows:

  • ACS expects to record and post 300 presentations from each of the two national meetings that will be held in 2010. That number will increase in 2011 to be in the range of 300 - 500 presentations per national meeting.
  • The San Francisco online content will be accessible for registrants of that meeting on April 16, 2010 and will be accessible to all ACS members on April 30, 2010 at http://www.softconference.com/ACSchem/am.asp.
  • ACS is tentatively planning to focus on meeting online content as a member benefit that would be made available to non-members for a fee. This may begin as early as with the content that is posted from the Fall National meeting scheduled for Boston later this year.
  • The Task Force is working on a way to identify the 300 - 500 presentations for online posting that will permit both the larger Society’s interests to be achieved, as well as those of the individual Divisions. It is important that both groups have input into the meeting content that ultimately gets posted online.
  • The Task Force is working on developing a number of policy recommendations for ACS governance review and input, and expects to distribute those recommendations before the end of 2010.
  • All questions, concerns and comments should be directed to the EDMC Task Force Chair, Kevin Edgar at kjedgar@vt.edu.

Bonnie Lawlor, CINF Councilor, Member, EDMC Task Force

Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group

Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group

ImageThe structure of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is perfectly suited to organizing and delivering field-specific information through its divisions. This approach works well for scientists who care about subject matter contained in only one division. However, more and more scientists are interested in multidisciplinary subjects, such as nanotechnology, biotech, sustainability, energy, etc. that cross over two or more divisions.

In order for ACS Divisions to more completely meet the information and professional development needs of multidisciplinary scientists and at the same time increase the relevance of Divisions, ACS through The Divisional Activities Committee (DAC), established MPPG in 2007.

This group, presently a sub-committee of DAC, is charged with selecting themes and planning Society-wide thematic and multidisciplinary programming for ACS National Meetings in close collaboration with ACS divisions. MPPG consists of one representative each from all ACS technical Divisions and six Society program committees most heavily involved in program planning: Divisional Activities Committee (DAC), Committee on Science (ComSci), Committee of Environmental Improvements (CEI), International Activities Committee (IAC), Biotechnology Secretariat (BTEC), and Meetings and Expositions Committee (M&E). The work of MPPG is supported by ACS staff and at least one staff liaison. The representatives take part in the discussions of any of the five subcommittees of MPPG (alternate formats, budget, communications, metrics, and thematic programming). In 2009 MPPG established an Executive Committee consisting of present, past and future chairs, and the chairs of all five subcommittees.

MPPG is working closely and in a timely fashion with the Divisions to develop themes for each ACS National Meeting and to suggest theme organizers. Input from the Divisions is critical to the success of thematic programming. After a potential theme for a given National Meeting has been developed by MPPG, Divisions will be informed about the theme and asked for confirmation and any pertinent input. Divisions will be informed at least 24 months prior to a given meeting about the approved theme or modifications thereof to give Program Chairs sufficient time to align some of their programming with the theme. Divisions are not required to program within a scheme. However, by being part of MPPG, Divisions contribute to the discussions about potential themes, vote on suggested themes and are solicited to suggest future themes. Themes should reflect on the characteristics of the National Meeting site (e.g. Biotech in Boston, Green Chemistry in San Francisco), enhance topics that are strategic for the Society and consider past successful themes.

Once a theme has been approved, MPPG will identify and select organizer(s) for the theme. They will coordinate contributions of Divisions to the theme, work with Divisions to avoid conflicts between thematic program elements, recruit programming from Divisions as necessary, identify and recruit outstanding plenary speakers, and identify outreach events related to the theme. The organizer(s), who should have prominence in the thematic field, will work with ACS staff, MPPG and the office of the ACS President to help synchronize events and provide theme - supporting information which will be used for advertising the theme to ACS members and a broader public.

Starting at the Spring 2007 National Meeting in Chicago with the theme “Sustainability of Energy, Food and Water,” MPPG organized thematic programming at each of the subsequent National Meetings. The list of themes include: Biotechnology of Health and Wellness (Boston, F2007), Energy and the Environment (New Orleans, S2008), Chemistry for Health: Catalyzing Translational Research (Philadelphia, F2008), Nanoscience: Challenges for the Future (Salt Lake City, S2009), Chemistry and Global Security: Challenges and Opportunities (F2009, Washington, DC), and Chemistry for a Sustainable World (San Francisco, S2010). The last in particular was a great success with 23 Divisions, 6 ACS Committees, and the Green Chemistry Institute programming under the theme with 95 symposia, including a plenary session and a keynote address. Additionally, the program included a town hall meeting, and undergraduate and graduate programs.

Future confirmed themes are Chemistry for Combating and Prevention of Disease (Boston, F2010), Chemistry of Natural Resources (Anaheim, S2011), Chemistry of Air, Space and Water (Denver, F2011), and Chemistry of Life (San Diego, S2012). Some very interesting themes are already under discussion for subsequent meetings. MPPG is still a work in progress, but we have made large strides. The future looks bright as more and more Divisions realize the benefits of thematic programming to ACS National Meetings and their members.

Guenter Grethe, Chair, Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group

JCIM Golden Anniversary

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In 2010, the Journal of Chemical and Information Modeling (JCIM) celebrates its 50th anniversary. In January 1961, the first issue of Journal of Chemical Documentation was published. Later the journal was renamed Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences (JCICS) and then Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling (JCIM). Although the journal's name changed, its dedication to publishing high-quality research did not; JCIM’s 2008 ISI Impact Factor was 3.643 (8,444 total cites).

You can see a sample issue of the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling at http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jcisd8/50/1.

To observe this landmark event, ACS has created an anniversary website, featuring the 50 most-cited articles, memorable editorials, and perspectives, and biographies of editors past and present.

The anniversary website will also include information on the 50th Anniversary JCIM Symposium and Reception, which will be held at the 240th ACS National Meeting and Exposition in Boston in August. The 50th Anniversary Reception will be held on Sunday, August 22, 2010. The JCIM Symposium will be held on Monday, August 23, 2010. Confirmed symposium speakers include:

  • Dmitris Agrafiotis
  • Elizabeth Amin
  • Jürgen Bajorath
  • Johnny Gasteiger
  • Val Gillet
  • Mike Gilson
  • Bobby Glen
  • Peter Johnson
  • Bill Milne
  • Tudor Oprea
  • Alex Tropsha
  • Peter Willett

The website will be updated as more details about the symposium, reception, and other anniversary events become available.

CINF thanks ACS for its generous sponsorship of the Division’s symposium on The Future of Scholarly Communication at the San Francisco meeting, in honor of the journal’s golden anniversary.

Wendy A. Warr, Associate Editior, JCIM

Book Review Column

As outlined in the previous issue of the eCIB, we will now be publishing book reviews of interest to the chemical information field and related topics. The previous issue also featured the first review. The impetus to begin this service was the decision by the Editor of the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling (JCIM) to no longer solicit and publish book reviews. Several of us believe that books on chemical information are not dead nor even moribund so we’ll take up the banner. The fact that the eCIB should have an even broader circulation than the print CIB makes our decision even more valid.

This new feature presents several opportunities for the eCIB readership. Not only will we be soliciting reviewers for books we’ve received, but we encourage you to recommend new titles as candidates for review, either by yourself or by others. In addition to chemical information, chemical informatics, history of chemistry, careers in chemistry, writing and publishing in chemistry, chemical regulation, and patents are potentially of interest. I’ve been in contact with several publishers and they seem happy to work with us and provide gratis review copies.

The former book review editor for JCIM, Greg Paris, suggested that we publish a column on book reviews in every issue whether or not we had a review to publish. Hence this introductory column. I should have another book review ready for the following issue and there’s another that’s been lurking in my in/out basket for some time. However, after that the pipeline is currently dry so please begin sending recommendations and offers to review to Bob Buntrock (buntrock16@myfairpoint.net). There’s no reason that we can’t publish more than one review per issue.

Bob Buntrock, Book Review Editor, eCIB

Future ACS Meetings

Schedule of Future ACS National Meetings

Number Year Dates Location
240th Fall 2010 August 22-26 Boston, Massachusetts
241st Spring 2011 March 27-31 Anaheim, California
242nd Fall 2011 August 28 - September 1 Denver, Colorado
243rd Spring 2012 March 25-29 San Diego, California
244th Fall 2012 August 19-23 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
245th Spring 2013 April 7-11 New Orleans, Louisiana

 

 

Committee Reports

Innovative Project: XCITR

XCITR - eXplore Chemical Information Teaching Resources

http://www.xcitr.org/xcitr1/

ImageXCITR is a repository for exploring and sharing chemical information teaching resources. Register today and contribute materials that you have produced for sharing with others.

One of the critical issues in chemical information involves the availability and distribution of instructional material. The intensive needs of users of electronic chemical information have made it very difficult for instructors to cope with the large variety of available data sources containing increasingly vast amounts of data and many different searching tools and user interfaces. Available resources for teaching materials are also widely scattered.

As a successor to the Clearinghouse for Chemical Information Instructional Materials created by Gary Wiggins at Indiana University in the mid-1980’s, XCITR (Explore Chemical Information Teaching Resources) was developed to meet the need for an international repository of chemical information educational material. XCITR is intended not only for librarians and instructors in chemical information, but also for chemistry professors, instructors in other disciplines related to chemistry, information specialists, students, high school teachers, and even technical writers. XCITR is a hub in which librarians, instructors and information providers can deposit and access important and useful teaching materials. Educational materials about library services and collections are also welcome.

Teaching materials in XCITR can be used for free and, if the author permits, modified according to individual needs. To help insure that items deposited fall within the scope of the collection, an editorial board will briefly review all depositions before they are made publicly available in XCITR. We invite you to register (http://www.xcitr.org/xcitr1/contact) and contribute materials that you have produced for sharing with others.

XCITR is a collaborative project between the Computer-Information-Chemistry (CIC) Division of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) of the American Chemical Society (ACS). XCITR is hosted by FIZ Chemie Berlin, Germany.

Guenter Grethe, Renê Deplanque, Andrea Twiss-Brooks, and Grace Baysinger

Careers Vignette

ImageThe Careers Committee has had one major project this year - an Innovation grant to create video vignettes of people in alternative careers to lab chemistry. During the Salt Lake City meeting in 2009, I did 6 interviews and in San Francisco, in March 2010, I did 8 more with the help of some committee members and friends. There are also about 4 or 5 to do at my workplace in Toronto. These will all be processed into a series of 5 - 10 minute videos to be posted online and loaded onto CDs to be sent out to careers centers in universities.

Our committee members have been doing presentations to schools and various groups on career alternatives, Lisa Balbes has done many different sessions in the last year and Bob Buntrock has done a number of sessions in the Northeast.

Patricia Meindl, Chair, CINF Careers Committee

Communications & Publications

Report of the CINF Communications & Publications Committee

As you will notice, with approval from the CINF Executive Committee at the Spring ACS meeting in San Francisco, we have changed the name of the committee to reflect more accurately the activities of the committee. The committee continues to expand and we welcome new members - Sara Rouhi, Danielle Dennie and Olivia Bautista Sparks.

Bryan Vickery, at my invitation, joined us for the committee meeting and we had a useful discussion about new technologies for developing and supporting websites. Bryan has offered to write some notes on this topic.

There was a general feeling that we needed to move toward a system in which sections of the website could be ‘owned’ and maintained by different CINF groups and committees. This particular discussion had started in the CINF Long Range Planning meeting and continued after the committee meeting during the CINF Executive Committee meeting.

It was suggested that we explore ACS Network and the related CINF group started by Sue Cardinal as a method for sharing and jointly developing documents. Some limited experiments have been carried out since the meeting and it seems to meet this purpose well. We should aim to move from SharePoint to this new resource.

Svetlana Korolev has volunteered to act as editor of the next issue of eCIB (this one) and Svetla Baykoucheva will edit issue 3 before the Fall ACS meeting.

Bill Town, Chair, CINF Communications and Publications Committee

Membership

Report of the CINF Membership Committee

ImageI want to thank all of you who have encouraged people to join CINF. We consistently have new members join each month and we welcome them through a special email. If you know of anyone who would like to join, our current brochure is on the web site (pdf)

Each month as I check the list for new members, I am amazed at the diversity within our division. The Demographics Report that comes with our membership list indicates the numbers within each of the following categories: member type, age, gender, years of service, ethnicity, geographical breakdown, highest degree received, highest chemistry degree received, highest non-chemistry degree, industry and job title. I pulled a few to share with all of you in hopes they might be interesting in general or helpful as you plan activities for CINF. The numbers may be a little skewed because not everyone answers each question on their membership form.

Membership tidbits:

  • The largest number and percentage for the 5 year AGE group is the 51-55 category followed by the 46-50 and then the 71+.
  • Men outnumber women by almost 2 to 1.
  • 20% reside outside the United States
  • 76+ % have a degree in chemistry
  • 76% regular members (does not include regular student members)
  • 6% student members
  • Our top two industry groups consist of manufacturer (36%) and four year University/College ranking 17%
  • Job Title breakdown highest percentage is chemist/metallurgist at 14.5% with research manager close second at 12%

Our membership count for the end of March 2010 is 1109.

Jan Carver, Chair, CINF Membership Committee

ACS Council Meeting

Report from the ACS Council Meeting held on March 24, 2010

The Council of the American Chemical Society met in San Francisco, CA on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 from 8:00am until approximately 12:10pm in the Yerba Buena Salons 9-15 of the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The meeting opened with a moment of silence in respect for the Councilors who have passed away since the last Council meeting. The minutes of the Council meeting held in Washington, DC in August 2009 were approved and Dr. Thomas Gilbert was confirmed as the Vice-Chair of the Council. Additional key items from the meeting are as follows:

Nominations and Elections

President-Elect: The Committee on Nominations & Elections (N&E) had identified four nominees for the office of 2011 ACS President-Elect. However, on February 3rd one nominee withdrew for personal reasons. N&E attempted to identify a fourth nominee, but was unable to find anyone who could accept and get employer permission within the time constraints involved. As a result only three nominees participated in the Town Hall meeting held on Sunday, March 21st and presented at the Council meeting. These were Luis A. Echegoyen, John P. Fackler, Jr. and Bassam Z. Shakhashiri. By electronic ballot, the Council selected Luis A. Echegoyen and Bassam Z. Shakhashiri as the candidates for 2011 President-Elect. The names of these two candidates, along with the names of any candidates selected via petitions, will be placed on the ballot for the Fall National election.

The Committee on Nominations and Elections announced the results of the election to select candidates from the list of nominees to represent District II and District IV on the Board of Directors for the term 2011-2013. Nominees for District II included: George M. Bodner, Andrew D. Jorgensen, V. Michael Mautino, and Joseph R. Peterson. Nominees for District IV included John W. Finley, Larry K. Krannich, Will E. Lynch, and Ingrid Montes. By mail ballot, the Councilors from these districts selected George M. Bodner and Joseph R. Peterson as District II candidates; and Larry K. Krannich and Will E. Lynch as District IV candidates. Ballots will be mailed on or before October 10th to all members in District II and District IV for election of a Director from each District.

And finally, The Committee on Nominations and Elections announced the selection of the following candidates for Directors-at-Large for a 2011 - 2013 term: Janan M. Hayes, Robert L. Lichter, Kathleen M. Schulz, and Kent J. Voorhees. The election of two Directors-at-Large will be conducted in the fall. Ballots will be mailed to the Council on or before October 10th.

ACS Dues for 2011

Council voted to approve the recommendation from the Committee on Budget and Finance to increase the 2011 membership dues from $145 to $146. The increases to ACS dues are based upon an escalator defined in the ACS Bylaws (Bylaw XII, Section 3,a). The dues are calculated by multiplying the base (current) rate “by a factor which is the ratio of the revised Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (Service Category) for the second year previous to the dues year to the value of the index for the third year previous to the dues year, as published by the United States Department of Labor, with the fractional dollar amounts rounded to the nearest whole dollar”.

Base rate 2010: $145.00

Change in the Consumer Price Index, Urban Wage Earners, Services Category:

  • December 2009 CPI-W Services: 254.519
  • December 2008 CPI-W Services: 252.176
  • Change in CPI-W Index: 0.929%

2011 Dues, fully escalated: $145.00 x 1.00929 = $146.35

2011 Dues, Rounded: $146.00

Spring National Meeting Attendance Report

As of March 24, 2010, the ACS Spring National Meeting had attracted 18,076 registrants as follows: Regular attendees, 9,715; Students, 5,705; Exhibitors, 1,219; Exposition only, 923; and Guests, 514. This was a much better turnout than for the Spring 2009 National Meeting in Salt Lake City that drew approximately 10,668 attendees.

It was reported that the 2014 Spring National Meeting scheduled to take place in Washington, DC will be moved to Dallas, Texas due to a potential shortage of rooms in DC at that time (Congress will still be in session and the dates may coincide with the Cherry Blossom Festival). The national meetings scheduled for 2020 will be held in Philadelphia (Spring) and San Francisco (Fall).

Job Fair at National Meeting

At this meeting in San Francisco there were 1,018 members seeking employment. Only 40 potential employers were present having a total of 116 positions available. Career information and information for unemployed ACS members can be found at http://www.acs.org/careers and http://www.acs.org/unemployed .

ACS Membership Statistics

ACS membership grew by almost 8K in 2009 for at the close of the year. Society membership totaled 161,783 compared to 154,024 for year-end 2008. The number of new membership applications received last year was the highest ever. The 2009 number also reflects the transition of 6,658 former Student Affiliates to the new student member category in June 2009 and the recruitment of 6,341 new student member undergraduates.

Local Section Allotment Calculator

The Committee on Local Section Activities recommended that the current formula for determining allotments to local sections be continued for another three years. Council VOTED to approve the recommendation.

The Society's Finances

The Committee on Budget and Finance (B&F) reported that the Society’s total 2009 revenue ($460 million) was up +1% from 2008, but fell short of the 2009 approved budget by $19.5 million or 4.1%. Fortunately, the revenue shortfall was fully anticipated in early 2009. Therefore, contingency planning actions and cost containment initiatives were implemented across the Society, resulting in expense savings totaling $22.5 million. Significant reductions were realized in salaries and fringe benefits, and in discretionary accounts such as travel, training, and professional services. As a result, the Society’s Net Return from Operations was $13.7 million, or $3.0 million greater than anticipated in the 2009 Approved Budget.

Unrestricted Net Assets rebounded in 2009 to approximately $124 million, from a previous $60 million at the end of 2008. The significant increase can be attributed to the favorable operating results, investment gains, and a net reduction in the Society’s post-retirement benefit plan liabilities. The Society ended the year in compliance with four of the five Board-established financial guidelines. The Fund Balance Ratio Guideline, which measures the adequacy of the Society’s unrestricted net assets, was not met. The financial outlook for 2010 is better, and ACS management expects the Society to meet the 2010 approved budget.

The slides from the B&F presentation are available on the ACS website. The 2009 Auditor’s report can be found on the ACS website.

Executive Director’s Report

Madeleine Jacobs, ACS Executive Director, reported that ACS is developing a Technology Trends Roadmap to ensure that ACS is prepared for such trends. CAS has several technology projects in the works and accelerated development for its products; for example, SciFinder will have had three new releases in just six months and mobile access is now available. (note: Chris McCue, CAS Vice President, Marketing, gave a presentation on CAS innovations at the 2010 NFAIS Annual Conference. View the slides at CAS website. (PDF)

Madeleine also reported that the ACS network now has more than 23K members. If you have not joined, you can sign up here.

Bylaw Changes for Action

There were three Bylaw changes on the agenda for Council Action:

Petition on Admissions Committee

In the report of the Summit on ACS Committee Structure of July 2007, the Committee on Committees (ConC) was asked to remove the Admissions Committee from the Bylaws and to transfer those functions to the Committee on Membership Affairs. This petition responds to those requests. The procedure raised a problem with respect to appeal of admission decisions which had been assigned to the Committee on Membership Affairs. The appeal function has been transferred to the Council Policy Committee. The change will not have any financial impact on the Society. The Council VOTED to approve the Petition on Admissions Committee.

The Board of Directors will vote within 90 days on whether to ratify the Petition on Admissions Committee.

Petition on Candidate Selection by Member Petition

The purpose of this petition is to ensure that those entitled to vote in an election also have the right to nominate, under appropriate conditions, candidates to stand for election without any further screening in addition to candidates nominated by any other means. This was positioned as an “urgent petition” to counter act a petition being put forth by the Committee on Nominations and Elections that would ensure that all candidates go through the same vetting process (i.e. approval of Council). This petition has no impact on the finances of the Society.

There was considerable discussion on this issue. It was noted that the current bylaws allow petition candidates to stand for election without any further screening by Council. However, those who put forth the petition want this restriction placed in the ACS constitution - not the bylaws- in order to make it more difficult to change in the future.

After considerable debate, a motion to approve the Petition on Candidate Selection by Member Petition FAILED. The vote was 53% against and 47% in favor. The closeness of the results generated additional debate and voting (and lots of confusion!), but in the end the petition FAILED to carry.

Petition on Election Timelines

Councilors and candidates have asked the Committee on Nominations and Elections (N&E) to change the timing of the national election process. The process, from the time of being asked by N&E to run for election and the time of the election, is long and candidates complain. They also complain about the actual “campaign” time that begins one month after the Spring National meeting and runs until the ballots are counted in November. The proposed timeframe will make the campaign process less onerous and allow full participation of candidates in the Council review process. With this change, N&E would submit the names of nominees by March 1 rather than by January 15. Petition candidates would be identified by June 15 rather than July 15. Council would select candidates for President-elect at a meeting to be held no later than October 1 (rather than May 1). The selection would no longer be limited to two candidates, but would be limited to half of the number of nominees (the sum of those chosen by N&E and by member petitioners). If an odd number of nominees is on the Council ballot, then the number of candidates to be selected to the next higher integer.

N&E has done surveys of Councilors and Members, beginning in 2004 and all results have been consistent in asking for refinement of the election process. This petition has no impact on the finances of the Society.

The Council also thoroughly debated the merits of this petition and the motion to approve it FAILED.

Bylaw Changes for Consideration

There were three petitions up for consideration only.

Petition on International Chemical Sciences Chapters

The objective of this petition is to allow for travel subsidy for the Chair or Chair-Elect of an International Chemical Sciences Chapter to attend governance meetings under the same conditions as provided for Local Sections and Divisional Councilors to attend Council meetings. The base will be twice the amount allotted for a Councilor (due to the distances traveled). The financial implications of this petition are still being assessed.

Petition on President-Elect Eligibility

The objective of this petition is to codify the long-standing practice of alternating Presidents from academic and non-academic backgrounds. It applies to both nominees (selected by N&E or by Councilor petition) and candidates selected by member petitions/ (note: “academia” consists of institutions that are degree-granting). The financial implications of this petition are still being assessed.

Petition on Recorded Votes

The objective of this petition is to allow Council votes to be recorded by audience response devices (clickers) and not be limited to written votes. It eliminates the time required for a manual counting of hand-written votes. The information stored in the voting system would be subsequently retrieved and printed, showing the recorded vote of each Councilor as prescribed by the Bylaws. The financial implications of this petition are still being assessed.

All three petitions will be up for Council vote at the Fall National Meeting in Boston tin August 2010.

ACTIONS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Committee Actions

The Board received reports from its Executive Committee, Committee on Grants and Awards (G&A), and Committee on Planning.

The Executive Committee closely examined its role and that of the Planning Committee, and concluded that both committees add value and are important to the overall work of the Board of Directors.

The Committee on Grants and Awards presented the Board with a screened list of nominees for the 2011 Priestley Medal, the Volunteer Service Award, and the Parsons Award. The Board agreed to review the screened list and announce the winners of these three awards after its June meeting.

The Board’s Committee on Planning met with the Board in executive session. At that point, the Board Chair announced that the Board of Directors had VOTED to grant full voting rights on the Planning Committee to the chairs of the Committees on Local Section Activities and Divisional Activities. (CPC & B&F already vote.) The committee and the Board then discussed the results of an external environmental scan and offered suggestions that could be used to refine the Society’s Strategic Plan for 2011 and Beyond. The committee and the Board also reviewed the committee’s role and considered some modifications to its charge and to its frequency of meetings.

Presidential Task Force on Diversity Reports

The Board received a report from the President’s Task Force on Diversity Reports. The task force was charged with assessing the recommendations from the diversity workshop reports in the context of current efforts and committees of the Society, and developing a road map for the implementation of the recommendations. The task force also urged that the ACS move into a leadership role in promoting the education, professional development, and inclusion and equity of present and future generations of chemical professionals that reflect the diversity of America. The Presidential succession and the full Board VOTED to refer the task force report to the Board Standing Committee on Professional and Member Relations for prioritization, assignment of accountability, and development of implementation timelines, and discharged the task force with sincere thanks for its excellent work.

The Executive Director/CEO Report

The Executive Director/CEO, along with several of her direct reports, updated the Board on the activities of Chemical Abstracts Service, the Publications Division, and the Society’s General Counsel. As a follow-up, the Board VOTED to approve a new appointment and three reappointments of journal editors.

On the recommendation of the ACS Governing Board for Publishing, the Board VOTED to accept a recommendation to authorize an additional member position on the Governing Board whenever additional expertise or perspective would help it execute its duties.

Compensation of Society Staff

On the recommendation of the Committee on Executive Compensation, the Board VOTED to approve several actions relative to compensation for the Society’s Executive staff. The compensation of the Society’s executive staff receives regular review from the Board.

Other Society Issues

The Board was briefed by its working group monitoring 2010 Board Logistical Training. This plan, which currently includes four broad topic areas, is designed to enhance overall Board effectiveness. The Board also received reports from several international guests representing the following scientific societies: Brazilian Chemical Society, the Chemical Society for Canada, the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

Bonnie Lawlor and Andrea Twiss-Brooks, CINF Councilors

Social Events

Spring 2010 ACS National Meeting - Social Networking Events & Sponsored Symposia

The ACS Division of Chemical Information (CINF) hosts several social networking events at each ACS National Meeting and secures support for CINF symposia speakers to assure successful symposia and social gatherings. The Division would not be able to achieve these successes without our generous group of sponsors.

The CINF Sunday Welcoming Reception furnished attendees an opportunity to meet and network while enjoying appetizers and beverages sponsored by Bio-Rad Laboratories, InfoChem and Thieme Publishers. Approximately 150 CINF members and guests also had the opportunity to view the poster competition for the CINF Scholarships for Scientific Excellence and the $1,000 scholarship presentations to the two scholarship winners by sponsor Symyx Technologies.

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The traditional Harry’s Party was sponsored Monday evening in the Presidential Suite of the Palace Hotel by FIZ CHEMIE Berlin. About 80 friends of CINF, both old guard and new faces, crowded the suite shoulder-to-shoulder to enjoy some snacks, drinks and the company.

ImageThe CINF Tuesday Luncheon brought together 77 division fellows who were fortunate to hear a presentation by Randy Marcinko of Marcinko Enterprises, Inc. Randy Marcinko’s presentation “Profitable Publishing: My Journey from Edge Notch to Semantic Edge" (ppt) is available on the CINF website. Elsevier/Reaxys was very generous to support this key event.

ImageThe CINF Tuesday Reception was attended by at least 120 guests. Sponsored by Microsoft Research and Taylor & Francis Group, the event also provided Microsoft Research an opportunity to announce their new Chem4Word software and for attendees to network and enjoy the fare. The CINF Division would not be able to host these social networking events without the generous support of our sponsors to whom we extend our sincere thanks.

The Division was also very fortunate to have Agilent Technologies and Bio-Rad Laboratories sponsor speaker travel and refreshments for the CINF symposium, Metabolomics, and for the support of Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, CambridgeSoft, Elsevier and the Journal of Chemical Information & Modeling in supporting speakers at the CINF symposium, The Future of Scholarly Communication.

Graham Douglas, Chair, CINF Fundraising Committee

Sponsor Announcements

Chemistry Add-in for Word

Microsoft Research Chemistry Add-in for WordImage

Microsoft Research in partnership with the Unilever Centre for Molecular Science Informatics at the University of Cambridge introduced the Chemistry Add-in for Word at the spring 2010 ACS National Meeting.

Chem4Word makes it easier for students, chemists and researchers to insert and modify chemical information, such as labels, formulas and 2D depictions, from within Microsoft Office Word.

By using Chemical Markup Language (CML), the Chemistry Add-in for Word makes it possible not only to author chemical content in Word 2007 and the forthcoming 2010, but also to include the data behind those structures. The Chemistry Add-in and CML help make chemistry documents open, readable, and easily accessible to humans as well as other technologies. The Chemistry Add-in supports publishing and data-mining scenarios for authors, readers, publishers, and others throughout the chemical information community.

For more information and a free download, please visit http://research.microsoft.com/chem4word

CSD X-Press

Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre

ImageIs proud to announce the archiving of the 500,000th small molecule crystal structure to the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD)

CSD X-Press: Early Access to Newly Published Structures

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The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) is pleased to offer WebCSD users early access to newly published structures, processed automatically using our specialist in-house software. Our specially developed software attempts to determine the correct connectivity, resolve any structural disorder, generate a compound name and 2D diagram and extract additional textual information contained in the deposited CIF, automatically creating a CSD X-Press entry. The entries are flagged in WebCSD as 'Structure Pending' and each structure has an associated reliability score, indicating the confidence level of the automatic processing. New structures will be added to CSD X-Press on a continual basis as they are published or deposited as Private Communications and will evolve into full CSD entries following scientific editing. These editorial procedures will continue to ensure that structures are checked and validated by expert chemists and crystallographers, and further enriched with valuable chemical data. For more information, please contact Dr. Gary M Battle, Marketing and Communications Manager, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, battle@ccdc.cam.ac.uk

ICSYNTH

InfoChem's ICSYNTH

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InfoChem's ICSYNTH is a powerful synthesis planning software tool developed to facilitate the work of bench chemists.

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ICSYNTH helps giving answers to questions such as:

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InfoChem’s approach is based on the automatic generation of chemically meaningful precursors from accredited reaction databases. Using a link to the reaction literature, the user is able to validate the ICSYNTH suggestion, deciding if the proposed synthesis path is acceptable in terms of chemistry and reaction conditions.

For more information, please visit http://www.infochem.de/products/software/icsynth.shtml

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Chemisches Zentralblatt

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The aim of the project is building a structure searchable database, in order to offer a language independent search in such a relevant historical source.

For more information, please visit http://www.infochem.de/news/projectdisplay.shtml?czb.shtml

For more information, please contact Dr. Valentina Eigner-Pitto, Marketing & Sales, InfoChem GmbH, ve@infochem.de

Symyx Draw Upgrade

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Usability and platform enhancements provided by Symyx Draw 3.3 include:

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  • Upgraded name-to-structure features supporting generation of structures from names that incorporate stereochemical (R/S/E/Z) labels
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  • Compatibility with 64-bit operating systems.

To access the no-charge download of Symyx Draw 3.3 for academic and non-commercial personal use, visit www.symyx.com/getdraw.

For more information, please contact Dr. Keith T Taylor, Advisory Product Manager, Chemistry, Symyx Technologies Inc, keith.taylor@symyx.com

Science of Synthesis Upgrade

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This upgraded version means that 45 out of the 48 printed volumes are now available online. Over 14,000 new reactions and an additional 1,545 experimental procedures have been added to this release. There are currently a total of 252,000 reactions and more than 32,000 experimental procedures available.

For more information, please visit http://www.thieme.de/connect/en/services/press-release/tc_mar_30_10.html

Officers & Functionaries

Chair:
Ms. Carmen Nitsche
Symyx Technologies, Inc.
254 Rockhill Drive
San Antonio, TX 78209
510-589-3555 (mobile phone)
210-820-3459 (office and fax)
Carmen.Nitsche@symyx.com

Chair Elect:
Dr. Gregory Banik
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
Informatics Division
2 Penn Center Plaza, Suite 800
1500 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1721
267.322.6952(voice)
267.322.6953 (fax)
gregory_banik@bio-rad.com

Past Chair/Nominating Chair:
Ms. Svetlana Korolev
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
2311 E. Hartford Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211
414.229.5045(voice);
414.229.6791(fax)
skorolev@uwm.edu

Secretary:
Ms. Leah Solla
Cornell University
Physical Sciences Library
283 Clark Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-2501
607-255-1361 (voice)
607-255-5288 (fax)
lrm1@cornell.edu

Treasurer:
Ms. Meghan Lafferty
University of Minnesota
Science & Engineering Library
108 Walter Library
117 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis MN 55455
612.624.9399 (voice)
612.625.5583 (fax)
mlaffert@umn.edu

Councilor:
Ms. Bonnie Lawlor
National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS)
276 Upper Gulph Road Radnor, PA 19087-2400
215.893.1561 (voice) 215.893.1564 (fax)
blawlor@nfais.org

Councilor:
Ms. Andrea B. Twiss-Brooks
4824 S Dorchester Avenue, Apt 2
Chicago, IL 60615-2034
(773)702-8777 (voice)
(773)702-3317 (fax)
atbrooks@uchicago.edu

Alternate Councilor:
Mr. Charles F. Huber
University of California, Santa Barbara
Davidson Library Santa Barbara, CA 93106
805-893-2762 (voice) 805-893-8620 (fax)
huber@library.ucsb.edu

Alternate Councilor:
Dr. Guenter Grethe
352 Channing Way
Alameda, CA 94502-7409
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