Message from the Chair


The Fall ACS National Meeting held in Philadelphia was a great success, with an excellent set of symposia, useful business meetings, and great networking opportunities. As with most fall meetings it had a tightly packed program – this year’s was one of the largest programs in recent times! CINF had a wide range of symposia covering Open Notebook Science, materials informatics, drug repurposing, chemical information in patents, science and legislation, etc.

The Fall meeting saw the presentation of the 2012 Herman Skolnik award to Dr. Peter Murray-Rust and Prof. Henry Rzepa for their work in opening standards to facilitate first-class science, and promoting new ways to collaborate and exchange chemical data. The awardees organized an excellent symposium that addressed a broad expanse of areas in chemical information influenced by their work. Despite a few technical hitches, the symposium proceeded well. The award presentation was followed by a memorable reception hosted at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

For the social side we had a variety of events including the Welcoming Reception, Harry’s Party and the CINF Luncheon, too. The Welcoming Reception also hosted the CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence, which highlighted some excellent work by several graduate students. The CINF Luncheon featured Dr. William Brock, who spoke about his recent book on the history of chemistry.

The business meetings were quite productive this time. The Division has decided on making these meetings more efficient by moving as many in-person committee meetings to virtual forums as possible. It was also decided that the Division would be hosting webinars on topics related to chemical information. The first such webinar is scheduled for October 3 and will feature Dr. Alex Clark speaking on mobile chemistry. Thanks go to Antony Williams and David Martinsen for handling the logistics.

This will be my last message as Division Chair and I will pass the baton on to the next Chair, Antony Williams. I wish Tony all the best and I have no doubt that the Division will have great leadership in the coming year.

I’d like to note that it has been an honor to serve the Division. I had a great opportunity to work with my fellow CINF officials and it was the best part of my tenure. Having played various roles in the Division over the last nine years, I can attest to the fun and benefits of interacting with CINF members. There are lots of areas in which new members can get involved in the Division. I highly recommend that anybody with an interest in chemical information get in touch with a CINF member and learn about the Division’s activities. As always, if you’re already a CINF member and you would like to see things done differently or have an opinion related to our activities, we’d like to hear from you!

Finally, I’d like to thank all the symposium organizers, presenters, and sponsors for their time, effort and generous contributions, without which the National Meetings would not be so successful!

Rajarshi Guha, Chair, ACS Division of Chemical Information