Chemical Information Bulletin, Volume 30, Number 2, Summer 1978 Page: 1
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ANAHEIM MEETING 1978
The Program Committee developed a four day program for the
176th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society which
was held in Anaheim, California. The program included four symposia,
a General papers session, the Herman Skolnik Award session,
and the Divisional Luncheon, Business Meeting, and Social
A symposium on the Retrieval of Medicinal Chemical Information
(co-sponsored by the Division of Computers in Chemistry and Joint
with the Division of Medicinal Chemistry) was organized by Merrie
Milne, Anne Pennell, and Jeff Howe. This session will appear in
print in the ACS Symposia series.
Pat McNulty presided over a half-day symposium on Information
Handling and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Due to the
timeliness of this topic and the many questions which arose at the
meeting, this theme will be continued at the Miami meeting in
Charles Kumkumian led a half-day session on Chemical Information
Utilization of FDA Bureau of Drugs Chemists, and Caroline
Grills led a full-day symposium on Micrographic Information
Systems in Chemistry. Dr. Melvin Calvin, Nobel Prize Winner and recent
recipient of the Priestley Medal, spoke at the Division Luncheon.
The excellence of the various symposia can be confirmed by
those who attended. Capsule reports appear below and additional
information can be obtained from the Program Chairman.
Caroline M. Grills
SPECIAL CHIF SYMPOSIUM ON MICROGRAPHICS
PRODUCES GOOD ATTENDANCE IN ANAHEIM
An all-day Symposium on "Micrographic Information Systems in
Chemistry" at the ACS National Meeting in Anaheim, California,
this March brought a total all-day attendance of 98.
With Caroline M. Grills, ACS Manager of Microforms and Back
issues, presiding, the sessions commenced with an "Introductory
to Micrographics" presented by William G. Hogan, President of Information
Technology, Inc. of Newton, Massachusetts, and he was
then followed by Dale O. Rupp, Manufacturing Market Manager of
the Microfilm Products Division, 3M Company, discussing
"Integrating User Needs with a Micrographic System."
Robert N. Yeager, Head, Technical Information Center, ColgatePalmolive
Company, explained how "A User's Criteria and Concerns"
might be professionally approached.
Representing the U.S. Navy's Government-Industry Data Exchange
Program, Edwin T. Richards, explained the Navy's program
for "Interfacing Computers and Micrographics for Data Exchange."
Patricia Elliott, User Education Manager of Chemical Abstracts
Service, with Lorrin R. Garson, ACS Information Research
Specialist representing R&D's Customized Article Service, and the
Chairperson, Mrs. Grills, all discussed "Micropublications in
Chemistry: Incorporating the Advancing Technology." Mrs. Grills
announced the first simultaneous micropublishing of CHEMTECH
in printed edition along with the black and white microfiche and a
special test edition of CHEMTECH in color microfiche. Interested
CHIF members may contact Mrs. Grills at ACS Washington office
for a sample copy of the color text microfiche.
The featured speakers of the all-day symposium were Franklin D.
Crawford, President of Princeton Microfilm Corporation, and
Donald W. McArthur, Vice-President of the Microfilm products Division
of the 3M Company. Dr. McArthur told of a new 3M installation
at the Citibank of New York that brings the computer and
micrographics together, integrating signature cards on microfiche
with a retrievable computer visual verification.
The session ended with an informal discussion with the
speakers, a question and answer period, and an opportunity to have
"hands-on" experience with microfilm and microfiche processors,
cameras, readers, and reader-printers that vendors had supplied.
A wine and cheese reception concluded a day of new insights into
how information handling problems can be met with
ANAHEIM SYMPOSIUM ON RETRIEVAL
OF MEDICINAL CHEMICAL INFORMATION
The full day symposium on "Retrieval of Medicinal Chemical Information"
held at the Anaheim ACS meeting provided attendees
with an interesting look at this continually developing field and
brought out some major emerging trends. While previous efforts in
this area have necessarily focused on developing the retrieval files
and mechanisms themselves; more recent efforts are centering on
delivering these capabilities to users in the most facile form; for example,
early medicinal chemical information "systems" were
usually rather loose collections of independent files on each subject
(chemical structures, biological data, analytical data, clinical
data) that relied on the user for coordination and interfacing. At
Anaheim, integration of files to provide uniform access methods
and combined search of different data types was a key feature
described by speakers from several pharmaceutical organizations,
including ICI, Merck and Squibb. Timeliness is always important to
information users, and systems such as that reported on at Upjohn
are responding to this need by performing file update as well as
A trend toward compatibility among systems from different
organizations is also becoming evident. The trend is attributable in
part to the advantages of being able to interface automatically with
the open literature. In the system under development at WarnerLambertlParke-Davis,
structural input and registration are carried
out at Chemical Abstracts, hence the structures can readily be
matched against the entire 4 million compound CAS file to retrieve
Registry Numbers for literature access. A second stimulus toward
intersystem compatibility has been the growing need to access
government files as a result of increasing regulation. The system of
the Environmental Protection Agency has made considerable progress
in gathering together formerly diverse and noncommunicating
data files (particularly structure files) and making them
accessible by uniform search techniques.
The symposium also reflected what are certainly among the major
trends of the future. The system developed by the National
Library of Medicine for the Toxicology Information Program inCHEMICAL
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