Message from the Chair

ImageIt is a great honor to begin my tenure as Chair of the ACS Division of Chemical Information in 2011, the International Year of Chemistry. Yet while there is great excitement that comes with this momentous time for chemists worldwide, the continued malaise of the global economy engenders both uncertainty and hesitancy. It is in such uncertain times that participation in CINF makes all the more sense, whether it for networking to find a new job or honing one's skills to keep a current job.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of jobs are found through networking. Networking with colleagues in CINF and related ACS Divisions such as the Division of Computers in Chemistry (COMP) is a primary benefit of membership in CINF and attending of CINF events. The strong scientific programs that have been assembled by current CINF Program Chair Rachelle Bienstock and her predecessor Rajarshi Guha (CINF Chair Elect) provide another powerful reason to attend CINF meetings. Another significant reason to attend CINF events is that its members (present company excluded) are simply delightful human beings: dedicated, motivated, intelligent, charming, unpretentious, and interesting people.

If you have not been involved in CINF events, I urge you to do so. We start out with the Long Range Planning Meeting and breakfast on Saturday March 26th followed immediately by committee meetings until noon, a luncheon at noon, and the Executive Committee Meeting in the afternoon. There is a Welcoming Reception on Sunday, Harry’s Party on Monday, the CINF Luncheon on Tuesday followed by the CINF Reception Tuesday evening. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of these events (except for the Executive Committee Meeting).

Finally, I must thank all the recent CINF Chairs for their tremendous help and support: Dave Martinsen, Svetlana Korolev, and Carmen Nitsche are simply amazing. That said, I owe the biggest debt to Carmen, CINF Past Chair. Her dedication to CINF is truly inspiring, and her gracious help and guidance over the past year has been greatly appreciated.

I look forward to seeing you in Anaheim!

Warmest regards,

Gregory M. Banik, Ph.D., Chair
ACS Division of Chemical Information (CINF)