Chemical Information Bulletin, Volume 35, Number 3, Fall/Winter 1983 Page: 1
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REPORT OF THE CHAIRMAN
How time has flown! I knew that a year was not long, but somehow my term as Chairman has gone by even
faster than I realized. It was a privileged for me to serve as Chairman. I have enjoyed the challenges of the past
year and look forward to serving you as Councilor and Past Chairman.
During 1983 the Division has made great strides in many areas. I am proud of the accomplishments and
recognition we have received. The achievements are too numerous to cite them all, but I would like to mention a
few significant ones.
Over the past few years, your officers have endeavored to have the value and importance of chemical information
in the chemical curricula more completely recognized. We have succeeded in having the Committee on Professional
Training include more substantive criteria in their revised guidelines for approved undergraduate curricula.
Additionally, I formed a Chemical Education Committee under the leadership of Arlene Somerville. This
committee is embarking on several projects to assist educators in teaching chemical information. In this, its first
year, the Committee has moved rapidly to begin accomplishing its goals. Also, the Division has been contacted
by Dr. W. H. Eberhardt, Chair of the ACS Task Force on Chemical Education, regarding their preliminary recommendations
and understanding of the chemical information area. This is a truly exciting development.
In other areas, the Long Range Planning Committee has conducted a survey and is preparing recommendations
regarding how you view CINF and its activities and goals. Jean Marcali is working on completing the
videotape on chemical information professionals.
The Division was awarded the Divisional Activities Committee Outstanding Division Award for the best
medium sized Division. My thanks to Paula and Ann for the superb annual reports that they prepared detailing
our activities and finances. My thanks also to all of you who worked so tirelessly for CINF.
The Washington, D.C. Meeting was a success by every measure. Attendance at technical sessions was 766
which was second only to New York City in the last five years. Thanks for this are due in large measure to the
diligent efforts of our outgoing Program Chairman, Val Metanomski. I can not thank Val enough for his excellent
job. The wine and cheese reception with the Division of Chemical Health and Safety at the Library of Congress
was enjoyed by all. The Skolnik Award was presented to Dr. Rowlett and his award address and the presentations
of the other speakers were well received.
The Division of Computers in Chemistry has asked CINF to be a member of a proposed "ACS Computer
Secretariat." Closer cooperation with all ACS Divisions is a goal of your Division and this proposed Secretariat
may be a step toward its accomplishment.
Plans for a second Trisociety Meeting are being formulated for Atlantic City in the Spring of 1986. The success
of the first meeting in Columbus has prompted us to try and continue this. Many willing workers will be needed
and I urge you all to consider assisting us in this effort.
Speaking of member support reminds me of the need for all of you to recruit new CINF members. The Division
is anxious to have new ideas and new blood. The increase in CINF membership has not kept pace with that of the
ACS. We need to attract more information professionals and those in allied areas.
Congratulations to the newly elected officers. To you I put the challenge to keep the Division moving forward,
serving the membership and representing the chemical information community throughout the ACS.
Barbara G. Prewitt, Chairman
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