Category: Career

June 21, 2016

Using Nanoparticles to Reduce Drug Toxicity in Pancreatic Cancer Patients

By Jesse Stanchak

Sometimes the treatment for a disease can be almost as dangerous as the ailment it seeks to cure. In the case of pancreatic cancer, one of the most effective drug regimens, FOLFIRINOX, contains a highly toxic drug called irinotecan. Huan Meng and Xiangsheng Liu are authors on a recent paper in ACS Nano on a way […]

  • drug toxicity
  • nanoparticles
  • pancreatic cancer

June 20, 2016

ACS Publications Announces First-Time Attendee Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students

By Michael Qiu

ACS Publications is happy to announce our First-Time Attendee Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students to attend the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA (August 21-25, 2016). ACS Publications is encouraging librarians who have never attended an ACS National Meeting to apply for this travel grant. We want the opportunity to help new, […]

  • ACS National Meeting
  • Librarians
  • travel grant

June 17, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Sustainable Energy for Smart Cities — And More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: renewable energy sources for smart cities, wearable body monitors that check bodily fluids for heavy metals, the cyclic trimer of carbon dioxide — and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • renewable energy

June 16, 2016

Life in the Lab: Careers in Polyethylene Synthesis

By Jesse Stanchak

Phillip Hustad is a senior research scientist at Dow Electronic Materials. As a synthetic chemist, Hustad’s research focuses on utilizing polyethylene to create a wide range of materials. Watch Hustad’s video to learn more about what he does and how he started his career at Dow. Watch more great videos from the American Chemical Society.

  • Dow Chemical Company
  • polyethylene
  • polymers
2015 Journal Citation Reports

June 15, 2016

5 Things You Need to Know About the 2015 Journal Citation Reports®

By Jesse Stanchak

It’s that time again. Thomson Reuters released its 2015 Journal Citation Reports®, revealing the most cited, most influential, most impactful journals. But don’t worry if you don’t have time to read the whole thing. Here’s what you need to know: ACS leads in citations. ACS journals were cited more than 2.76 million times in 2015, […]

  • Impact Factor
  • Journal Citation Report

June 15, 2016

Why Membership is Central to Success

By Jesse Stanchak

Jason Chruma became a member of the American Chemical Society as an undergraduate student and it’s been central to the story of his success ever since. The ACS helped Jason make essential connections early in his career. Now he’s looking for ways to give back to the society and share the benefits of membership. Learn […]

  • ACS Membership
Carolyn R. Bertozzi

June 14, 2016

#AskCarolyn: Carolyn Bertozzi Answers Reader Questions on Twitter

By Chi Wang

ACS Central Science Editor-in-Chief Carolyn Bertozzi maintains an active profile on Twitter. She recently hosted a question-and-answer session on the network, taking followers’ questions about writing papers, working with teams, and her own research experience. If you missed the chat, check out some of the highlights below—or search #AskCarolyn on Twitter to see more questions and […]

  • Carolyn Bertozzi
  • Twitter chat

June 13, 2016

Share your tales of peer-review!

By Stephanie Monasky

We know, we know: peer-review is tough. You worked countless hours to pull your research together and now you seem to be at the mercy at some unknown scholarly giants. Maybe you receive enthusiastic reviews from one referee while the other referee says your research isn’t offering anything new to the field. How do you […]

  • Contest
  • Reviewers

June 10, 2016

Life in the Lab: From Scientist to CEO

By Jesse Stanchak

Rolf Schlake began his professional career as a chemist, but then learned to combine his scientific skills with business acumen. Now Schlake is the president and CEO of Applied Separations, Inc. The company, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, specializes in manufacturing supercritical fluids equipment and DNA forensic kits. Check out this video for more of Schlake’s […]

  • dna tests
  • manufacturing
  • supercritical fluids

June 10, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Drug Discovery Deep Learning Neural Networks — And More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week:  Using deep learning neural networks to aid drug discovery, using electrostatic force to manipulate molecules in aqueous solution, cataloging antibodies — and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • antibodies
  • Drug Discovery

June 7, 2016

Say YES to ACS Omega with Manuscript Transfer Service

By Katherine Stevens

Last year we introduced you to ACS Publications’ Manuscript Transfer Service, a service by which you can transfer your article submission to a new journal based on suggestions made by our editors. This service helps you find the best home for your research and streamlines the submission process. Over the last few months, we have […]

  • ACS Manuscript Transfer Service
  • ACS Paragon Plus

June 7, 2016

In the Lab with Gunda Georg

By Renee John

For Gunda Georg, seeking cures for cancer, researching new contraceptives, and developing more effective medicines is all in a day’s work. ACS Axial caught up with Georg, the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and head of the Medicinal Chemistry Department at the University of Minnesota, to learn more about her research. Georg has […]

  • Gunda George
  • In the Lab
Hollywood Chemistry: When Science Met Entertainment

June 6, 2016

Hollywood Chemistry Gets Its Close-Up

By Andrew Clinton

In the Forward to the ACS Symposium Series e-book Hollywood Chemistry: When Science Met Entertainment, Phil Plait, astronomer and Slate Magazine’s “Bad Astronomy” blogger, confessed to “being a jerk” for watching movies simply to “eviscerate” them in his reviews for having bad science, instead of watching them for enjoyment. He reformed after a fellow astronomer […]

  • ACS Symposium Series
  • Hollywood Chemistry

June 3, 2016

Studying Nanoparticle Drug Delivery In Clear Organs

By Jesse Stanchak

Nanoparticle technology has the potential to treat disease without side effects through better drug delivery. One of the main obstacles researchers face is being able to see where drug-loaded nanoparticles go once they’re inside organs and tissues. Warren Chan and his colleagues in Canada and Germany injected an acrylamide hydrogel into organs and tissues removed […]

  • drug delivery
  • nanoparticles

June 3, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: A New Use for Shrimp Shells — And More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: a new use for shrimp shells, a method for verifying nerve agent exposure, bilayer graphene synthesis — and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors of ACS journals […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • open access

June 2, 2016

Reddit Joins the Quest for New Antibiotics

By Katherine Stevens

On May 24, ACS Publications and Professor Gerry Wright of McMaster University teamed up to host an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit’s r/AskScience covering antibiotics research and more. Professor Wright is the Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and an Associate Editor at ACS Infectious Diseases. His work is […]

  • antibiotic resistance
  • Reddit AMA

June 1, 2016

Life in the Lab: Developing New Medicines

By Jesse Stanchak

Wendy Young, PhD, is the vice president of Small Molecule Discovery Chemistry at Genentech. Young’s work gives her the ability to develop effective medicines for patients with unmet medical needs. “Drug discovery is a puzzle and it’s just so much fun meeting with my team members, my colleagues, working on the puzzle to build the […]

  • medicine

May 31, 2016

ACS Sensors’ J. Justin Gooding Named Felllow of Australian Academy of Science

By Chi Wang

ACS Sensors Editor-in-Chief J. Justin Gooding was named a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science this week. Gooding is one of 21 honorees recognized by the organization, each of whom were recognized for making significant and lasting impacts in their scientific disciplines. The academy praised Gooding for his use of “electrochemistry, synthetic chemistry, interfacial physical […]

May 27, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Treating “Chemobrain” — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: density matrix embedding theory in quantum chemistry, malaria drugs, treating “chemobrain” — and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors of ACS journals from around the world to […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice

May 27, 2016

Celebrate Cancer Research Awareness Month with Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters

By Kristen Kindrachuk

It’s an exciting time to be in cancer research. Advances in both immunotherapy and chemotherapy research are revolutionizing treatment for many cancers and are improving outcomes for many patients. Medicinal chemists are using innovative strategies to improve chemotherapeutic agents in ways that reduce toxic side effects and overcome drug resistance. For example, chemists have refined […]

  • cancer
  • medical research

May 26, 2016

C&EN Roundup: Storing Natural Gas, a Nanowire Battery and a Vaccine for Meth

By Jesse Stanchak

Chemical & Engineering News covers the world of chemistry, from research and education to business and policy. Here’s a sampling of their coverage of research from ACS journals: *** New Storage Technique Could Make Natural Gas More Convenient Sealing natural gas in porous beads with hydrocarbon plugs could allow the fuel to be transported in compact, affordable […]

  • batteries
  • cell probes
  • medical testing
  • methamphetamine
  • natural gas

May 25, 2016

4 Steps to Improving Submission Success for Indian Scientists

By Chi Wang

In recent years, India has seen substantial growth in its annual output of scientific publications. It quadrupled its research output between 2001 and 2013. The country’s greatest research strengths are in chemistry and materials science. While India has a low density of researchers relative to the size of its population, the number of women entering […]

May 24, 2016

Cleaning Water With Tiny Motors

By Jesse Stanchak

Motors are an essential component of some of our largest machines, but motors don’t have to be huge to have a big impact. Scientists are developing new motors that are tiny and soft. They run on things like light, magnetic effects or chemical solutions. And they can serve specific functions — including cleaning up pollution. […]

May 23, 2016

A Commentary on Academic Identity Theft

By Erin Wiringi

As a chemist, you are trained to focus on lab and environmental safety to protect yourselves, your colleagues, and the consumers of your research. In today’s virtual, networked world, information security is an integral part of this “safety first” outlook. As a scientific scholarly community, it is everyone’s job to protect the data that drives […]

May 21, 2016

How Librarians Can Help Authors Publish Open Access at ACS

By Katherine Stevens

As a librarian, you are often the “go to” on campus or in the office for scientists wanting to better understand the research and publishing landscape. Of the questions fired at you, open access is a common concern. Questions you may hear include, “How do I make my article open access?” “How much will I […]

May 21, 2016

How Do Libraries and Librarians Benefit from the Figshare Partnership?

By Michael Qiu

In November 2015, ACS Publications announced a new partnership with Figshare to encourage the broad discovery and use of research data and supplemental information (SI). The ACS Publications-Figshare partnership provides several tangible and immediate benefits to all users of ACS Publications, but what should libraries and librarians be aware of? Figshare now provides greater visibility, […]

May 21, 2016

ACS Launches Energy Letters

By Mark Fraser

Every year, ACS Publications launches new journals that address specialist topics and emerging or niche science. There is a growing demand for specialist publishing outlets to support the work being done in the scientific community. It is the ACS belief that specialist journals allow the dissemination of more volume and detail than may be appropriate […]

May 21, 2016

PatentPak, a CAS Solution, Streamlines Chemical Information Searches in Patents

By Ramona Joseph

PatentPak saves around half the time needed to find the important chemistry in patents CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, now offers PatentPak, a new patent workflow solution. PatentPak is available in both SciFinder® and STN®, and can drastically reduce the time spent searching for chemical information in patents. Third-party research indicates that […]

  • CAS
  • Chemical Information
  • PatentPak

May 20, 2016

In the Lab with Stephen Hecht

By Renee John

The rate of adult smokers has dropped by more than half from 1965 to 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But smoking and the cancers it causes are hardly a thing of the past. “Most people don’t realize that there are still more than 40 million smokers in the U.S. and […]

  • cancer
  • health
  • smoking
  • Stephen Hecht

May 20, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Insights Into Clean Water and Dirty Air

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: air quality monitoring, disinfection byproducts in pools and spas,  prediction of electron ionization mass spectra from first principles — and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors of ACS […]

  • ACS Combinatorial Science
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • Chemical Research in Toxicology
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
  • Nano Letters
  • Organic Process Research & Development
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry A

May 19, 2016

6 Tips for Shooting a Video Abstract On Your Phone

By Stephanie Monasky

Video abstracts can be a great way to expand the visibility of both a study and its authors. Both fellow scientists and laymen alike can learn about your findings. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to record a video is by using a smartphone. Here are six key tips to helping you record […]

  • research submission
  • smartphone
  • video abstract

May 18, 2016

ACS Presentations on Demand: Newly Released San Diego National Meeting Recordings!

By John F. Gardiner

ACS members have exclusive viewing privileges to the just-released select technical recordings from the San Diego National Meeting held earlier this year. “Computers in Chemistry” was the meeting theme and over 200 recordings are available. The Presentations on Demand website has also been redesigned to make recordings easier to find. Users can search by title, meeting, topic, or speaker. […]

  • ACS Annual Meeting
  • presentation recordings

May 13, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Introducing Teslaphoresis

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: the directed motion and self-assembly of matter by a Tesla coil — and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors of ACS journals from around the world to […]

  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Nano
  • ACS Synthetic Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • JACS
  • open access
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry A

May 13, 2016

The Evolving Role of Librarians on the 21st Century Campus: Part Three: Donna Wrublewski

By Katherine Stevens

How has your job changed over the years? What is it like being a 21st-century librarian compared to the more traditional image most people have in their minds? Donna Wrublewski (Librarian for Chemistry, Biology, and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology): Well, I’ve only been a librarian for about five years, so the only things […]

  • ACS Chemical Information Division
  • Librarians
  • Special Libraries Association

May 11, 2016

Bioorganic Chemistry Award 2016 Goes to Vincent Rotello

By Jesse Stanchak

Bioconjugate Chemistry Editor-in-Chief Vincent Rotello is the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Bioorganic Chemistry Award 2016. In a statement, the RSC said it was presenting the award to Rotello “for his pioneering research in using chemistry of nanomaterials to understand and modulate biological processes.” “I have used organic chemistry to interface the man-made and […]

  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Chemical Research in Toxicology
  • Langmuir
  • Vincent Rotello

May 9, 2016

Meet the Newest National Academy of Sciences Members

By Jesse Stanchak

Earlier this month The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced the election of 84 new members, as well as 21 foreign associates from 14 countries. Of those new members, 15 are either members of the American Chemical Society or work in a chemistry-related field. Four of the new members have particularly close ties to ACS […]

  • Accounts of Chemical Research
  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Nano
  • JACS
  • Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
  • Nano Letters

May 5, 2016

ACS Approved Chemistry Degrees: Do I Have to Subscribe to ACS Publications?

By Michael Qiu

While chemistry remains central to advances in many areas of science, the lines between chemistry disciplines are blurring. As approaches to science education continue to evolve, it can be difficult to compare a degree from one chemistry program to another. That’s why the American Chemical Society created an approval and certification program for bachelor’s degree […]

  • education
  • Librarians
  • universities
twitter

May 4, 2016

6 ACS Journal Editors You Need to Follow on Twitter

By Jesse Stanchak

Social tools like Twitter have changed the way the world communicates. Social networks help us connect with fascinating people from all walks of life, in all manner of disciplines, from all over the world. You can use Twitter to get news and views from politicians, musicians, business leaders and yes, even chemists. Twitter is full of institutional accounts […]

  • ACS Central Science
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Environmental Science & Technology Letters
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
  • Organometallics
  • Social Media
  • Twitter
Fictional Librarians

May 3, 2016

7 Fictional Librarians to Guide You on Your Quest for Knowledge

By Katherine Stevens

The depictional of fictional librarians in media is often laden with tropes and inaccuracies — not unlike the portrayal of chemists. Despite these pitfalls, however, there are quite a few fictional information specialists who make the job look cool and fun. Here are seven of our favorite fictional librarians: Barbara Gordon (DC Comics) Widely regarded as one […]

  • Librarians

May 2, 2016

C&EN Roundup: Spotting Counterfeit Honey, Flexible LEDs, and Fighting Climate Change with Bubbles

By Jesse Stanchak

Chemical & Engineering News covers the world of chemistry, from research and education to business and policy. Here’s a sampling of their coverage of research from ACS journals: *** Building a Better Flexible Display With Nanowires Flexible electronic displays have a variety of applications, but the organic light-emitting diodes used in many displays tend to wear […]

  • ACS Nano
  • ACS Photonics
  • ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
  • climate change
  • EKG patches
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • honey
  • Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
  • light bulbs