Message from the Chair

ImageThe time has come for another ACS National Meeting, and this fall we’re going to be gathering in Philadelphia, PA. The Division of Chemical Information has an exciting and packed program covering a range of topics including everything from materials informatics, drug repurposing and patents to the history of chemical information and open notebook science. This meeting will also have a CINFlash session consisting of 8-minute lightning talks, on anything related to chemical information, and we accept abstracts for this session right up to the meeting, so it’s all fresh!

Along with these symposia, the fall meeting will also include the Herman Skolnik Award Symposium, honoring the 2012 awardees, Dr. Peter Murray-Rust and Dr. Henry Rzepa, for their work in many areas of chemical informatics, primarily focusing their efforts to bring standards to chemical information (e.g. CML) as well as pushing the state of the art in chemical representations and inclusion of chemical information in a variety of media types. They have put together an exciting symposium that includes talks on various aspects of semantic and Open Source chemistry.

On the social side of things, we have a number of opportunities for networking: the Welcoming Reception on Sunday evening and Harry’s Party (sponsored exclusively by FIZ CHEMIE Berlin) on Monday. At this meeting’s CINF Luncheon (Tuesday afternoon), the speaker will be Dr. William Brock, who will discuss the history of chemistry and his recent book on this topic. Finally, on Tuesday evening, we will hold the Herman Skolnik Award Reception, honoring Peter Murray-Rust and Henry Rzepa, at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.  On the business side, the Executive Committee has started employing teleconferencing to conduct business. We have had one of these meetings so far, and it appears to be a good way to keep things moving between in-person discussions at the national meetings.

As I mentioned in my previous letter, national meetings are always invigorating and are a chance to hear interesting talks, catch up with old friends, and meet new people who have an interest in CINF activities. As always, the Division is interested in recruiting new members, and there are various areas and committees within CINF that are also on the lookout for new members. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me or any other Division officer. Of course, if you’re a member already and if you think there are things that CINF can do or should be doing to enhance the Division’s utility to its members, please let us know.

The success of the meeting is, of course due to many people, and I’d like to thank my fellow CINF colleagues, symposium organizers and sponsors for contributing their time, effort, and resources to the Division. I look forward to a great meeting and hope to meet many of you in Philadelphia.

Rajarshi Guha, Chair
ACS Division of Chemical Information (CINF)