The 44th National Organic Chemistry Symposium held from Sunday, June 28 to Thursday, July 2, 2015 on the campus of the University of Maryland at College Park was a huge success. We had 560 attendees from 27 countries, 6 continents, 46 companies, >100 universities, and 7 National labs. The attendees included 80 undergrads, 180 grad students, 41 postdoctoral fellows. Videos of the presentations of 9 of the 15 speakers will be available to members over the next several months. The program book is available. For a summary, see the story in C&EN
Members can now access the abstract separates for the 250th ACS National Meeting held in Boston (Fall 2015). To access the file, you must be a Division Member. You can download the PDF file (30 MB) from the Organic Division's Meeting Abstract Page. Use your ACS Login ID to access the page. If you do not have an ACS ID (or remember yours) visit http://www.acs.org, click to Login (at the top right) then click on "Forgot User Password" (middle right) or click on "Registering is Easy" (big button, middle left), and follow the directions to obtain or create your ACS Login ID.
The Division of Organic Chemistry announces a video contest to highlight the benefits of membership in the division. Undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to submit videos of up to 3 minutes. Five prizes of $1,500 in travel support to the ACS 2016 Spring National Meeting in San Diego will be awarded. The videos will be judged by a panel of prominent organic chemists from industry and academia. Videos will be uploaded to the division Youtube channel, and will be available for public viewing. One prize will be awarded to the video with the greatest number of views, in addition to several other award categories. The submission deadline is September 28, 2015.
The ACS Division of Organic Chemistry has named Jeffrey S. Moore, Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the 2015 Edward Leete Awardee which recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching and research in Organic Chemistry. The award is named in honor of Edward Leete who, through his contributions to science and education, fostered an appreciation and love for organic chemistry. The award was endowed in 1995 by contributions from Professor Leete's students and colleagues. Presented biannually at the divisional executive committee dinner of the Fall ACS National Meeting, the award consists of a $1500.00 cash prize, a plaque, and a citation certificate.
Please join us in congratulating the following 10 members of the Organic Division who were selected to the 2015 class of ACS fellows:
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
Mary K. Boyd
St. Edward’s University
Amber Flynn Charlebois
SUNY Geneseo and Fairleigh Dickinson University
Christine S. Chow
Wayne State University
Mark D. Frishberg
Eastman Kodak, Eastman Chemical, and Seres Laboratories (Retired)
Rebecca Cowan Hoye
Lanny S. Liebeskind
Leonard R. MacGillivray
University of Iowa
The list of all 78 of the 2015 Fellows is available: http://cenm.ag/2015acsfellows
The fellows program began in 2009 to recognize and honor ACS members for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science, the profession, and service to the society. This year's group members represent academe, industry, and government.
For the full list of ACS Fellows, see: http://www.acs.org/fellows
The DOC has received permission to provide a video of a lecture by Nobel Laureate (2010) and Professor Emeritus Richard F. Heck Presenting at Queen's University Canada in September of 2006. To view the video on YouTube, follow this link: http://ow.ly/Oklbi
Note: We did as much enhancement as we could on the audio, so you might need to turn up the audio on your computer to hear his lecture. Special thanks to Prof. Victor Snieckus for his generous donation of this video to the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry as well as the CSC Division of Organic Chemistry. Additionally, we graciously thank Professor Heck who agreed to allow us to provide this recording.
The Division and The Journal of Organic Chemistry are proud to announce Christopher D. Vanderwal from the University of California, Irvine as the winner of the 2015 JOC Outstanding Author of the Year Lectureship Award. See the Award Announcement
The ACS Division of Organic Chemistry and Organic Letters are proud to announce Mingji Dai of Purdue University, as the winner of the 2015 Organic Letters Outstanding Author of the Year Lectureship Award. For more info see: https://organicdivision.org/OL_Author_2015
Donna J. Nelson, an organic chemistry professor at the University of Oklahoma, has been elected the 2015 American Chemical Society president-elect by members of ACS. Nelson will serve as president of the society in 2016 and immediate past-president in 2017; she will also serve on the board of directors during that time.
Announcing the XXII International Roundtable on Nucleosides Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids July 18-22, 2016, Institut Pasteur – Paris, France
The XXII International Roundtable on Nucleosides Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids will be held on July 18-22, 2016 at Institut Pasteur – Paris, France.
Topics will include:A. Antivirals: From Bench to Bedside
B. New Tools and Concepts for Modern Chemistry
D. Anti-Infective Agents
E. Nucleic Acids: Synthesis, Structure, Therapeutic Applications and Nanotechnology
F. Xenobiology and Synthetic Biology
For up-to-date information, please visit the International Society of Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids (IS3NA) website: http://www.is3na.org/ or contact the Organizing Chair: Luigi Agrofoglio, Univ. Orleans, Orleans, FR, firstname.lastname@example.org
We regularly (about once a month) send an email message to our members. Because some members do not receive these messages (likely because of spam filters or incorrect email addresses supplied to ACS), we have created a member's only email archive page where DOC members can see versions of the email messages. We have started with the email messages from 2014 and we will add any additional messages moving forward. Future email messages will come from "ACS Organic Division" with the address email@example.com. Thus, you may find it helpful to add this address/account to your address book to help ensure that the messages do not make their way to your spam folder. Since, the email account listed above is not regularly monitored please use the Contact Us Form for questions and comments.
Who are Ron Breslow, Madeleine Joullie, K. C. Nicolaou, and Peter Stang? Of course, we know these as eminent organic chemists. But who are they as human beings? What do they have to say about such topics as: What's the best advice they've ever received? What does "balance" and "excellence" mean to them? How do they choose their projects? What is the source of their energy? What brings them the greatest joy? Have they ever been afraid and of what? Who are their heroes? These and other insights are now revealed as part of a series of short video produced as part of ORGN's Centennial celebrations in 2008. Chemical historian Jeffrey I. Seeman conducted a series of video interviews with 10 prominent organic chemists. One goal of these interviews was to reveal the human side of these scientists. Another goal was to contribute to the archives of organic chemistry. And, according to Seeman, another goal is "simply, to have fun. To enjoy and explore our range of values, breadth of experiences, and wonderful complexity as human beings." The videos can be seen at: https://www.organicdivision.org/ama/orig/EminentOrganicChemists/
The Division is offering Travel Awards for Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, and Faculty at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions for travel to ACS National Meetings. Application deadlines for National Meetings will typically be November 15th for the Spring meeting and May 1st for the Fall Meeting. To learn more, see the Organic Division's Travel Award page.