Message from the Chair

ImageDear Colleagues

With spectacular weather and comfortable conferencing accommodations, San Francisco welcomed all of us traveling CINF members to the 239th ACS National Meeting. We accomplished much at our various Division planning meetings on Saturday. Among the highlights:

  • The Communications and Publications Committee (formerly the Publications committee) gave us an update on their e-publication efforts, and their archiving and website improvement plans.
  • The Program Committee described the launch of an exciting new hot topics session for the Fall National meeting, which will encourage members to report on late breaking activities. Abstracts for this session will be solicited much closer to the time of the meeting, to insure timely presentations.
  • The Executive Committee decided to review possible participation in the newly formed InChI Trust in an advisory role. An InChi Trust representative will be asked to report at our Fall Executive committee meeting on the new Trust and what role CINF might play.

We had excellent turnout for the CINF sessions. We once again sponsored a Best Presentation Award. For those who could not attend in person, several sessions had live webcam and conferencing options as well. I wholeheartedly support these efforts – and look forward to making this part of our routine. For those who held down the fort, I urge you to visit the CINF website ( to catch up on what you missed.

Thanks to our terrific sponsors, CINF also continued its tradition of excellent networking opportunities, including three receptions and a luncheon. I had a wonderful time catching up with old colleagues and meeting new ones. In keeping with the “Chemistry for a Sustainable World” theme we opted for recycled/recyclable materials at our receptions, which went over very well. And we were very lucky to have Randy Marcinko as our guest speaker, who shared with us a glimpse into his professional journey in publishing. When viewed in total, Randy has spent his career trying to connect the information user to the answers they were seeking and, in the process, executing on the business goal of profitable publishing.

In closing, I would like to invite all of you to participate in your CINF community. We have many committee openings, be they on membership or publications, on fundraising or careers, on program or awards or education committees. There is plenty to do and there are not enough hands to do it all. Please join in. Have a wonderful summer and hope to see you all in Boston this Fall.

Carmen Nitsche, Chair
ACS Chemical Information Division