Letter from the Editor

Happy 65th anniversary Chemical Information Bulletin (CIB)!


San Francisco is a special landmark for our Division, as it is where CINF organized its first technical session at the 115th ACS National Meeting in March 1949. After the following fall meeting in Atlanta, the first issue of the Bulletin named “Chemical Literature” with a byline “News Bulletin of ACS Division of Chemical Literature” made its debut in November 1949. (Val Metanomski, Chemical Information Bulletin, Spring 2008, http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc5616/m1/10/; this image is the first cover page in color designed for the Fall 1998 issue of CIB). 

While the first bulletin was 5 pages long, this winter 2014 issue expands to its largest volume of information at 78 pages. Among its comprehensive content, this “anniversary issue“ features a number of other anniversaries, namely: 100 years of the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry (celebrated by ACS as part of its thematic program during the fall meeting in San Francisco, an overview was written by David Shobe), 100 years of Ullmann’s Encyclopedia (celebrated in 2014, a book review by Frank Weinreich), 100 volumes of the IUPAC Solubility Data Series (a symposium summary and information on the Subcommittee on Solubility and Equilibrium Data by Clara Magalhães), 50 years of work of Dana Roth at Caltech (a symposium summary honoring Dana’s milestone by Donna Wrublewski), 50th anniversary of Harry’s Party (celebrated by CINF in San Francisco, a feature was included in the previous issue http://bulletin.acscinf.org/node/626), the 10th International Conference on Chemical Structures and 10th German Conference on Chemoinfomratics (a summary from the Netherlands by Phil McHale).

Above all, the 2014 Herman Skolnik Award Symposium and Reception Honoring Engelbert Zass was a CINF keynote event in San Francisco. Wendy Warr spoke at the symposium and also wrote an outstanding technical report (20 pages with supplementary information and 20 references) for this issue of the Chemical Information Bulletin. Based on the nature of the presentations at this Award Symposium, someone may consider using Wendy’s “lecture notes” for studying the history of chemical information.

In addition to technical reports written traditionally by CINF symposium organizers, e.g. Rachelle Bienstock, David Martinsen, and Bill Town, this issue has also four stories written by “symposium reporters”: Elsa Alvaro, Phil McHale, Carmen Nitsche, and Donna Wrublewski. Many sincere thanks for their contributions to this issue.

Coincidentally, Elsa Alvaro is featured in this issue’s “Member Profile,” a new column introduced by Donna Wrublewski, incoming CINF 2015 Membership Chair. Carmen Nitsche and Belinda Hurley are praised for their outstanding line-up of CINF Webinar series in 2014. In this issue you will find all other committee updates on CINF Communications and Publications, Education, Membership, ACS Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group (Roger Schenck is a new CINF representative on MPPG), ACS Council, and Joint Board-Council Committee on CAS, and on Publications (with presentation slides by Brian Crawford), as well as new product announcements from our sponsors.

In conclusion, I would like to thank all writers for submitting their articles to this issue. I hope that you will benefit from the information.

Svetlana Korolev, Editor, Chemical Information Bulletin