CINF Technical Program Highlights

ImageI would like to thank all of the organizers, speakers, and poster presenters who contributed to the Indianapolis Meeting. Indianapolis is considered a hometown to me as I am a native Hoosier, so I was very excited that the city would be hosting. While attendance may have been lower than some previous meetings, we had an extremely interesting and diverse program. Some of the Indianapolis organizers have written symposia reports that can be found in this issue, so please check out what you missed or refresh your memories as to what you saw presented. We ended up with eleven symposia plus the Herman Skolnik Award Symposium and the General Papers session. Final count after withdrawn presentations and posters was ~110 presentations and ~10 posters for Sci-Mix.

Three of our sessions were recorded as part of the ACS Presentations on Demand program and will be made available to registered attendees ( At the Indianapolis Meeting, ACS announced it will also be expanding the Presentations on Demand service as a member benefit, regardless of whether you attend the Meeting or not. The sessions were:

  • Current Challenges in Cheminformatics: Exploiting Information and Knowledge in Structured and Unstructured Environments
  • Herman Skolnik Award Symposium
  • Joint CINF-CSA Trust Symposium: Semantic Technologies in Translational Medicine and Drug Discovery

General Papers

With only two presentations in the General Papers session, and it being the Thursday afternoon of the meeting, we were still pleasantly surprised that our audience fluctuated between six and eight attendees (that is not counting the organizers/speakers!). And as luck would have it, both speakers were also able to give their talks in other symposia during the week where we had withdrawn papers.  While they had to present twice, they were able to reach a wider audience. Stuart Chalk of University of North Florida discussed the Eureka Research Workbench, an open source ELN he has developed.  Rachelle Bienstock, CINF’s very own Chair-Elect 2014, discussed working with creating chemotypes within the EPA’s ToxCast project.

Looking forward

Erin Bolstad ( will be primary Program Chair for the Spring Meeting in Dallas (March 16-20, 2014) with me supporting her, especially on the PACS side. The theme of the Dallas meeting will be “Chemistry and Materials for Energy.” The program is shaping up and will be published in the January 20, 2014 issue of C&EN and at Registration and housing will open in mid-December.  The Fall 2014 Meeting will be held in San Francisco (August 10-14, 2014).

Jeremy Garritano, Chair, CINF Program Committee