Category: Career

March 16, 2016

Video: Using cactus to clean fish tanks

By Jesse Stanchak

Fish farms are essential to meeting global demand for seafood. Keeping so many fish in compact tanks can have some unpleasant side effects, however, as sediments, bacteria and heavy metals like arsenic can build up in the water — and then end up in someone’s fish dinner. Cleaning these tanks can be difficult and expensive, […]

  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Norma A. Alcantar
  • video

March 15, 2016

Video: Exploring Metal Oxides as Photoanodes

By Jesse Stanchak

The hunt is on for better ways to store solar energy for future use. One promising looking avenue is using metal oxides as photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water splitting. In this video, Alex Rettie and Will Chemelewski look at two potential anode candidates: bismuth vanadate and iron oxide. They explain their recent research into the field […]

  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

March 14, 2016

Turning a bacterial weapon into a new drug delivery mechanism

By Jesse Stanchak

The fight to survive, even among single-celled organisms, can be nasty. Some bacteria defend themselves using protein ribbons that can unfurl, punching through the membranes of other cells  as it elongates and releasing a deadly payload. New research in ACS Synthetic Biology suggests there may be a way to harness this ability to deliver drugs or […]

  • ACS Synthetic Biology
  • drug delivery
  • video

March 11, 2016

Meet ACS’ New Associate Editors for Q1 2016

By Jesse Stanchak

New associate editors bring more than just changes to a publication’s masthead. They bring new experiences, new perspectives and new ideas to their publications. Get to know some of ACS’ latest associate editors and learn what unique gifts they’ll be bringing to their respective journals. *** Maria Laura Bolognesi, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry What do […]

  • ACS Catalysis
  • Associate Editors
  • Journal of Chemical Education
  • Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

March 11, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Building a Better Biodegradable Plastic — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: building a better biodegradable plastic, taking a closer look at the impact of temperature on enzyme-catalyzed reactions, getting an overview of current research in polymerization-induced self-assembly in nanoparticles  — 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 […]

  • Accounts of Chemical Research
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Macro Letters
  • Biochemistry
  • JACS
  • Journal of Chemical Education
  • Langmuir
  • Macromolecules

March 10, 2016

5 Publishing Tips for Researchers in China

By Selenah Njoloma

It’s a good time to be a scientist in China. The Chinese government has strengthened its national programs for science and technology R&D, including investments in fundamental science and sustainable energy. These advancements have helped make China the world’s second-largest publisher of scientific articles. ACS journals published more than 32,000 articles from China in the […]

  • ACS AuthorChoice
  • ACS Central Science
  • ACS ChemWorx
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Omega
  • China
  • publishing
  • SciFinder

March 9, 2016

Celebrate and Innovate at the 251st ACS National Meeting and Exposition

By Jesse Stanchak

The theme of this year’s National Meeting is “Computers in Chemistry.” Thousands of chemical professionals, educators, and students from around the world will gather in San Diego for five days of learning and networking opportunities. The theme will be on full display at the highly anticipated Kavli Lectures, where attendees will be able to hear […]

  • ACS Career Navigator
  • ACS Member Insurance Program
  • ACS Membership
  • ACS National Meeting
  • CAS
  • Chemical & Engineering News
chemistry poster presentation

March 8, 2016

Top 10 Poster Presentation Tips

By Stephanie Monasky

So you’ve completed the research paper that will form the basis for your chemistry poster presentation. Your figures are all correctly formatted, and your citations are everywhere they need to be. Now you just need to prepare your chemistry poster presentation. Easy, right? Well, not always. 10 Keys to Giving an Effective Chemistry Poster Presentation […]

  • author services
  • poster presentation

March 7, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Publishing Tips for Researchers in India

By Selenah Njoloma

As any India-based researcher knows, publishing your work on an international stage comes with unique challenges. But despite the barriers, India is a fast-growing source of scientific research. In the past 5 years alone, ACS journals published 7,000 articles from authors based in India. Six ACS editors and 35 editorial advisory board members call India […]

  • ACS Energy Letters
  • Growing Globally
  • Prashant Kamat
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry
  • webinar

March 4, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Focus on Journal of Proteome Research

By Jesse Stanchak

This week ACS Editor’s Choice is offering a deep dive into some of the most compelling research to appear in Journal of Proteome Research in the past few months, in honor of the journal receiving a new Editor-in-Chief, Professor John R. Yates, III, Ph.D., of The Scripps Research Institute. Enjoy a trove of open-access research on different aspects […]

  • Editor's Choice
  • John R. Yates
  • Journal of Proteome Research

March 4, 2016

Are You Ready to Become an ACS Science Coach?

By Stephanie Prosack

Maybe you’re a graduate student looking to broaden your experiences. Maybe you’re a researcher who wants to give something back. Maybe you’re a retired chemist with an interest in shaping the next generation of scientists. Wherever you are in your career, maybe it’s time you considered becoming an ACS Science Coach. ACS Science Coaches are […]

  • ACS Science Coaches
  • chemistry education
  • volunteering

March 3, 2016

Meet the New EIC of Journal of Proteome Research

By Renee John

“Synergy between the different types of ‘omics’” is how Journal of Proteome Research describes its scope. For the uninitiated, that means genomics, proteomics, metabonomics, and metabolomics. The journal also focuses on advances in methodology, including bioinformatics. The journal has long been a leader in the proteomics field—and now, it is under new, capable leadership. Professor […]

  • John R. Yates
  • Journal of Proteome Research

March 1, 2016

Join ACS Publications in San Diego

By Andrew Clinton

The 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego is rapidly approaching, and we hope that you can take some time out of your day to join us at the ACS Publications and C&EN booths in the exhibition hall. You’ll have an opportunity to learn about our exciting new journals and our flexible open access offerings. […]

  • ACS National Meeting
  • ACS Publications
  • Chemical & Engineering News

March 1, 2016

Meet ACS Energy Letters Editor-in-Chief Prashant Kamat

By Renee John

ACS is proud to announce the launch of a new journal, ACS Energy Letters, dedicated to showcasing the latest findings in energy conversion and storage from a variety of chemistry disciplines. Leading this exciting new journal is Dr. Prashant Kamat, principal scientist at the University of Notre Dame’s Radiation Laboratory. What are your goals as […]

  • ACS Energy Letters
  • Prashant Kamat

February 29, 2016

Life in the Lab: Understanding Accidents With Mary Beth Mulcahy

By Jesse Stanchak

When a serious safety incident occurs in a lab, investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board are called in to help figure out what went wrong. Sound like something out of an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation? Mary Beth Mulcahy, Ph.D, an investigator at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, says her job isn’t like […]

  • careers
  • Mary Beth Mulcahy
  • U.S. Chemical Safety Board

February 26, 2016

ACS Editor’s Choice: Antarctic Lead, “Drug-Initiated” Delivery Systems — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Lead contamination in Antartica, a new anode material for lithium-ion batteries and a look at “drug-initiated” medication delivery systems — 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 Catalysis
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
  • ACS Photonics
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

February 25, 2016

2 ACS Editors Share in Dan David Prize

By Jesse Stanchak

Each year the Dan David Foundation awards three prizes of $1 million each to individuals or institutions that have made remarkable contributions in three categories: past, present, and future. This year, the winners of the “future” prize will include A. Paul Alivisatos, founding editor of Nano Letters, and Chad Mirkin, Associate Editor of the Journal […]

  • A. Paul Alivisatos
  • ACS Nano
  • ACS Nano Letters
  • Chad Mirkin
  • JACS

February 25, 2016

C&EN Roundup: Ultralow-Power Computing, CO2 Capture, and Combat Zone Treatments

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: *** Nanoparticle Clotting Agent Could Save Soldiers, Even in Extreme Heat An injectable blood-clotting agent can save a wounded soldier’s life, but the extreme temperatures common in many combat […]

  • ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
  • ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
  • ACS Synthetic Biology
  • C&EN
  • Journal of Proteome Research
  • Nano Letters

February 24, 2016

How Do I Network at Professional Events?

By Michael Qiu

The ACS National Meeting is coming up and I’m excited to go for the first time… but I’m nervous about networking at professional events. I’d like to be able to use this meeting to make some new connections and have a little fun, but I’m bad at talking to strangers. I know I’ll spend the […]

  • ACS National Meeting
  • Librarians
  • networking

February 23, 2016

Can’t Miss Sessions for Librarians at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego

By Michael Qiu

From March 13-17, thousands of attendees with gather in San Diego, California for the 251st ACS National Meeting & Exposition. With hundreds of sessions and thousands of papers and posters to see, the schedule can be overwhelming. Whether you are a first-time attendee or a veteran of the meeting, navigating the schedule is a feat […]

  • ACS National Meeting
  • Librarians

February 22, 2016

ACS on Campus: Engaging Globally in India

By Katherine Stevens

  In late January 2016, ACS Publications traveled to India to meet with local researchers and lead a series of ACS on Campus events. More than 900 students, faculty, and researchers attended the full-day programs, which were held at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay; the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore; and the International Institute […]

  • ACS on Campus
  • India
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • SciFinder
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry

February 19, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: A Possible Treatment for a Severe Epilepsy Syndrome — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: a closer look at possible cancer inhibitor, an examination of industrially preferred solvents for green chemistry, testing a possible treatment for a severe epilepsy syndrome  – 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 […]

  • ACS Chemical Neuroscience
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Macro Letters
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Molecular Pharmaceutics
  • Organic Process Research & Development
  • Organometallics

February 17, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Publishing Tips for Researchers in China

By Selenah Njoloma

As any China-based researcher knows, publishing your work on an international stage comes with unique challenges. But despite the barriers, China is a fast-growing source of scientific research. In the past 5 years alone, ACS journals published 32,000 articles from authors based in China. Thirty ACS editors and 130 editorial advisory board members call China […]

  • Authors
  • China
  • Growing Globally
  • paper submissions
  • webinars

February 17, 2016

6 questions Every Scientist Should Ask Before Talking to a Reporter

By Nancy Blount

What do I do when a reporter calls to talk about my research? Stay calm. Don’t answer any questions right away. Tell the reporter you’re about to head into a meeting and you’ll need to call them back. Ask the reporter their name, the publication they’re writing for and the nature of their story. Once […]

  • ACS National Meeting
  • Chemistry Ambassadors
  • media
  • Office of Public Affairs
  • reporter
Pushpalatha Murthy

February 17, 2016

Engaging Women Scientists and Engineers in India with Pushpalatha Murthy

By Michael Qiu

In September 2014, Prof. Pushpalatha “Pushpa” Murthy from the National Science Foundation delivered a series of professional skills and career advancement workshops for women scientists and engineers in India. The workshops were conducted by Prof. Geraldine Richmond (University of Oregon), Prof. Laura Greene (University of Illinois) and Prof. Pushpa Murthy, with financial support from the […]

  • COACh
  • India
  • Workshop
Jaime Curtis Fisk

February 16, 2016

Life in the Lab: Exploring Formulation Science with Jaime Curtis-Fisk

By Jesse Stanchak

What’s it like to be a formulation scientist at the Dow Chemical Company? In this video, Jaime Curtis-Fisk talks about her work designing cellulose derivative polymers at Dow and shares the real-world impact of her research. She also discusses her professional journey, how she found a role that makes her happy and the special challenges faced […]

  • Biochemistry
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • JACS
  • Jaime Curtis-Fisk
  • Macromolecules

February 12, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Dengue Virus, Drugs Based on Natural Products, and Arsenic in Groundwater

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: The medicinal chemistry of dengue virus, natural products as sources for new drugs, dramatic seasonal shifts in groundwater arsensic– 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 Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Journal of Natural Products

February 11, 2016

JACS Editor Peter Stang Receives China’s International Science and Technology Cooperation Award

By Jesse Stanchak

Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) Editor Peter Stang recently received China’s International Science and Technology Cooperation Award. Stang, along with six other foreign scientists, received the honor during a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on Jan. 8. During the ceremony, Stang had the opportunity to meet […]

  • China
  • JACS
  • Peter Stang
David Sedlak

February 11, 2016

David Sedlak: How Cities Can Meet Their Growing Water Needs

By Freddy Tellez

David Sedlak is off to a great start in 2016. The Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science & Technology was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering and his TED Talk, “4 Ways We Can Avoid a Catastrophic Drought” is a hit on YouTube. Check out David Sedlak’s TED Talk and a revealing follow-up interview on recycled water technology, conservation, […]

  • David Sedlak
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • TED Talk
  • video

February 10, 2016

What Drives an Editor? Ask ACS Central Science’s Carolyn Bertozzi

By Selenah Njoloma

 What motivates this year’s National Academy of Sciences awardee — a busy professor at Stanford University with a full plate — to assume the role as Editor-in-Chief of ACS Central Science, a new open access journal ready to compete with top science journals? The answer lies in what drives Carolyn Bertozzi. Her brief bio on Twitter […]

  • ACS Central Science
  • Carolyn Bertozzi
  • open access
Richard Powell

February 9, 2016

From Tree to Treatment: Honoring Richard G. Powell, a Pioneer in Anticancer Research

By Renee John

At a glance, the Japanese plum yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia) is an unremarkable shrub. It is a bright green, bushy conifer, with spiky leaves that point toward the sky. It is native to the rich soil of Japan’s mountains and seaside cliffs but has made its way to planters’ gardens in Europe and the United States. But […]

  • cancer
  • Cephalotaxus harringtonia
  • Journal of Natural Products
  • medicine
  • Richard G. Powell

February 8, 2016

Expanded Partnership with Figshare Promotes Open Data Discovery

By Andrew Clinton

In November 2015, we announced our partnership with Figshare, an open repository that promotes broad discoverability of scientific research data. The ACS partnership with Figshare provides our authors and researchers with improved archiving and access to open data sets and other supporting information that often accompany articles published in ACS Publications’ peer-reviewed research journals. As an […]

  • .cif files
  • ACS LiveSlides
  • Crystal Growth & Design
  • Figshare
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • video files
Hepatitis C

February 5, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Developing New Treatments for Hepatitis C, Improving Biorefineries — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: fighting Hepatitis C with derivatives from an over-the-counter antihistamine, a process that could improve the economic viability of modern biorefineries, a look at fetal exposure to antidepressants in mice – 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 […]

  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • ACS Chemical Neuroscience
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Sustainable Chemical Engineering
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • JACS
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

February 4, 2016

What is Open Access? Reddit Users Ask Us Their Toughest Questions

By Katherine Stevens

Open access is a big topic in scientific circles, sparking lots of discussion in recent years. The demand for free and open data has never been higher. But how does open access publishing work? In the past 2 years, we’ve expanded our open access outreach, launching several new programs and journals, including: In the past […]

  • ACS Author Rewards
  • ACS AuthorChoice
  • ACS Central Science
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Omega
  • Ask Me Anything
  • open access
  • Reddit AMA
litium-ion batteries

February 3, 2016

Perspectives on the Electrode–Electrolyte Interface in Lithium-Ion Batteries

By Jesse Stanchak

Longer-lasting batteries would be a boon to humanity, helping both the environment and our equipment budgets. One roadblock, however, is that common lithium-ion batteries aren’t as well understood as you might think. Researchers have been studying their electrode/electrolyte interface (EEI) for 40 years and questions still linger about how certain compounds form in the EEI, […]

  • Electrochemical Energy Laboratory
  • electrode/electrolyte interface
  • lithium-ion batteries
  • Magali Gauthier
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

February 1, 2016

Putting Research in Context: ACS’ Approach to Editorials

By Liesa Ross

Editors-in-chief of ACS journals do more than review manuscripts. They also articulate the vision for their journals and comment on changes and emerging best practices in their respective fields. A major way they do this is through editorials: short, opinion-based pieces written by a journal’s editor-in-chief or editorial staff. Each journal approaches editorials in a […]

  • ACS Nano
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • editorials
  • Journal of Chemical Education
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
5 black chemists who changed the world

February 1, 2016

Celebrate Black History Month with 5 Remarkable Black Chemists

By Jesse Stanchak

The history of chemistry is full of contributions from black scientists. They have made important discoveries in areas such as agriculture, medicine and more. They have helped firefighters, aided criminal investigations and even gone to space! Celebrate Black History Month with this video looking back at the lives of five important black chemists, produced in […]

  • Betty Harris
  • black chemists
  • black history month
  • ChemDiversity.org
  • George Washington Carver
  • Mae Jemison
  • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
  • Patricia Bath
  • Percy Julian

January 29, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Invisibility, Rare Earth Elements in San Francisco Bay and more!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week:  Researchers build a biomimetic mechanical chameleon to test a new method for achieving invisibility via real-time active camouflage, while a study shows concentrations of rare earth  elements used in new high-tech applications are rapidly building up in San Francisco Bay – and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a […]

  • ACS Nano
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Crystal Growth and Design
  • Environmental Science and Technology
  • invisibility
  • JACS
  • real-time camouflage
  • The Journal of Organic Chemistry

January 28, 2016

Review: “What You Need for the First Job, Besides the Ph.D. in Chemistry”

By Diane Bunce

If you are expecting a tired look at how to apply for your first job, What You Need for the First Job, Besides the Ph.D. in Chemistry is not the book for you. I approached the book with mild interest, figuring it would be a review of what I already knew. Within the first few pages, […]

  • ACS Symposium Series
  • Diane M. Bunce
  • ebooks
  • first job in chemistry
Ye Li

January 27, 2016

The Evolving Role of Librarians Part Two: Ye Li

By Katherine Stevens

The following interview is with Ye Li, Chemistry Librarian, University of Michigan Shapiro Science Library.  How has your job changed over the years? What is it like being a 21st-century librarian, compared with the more traditional image most people have in their minds? Ye Li: I have been in the profession for about six years […]

  • ACS Chemical Information Division
  • American Library Association
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Librarians
  • Special Libraries Association
  • University of Michigan Shapiro Science Library
  • Ye Li