Message from the Chair

ImageDear Colleagues,

The Fall 2010 ACS National Meeting is just around the corner. In this issue you will find all the information you need to organize your schedule in Boston. Early Saturday morning we begin our Division business meetings with long range planning followed by committee and executive meetings. On Sunday the CINF and COMP Divisions invite you to the Joint CINF/COMP Welcoming Reception and CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence Posters. ACS Publications is generously sponsoring the event, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling.

The Program Committee has assembled a terrific technical program for us. We will be awarding a Best Presentation award once again at this meeting, thanks to an ACS Innovation Grant. Papers presented at the Data Intensive Drug Discovery session, organized by John Van Drie on Sunday afternoon will be eligible, and the author of the winning paper will receive the award at the CINF Luncheon on Tuesday. We also are trying an experiment on Monday afternoon. The CINFlash session offers speakers a chance to present truly new research and results.

Tuesday will be dedicated to the Herman Skolnik awardee, our esteemed colleague Professor Anton Hopfinger. The all-day session is entitled “The Marriage, or at least Dating, of Molecular Simulation and Modeling with QSAR Analysis.” The celebration will be capped off with the Evening Reception at the Seaport Hotel.

Make sure you reserve your seat at the Tuesday CINF Luncheon (order your tickets when you register, or see me at the meeting). We have lined up the journalist and author Mike Capuzzo as our luncheon speaker. His first book, Close to Shore, was a non-fictional account of the first US shark attacks off the shores of New Jersey. He will be speaking about his latest book, The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases, due out August 10th.

In other Division news, I am pleased to report that CINF was granted a $5,000 innovation grant to work on web design of the eCIB (thanks to Bill Town for preparing the submission). This will help us as we consider the redesign of the entire CINF web presence. I can also report that we have submitted a grant proposal to support remote attendance/participation for our programming. To be more specific, we are requesting funds to allow live blogging and tweeting during our lightning sessions. Find out more about our current and future divisional activities by joining the CINF business meetings on Saturday.

I see that 37 CINF Division members have joined the CINF group on the ACS Network. I encourage all of you to sign up before the meeting, so that we can use the network as our primary division communication mechanism as well as reduce our web infrastructure costs. All committee reports will be posted there in the Documents area in the next few weeks.

See you in Boston!

Carmen Nitsche
Chair, ACS Division of Chemical Information