CINF Social Networking Events

The Division of Chemical Information hosted a fantastic set of social networking events at the recent ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia. The division was fortunate to receive several generous contributions from our sponsors to foster successful symposia and social gatherings where division members and associates gather, mingle, commune and link. Please see event photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cinf or at the Division of Chemical Information group on the ACS Network.

The Science and the Law Symposium, co-hosted with the Division of Chemistry and the Law, was heavily attended and a great success on Sunday. Many thanks to Kilmorie Clarke for snacks and refreshments.

The CINF Welcoming Reception was supported by five helpful sponsors drawing a varied group of almost 100 chemical information devotees to enjoy the fare and conversation, and to inaugurate the Philadelphia meeting on Sunday. Many thanks to our host of supporters: Bio-Rad Laboratories, InfoChem, Optibrium, PerkinElmer, and ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. The CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence poster session at the Welcoming Reception provided $1,000 awards to three student winners by our generous scholarship sponsor, FIZ CHEMIE Berlin.  Please let your students and interns know about these prizes at http://www.acscinf.org/awards/sciexcel.php.

Harry’s Party, also hosted by FIZ CHEMIE Berlin on Monday evening, rejoined the chemical information cast in the Governor Suite at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center with great views of the Philadelphia Library and other sites. A crowd of comrades and acquaintances enjoyed excellent food and drink while renewing old friendships and building new rapport.

The CINF Tuesday Luncheon offered tasty fare and an engaging presentation to about 80 diners. Dr. William Brock spoke to The Case of the Poisonous Socks: Tales from Chemistry, a collection of anecdotes regarding chemistry and forensics. CINF thanks RSC Publishing for sponsoring this fun event again.

The Herman Skolnik Award Reception honoring Dr. Peter Murray-Rust & Prof. Henry Rzepa followed a well-attended Herman Skolnik Award Symposium and was visited by at least 100 division members and affiliates at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. The museum was open for viewing and the food and drink were well received.  It was fantastic to see the old and new faces enjoying a great celebration. No one wanted to leave. Many thanks for the support of our diverse group of co-sponsors: Imperial College, Microsoft Research, Schrodinger, Unilever and the Journal of Cheminformatics.

The CINF Division would not be able to host these social networking events without the generous support from all our sponsors to whom we extend our sincere thanks.

Graham Douglas, Chair, CINF Fundraising Committee