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Message from the Chair
Greetings from sunny Philadelphia!
It was wonderful to see many of you at the ACS National Meeting in Dallas.
Hopefully, those who attended were able to enjoy many riveting talks, as well
as take opportunities to network, discuss research, and simply hang out with
friends. For those who did not attend, many presenters have graciously
allowed us to post their slides online; visit http://bulletin.acscinf.org/node/557
to browse the program and see those slides that are available. If you are a
presenter and you have not supplied a copy of your slides, please consider
At the Saturday Executive Committee meeting, we discussed several topics
that may be of broad interest. This spring, we will be reviewing our bylaws to
ensure that our current practices are in compliance with our codified procedures; one of the changes
that we hope to propose is a lessening of the restrictions on committee membership. Our current
bylaws state that a committee appointment is for a single year, and that an individual may serve no
more than three one-year terms on a committee. This is much more restrictive than the term limits on
ACS National Committees, which allow members to serve three terms of three years each, and we
propose to relax this restriction. To encourage more CINF members to become aware of and take part
in the good work that our committees do, we will be hosting a "Committee Dinner" on Saturday
evening at the Fall ACS National Meeting in San Francisco. Any CINF member is welcome to attend,
talk to representatives from the various CINF committees, and then sit down to dinner with the
committee of his or her choice to do some one-time committee work or (hopefully) begin a longer-term
The Executive Committee also discussed ACS Innovative Project Grants
which are awarded twice annually to technical divisions. These grants, of up to $7,500 per project or
$12,500 per division per year, are given for new projects, activities, or initiatives proposed by the
division. Projects may be proposed by any division member, but they must be accompanied by a
letter of support from the chair. CINF has been particularly successful in securing IPGs for many of
our initiatives, including recording national meeting presentations, producing career vignettes, and,
most recently, a collaboration with the Division of Chemical Health and Safety (CHAS) to build a "Web
platform and information management process to support a laboratory chemical risk assessment tool."
Many of the recent IPGs that CINF has put forward have been funded, but we are always looking for
new ideas; if you have an idea for an innovative project, please contact the CINF Secretary, Leah
McEwen (Irm1 @cornell.edu).
CINF is actively seeking opportunities to partner with other scholarly societies and ACS technical
divisions, local sections, and regions. We are a co-organizer of the International Conference on
Chemical Structures (ICCS), which will take place from June 1 - 4, 2014, in Noordwijkerhout, The
Netherlands (http://www.int-conf-chem-structures.orq/home.html), and we will be organizing a
symposium on open chemistry at the 2015 Pacifichem conference. We are also collaborating with the
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