Message from the Chair


As of this writing, we are now only approximately one month from the Boston meeting, and CINF attendees have a great deal to anticipate for the Fall 2015 program.  I want to highlight a few of the special symposia, activities and events planned for Boston. 

A special event, planned in conjunction with the ACS Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs Office and CHED, is The Careers in Chemical Information and Chemoinformatics Panel Discussion & Brunch, scheduled for Sunday, August 16, 9am–11am, (Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 52AB). This will be an opportunity for students to gain insight into career opportunities in the field of chemical information and to ask questions regarding career paths and choices.  Panelists include Christopher A. Lipinski, Ph.D., LLC., Scientific Advisor, Melior Discovery; Retired Senior Research Fellow, Pfizer; Tom Marman, PhD,Manager, Patent Searching & Information, Pfizer Legal Division; Rajarshi Guha, Ph.D., National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), NIH; Sean Ekins, PhD, DSc, Collaborations In Chemistry; Carmen Nitsche, CINforma Consulting and  North America Pistoia Alliance, Inc.;  Erja Kajosalo, Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Librarian, MIT; Melissa Landon, PhD, Schrödinger Inc., and Kevin Theisen, iChemLabs. Please share this information with any students or professionals who are interested in learning about possible career opportunities or making a career change.  Thanks to Lori Betsock and Joe Sostaric of the ACS undergraduate and graduate program offices for their support of this event.

This meeting in particular will highlight Wikipedia and Chemistry, with both a symposium

Sunday afternoon, (organized by Ye Li and Martin Walker and cosponsored by CHED), and a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for Notable Chemists and Chemistry being held Wednesday afternoon. The Wikipedia Edit-a thon will consist of a training and editing session to improve coverage of notable chemists and chemistry topics on Wikipedia.  Attendees may come and go during the session, but instructions will be provided during the first hour, and you will need to bring your own laptop. Space is somewhat limited, so please register for this event.  For information or to register, contact Keith Lindblom in the ACS Office of Public Affairs at or 202-872-6214. Sponsored by the ACS Office of Public Affairs, ACS Division of Chemical Information (CINF), and ACS Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC).

On Monday, we will have a very special symposium to honor the memory of Jean Claude Bradley, “Father of the Open Notebook Science (ONS).”  Dr. Bradley was an active promoter of open science in the chemistry community and in 2013 was invited to the White House for an “Open Science Poster Session.” Jean-Claude was on the faculty of Drexel University and served as E-Learning Coordinator. Please join us on Monday, August 17th, for a symposium organized in his memory and to honor his significant contributions.

The CINF Tuesday Luncheon Speaker promises to be very special indeed. Michele Derrick, Schorr Family Associate Research Scientist, MFA , a scientific conservationist with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts ( and one of the developers of the CAMEO database.( will be our luncheon speaker. The Conservation and Art Materials Encyclopedia Online (CAMEO) is an electronic database that compiles, defines, and disseminates technical information on the distinct collection of terms, materials, and techniques used in the fields of art conservation and historic preservation. Please don’t forget to sign up for the CINF Luncheon with ACS when you register or please contact me to see if there are additional tickets available.

I hope I will see you at our Welcoming Reception Sunday, August 16, 6:30-8:30pm (Lighthouse Blrm 1 - Seaport World Trade Center) or at the Herman Skolnik Symposium and Reception honoring Dr. Jürgen Bajorath, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 254A or at the luncheon on Tuesday.  Please introduce yourself if you attend any of these CINF events. We always welcome new members and volunteers, so please contact me if you are interested.


Looking forward to meeting you.

Rachelle Bienstock,
Chair, ACS Division of Chemical Information