Letter from the Editor

ImageHappy 50th anniversary to the Cambridge Structural Database! Celebrating this milestone, the world-renowned experts from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) put together a number of insightful presentations for the Divisions of Chemical Information (CINF 7, 21, 30, 43) and Computers in Chemistry (COMP 142, 159, 360, 364) during the Spring ACS National Meeting in Denver. Bill Town, former Chair of the CCDC Board of Governors, has graciously shared his personal perspectives on the fifty “golden” years of the Cambridge Structural Database with the readers of this Chemical Information Bulletin (CIB).

With another reference to history, the Committee on Nomenclature and Notation was established in 1884, at the dawn of the Society (founded in 1876, http://www.acscinf.org/content/milestones). That committee was later discontinued to be followed in 1911 by the Committee on Nomenclature, Spelling and Pronunciation, which was later renamed as the Committee on Nomenclature. Paul Karol, former Chair of what is now called the Council Committee on Nomenclature, Symbols and Terminology, has passionately written a story about the decade-long discussions regarding the need to redefine the “kilogram” and the “mole” for this issue of CIB.  

We are continuing the “Meet Your Officers” interview series. Donna Wrublewski, the new CINF Membership Committee Chair 2015-17, has enthusiastically talked about her career path, research interests, professional societies, and plans for her committee. Stay tuned for a brief survey of the division members so that the committee can better align your membership expectations with the benefits. I would like to thank Donna for the interview and also for her assistance with symposium note-taking, which was useful for a bibliography of the “Research Results: Reproducibility, Reporting, Sharing & Plagiarism” write-up by Carsten Kettner. Indeed, this one-and-a-half day long symposium organized by Martin Hicks was the CINF highlight in Denver and a solid bridge between San Francisco (“Global Challenges in the Communication of Scientific Research” organized by David Martinsen and Norah Xiao) and Boston (“Scientific Integrity: Can We Rely on the Published Scientific Literature?” organized by Judith Currano and Bill Town).

Speaking of new functionaries, let me applaud Stuart Chalk (University of North Florida) for volunteering to step into the Coordinator position of the "CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence." Guenter Grethe notably established this program in 2005 (first in collaboration with IO Informatics and then with various sponsors over twelve years, https://acscinf.org/content/scientific-excellence). Since 2005, the program has awarded 54 scholarships in total. Guenter is currently busy reviewing many abstract submissions for the upcoming Boston meeting and is planning to hand on the torch to Stuart in the fall. See details in the Call for Applications for the next spring meeting to be sent to Stuart Chalk. In connection with the CINF program in Denver, Stuart Chalk co-authored and presented several lectures (CINF 35, 37, 38, 44) in the “Development & Use of Data Format Standards” session. Read a summary of this symposium by David Martinsen in this CIB.  

In closing, I would like to thank all authors for submitting their symposium write-ups (all CINF sessions were transcribed!), committee reports, feature articles, and sponsor announcements. All things considered, thanks to the symposium organizers and presenters, and to the CINF sponsors, for making the Denver meeting memorable: “where information professionals connect, collaborate and celebrate,” (as was written on the Harry’s Party invitation banner). See the photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cinf/sets/, thanks to Wendy Warr.

Svetlana Korolev, Editor, Chemical Information Bulletin