Letter from the Editor

David ShobeI actually have had the privilege of visiting the Washington, DC area four years ago. I even have some pictures to show for it, although unfortunately they are not suitable for the cover photo of this publication. (They literally prove that I was there, in the sense that some of them show my blurry fingertip alongside iconic DC buildings).

Unfortunately, I was unable to return to Washington this August 20-24, 2017 for the ACS meeting. I have come to think of reading the summer and winter issues of the Chemical Information Bulletin as the next best thing, with their summaries of technical program symposia and committee reports. In fact, I would have liked more submissions in those areas, but I realize that people are busy and it takes work to take notes during the meeting and write them up for the bulletin. Given that fact, I would like to thank those who did contribute content, as your hard work is appreciated.

In addition to the technical program and committee reports, this issue includes an interview of former division chair Carmen Nitsche by Svetlana Korolev and a book review of Bibliometrics and Research Evaluation: Uses and Abuses from Bob Buntrock. Also be sure to read our sponsor announcements, as our sponsors keep the Chemical Information Division financially afloat. Finally, congratulations to Gisbert Schneider, as the winner of the 2018 Herman Skolnik award; his profile, by David Evans, follows on the next page.

Do you want to relive (or experience for the first time) key moments from this fall’s meeting?

Wendy Warr has published her photos from the ACS National Meeting in Washington, DC on her Flickr stream. Visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/cinf/albums to access the photos. They appear in six albums:

  • ACS Washington 2017 Skolnik symposium
  • ACS Washington 2017 Skolnik reception
  • ACS Washington 2017 Schrödinger reception
  • ACS Washington 2017 International reception
  • ACS Washington 2017 COMP reception
  • ACS Washington 2017 CINF welcome reception

While you’re there, check out the photos from other past national meetings and special CINF events!