From the Editor

Another summer means another ACS fall meeting approaches.

In this issue, you will find a report from our CINF Councilors, Bob Buntrock’s review of Science and the Law: Analytical Data in Support of Regulation in Health, Food, and the Environment, Wendy Warr’s reflections on the 1992 fall meeting in Washington DC, and a list of the CINF social events. The technical program of symposia and speakers can be accessed on the ACS website ( Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend, but I look forward to reading the conference reports in the next issue, especially from the talks on professional skills development for undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs.

I know that summer is “playing catchup” for many of us, or at least that is what we tell ourselves we will have time to do. But I would love to see more features in next summer’s issue. My contact information is below if you have ideas about something you would like to write about.

As for my annual update on the best of chemistry, science, and popular culture, I decided to save that for spring CINF Bulletin. Comic-Con was last month, and there were more UC San Diego researchers than ever talking about science and science fiction, sometimes sharing the stage with those television and film producers and screenwriters. As the librarian here for the Department of NanoEngineering, I made a special point of attending the nearly packed Nanotechnology in Sci-Fi: Fact or Fiction panel. The UC San Diego speakers are the ones wearing the Star Trek uniforms. Not only were they impressive speakers, but the questions from the audience were thoughtful and drew some good responses.

Along with thanking our contributors and everyone who assisted with the production and copyediting of this issue, I want to give an additional “thank you” to our generous sponsors, many of whom provided news and updates about their recent chemical information products. So please check their product news and stop by their booths at the meeting to find out more.

And finally: a special congratulations to our 2017 ACS Fellows, Grace Baysinger and Lisa M. Balbes, and to Judith Currano, who has been appointed the 2018 Chair of the ACS Committee on Ethics.

Have a great time in Washington!

Teri M. Vogel
CIB Editor, Fall
UC San Diego