Committee Reports

CINF Education Committee

The CINF Education Committee met on Saturday, March 24, 2012, in San Diego, CA. The following items were discussed:

1. The committee reviewed its plans for current and future programming:

ACS National Meeting, San Diego: A symposium “Instructional Tools for Chemical Information” received eighteen submissions (one subsequently withdrawn) and was scheduled for morning and afternoon sessions on Sunday, March 25.Image

Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), Penn State University, July 29-August 2, 2012: The committee has organized a symposium “Before and After Lab,” consisting of ten presentations and two panel discussions.

ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, Fall 2012: Nothing specifically attached to the committee is scheduled. (Editor’s note: see other symposia below).

ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, Spring 2013: Symposia in the areas of interest to the Education Committee include: “What Chemists Need to Know about IP/Author Rights,” “Food Safety Information” (organizer: Andrea Twiss-Brooks), “Print Resources in the Electronic Era” (organizer: Grace Baysinger), “Library Spaces” (organizer: Andrea Twiss-Brooks), and “Public Chemistry Databases” (organizer: Antony Williams).

ACS National Meeting, Indianapolis, Fall 2013: Several possible symposium topics were proposed, including “Education for Cheminformatics” (suggested by the proximity of the Indiana University cheminformatics program, possible organizer: Jeremy Garritano), “Chemical Information for Small Teaching Colleges,” “Digital Archiving” (possible organizer: Andrea Twiss-Brooks), and a student-only session, whether poster or oral to be determined.

ACS National Meeting, Dallas, Spring 2014: Nothing planned at present.

Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) 2014 will be held at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI.  Ye Li (chemistry librarian at the University of Michigan) will be our local point person.  We plan to organize at least one symposium, but no topics were proposed.

ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, Fall 2014: The committee will organize something for this meeting, but further discussion was deferred to the Philadelphia meeting, where the theme for the San Francisco meeting will be announced.

2. Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates

The history of the document was reviewed.  Plans for future publicity (Special Libraries Association 2012, BCCE 2012) were discussed, as well as suggestions to publicize it to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the ACS Chemical Education Division (CHED).  The team who prepared it hopes to review it annually, and call for suggestions for new sections.

3. Information Competencies for Chemistry Graduate Students

After considerable discussion, it was decided that we would work on a single document, with one general section applying to all graduate students, and several sections focusing on specific areas of chemistry.  Among the topics we believed all graduate students needed familiarity with were: flow of information, scholarly communication (organization, copyright, open access, data management, mandates, ethics, titling publications, other publishing), searching techniques (including finding an expert in your field), staying up to date, patent literature, health and safety, finding commercial availability, impact metrics, grant process (e.g. PubMed Central IDs), and networking (professional organizations, social networking, mentoring and “chemical genealogies”).

Areas of chemistry meriting their own sections included: organic, inorganic and organometallic, physical chemistry/chemical physics, analytical, materials chemistry, polymer chemistry, nanoscience, biochemistry/biophysics/chemical biology.

4. Other topics

Grace Baysinger volunteered to fill the vice-chair (Assistant Chair) vacancy of the CINF Education Committee.  A vice-chair for 2013 will be selected at the Philadelphia meeting.  Terms for the current members were resolved.  We decided to hold at least one virtual meeting between San Diego and Philadelphia, the method (Skype, Google+) for which will be explored.

The chair will contact Richard Love about having recordings of past CINF symposia presentations archived on the CINF site after they pass off the main ACS page.

Chuck Huber, Chair, CINF Education Committee

Other Philadelphia Symposia

What You Need to Know About the New U.S. Patent Laws (SCHB)

Jeffrey Bergman, bergman@oshaliang.com
Carlyn Burton, burton@oshaliang.com

Mobile Devices, Augmented Reality, and the Mobile Classroom (DCHE)

Harry Pence, pencehe@oneonta.edu
Antony Williams, antony.williams@chemspider.com

Communicating Chemistry and Public Engagement: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of National Chemistry Week (PRES)

Bassam Shakhashiri, bassam@chem.wisc.edu

Chemistry Books Edited by E. F. Smith (HIST)

Ned Heindel, ndh0@lehigh.edu

Beyond the Bench: Non-Traditional Careers in Chemistry (CHAL)

Justin Hasford, justin.hasford@finnegan.com
Krista Bianco, krista.bianco@finnegan.com

Young Investigator Awardee Forum: Views on Hot Topics in Research (COMSCI)

Tina Nenoff, tmnenof@sandia.gov

 

Report from the ACS Council Meeting

The Council of the American Chemical Society met in San Diego, CA on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from 8:00am until approximately 12:00pm in the Marriott Hall of the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel.  It opened with a resolution and moment of silence for deceased Councilors, a vote to accept the minutes of the Council meeting held on August 31, 2011, and approval of interim action by the Council Policy Committee to elect Carolyn Ribes as its Vice Chair.  The highlights of the meeting are as follows:

Nominations and Elections

President-Elect: The Committee on Nominations & Elections (N&E) put forth for Council vote four nominees for the office of 2013 ACS President-Elect:  Thomas J. Barton, Luis A. Echegoyen, William A. Lester, Jr., and Barry M. Trost.  The four nominees answered questions at the Town Hall meeting that was held on Sunday, March 25th and each gave a three minute presentation at the Council meeting.  Council voted to select Thomas J. Barton and Luis A. Echegoyen as the final two candidates whose names will appear on the fall ballot.

Other Elections

The Committee on Nominations and Elections announced the list of nominees to represent District I and District V on the Board of Directors for the term 2013-2015.  Nominees for District I include Barbara J. Garrison, Thomas R. Gilbert, Neil D. Jespersen, and Julianne M. D. Smist.  Nominees for District V are John E. Adams, Frank D. Blum, Peter K. Dorhout, and Frankie K. Wood-Black. Ballots have been mailed to Councilors in the two districts.  The final ballots with two candidates for each district will be mailed on or before October 10 to all members in District I and District V for election of a Director from each District.

The Committee on Nominations and Elections also announced the selection of the following candidates for Director-at-Large for a 2013-2015 term: Carol A. Duane, Valerie J. Kuck, Bonnie Lawlor, and Ingrid Montes.  The election of two Directors-at-Large will be conducted in the fall.  Ballots will be mailed to the Council on or before October 10, 2012.

ACS Dues for 2013

Council voted to approve the recommendation from the Committee on Budget and Finance with regard to the 2013 membership dues (an increase of $3.00 - from $148 to $151).  The increases to ACS dues are based upon an escalator defined in the ACS Bylaws (Bylaw XII, Section 3,a).  The dues are calculated by multiplying the base (current) rate “by a factor which is the ratio of the revised Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (Service Category) for the second year previous to the dues year to the value of the index for the third year previous to the dues year, as published by the United States Department of Labor, with the fractional dollar amounts rounded to the nearest whole dollar”.

Base rate 2012: $148.00

Change in the Consumer Price Index, Urban Wage Earners, Services Category:

                        December 2011 CPI-W Services:       262.954

                        December 2010 CPI-W Services:       257.382

                        Change in CPI-W Index:                        2.16%

2013 Dues, fully escalated:       $148.00 x 1.0216 =    $151.20

2013 Dues, Rounded:                                                   $151.00

Report from the Committee on Budget & Finance

Despite the sluggish economy, ACS generated strong operating results in 2011.  Total revenue was $472.0 million, up +1.8% over 2010.  The Net from Operations was $20.9 million, or $7.7 million favorable to budget.  This result was attributable to better-than-expected performance by the ACS Publications Division and careful expense management across the Society.  While operating results were favorable, Unrestricted Net Assets declined from $130.5 million to $102 million.  The decline was primarily due to a sizable accounting charge related to the Society’s closed postretirement benefit plans.  ACS ended the year in compliance with four of the five Board-established financial guidelines.  The slides presented at the meeting can be accessed at: http://portal.acs.org/portal/PublicWebSite/about/governance/committees/budget/CNBP_029717.

Change in Committees

After a regular performance review, the Committee on Committees (ConC) put forth a recommendation for the continuation of Project SEED and Council approved.  The Committee on Project SEED sets policy for all Project SEED programs, including review of Project SEED I and II program applications for student research projects, funding decisions, and Project SEED college scholarship applications.

Approval of Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct

Council voted to accept the newest edition of the Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct (last revision was in 2007).  The changes are minor.  A statement that says “comply with safety policies and procedures” has been added to the section on the responsibilities of chemical professionals to their employers.  In the section on responsibilities of chemical professionals to their employees, the wording now reads “respect the professionalism of their subordinates and have concern for their well-being…”  Other minor changes address the environment and respect for colleagues despite their level of education and whether they come from government, academia or industry or from other scientific and engineering disciplines.

Meeting Attendance

As of the evening of Tuesday, March 27th, the spring national meeting had a total of 16,864 attendees as follows:

Regular:           8,933         

Guests:                386

Students:          5,727

Exhibitors:        1,065

Exhibit-only:       753

Spring meeting attendance since 2004 is as follows:

2004: Anaheim, CA:                14,141

2005:  San Diego, CA:              15,385

2006:  Atlanta, GA:                  12,546

2007:  Chicago. IL:                  14,520

2008:  New Orleans, LA:         13,454

2009:  Salt Lake City, UT:        10,668

2010:  San Francisco, CA:        18,076

2011:  Anaheim, CA:                14,047

2012:  San Diego, CA:              16,864 (as of Tuesday, March 27th)

A total of 11,716 papers were presented at the Spring 2012 meeting.

ACS Membership at Record Level

As of December 31, 2011, ACS membership totaled 164,215 - the highest number in ACS history.  The Society lost 23,145 members, but gained 24,249 (16,092 Regular Members and 8,157 Undergraduate Members).  There are 16,500+ student members in 1,000+ student chapters.

Chemistry Job Outlook

It was reported that as of March 1, 2012 the unemployment rate for chemists was 4.6% - the highest in 40 years!  There were 943 job seekers at the job fair held at the conference.  They were competing for 85 positions being offered by 31 employers.  A virtual job fair held earlier attracted 2,673 job seekers and 14 employers. A column on career tips will be included in Chemical & Engineering News beginning in April.

Chemistry Teacher’s Association Approved

The Society Committee on Education supported the recommendations from a task force to create a stand-alone association for chemistry teachers housed within ACS, supported by professional staff and governed by a volunteer board of association members.

Local Sections Reach Milestone Anniversaries

The following Local Sections are celebrating their 100th Anniversary in 2012: Detroit, Lexington, Maine, New Haven, Oregon and Rochester.  The Orange County Local Section is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.

Petition on Market Data Collection

Council voted to approve a petition related to market tests for data collection. This petition seeks to add a provision to the ACS Constitution and Bylaws to allow for recommended controlled market testing to collect data before the Society changes benefits, dues or membership categories.  The Committee on Budget and Finance could not assess with reasonable accuracy the range of potential costs that would result from the implementation of this petition as they have no idea how many market tests may ultimately be conducted. The petitioners added additional wording that will impose limits on the size and length of tests.  The wording is as follows:

“The Committee on Membership Affairs may conduct membership recruitment and retention market testing of SOCIETY memberships, services, and benefits, including special dues categories, to provide data as the basis for recommendations to the Council.  The number of individuals included in any test related to dues discount shall not exceed a number equal to 10% of the total membership.  Each test shall be limited to three years’ duration unless granted prior approval by Council.  All test results will be reported to Council at least once a year.”

The Board of Directors will vote within 90 days on whether to ratify the approved petition.

Petition to Amend Recorded Vote Request Procedure

Council also voted to approve a change in wording to BYLAW III, Section 4, regarding recorded votes taken at Council meetings.  The wording is as follows:

“Any member of Council may call for a recorded vote on the current action before the Council, other than an election, at any time before voting using a method from which it can be determined how each Councilor voted has commenced.”

This wording was introduced as Council now uses “clickers” for voting.  The computer that totals the votes can list votes by clicker number from which it can be determined how each Councilor voted.  The petition has no impact on the finances of the Society.  The Board of Directors will vote within 90 days on whether to ratify the approved petition.

Petitions for Consideration Only

The following petitions were listed in the Council Agenda Book for consideration only.  They will be voted upon at the 2012 fall meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

Petition on Candidate Comment in C&EN

The wording to BYLAW V, Section13 is recommended to have the following added:

“A candidate for election to the Board of Directors may not publish an ACS Comment in C&EN six months before the ballots are mailed for the corresponding election.”

This is to avoid an unfair campaign advantage to incumbents who may choose to make official statements on their task force or committee activities prior to elections.

Petition on International Chemical Sciences Chapters Funds

The proposed revised wording of BYLAW IX, Section 4, is as follows:
“An International Chemical Sciences Chapter shall receive no allotment of funds from the SOCIETY and shall not be entitled to elected representatives on the Council.  However, the Board of Directors may allocate funds to a Chapter for a specific SOCIETY activity in which participation of the Chapter is deemed necessary for carrying out that SOCIETY activity effectively.”

The financial implications of this petition are still being assessed.

Special Discussion Item

A special discussion item was put on the Council agenda for this meeting.  ACS President Bassam Shakhashiri presented and moderated a discussion on “What is your reaction to the proposed topics for the ACS Climate Science Toolkit?” President Shakhashiri’s working group on ACS Climate Science has developed a preliminary web-based toolkit that ACS members can use as a resource for understanding and communicating basic climate science.  Following the presentation, Councilors engaged in a robust discussion on the proposed toolkit, and offered numerous suggestions for consideration.

ACTIONS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

At this meeting, the ACS Board of Directors considered a number of key strategic issues and responded with several actions.

The Board’s Committees

The Committee on Grants and Awards presented the Board with a screened list of nominees for the 2013 Priestley Medal, Charles Lathrop Parsons Award, and the Award for Volunteer Service to the ACS.  The Board VOTED to approve the screened lists, and will now vote on, and announce, the winners of these three awards after its June meeting.  The Board also VOTED to approve a Society nominee for the National Medal of Science.

On the recommendation of the Committee on Executive Compensation, the Board VOTED to approve several actions relative to compensation for the Society’s executive staff.  The compensation of the Society’s executive staff receives regular review from the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director/CEO Report

The Executive Director/CEO and several of her direct reports updated the Board on the activities of CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service), the ACS Publications Division, and the Society’s General Counsel.

ACS vs. Leadscope Litigation

The General Counsel report included a briefing on the ACS vs. Leadscope litigation.  As previously reported, ACS has appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court, and the Court agreed to hear the case.  Briefs have been filed in support of our position by several prestigious organizations, including the Ohio Attorney General, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association and the Ohio State Bar Association.  On September 7, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case, and a link to the arguments can be found on acs.org.  A ruling has not been issued but could come at any time.  A more detailed report appears in the most recent edition of the Councilor Bulletin.  Please contact the Office of the Secretary if you would like a copy. 

Other Society Business

The Board received the following:

A briefing on current virtual and hybrid meeting strategies using the Virtual Career Fair and Virtual Exposition.  A report from the Committee on Professional Training-Committee on Education (CPT-SOCED) Task Force on the American Association of Medical Colleges and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute report Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians, wherein the CPT-SOCED task force is considering the implications of chemistry-related recommendations contained in the report.  And a report from the President-Elect on plans and priorities during her presidential year; and a discussion on presidential succession budgets, particularly in light of increasing international and domestic travel demands.

The Board approved:

The 2015 Pacifichem budget and authorized reimbursement, on a pro rata basis, to the participating ACS Divisions for expenditures in support of the Pacifichem program and activities; changes to Board Regulations regarding the composition of the Planning Committee and the appointment of canvassing and award committees; a proposal to administer and present the AkzoNobel North American Science Award as recommended by the Committee on Grants and Awards; and  proclamations recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the South African Chemical Institute and the 80th anniversary of the Chinese Chemical Society.

The Society’s International Activities and its Open Session

The Board welcomed and received reports from several international guests representing the following scientific societies: the Canadian Society for Chemistry, the German Chemical Society, the Hungarian Chemical Society, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, the Mexican Chemical Society, and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The Board held a lively, well-attended open session which featured a special forum on “The Future of Graduate Education and Research in the Chemical Sciences.”  Members attending this standing-room only session received an overview and update from the chair and executive director of the ACS Presidential Commission on Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences.  The commission is addressing two major questions:  “What are the purposes of graduate education in the chemical sciences?” and “What steps should be taken to ensure that important societal issues, as well as the needs and aspirations of students, are addressed in graduate school?”  Members discussed how the Society might offer greater assistance on this very important and timely topic. 

Additional Information 

The following is a list of URLs and email addresses presented on slides at the Council meeting.  You may find the information noted on these sites helpful.

Safety

safety@acs.org: email address for sharing ideas on “How can ACS best cultivate a culture of safety in US universities and colleges?”

www.acs.org/safety: information on the Committee on Chemical Safety including “Creating Safety Cultures in Academic Institutions”

Employment/Careers

www.acs.org/careers: information on ACS career resources

www.acs.org/ei: information on the ACS Entrepreneurial Initiative (Training and Resources)

Local Section Resources

www.acs.org/getinvolved: grant information, important deadlines, officer resources

www.acs.org/forms: submit annual reports, record meetings, activities and events year round

speakers@acs.org: nominate speakers for the Online Speaker Directory

Other

www.acs.org/strategicplan: information on the new ACS Strategic Plan for 2012 and Beyond

www.acs.org/bulletin5: location of the Society’s governing documents and unit bylaws, and information on the petition process to amend the Society’s governing documents

bylaws@acs.org: email address for questions to the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws

www.acs.org/climatescience: information on the Climate Science Toolkit 

Bonnie Lawlor and Andrea Twiss-Brooks, CINF Councilors

Council Committee on Nomenclature, Terminology and Symbols

The Committee continued to monitor developments in the redefinition of the SI (International System) Base Units.  Of particular interest to the Committee and the SOCIETY are the redefinitions of the kilogram and the mole.  The 24th quadrennial CGPM (General Conference on Weights and Measures) met in October, 2011.  At the meeting, Resolution 1, “On the possible future revision of the International System of Units,” was adopted accepting the proposed “fixed constant” definitions and encouraging further cooperation on their development.

It remains for CODATA (The Committee on Data for Science and Technology) to publish the best, accepted values for the Planck constant (defining the kilogram) and the Avogadro constant (defining the mole).  Once available, the fixed values of the constants will be inserted in to the definitions that will be presented for adoption by the next CGPM to be held in 2015.

The Committee has continued its reflections upon and consideration of its duties and how they may be more actively pursued.

Peter Rusch, Chair, Committee on Nomenclature, Terminology and Symbols

Highlights from the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications

The Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications (JBCCP) assesses the editorial quality and content of the publication program of the Society; serves as a channel among Society members, users of the Society’s publications, and the ACS governing bodies; advises on copyright policy and recommends actions to protect ACS copyright.  Leah Solla, also CINF Secretary (2010-2014), is a member of JBCCP and the associated Copyright Subcommittee and the Chemical and Engineering News Editorial Board.  Highlights of the open portion of the publications committees at the 243rd National Meeting in San Diego are summarized below: 

  • In 2011 ACS Editors-in-Chief handled nearly 100,000 manuscript submissions through the editorial peer review process and ACS Publications published more than 36,000 accepted articles.  In 2011 the global scientific community accessed and downloaded a record 77 million COUNTER-compliant full-text downloads from the ACS Publications Web Editions platform, an 8% growth over 2010.
  • Improvement of ACS branding and impact at the ACS National Meetings included a combined ACS Central booth featuring 11 separate ACS units, including ACS Publications, Chemical Abstracts Service, and Membership & Scientific Advancement.  In total, ACS Publications exhibited at 55 scientific and library conferences in 2011.
  • The “Why I” campaign focused on using real customer testimonials and images to help engage the community and echo the voices of actual researchers reinforcing ACS Publications’ leadership position.
  • ImageA new educational, web-based video series is designed to support researchers with the process of writing, reviewing, submitting and editing original scholarly research for publication in peer reviewed articles.  Episodes released in 2011 include:
    • How to Write a Paper to Communicate Your Research, Prof. George Whitesides (Harvard)
    • Writing your Cover Letter, Prof. Paula Hammond (MIT & Assoc. Editor ACS Nano);      Prof. Tim Lodge (Univ. Minnesota & Editor-in-Chief, Macromolecules), et al
    • Selecting Peers to Suggest to Reviewers, Prof. Richard Eisenberg (University of Rochester & Editor in Chief, Inorganic Chemistry), et al
    • Submitting your Manuscript using the ACS Paragon Plus Environment, Dr. Sarah Tegen (Director Editorial Operations, ACS Publications)
  • The development and publication of five new journals, including ACS Catalysis and ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters in 2011 and early editorial and marketing launch of ACS Macro Letters and ACS Synthetic Biology (formal launch in 2012) was reported.  Approval was secured from the Governing Board for a new journal in the area of green chemistry and sustainability, planned for publication in 2013. 
    A number of new subscription assortments and pricing plans were introduced, including ACS Lab Packs, the ACS Academic Core+, the ACS Metered Access Program, and streamlining of ACS Articles/Issues on Command.
  • Leading scientists were selected by Editor Search committees in accordance of the bylaws, appointed by the Board of Directors and contracted by ACS Publications management:
    • Jonathan Sweedler, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, new Editor of Analytical Chemistry;
    • Chris Voigt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, new Editor of ACS Synthetic Biology;
    • Gunda Georg, University of Minnesota, and Shaomeng Wang, University of Michigan, new Co-Editors of Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.
  • ACS Publications worked closely with JBCCP in undertaking formal editorial monitoring studies and reports for journals across the ACS portfolio, and deliberated regarding several editorial reappointments and recommendations to the ACS Board.
  • ImageThe “Most Trusted” brand was enhanced by joining the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) to provide all ACS Editors-in-Chief and Publications Staff access to a network of like-minded editors and publishers to discuss ethical issues and fully utilize the Committee’s guidelines for handling ethical disputes; pilot implementation of CrossCheck, a cross-publisher initiative to detect plagiarism in journal articles as part of the peer review and publication process; and updating the ACS Publications “Ethical Guidelines to Publication of Chemical Research.”
  • ImageThe mobile program to the Android environment was extended.  ACS Mobile now delivers about 50,000 abstract downloads and 7,500 C&EN news feeds a month with the 10,000+ user base.  A free dedicated C&EN Mobile app was also introduced for iPhones, iPads, and Android mobile devices.  Subscription access to C&EN content via C&EN Mobile is a new, free ACS member benefit; members can access all new C&EN issues on their smartphone or tablet at no charge.
  • Completion of the first phase of the C&EN Publishing Automation Program (CPAP 1.0) to create a digital, end-to-end workflow, including rendering all C&EN content in high-quality XML.  Introduction of the Biological SCENE and the Materials SCENE, two new syndication channels to provide content from C&EN and papers in ACS journals.
    C&EN’s twitter feed (@cenmag) has more than 3,600 followers.
    C&EN’s Facebook page (http://facebook.com/cenews) added 1,207 “likers” this year, bringing the total to nearly 3000.C&EN’s YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/cenonline) contains about 100 C&EN-created videos and has received more than 122,500 views altogether;  the videos are embedded by other major media outlets, such as the Wired and BoingBoing blogs.
  • ImageACS Publications celebrated the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) with publication of the ACS International Year of Chemistry Virtual Journal with other ACS offices and programs, highlighting health, environment, energy and materials research from a number of ACS Publications.  The journal published 12 issues in 2011 and received approximately 10,000 downloads.

    C&EN contributions included:

    • The cover story of the June 27, 2011 issue, “Celebrating IYC 2011”;
    • Series of “IYC Profiles” of ACS members native to foreign countries where there are  very few ACS members, including Cuba, Fiji, Lebanon, Burkina Faso, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Ghana, Mauritius, Bosnia, Mongolia, and Honduras;
    • The CENtral Science IYC 2011 blog, which chronicled events associated with the celebration throughout the year.
  • ACS Publications worked closely with CAS to experiment with a number of features that utilize and expose CAS SciFinder tools within the ACS Web Editions platform, and vice versa:
    • Patent Limiter allows users to launch a SciFinder patent-only search within any of the journal or eBook articles on the ACS Web Editions site.
    • CAS Section Subject Index allows users to search, browse and discover content with CAS subject taxonomy on the ACS Web Editions site.
    • ACS Reference Quick view allows users to quickly access multiple publisher article abstracts and metadata for references found in ACS journal articles without leaving the ACS Web Editions platform.
    • CAS SciFinder allows users to display a graphical abstract and table of contents elements from ACS Journals within CAS records, and to easy access reaction narratives and other experimental procedures from selected journals.
  • A new ACS Member Subscription Benefit program offers every ACS member immediate and universal access to the entire portfolio of ACS’s journal and book publications, including access to the ACS Legacy Archive and the recently released C&EN Archive. 25 full-text articles may be downloaded annually by each member.  End-users can also register for ACS IDs to opt in to a range of content and news alerts.  There are more than 166,000 ACS ID registrants, up 30% over 2010, and less than 25% of these are paid ACS members, making this cohort an attractive audience to whom the benefits of ACS membership can be promoted.

For more information or to contact JBCCP, please see: http://portal.acs.org/portal/PublicWebSite/about/governance/committees/jbccp/index.htm

Leah Solla, Member, Joint Board Council Committee on Publications

 

CINF Social Networking Events

The Division of Chemical Information was pleased to host the traditional CINF social networking events at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego, California.  The division depends on generous contributions by our sponsors to support symposia and social gatherings where the chemical information community gathers to converse, connect, and celebrate.  Fun photos from the CINF events are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cinf.

The CINF Sunday Welcome Reception was supported by four repeat sponsors joining an exceptional blend of about 100 chemical information devotees from the extended continuum of CINF activities.  The group rubbed elbows while nibbling delicious fare and engaging in friendly chat to kick off the San Diego meeting.  Many thanks to our reception supporters: ACS Symposium Series, InfoChem, Thieme Publishers, and the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling.

The CINF Scholarships for Scientific Excellence poster session at the Sunday Reception featured a record sixteen poster presenters.  Our generous sponsor, Accelrys, provided two $1,000 scholarships to our poster winners, David R. Fooshee from the Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics, University of California Irvine, and Freya Klepsch from the University of Vienna. Please let your students and interns know about future scholarships. http://www.acscinf.org/awards/sciexcel.php.

Harry’s Party, again hosted by FIZ CHEMIE Berlin on Monday evening, reunited the CINF kindred in a view suite at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.  About 70 CINF functionaries, friends and family enjoyed a beautiful view of San Diego; and snacks, drinks and conversation with familiar and fresh friends.  If you missed Harry’s Party in San Diego, please join us in Philadelphia this fall.

The CINF Tuesday Luncheon provided delicious fare and an educational wine tasting to about 60 diners who were educated by Dr. Kirsten Skogerson, an Analytical Biochemist at Monsanto and PhD holder from the UC Davis Department of Viticulture & Enology. Dr. Skogerson presented on “The Chemistry of Wine” covering chemical interactions at all stages of wine making with commentary on the complimentary wine tasting of selected California Cabernet Sauvignon and White Zinfandel.  This informative event was made possible through the exclusive sponsorship of RSC Publishing.

The CINF Tuesday Reception in support of the CINF InChI Symposium was attended by almost 100 CINF members and affiliates in the Manchester Grand Hyatt.  The occasion of the CINF InChI Symposium on Wednesday added a diverse group of open-access aficionados to the reception mix for informative discussions. CINF thanks the ACS Division of Chemical Information, Accelrys, ChemAxon, PerkinElmer and Nature Communications for teaming up to support this event.

In addition, speaker support for the Computer-Aided Drug Design symposium was provided by the Chemical Computing Group, OpenEye, and SimBioSys.  Speaker support for the CINF InChI Symposium was also provided by the InChI Trust.

The ACS Division of Chemical Information 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