Category: Career

September 14, 2017

Exploring the ACS National Meeting as a First-Time Librarian Attendee

By Heather Lewin

When I got the email letting me know that I had been selected for the ACS Publications Travel Grant for the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Washing D.C., I did a happy dance in my office. I have been the chemistry librarian at Iowa State University for over ten years, but I am […]

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September 14, 2017

Librarians Make Connections at the ACS National Meeting in Washington DC

By Theresa M Nawalaniec

I’m grateful to ACS Publications for providing me with this wonderful opportunity to attend the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, whose theme was “Chemistry’s Impact on the Global Economy.” When I was awarded one of the ACS Travel Grants for Librarians to attend my first ACS Meeting, I was very happy. I’ve been an ACS […]

September 14, 2017

#ThankAScientist – William L. Jorgensen

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS is participating in Thank A Scientist Week by encouraging the ACS community to get to know some of the ACS Editors who are active on Twitter. Tweet your appreciation and get to know more ACS Editors. William L. Jorgensen is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. You can follow him on Twitter […]

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September 14, 2017

#ThankAScientist – Chad A. Mirkin

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS is participating in Thank A Scientist Week by encouraging the ACS community to get to know some of the ACS Editors who are active on Twitter. Tweet your appreciation and get to know more ACS Editors. Chad A. Mirkin is the Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. You can follow […]

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September 14, 2017

#ThankAScientist – Gunda I. Georg

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS is participating in Thank A Scientist Week by encouraging the ACS community to get to know some of the ACS Editors who are active on Twitter. Tweet your appreciation and get to know more ACS Editors. Gunda I. Georg is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. You can follow her on Twitter at […]

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September 14, 2017

#ThankAScientist – David Sedlak

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS is participating in Thank A Scientist Week by encouraging the ACS community to get to know some of the ACS Editors who are active on Twitter. Tweet your appreciation and get to know more ACS Editors. David Sedlak is the Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters. You can follow […]

September 14, 2017

#ThankAScientist – John R. Yates III

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS is participating in Thank A Scientist Week by encouraging the ACS community to get to know some of the ACS Editors who are active on Twitter. Tweet your appreciation and get to know more ACS Editors. John R. Yates III is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Proteome Research. You can follow him on Twitter […]

September 14, 2017

#ThankAScientist – Paul Chirik

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS is participating in Thank A Scientist Week by encouraging the ACS community to get to know some of the ACS Editors who are active on Twitter. Tweet your appreciation and get to know more ACS Editors. Paul Chirik is the Editor-in-Chief of the Organometallics. You can follow him on Twitter at @pchirik. His current research is […]

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September 14, 2017

#ThankAScientist – William B. Tolman

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS is participating in Thank A Scientist Week by encouraging the ACS community to get to know some of the ACS Editors who are active on Twitter. Tweet your appreciation and get to know more ACS Editors. William B. Tolman is the Editor-in-Chief of Inorganic Chemistry. You can follow him on Twitter at @WBTolman. His research […]

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September 14, 2017

#ThankAScientist – Laura L. Kiessling

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS is participating in Thank A Scientist Week by encouraging the ACS community to get to know some of the ACS Editors who are active on Twitter. Tweet your appreciation and get to know more ACS Editors. Laura L. Kiessling is the Editor-in-Chief of ACS Chemical Biology. You can follow her on Twitter at @ChemicalBiology. […]

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September 14, 2017

#ThankAScientist – Jillian Buriak

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS is participating in Thank A Scientist Week by encouraging the ACS community to get to know some of the ACS Editors who are active on Twitter. Tweet your appreciation and get to know more ACS Editors. Jillian Buriak is the Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry of Materials. You can follow her on Twitter at @JBuirak. Buriak is […]

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September 14, 2017

#ThankAScientist — Carolyn Bertozzi

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS is participating in Thank A Scientist Week by encouraging the ACS community to get to know some of the ACS Editors who are active on Twitter. Tweet your appreciation and get to know more ACS Editors. Carolyn Bertozzi is the founding Editor-in-Chief of ACS Central Science. You can follow her on Twitter at ‪@CarolynBertozzi. Bertozzi’s research […]

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September 11, 2017

How to Write a Letter to the Editor for Non-Scientific Publications

By Stephanie Monasky

It’s not always easy to communicate your research to the general public. Many researchers present their work at scholarly conferences or give TED-style talks, but few think to reach out directly to news organizations or magazine publications. Yet science communication is important. It raises the profile of your research, it helps the public stay informed, […]

September 8, 2017

Writing the Research Plan for Your Academic Job Application

By Lexi Romano

Want to get that academic faculty job you’ve been dreaming about? Are you stressed about writing a lengthy research plan as part of the application process? Do not fear. ACS can provide you with guidance on writing a remarkable research plan needed for your academic job application so that you can stand out among other […]

September 8, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: 3D-Printed Self-Folding Electronics

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: 3D-printed self-folding electronics, improving efficiency of film-based solar cells, a benchmark database of barrier heights on transition metal surfaces — 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 […]

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Science communication discussion

September 7, 2017

What Researchers Should Know About Science Communication

By Maya Pottiger

What is science communication and why does it matter? During the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Washington D.C., seven speakers came together at Busboys & Poets to discuss effective ways of communicating science to the public. The speakers included Jordan Axelson, Ph.D., Mass Media Fellow, AAAS; Lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Matt […]

September 6, 2017

Providing Rapid, Low-Cost Analysis of Tap Water Using the ‘Coffee-ring effect’

By Jesse Stanchak

Determining chemical makeup of drinking water is an increasingly fraught issue for many people in the U.S. and around the world. Figuring this out isn’t always easy or cheap. Today, scientists are reporting that they are using the familiar “coffee-ring effect” to analyze multiple components in a single drop of water easily, quickly and cheaply. […]

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September 5, 2017

Using Cyborg Bacteria To Turn Sunlight into Useful Compounds

By Jesse Stanchak

Photosynthesis provides energy for the vast majority of life on Earth. But chlorophyll, the green pigment that plants use to harvest sunlight, is relatively inefficient. To enable humans to capture more of the sun’s energy than natural photosynthesis can, scientists have taught bacteria to cover themselves in tiny, highly efficient solar panels to produce useful […]

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September 1, 2017

Smart Label Could One Day Let You Know When to Toss Food and Cosmetics

By Jesse Stanchak

Detecting food and cosmetic spoilage and contamination. Identifying new medicinal plants in a remote jungle. Authenticating tea and wine. Scientists have developed a low-cost, portable, paper-based sensor that can potentially carry out all of these functions with easy-to-read results. Learn more about these sensors: One of the researchers, Dr. Silvana Andreescu, presented her work in […]

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September 1, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: Lead Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Lead halide perovskite nanocrystals, molecular chemistry of atmospheric brown carbon, synthesis of benzoxazoles — 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 […]

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August 31, 2017

ACS on Campus Visits Australia  

By Shannon O'Reilly

ACS on Campus recently visited Australia for the first time and had a successful two weeks of events, engaging with almost 400 students, authors, reviewers, and ACS members. The number of published articles from Australian authors in ACS journals is steadily increasing year over year. The country has an impressive number of ACS Editors and […]

August 31, 2017

Drinking Water: Healthy, Tasty, or Toxic

By David Sedlak

Attendees of the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Washington DC had an opportunity to attend a lecture on the chemistry of drinking water by Dr. David Sedlak, Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters. The lecture entitled, “Healthy, Tasty, or Toxic: A Chemist’s View of Drinking Water,” provides […]

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ACS Reviewer Lab

August 29, 2017

Take the ACS Reviewer Lab Challenge

By Stephanie Monasky

If you’ve ever reviewed a paper for ACS, you know the review process is as demanding as it is essential. That’s why we’re proud to offer ACS Reviewer Lab, a free, 4-hour online course developed to educate researchers on the principles of quality peer-review. The course features interactive modules covering the basics of peer review […]

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coral reefs

August 28, 2017

Removing the Sunblock Contaminants That Damage Coral Reefs

By Jesse Stanchak

Emerging evidence suggests that a certain important component in many sunblock lotions can be deadly to coral reefs. Now, researchers have developed a biodegradable bead that can soak up the sunblock ingredient, oxybenzone, like a thirsty sea sponge. They hope to use the agent to clean up seawater at beaches. The beads’ matrix consists of […]

August 28, 2017

Viruslike Nanoparticles Kill Drug-Resistant Bacteria

By Prachi Patel for C&EN

Viruslike polymer nanoparticles can target and kill different types of bacteria—including antibiotic-resistant strains—while sparing human cells, according to a new study. What’s more, fine-tuning the size and shape of these fuzzy polymer nanoparticles alters their potency. The strategy could represent a step towards a new class of antimicrobials that could fight infections while avoiding antibiotic […]

August 25, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: Genomic Enzymology — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Genomic enzymology, ferric heme-nitrosyl complexes, synthesis of benzoxazoles — 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 highlight the transformative […]

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August 24, 2017

Foraging for Fetal Cells in Mothers’ Blood

By Erika Gebel Berg for C&EN

Every pregnant woman who has considered getting a prenatal genetic test is familiar with the dilemma: Amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS) are the only available diagnostic tests that can say for sure whether a fetus has a devastating genetic disorder—but these tests are invasive, and each carries a small risk of miscarriage. Now, researchers […]

August 24, 2017

ACS’ Most Prolific Author Zhong Lin Wang Shares His Productivity Tips

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS journals feature the work of many amazing chemistry researchers, but none quite as productive as Dr. Zhong Lin Wang. At the 254th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, Wang was honored as ACS Publications’ most prolific author. The honor was announced via a photo mosaic, which used images submitted by event attendees to assemble a […]

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August 18, 2017

Explore All ACS has to Offer at the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

By Jennifer Taylor Howell

The American Chemical Society will welcome nearly 12,000 chemists and related professionals to the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Washington D.C. fron Aug. 20-24. The program will feature topics related to the theme, “Chemistry’s Impact on the Global Economy.” Be sure to attend the featured Kavli Foundation Lecture Series on Aug. 21. Attendees […]

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August 18, 2017

Paperthin Device Produces Electricity from the Slowest Human Motions

By Prachi Patel for C&EN

A device made with sheets of black phosphorus, a two-dimensional semiconducting material, can generate electricity when it is bent or pressed at ultralow frequencies. Incorporated into clothing, the paperthin device could produce electricity by harnessing relatively slow motions like walking, bending, or standing up. Converting movement into electricity could reduce the need for batteries for […]

August 18, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: Single Molecule Nanopore Spectrometry for Peptide Detection — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Single molecule nanopore spectrometry for peptide detection, calcium-mediated control of S100 proteins, ionic liquids for the extraction of alcohols from fermentation broth — 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 […]

August 17, 2017

Get Ready for ACS’ GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Official Attempt at the Largest chemistry lesson Title

By Jesse Stanchak

You’ve been hearing about it for months, and now the day is nearly here! ACS will make a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ official title attempt at hosting the Largest chemistry lesson during the upcoming ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Washington D.C. Ready to help ACS make history? Here’s what you need to know: WHAT: Dr. […]

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August 17, 2017

ChemRxiv is Open for Business: What You Need to Know

By Andrew Clinton

On behalf of the chemical science community, we are pleased to introduce ChemRxiv, the open preprint server for the global chemistry community. You can put your research immediately out on the web and share it with other scientists and colleagues, prior to formal peer review. ChemRxiv is openly accessible, with no subscription fees for readers […]

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August 16, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Physical Chemistry Articles of July 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in July of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each analytical chemistry ACS Publications journal in July 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

August 16, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Organic/Inorganic Chemistry Articles of July 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in July of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each organic or inorganic chemistry ACS Publications journal in July 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take […]

August 16, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Multidisciplinary Chemistry Articles of July 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in July of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each multidisciplinary chemistry ACS Publications journal in July 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

August 16, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Materials Science and Engineering Articles of July 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in July of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each materials science and engineering ACS Publications journal in July 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take […]

August 16, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Biological Chemistry Articles of July 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in July of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each biological chemistry ACS Publications journal in July 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

August 16, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Applied Chemistry Articles of July 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in July of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each applied chemistry ACS Publications journal in July 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

August 16, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Analytical Chemistry Articles of July 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in July of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each analytical chemistry ACS Publications journal in July 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]