Category: Career

August 16, 2017

Top Sessions for Librarians and Information Professionals at the 254th ACS National Meeting in Washington, DC

By Michael Qiu

Opinions are of the author and not necessarily those of ACS or ACS Publications It only seemed like we just left San Francisco and now we are gearing up for the next ACS National Meeting in Washington, DC. From August 20-24, presentations will be given covering every aspect of chemistry from analytical, to polymers, chemical […]

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August 16, 2017

Attend ACS’ First-Ever Journey to Mars Symposium

By Freddy Tellez

The 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition will be the proud home of the first-ever “Journey to Mars Symposium,” August 22-23, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington D.C. The symposium will bring together industry, academic, and government figures, together with the public to focus on cutting-edge technological developments in chemical sciences to advance human […]

August 16, 2017

Showcase Your Research on an ACS Journal Cover

By Andrew Clinton

ACS Publications is pleased to introduce supplementary cover art—an opportunity for you to promote your published research and present your findings in a way that is novel and visually impactful. If your article is accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society or ACS Catalysis, you can submit your cover art for […]

August 15, 2017

What Goes into Selecting C&EN’s Talented 12?

By Jesse Stanchak

Many fields have awards recognizing rising stars. Recording artists have the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Baseball players have the Rookie of the Year Award. And chemists have the Talented 12. Each year Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) unveils a new class of 12 promising young chemists at the Fall ACS National Meeting & […]

August 15, 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 ACS Catalysis Lectureship Recipient: Professor Paul Chirik

By Freddy Tellez

ACS Catalysis and the ACS Division of Catalysis Science & Technology will honor Professor Paul Chirik (Princeton University) on August 21 as the recipient of the 2017 ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science. Paul Chirik, Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry, is being recognized for his contributions to catalysis with first row transition metal complexes, especially […]

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August 15, 2017

Announcing ACS Reviewer Lab: Free Training for Peer Reviewers

By Stephanie Monasky

Peer review is the backbone of scientific publishing. That’s why ACS Publications is pround to announce the debut of ACS Reviewer Lab, an online course created to help educate researchers on the fundamentals of scholarly peer review. The course offers scientists practical instruction and challenging exercises designed to hone their peer reviewing skills. It was […]

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August 14, 2017

Enjoy the Solar Eclipse on August 21st, But Avoid This Chemical Reaction!

By Angela Carlson

On August 21, 2017, and for the first time in almost a century, the magnificent sight of the moon passing over and completely covering the sun will be visible across parts of North America. In Washington D.C., during the ACS National Meeting, the sky will briefly darken with an estimated 81% obscuration of the sun.[i] […]

August 14, 2017

Frozen Fish Embryos Warm Up Better with Nanorods

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan, for C&EN

Zebrafish (Danio rerio) are widely used as a model organism for developmental biology. But after being frozen and thawed, zebrafish embryos rarely survive, meaning that researchers can only do experiments on live ones and can’t store embryos for later experiments or to share with other labs. Now, researchers report that injecting zebrafish embryos with gold […]

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August 14, 2017

5 Productivity Tips from Some of ACS Publications’ Most Prolific Authors

By Maya Pottiger

Every chemist has the same number of hours in the day, so what makes some authors so much more prolific than others? To find out, ACS Publications has been chatting with some of our most published authors. We will reveal our most prolific author at the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition via an electronic […]

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August 11, 2017

Join ACS Publications in Washington D.C. for These Exciting Events!

By Stephanie Monasky

The 254th ACS National Meeting in Washington, DC is less than two weeks away! Mark your calendars and join ACS Publications and C&EN for events and activities throughout the meeting. Help us take a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title, meet top ACS Editors, and help create a mural of 2016’s most-prolific author. Take a Quiz and […]

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August 11, 2017

Keeping a Close Eye on Lithium Ions

By Katherine Bourzac for C&EN

After a year or so, lithium-ion batteries—used in cell phones, laptops, and electric cars—need more frequent recharging. And on rare occasions, the batteries can fail catastrophically. A new way to directly image lithium ions could help researchers better understand why these problems happen, helping them to improve battery design. Li-ion batteries can catch fire when […]

August 11, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: This Week: Repair-Resistant DNA Lesions — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Repair-resistant DNA lesions, key features of 8-Oxoguanine, transient melting and recrystallization of semiconductor nanocrystals — 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 […]

August 10, 2017

Announcing the 2017 ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award Winners

By Brooke Howell

ACS Infectious Diseases and the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Awards. This year’s honors, which recognize three outstanding young investigators in the field of infectious diseases, are awarded to: Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of […]

August 9, 2017

16 of the Hottest Research Topics in Chemistry

By Freddy Tellez

ACS Publications brings you regular collections of the hottest research topics in chemistry research. Our Virtual Collections include Virtual Issues, Special Issues and Thematic Collections of chemistry research from ACS Publications journals. These collections reflect important chemistry research topics of current scientific interest and are designed for experienced investigators and educators alike. Read Important Chemistry […]

August 8, 2017

How Librarians Advance Chemistry: With ACS Fellow Grace Baysinger

By Katherine Stevens

This year the ACS named Stanford Librarian Grace Baysinger as one of the ACS Fellows. The program was created to recognize members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the Society. Baysinger is currently the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Librarian at the Robin Li and Melissa Ma Science Library. […]

August 7, 2017

What’s New With Our Manuscript Submission and Peer Review Environment, ACS Paragon Plus

By Stephanie Monasky

You may have noticed (or received emails about) some changes to ACS’ manuscript submission and peer review environment, ACS Paragon Plus. We’re pleased to bring our authors and reviewers substantial improvements that will improve the efficiency and speed of the submission and review process. Keep reading for an overview of these important changes and how […]

August 4, 2017

Cane Toad Microbiome Transforms its Toxins

By Melissae Fellet, for C&EN

Australia’s invasive cane toads are a scourge to native species, poisoning predators with toxic secretions. But now researchers have discovered that bacteria in the glands of adult cane toads transform these toxins into hydroxylated versions found in cane toad eggs and tadpoles. Manipulating this microbe-mediated toxin transformation could offer a new route for controlling the […]

August 4, 2017

Congratulations to the JAFC 2017 Article of the Year Award Lectureship Winners

By Freddy Tellez

The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (JAFC) and the ACS Divisions of Agrochemicals (AGRO) and Agricultural and Food Chemistry (AGFD) are pleased to announce the winners of the Research Article of the Year Award Lectureship: Dr. Wan Chan, Dr. Nikola M. Pavlović and Dr. Francisco J. Hidalgo. Read more about each JAFC 2017 Article […]

August 4, 2017

Eavesdropping on Plant–Insect–Microbe Chemical Communications in Agricultural Ecology

By John J. Beck, Baldwyn Torto, and Rachel L. Vannette

The following is an excerpt from an editorial that originally appeared in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. This Virtual Issue highlights recent work published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (JAFC) on important research into the complex network of volatile chemical communications among plants, insects, and microbes. Articles within the Virtual Issue are […]

August 4, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: A New Approach to Evaluating Cellular Drug Uptake — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: A new approach to evaluating cellular drug uptake — 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 power […]

August 3, 2017

Understanding How Mother-of-Pearl Promotes Bone Growth

By Melissa Pandika

The Mayans used seashells as dental implants, and researchers have shown that small chunks of mother-of-pearl, the iridescent lining of oysters’ and other mollusks’ shells, induce bone formation in both cell culture and animal studies. Why this works, however, has been a mystery. Researchers are now a step closer to the answer. A new work […]

August 3, 2017

Learn More About the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

By Jesse Stanchak

Are you a senior undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a research-based master’s and doctoral degree? Are you worried about finding funding to help pay for that education? The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) may be able to help. The GRFP recognizes outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and offers them final […]

August 3, 2017

Read the Best Environmental Science & Technology Letters Papers of 2016

By Freddy Tellez

Learn about Environmental Science & Technology Letters Editor-in-Chief David Sedlak’s GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ official attempt at staging the Largest chemistry lesson at the upcoming ACS National Meeting. The Environmental Science & Technology Letters (ES&T Letters) editorial team had the challenging task of choosing the papers that stood out from all others published in 2016 due […]

August 3, 2017

Read the Best Environmental Science & Technology Papers of 2016

By Freddy Tellez

Learn about Environmental Science & Technology Editor-in-Chief David Sedlak’s GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ official attempt at staging the Largest chemistry lesson at the upcoming ACS National Meeting. In 2016, Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) received over 6,000 manuscripts and published 1,569 articles. To highlight notable publications, each year ES&T’s editors identify a pool of outstanding papers. […]

August 1, 2017

What Chemical Engineers Should Know Before Going into Academia

By Chi Wang

Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research Editor-in-Chief Phil Savage knows his way around the lab, with more than 200 papers to his name. But he’s also comfortable in the classroom, serving as the Department Head and Walter L. Robb Family Endowed Chair, and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. The two roles can require […]

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July 31, 2017

10 Tips for Ethical Authorship

By Stephanie Monasky and Katherine Stevens

Navigating the seas of scientific publication isn’t always easy. Publishing your research in a peer-reviewed journal is a challenge in and of itself, but it is also vital that researchers publish their science in an ethical manner. Observance of high ethical standards is vital to the scientific community at large and can help maximize benefits […]

July 28, 2017

Discussing the Future of Drinking Water with Dr. David Sedlak

By Jesse Stanchak

Next month, Dr. David Sedlak will try to enter the record books by making an official attempt at the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest chemistry lesson during the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition. The Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters will deliver his record-breaking lecture, “Healthy, […]

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July 27, 2017

Nano Letters’ A. Paul Alivisatos Named Provost of UC Berkeley

By Jesse Stanchak

Nano Letters‘ Founding Editor-in-Chief A. Paul Alivisatos can now add a new line to his CV: executive vice chancellor and provost of UC Berkeley. His new role is the university’s second highest position, combining day-to-day operational responsibilities with the duty of representing the school’s faculty and developing its academic programs. Prior to accepting this new […]

July 26, 2017

Training of Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Could Improve with New Mass Spectrometry Tool

By Melissa Pandika

Law enforcement has long relied on canines to sniff out dangerous explosives, but large discrepancies exist between individual dogs’ performances that are at least partially attributable to training differences. Now, analytical chemistry may help give the dogs’ powerful sense of smell a keener edge. Researchers have developed a device that could improve dogs’ training by […]

July 25, 2017

Plants Inspire Exceptionally Strong and Elastic Graphene Aerogels

By Prachi Patel for C&EN

Ultralight and exceptionally strong, graphene aerogels are attractive materials for use as catalysts, electrodes, and flexible electronics. But so far it has been hard to make them both strong and elastic. Researchers have now overcome that hurdle by making a squishable graphene aerogel that mimics an aquatic plant’s highly ordered porous structure. The new, conductive […]

July 25, 2017

What Chemists Do: Haynes & Boone LLP’s Paul Dietze

By Jesse Stanchak

Paul Dietze is an intellectual property attorney at Haynes & Boone LLP. As an attorney, Paul uses his chemistry background and legal knowledge to help inventors with their patent-related questions and needs. Learn how a chemist can apply their scientific knowledge in a law firm environment from Paul’s interview. Learn more about Paul Dietze’s work […]

July 24, 2017

Welcome the Newest Associate Editors of ACS Publications Journals: Q2 2017

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 editors and learn what unique gifts they’ll be bringing to their respective journals. *** Yaakov ‘Kobi’ Benenson, ACS Synthetic Biology What do you hope […]

July 21, 2017

ACS Heads to Brazil for IUPAC 2017

By Maya Pottiger

ACS spent a successful week at the IUPAC-2017 conference in São Paulo, Brazil, from July 7-13. As platinum sponsors of the event, ACS Publications, CAS, and ACS Membership shared a large booth in the main exhibition hall. The booth generated a lot of traffic with its giveaways – including a USB key linking to the […]

July 21, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: Building a Chemistry “Recommendation Engine” — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Building a chemistry “recommendation engine,” vacancy engineering in nanosheets, 3D printed smart devices– 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 […]

July 21, 2017

Silencing Mitochondrial Genes with a Designer Molecule

By Erika Gebel Berg for C&EN

Mitochondria, the organelles which collectively serve as a cell’s powerhouse, are like miniature fortresses. Getting synthetic chemicals past this organelle’s formidable double membrane isn’t easy. As a result, scientists haven’t yet been able to develop any drug treatments that address the core problems underlying mitochondrial disorders, which can be deadly. Now, researchers have developed a […]

July 20, 2017

Making Macrocyclic Compounds for DNA-Encoded Libraries

By XiaoZhi Lim, for C&EN

A simple tweak to a tool for making macrocyclic compounds could help increase the diversity of DNA-encoded libraries used by drug developers to rapidly screen and identify promising drug candidates. Building such libraries involves attaching short, unique DNA sequences to small molecules and then reacting those DNA-tagged building blocks together to create myriad products, which […]

July 20, 2017

Young Observers Reflect on IUPAC-2017

By Brandon C. Presley, Dean Tantillo, Yu (Frank) Yang, Javier Vela, John B. Matson, Jens Breffke, and Raychelle Burks

The U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) supported a group of Young Observers in attending the IUPAC-2017 conference in São Paulo, Brazil from July 7-13. As part of their attendance, they were invited to share their experiences with the ACS Axial community. Brandon C. Presley: I attended the […]

July 19, 2017

Free Chemistry Education Resources for August 2017

By Kaye Lin

Each month ACS Webinars provides free live webinars for chemists. These free webinars cover subjects as diverse as drug development, food chemistry, and professional development for chemists. Learn about the recent advances being made in the fight against skin cancer and the hidden stories in the air we breathe in our free weekly webinar series […]

July 18, 2017

How to Prepare for a Chemistry Job Interview

By Lexi Romano

Are you currently getting ready for a big chemistry job interview that could take your career to the next level? ACS wants to help you out by providing some valuable tips on how to do well in your next chemistry job interview! You know what they say: “You only get one chance at a first […]

July 17, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Physical Chemistry Articles of June 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in June 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 June 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, […]