CSA Trust Grant: 2019 Awardees

Guilian_Luchini  Rol_Rutenberg  Monika_Szabo

Guilain Luchini, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, was awarded funds to attend the Chemical Society Meeting that will be held August 24-29 in San Diego, CA to present his research in applying often-overlooked corrections to DFT frequency calculations in an automated fashion.

Roi Rutenberg, Chemistry Department at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, was awarded funds for travel to visit the University of Illinois, Chicago in order to model molecular dynamic (MD) simulations at the Kral group as part of his research related to retrieving information about pEtN cellulose’s chemical structure as an individual compound, as well as a partner in future chemical reactions.

Monika Szabo, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University, Victoria, Australia, was awarded funds for travel to attend two conferences at which she will present her research on drugs for myelofibrosis. The conferences are: EFMC-ASMC’19 International Symposium on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry – Athens Greece; 1st-5th September 2019, and the 20th SCI/RSC Medicinal Chemistry Symposium-Cambridge UK; 8th-11th September, 2019.

Applications Invited for CSA Trust Grant for 2020

The Chemical Structure Association (CSA) Trust is an internationally recognized organization established to promote the critical importance of chemical information to advances in chemical research. In support of its charter, the Trust has created a unique grant program and is now inviting the submission of grant applications for 2020.

Purpose of the Grants

The grant program has been created to provide funding for the career development of young researchers who have demonstrated excellence in their education, research, or development activities that are related to the systems and methods used to store, process, and retrieve information about chemical structures, reactions, and compounds. One or more grants will be awarded annually up to a total combined maximum of ten thousand U.S. dollars ($10,000). Grantees have the option of payments being made in U.S. dollars or in British pounds equivalent to the U.S. dollar amount. Grants are awarded for specific purposes, and within one year, each grantee is required to submit a brief written report detailing how the grant funds were allocated. Grantees are also requested to recognize the support of the trust in any paper or presentation that is given as a result of that support.

The application deadline for the 2020 grant is March 28, 2020. Successful applicants will be notified no later than May 7, 2020.

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Top Ten New Emerging Technologies in Chemistry

The new IUPAC Intiative to identify the Top Ten Emerging New Technologies in Chemistry was successful this year so it is being repeated for 2020.  To submit ideas for consideration, go to https://iupac.org/what-we-do/top-ten/ to access the form and see the Top Ten that were selected for 2019. The final date for submissions is Oct. 31, 2019.  The next group will be published in the April 2020 issue of Chemistry International.

Dr. Wendy Warr, CSA Trustee, is Recipient of the 2020 Herman Skolnik Award

Dr. Wendy Warr will be the recipient of the 2020 Herman Skolnik Award presented by the ACS Division of Chemical Information, for her contributions to the fields of chemical information and a number of related fields that impinge on chemical information including chemical structure representation, substructure searching, retrosynthesis and reaction prediction

The prize consists of a $3,000 honorarium and a plaque. Dr. Warr will also be invited to organize an award symposium at the Fall 2020 ACS National Meeting to be held in San Francisco.

For more than 40 years, Dr. Warr has had a global influence on chemical information and cheminformatics. She provides services to the chemical information, cheminformatics and computational chemistry communities worldwide, and has evolved into a key opinion leader and trend watcher. These trends have included: combinatorial chemistry, chemistry and the Internet, and intranet and ethernet in industry (these three in the early 1990s), outsourcing, changing pharma R&D strategies (these two in the early 2000s), and continue to today’s AI, cloud computing, and blockchain.

She formed her current employment, Wendy Warr & Associates, in 1992. Since that time she has been successfully supplying business and competitive intelligence services to a broad spectrum of clients across the world. Her success stems from her extensive network, incredible energy, and deep curiosity, and her specialized market knowledge of chemical information, computational chemistry, drug discovery, cheminformatics, STM publishing, and scientific communication. Her clients have included at least 15 major pharmaceutical and chemical companies, venture capitalists, financial analysts, all of the well-known chemistry publishers, software companies, and many cheminformatics and analytical chemistry companies, as well as many smaller commercial and not-for-profit or academic organizations. Scientific database producers have benefited from her expert counsel and services in recent years.

Dr. Warr obtained her doctoral degree (D. Phil.) from the University of Oxford in 1971, and subsequently joined ICI Pharmaceuticals where she held multiple positions culminating in leading the department of Information Services. In 1992, Dr. Warr established her own company, Wendy Warr & Associates, that provides business and competitive intelligence services to a broad spectrum of clients in the United States, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and Asia.

She has played key roles in several professional organizations including the American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, German Chemical Society, Society of Chemical Industry, Chemical Structure Association Trust  and the Institute of Information Scientists, and in many cases has been instrumental in shaping their activities.

She has published over 80 articles in academic journals and over 100 commercial reports, along with numerous invited lectures at venues such as NIST, Washington DC and University of Strasbourg, France. She has been an Associate Editor for the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling (as well as its predecessor, the Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences).  She has received numerous awards and honors including the Ernie Hyde Award of the Chemical Structure Association (1984), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Rajarshi Guha

Chair, CINF Awards Committee


Applications Invited for CSA Trust Grants for 2019 – 19th April, 2019 Deadline

The Grant Program was created to provide funding for the career development of young researchers who have demonstrated excellence in their education, research or development activities that are related to the systems and methods used to store, process and retrieve information about chemical structures, reactions and compounds. Applicant(s), age 35 or younger, who have demonstrated excellence in their chemical information related research and who are developing careers that have the potential to have a positive impact on the utility of chemical information relevant to chemical structures, reactions and compounds, are invited to submit applications.  Application deadline for the 2019 Grant is 19th April 2019.

11th International Conference on Chemical Structures on May 27-31 2018, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands

The 11th International Conference on Chemical Structures (ICCS) will take place in 2018. It will continue a well-established conference series that begun in 1973 as a workshop on Computer Representation and Manipulation of Chemical Information sponsored by the NATO Advanced Study Institute and thereafter was held under its new name every third year starting in 1987. The 2018 conference will build on the experience of the past successful editions to offer a strong scientific program which covers all aspects of cheminformatics and molecular modeling, including for example structure-activity relationships, virtual screening, modeling metabolite networks, etc. Participants discuss research as well as relevant technological and algorithm developments in handling and visualization of chemical structure data, workflows for complex cheminformatic analysis and machine learning. The conference fosters cooperation among organizations and researchers involved in the increasingly interwoven fields of cheminformatics and bioinformatics and combines in-depth technical presentations with ample opportunities for one-on-one discussions with the presenters.

The 11th edition will be held, one year out of phase with the intended triennial frequency, from 27-31 May 2018 at the beautiful Conference Center in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands.

The conference is jointly supported by:

  • Division of Chemical Information of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Chemical Structure Association Trust (CSA Trust)
  • Division of Chemical Information and Computer Science of the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ)
  • Chemistry-Information-Computer Division of the German Chemical Society (GDCh)
  • Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV)
  • Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Swiss Chemical Society (SCS)

For more information, please see: http://www.int-conf-chem-structures.org/home.html

Chemical Structure Association Trust to Present Mike Lynch Award to Dr. Rudy Potenzone

April 11, 2018: The Chemical Structure Association Trust (CSA Trust) is pleased to announce that it will present the triennial Mike Lynch Award to Dr. Rudy Potenzone. The purpose of the Award is to recognize and encourage outstanding accomplishments in education, research and development activities that are related to the systems and methods used to store, process and retrieve information about chemical structures, reactions and properties, and the award is named after Professor Mike Lynch, who was a pioneer in cheminformatics and the Honorary President of the Chemical Structure Association.

Rudy Potenzone is a seasoned veteran in molecular modeling, cheminformatics, and bioinformatics, and as well as being an expert practitioner of the art, he has led teams to deliver cutting-edge software products for researchers and scientists for over 25 years. He thus fully embodies the characteristics required of a recipient of the Mike Lynch Award.

Rudy’s career in informatics started at American Cyanamid, where he led a team to support 500 users of the Chemical Group Research Division. He moved to Polygen/Molecular Simulations (now part of BIOVIA) and managed a team that developed the QUANTA and CHARMm molecular modeling systems.

Rudy then moved to cheminformatics, chemical literature, and information retrieval, and as Director of the Research and New Product Development Department at Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) played a key role in planning and developing the SciFinder product which opened up the world of published chemical information and literature directly to chemists via its intuitive graphical user interface. After CAS, Rudy focused on systems to manage internally generated information, and at Molecular Design Ltd. (MDL – now part of BIOVIA) he oversaw the development of the Isentris system to replace ISIS, as well as Assay Explorer for managing screening information, and DiscoveryGate for unified access to published data. From MDL, he moved to LION Biosciences as CEO of US Operations, working on the strategic plan for the company’s innovative integrated information platform.

From LION, Rudy moved on to bioinformatics, and at Ingenuity Systems (now part of Qiagen), he developed the roadmap for a comprehensive, human-curated biological pathway knowledgebase and associated tools. Rudy then moved back to internal chemical information management at CambridgeSoft (now part of PerkinElmer) where he managed teams working on electronic lab notebooks, and eventually oversaw the full cheminformatics product portfolio of PerkinElmer Informatics. From PerkinElmer, Rudy moved to Microsoft and exploited his extensive customer and product experience to direct Microsoft’s efforts as worldwide industry strategist for the pharmaceutical industry, including products such as SQL Server, FAST, Office, Azure, HPC, and CRM.

Rudy is currently VP of Marketing for the TranSMART Foundation, which is an emerging global, open source, public/private partnership community that is developing a comprehensive, informatics-based analysis and data-sharing cloud platform for clinical and translational research.

Rudy’s career and contributions have spanned the whole gamut of informatics disciplines that impact the biopharma industry; and they have also kept pace with and anticipated the evolution of informatics tools from individual, chemistry-focused, point applications to today’s open source, cloud-based, bench-to-bedside informatics platforms.

The CSA Trust is pleased to recognize and honor Rudy’s substantial contributions to cheminformatics with the Mike Lynch Award, which will be presented at the 11th International Conference on Chemical Structures (http://www.int-conf-chem-structures.org/) to be held in the Netherlands in May 2018.

About the CSA Trust
The CSA Trust (www.csa-trust.org) is an internationally-recognized, registered charity which promotes education, research and development in the field of storage, processing and retrieval of information about chemical structures, reactions and compounds.

Phil McHale, CSA Trust Awards Committee