- Message from the Chair
- Letter from the Editor
- Assistant Editor's Column: Science and Popular Culture Part II
- ACS CINF Social Networking Events at the Fall ACS Meeting
- Awards and Scholarships
- Committee Reports
- Book Reviews
- Robert J. Massie, 1949-2015
- An Interview with Svetla Baykoucheva
- An Interview with Kitty Porter
- Notes From Our Sponsors
- Technical Program Listing
- Technical Program with Abstracts
- 2015 Officers and Functionaries
- Future ACS Meetings
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Notes From Our Sponsors
Division of Chemical Information Sponsors Fall 2015
The American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Information is very fortunate to receive generous financial support from our sponsors. Their support allows us to maintain the high quality of the Division’s programming, to promote communication between members at social functions at the ACS fall 2015 National Meeting in Boston, MA, and to support other divisional activities during the year, including scholarships to graduate students in chemical Information.
The Division gratefully acknowledges contributions from the following sponsors:
Gold ACS Publications
Journal of Cheminformatics (Springer)
Opportunities are available to sponsor Division of Chemical Information events, speakers, and material. Our sponsors are acknowledged on the CINF web site, in the Chemical Information Bulletin, on printed meeting materials, and at any events for which we use their contribution. For more information please review the sponsorship brochure at http://www.acscinf.org/PDF/CINF_Sponsorship_Brochure.pdf. Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information about supporting CINF.
Chair, Fundraising Committee
The RSC Historical Collection: a new digital archive
A brand new digital archive is now available from the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The Historical Collection brings together the most important works from our archives and features over 380,000 pages giving access to 500 years of scientific history, making it a fascinating and invaluable addition to any science library.
The Historical Collection includes:
Society Publications (1949–2012)
Browse copies of Chemistry in Britain from the ‘60s, Monographs for Teachers and Royal Institute of Chemistry lecture notes.
Society Minutes (1841–1966)
Explore the history of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Historical Books and Papers (1505–1991)
Access some of the oldest chemical science publications in existence and gain understanding of the key moments that shaped our current understanding of chemistry.
Access to the Historical Collection will give real insight into the history and development of science, an understanding that may help shape future discoveries.
Interested in gaining access to this wealth of information? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. With over 51,000 members and a knowledge business that spans the globe, we are the United Kingdom’s professional body for chemical scientists, supporting and representing our members and bringing together chemical scientists from all over the world.
A not-for-profit organization with a heritage that spans 170 years, we have an ambitious international vision for the future. Around the world, we invest in educating future generations of scientists. We raise and maintain standards. We partner with industry and academia, promoting collaboration and innovation. We advise Government on scientific policy. And we promote the talent, information and ideas that lead to great advances in science.
In a complex and changing world, chemistry and the chemical sciences are essential. They are vital in our everyday lives and will be vital in helping the world respond to some of its biggest challenges.
We’re working to shape the future of the chemical sciences, for the benefit of science and humanity.
Our global publishing business helps us to do just that. We publish more than 40 peer-reviewed journals, two magazines, and over 1,300 books, spanning analytical science, biological chemistry, catalysis, chemical biology & medicinal chemistry, energy, engineering, environmental science, food science, general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials science, nanoscience, organic chemistry and physical chemistry.
To find out more about our products and services, visit our website www.rsc.org/publishing
ACS Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars Office Highlights
Academic Employment Initiative (AEI) poster session (at SciMix) www.acs.org/aei. Faculty from departments that are currently searching for new faculty are highly encouraged to attend.
The ACS Graduate & Postdoctoral Chemist magazine www.acs.org/gradchemist
The ACS Preparing for Life After Graduate School program (www.acs.org/gradworkshop). A career development workshop from ACS.
This two-day workshop is designed to inform chemistry graduate students and postdocs about their career options and how to prepare for them:
Examining careers for PhD chemists
Describing careers in business and industry
Knowing critical non-technical skills
Finding employment opportunities.
Springer Chemistry News
Improved Impact Factors for Springer Chemistry open access journals
Journal of Cheminformatics has received its new improved 2014 Impact Factor of 4.55. There are also great articles published in the cross-journal Jean-Claude Bradley Memorial Series (http://bit.ly/JeanClaudeBradley)
Chemistry Central Journal latest Impact Factor is 2.19
Changing landscape of scientific publishing: Open access, open data, and more
Learn more during the talk of Springer publishing editor Charlotte Hollingworth on Monday, August 17, 2015, at 5:25 pm during the CINF session on “The Growing Impact of Openness in Chemistry: A Symposium in Honor of JC Bradley” (Room 103 - Boston Convention & Exhibition Center)
Learn even more by visiting the Springer booth # 649 at the ACS Fall exhibition, open Sunday: 6 – 8:30 PM, Monday and Tuesday 9AM – 5PM
Steffen Pauly, Editorial Director Chemistry
ORCID iD: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9768-9315
Optibrium and NextMove Software collaborate to introduce matched series analysis within StarDrop
Optibrium Ltd, is pleased to announce the launch of version 6.1 of its StarDrop platform to guide researchers in the design of high quality compounds in drug discovery. This latest release introduces the Mats and SAR transfer technology, developed by Dr. Roger Sayle and his team at NextMove Software Ltd. Based on matched molecular series analysis, these algorithms predict new chemical substitutions that are likely to improve target activity.
The addition of matched series analysis extends the capabilities of StarDrop’s Nova module that automatically generates and prioritizes novel compound ideas. Matched series analysis goes beyond conventional “matched pair analysis” by using data from longer series of matched compounds (and not just pairs) to make more relevant predictions for a particular chemical series. In addition, all predictions are backed by experimental results which can be viewed and assessed when considering the suggestions (J. Med. Chem., 2014, 57(6), 2704–2713). StarDrop’s unique capabilities for multi-parameter optimisation and predictive modeling enable efficient prioritization of the resulting ideas to identify high-quality compounds with the best chance of success.
Dr. Matthew Segall, Optibrium’s CEO, commented: “We are delighted to collaborate with NextMove Software, which has a proven track record of developing innovative informatics solutions for pharma companies worldwide. We are committed to working with NextMove to provide access to the leading compound optimization technologies through StarDrop’s unique environment that guides efficient discovery of novel, high quality drugs.”
Dr. Roger Sayle, CEO of NextMove Software added “We are excited to be working together with Optibrium and combining the Matsy technology with StarDrop’s intuitive interface for compound generation.”
PerkinElmer’s ChemDraw Software Marks 30-Year Milestone with Launch of Enhanced Solution
No. 1 Chemical Structure Drawing Tool Offers New Features for Chemistry and Biology Researchers
PerkinElmer, Inc., a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment, recently announced the launch of an enhanced version of its ChemDraw software. For more than 30 years, ChemDraw software has been the chemical structure drawing solution of choice for scientists. It allows for quick and accurate creation of publication-ready, chemically intelligent drawings for use in electronic laboratory notebooks, databases and publications, and for querying chemical databases.
Scientists across academia, government, pharmaceuticals, biotech, chemical processing, environmental, food & beverage, and oil production use ChemDraw software as their chemical structure drawing application. Key applications include: drug discovery, water and soil safety, creation of new food flavorings, environmental pollutant detection, industrial analysis, and review of by-products from oil residue.
“ChemDraw software has evolved from a desktop offering in 1985 to a best-in-class solution that can be integrated with our electronic lab notebook, cloud-based platform and data visualization tools, along with mobile devices for learning and sharing in the classroom,” said Karen Madden, President, Informatics, PerkinElmer. “Our informatics offerings help scientists capture, visualize, analyze, and convert their data into knowledge for better outcomes in human and environmental health.”
KEY FEATURES: Features of the enhanced ChemDraw software include:
Streamlined product packaging: ChemDraw Prime (complete entry-level version), ChemDraw Professional (full-featured, advanced version) and ChemOffice Professional (single, top-level product).
Support for MacOS 10.10 Yosemite and Apple Retina display: Mac customers using this operating system and Retina-enabled devices can now take advantage of ChemDraw software’s features and functionality.
Enhanced handling of advanced stereochemistry: to ensure that significant stereochemical information is retained when moving structural information in standard structure-data files (SDfiles) between applications.
Ability to search for compounds and reactions in the SciFinder database from the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) directly from within the ChemDraw software without time-consuming cutting and pasting.
ChemDraw software supports MAC and PC platforms and has a mobile version for use with iPad devices which features Flick-to-Share technology, enabling users to draw structures anywhere and share with colleagues and classmates. It is also embedded in PerkinElmer’s E-Notebook software, Elements platform, and Lead Discover software powered by the TIBCO Spotfire platform. ChemDraw software is also the standard drawing tool for submitting new chemical compounds to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and reviewing them.
PerkinElmer, Inc. is a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment. The Company reported revenue of approximately $2.2 billion in 2014, has about 7,700 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries, and is a component of the S&P 500 Index. Additional information is available through 1-877-PKI-NYSE, or at www.perkinelmer.com.
Thieme Chemistry Releases Science of Synthesis 4.1 with New Content and Enhanced Usability
Thieme Chemistry has announced Science of Synthesis (SOS) 4.1, the latest release of its unique full-text resource for methods and experimental procedures in synthetic organic chemistry. Available as of June, Science of Synthesis will include the latest Knowledge Updates and additions from the Reference Library – a total of approximately 1,650 printed pages of new material. An enhanced interface design and increased content linking through Digital Object Identifiers further enrich the user experience.
The latest release of Science of Synthesis will see the addition of SOS Knowledge Updates comprising approximately 500 printed pages. It includes an entirely new chapter on five-five-fused hetarenes featuring examples of more unusual selenium and tellurium systems. The use of supercritical carbon dioxide as a reaction medium for organic synthesis is another focus. These are only the latest in a continuous series of knowledge updates that follow proven editorial processes and strict criteria for method selection to ensure consistently high content quality. New content will frequently be added to the digital version, which continues to be the most up-to-date evaluated digital reference work available, reflecting the latest developments in synthetic methodology.
The available content from the Science of Synthesis Reference Library has also been expanded to include two new volumes comprising a total of 1,168 printed pages. C-1 Building Blocks in Organic Synthesis (2 vols.), edited by Piet W. N. M. van Leeuwen and written by 54 experts, reviews a wide range of reactions to form C—C bonds, including reactions involving catalytic methods, an area that has seen significant developments in recent years. The authoritative overview includes contributions on the first catalysts to enable the introduction of fluoromethyl groups in aromatics.
Science of Synthesis 4.1 also comes with an enhanced interface design that features book covers with zoom functionality to facilitate navigation and allow for a quick overview of volume editors. The linking to the primary literature through Digital Object Identifiers is increased to further enrich the user experience. The latest SOS version also includes a number of bug fixes and general software improvements to ensure smooth and stable product performance. Many of the suggested fixes arose after intensive discussions with the customer base worldwide (through WebEx sessions, company visits and international roadshows).
To get access to Science of Synthesis 4.1 or a free trial please visit: http://sos.thieme.com
For more information about Science of Synthesis please visit the Website at www.thieme-chemistry.com/sos/