Letter from the Editor


Welcome to the most comprehensive post-conference issue of Chemical Information Bulletin (62 pages!). It reflects on the richness of the Division’s technical program, recognition of excellence of its renowned scientists as well as younger researchers, dedication of its members to various committees, and, furthermore, their willingness to write timely reports of the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia for the readers of this Bulletin.

I have asked Rachelle Bienstock, CINF Program Chair 2011-12, about her experience of the division programming. Readers will find Rachelle’s reflections continue a sequence of “behind the stage” interviews of the former CINF Program Chairs, Rajarshi Guha (2009-10) and Leah Solla (2007-08). 

Full reports of eight symposia are included in this issue. These are: Science and the Law: Analytical Data in Support of Regulation in Health, Food and Environment by Bill Town, Hunting for Hidden Treasurers: Chemical Information in Patents and Other Documents by David Deng, Cheminformatics and Drug Repurposing by José Medina-Franco and Rachelle Bienstock, Future of the History of Chemical Information by Leah McEwen, Herman Skolnik Award Symposium Honoring Henry Rzepa and Peter Murray-Rust by Wendy Warr, Global Opportunities in Chemical Information by Tom Blackadar, Jignesh Bhate and Rachelle Bienstock, Legal, Patent, and Digital Rights Management in Publishing by Charles Huber, plus Before and After Lab: Instructing Students In ‘Non Chemical’ Research Skills, organized for the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, by Andrea Twiss-Brooks. The reports are listed in the order in which they were presented at the Meeting.

CINF’s four symposia and two poster sessions (twenty eight presentations total) were recorded at the Philadelphia meeting. Unfortunately, this fall the recorded content was moved from open access (used to be available after six weeks after the Meeting) to ACS Presentations on Demand. The recorded content will be available free only to the ACS Members registered for the Fall 2012 National Meeting (and for members with emeritus or dues waiver status). Even Non-ACS Members, e.g., Division Affiliates, registered for the Meeting, are now asked to pay an extra access fee.

For traditional content this issue features award announcements by Andrea Twiss-Brooks and Bonnie Lawlor; updates on the ACS thematic programming by Guetner Grethe; reports from two CINF Committees: Communications and Publications by Bill Town, and Education by Charles Huber; ACS Council by Bonnite Lawlor and Andrea Twiss-Brooks; ACS Council Committee on Nomenclature, Terminology and Symbols by Peter Rusch; highlights from the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications by Leah McEwen; and sponsor acknowledgments of CINF symposia and social networking events by Graham Douglas.

In conclusion, I would like to thank all authors for their generous contributions to this issue. Many thanks to Mark Luchetti for designing the cover page, to Rhonda Ross for providing the CAS chart, to Bonnie Lawlor and Wendy Warr for proofreading this issue, and to Wendy Warr for taking photographs at the Philadelphia Meeting (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cinf/).

Svetlana Korolev, Editor, Chemical Information Bulletin