Chemical Information Bulletin, Volume 46, Number 1, Winter 1994 Page: 1
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The Golden Anniversary year of 1993 has come and gone, and we now settle down to the second fifty
years. However, 1994 will also be a very special year for the Division of Chemical Information. Our
ongoing programs in areas such as education, awards, and publications are all vital and are looking
forward to real accomplishments in 1994. We have strong technical programs in place for both San
Diego and Washington. But 1994 will be especially notable for some innovative activities that I want
to call to your attention and ask your support for.
One new activity of note is Sunday programming at National Meetings. More and more, Divisions are
programming on Sunday because of the large number of people who are arriving on Saturday in order
to take advantage of low air fares. Starting in 1994, Divisions with large programs, such as Organic
Chemistry, will be required by ACS to use Sunday for some of their programs. While we are not
large enough to fall under this requirement, we also need to look at the possibility of offering some
useful activities on Sundays, and have decided to try it for the first time in San Diego. In San Diego
we will offer a Sunday tutorial on the use of Internet (which will be repeated during the week if demand
warrants), and also a full day technical program on numeric data. Our experience with those activities
should tell us whether we want to make Sunday programming a regular feature at National Meetings.
Look for more information in the Preliminary Program.
Our most dramatic innovation for 1994 is the National Chemical Information Symposium, which will be
held in Burlington, Vermont, in June. The NCIS responds to a desire that some have expressed for
a smaller, less formal meeting, away from the extreme busyness that often marks the National Meetings.
In June we will meet on the beautiful campus of the University of Vermont and make use of the
excellent facilities there. The week should be marked by a high quality technical program, good recreational
opportunities, and a chance for real interaction and exchange of ideas that doesn't always
happen when we're spread out over six hotels in a busy downtown.
I know that travel budgets are tight and time is scarce for many people, but I hope that a significant
number of you will be able to find a way to get to Burlington. For some people this may be a good
lower-cost alternative to the National Meetings. For some others, it may offer an educational vacation
opportunity in a place where there is also plenty to do for significant others and family members. For
all of us, I hope that this tuns into a regular and vital part of our activities.
I should also report that the past year has seen an active fundraising effort become a regular part of
our activities. Extensive fundraising done for the Anniversary celebration has led to the establishment
of a regular Fundraising Committee. Thanks to these fundraising activities, as well as to a modest
and overdue increase in Division dues, we are able to go into 1994 with a balanced budget!
An exciting 51st year is ahead of us. As we move into 1994, please feel free to contact me or the
various Committee chairs with your comments and ideas. I look forward to seeing many of you in
San Diego, Washington, or Burlington.
Gerry Vander Stouw
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