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