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Division Elections Results
We extend our congratulations to the following individuals who have been elected to the leadership of the Division for 2016:
Mary K. Boyd, St. Edward’s University – Chair-Elect
Scott McN. Sieburth, Temple University – Secretary-Elect
Cynthia A. Maryanoff, Johnson & Johnson (retired), Baruch Blumberg Institute – Councilor
Paul R. Hanson, University of Kansas – Alternate Councilor
Robert E. Maleczka, Jr, Michigan State University – Alternate Councilor
Daniel H. Appella, National Institutes of Health – Member-at-Large
Alessandra Bartolozzi, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals – Member-at-Large
Karl Hansen, Amgen – Member-at-Large
Emily C. McLaughlin, Bard College – Member-at-Large
Annual Newsletter Available
The fall 2015 Newsletter is available as a downloadable, five-page PDF file. This document summarizes 2015 Division activities and announces 2016 programs.
Symposium Proposals for the Spring 2017 ACS National Meeting (San Francisco) are Due Feb 15, 2016
The Organic Division of the American Chemical Society is now accepting proposals for symposia to be presented at the spring 2017 ACS National Meeting (San Francisco, April 2-6, 2017). Proposals for symposia in emerging areas of research and/or the core areas of structure, synthesis and mechanism are encouraged as are those having an interdisciplinary focus. Proposals submitted jointly to DOC and other ACS Divisions for a shared symposium are welcome. The Executive Committee is particularly interested in proposals that include speakers from diverse backgrounds and represent a balance of gender, ethnicity and organizations. Support from the Division of up to $4,000 for a half-day symposium is provided. Guidelines for symposium proposals and a template for submission are available on the Division Website at https://organicdivision.org/symposia
DOC Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)
SURF fellowships ($5,000) will be awarded to a number of talented undergraduates. Student nominees should be U.S. citizens or permanent resident visa holders at the time of application. Applications from minorities are especially encouraged. Juniors will be given preference; graduating seniors are not eligible. Applications are to be submitted by the faculty mentor who must be an Organic Division member using the online form by February 1, 2016. There may be no more than 2 nominees per department, and no more than 1 nominee per research group. Further details are available at https://organicdivision.org/SURF
Assistant Professor Symposium
Sixteen assistant professors who are entering their fifth or sixth years and who have not yet been considered for tenure will be invited to give 30-minute presentations on their work in an all-day symposium at the fall ACS meeting. The nomination may come from the chair of the department, another tenured faculty member or a non-academic of similar seniority. Nominations consist of a very short nomination statement, confirmation that the nominee will be a fifth or a sixth year assistant professor in the Fall 2016, and a copy of his/her CV. Please submit the nomination by e-mail to Huw Davies and Lisa McElwee-White before February 1, 2016.
Young Investigator's Symposium
Independent investigators in a non-academic setting (e.g. industry, government or non-profit laboratory) who are no more than 10 years from graduate school or post-doctoral appointment and have demonstrated outstanding promise for future contributions to organic chemistry will be invited to give 30-minute presentations on their work in a half day symposium at the fall ACS meeting. We invite you to nominate potential speakers for this symposium. Nomination information can be found at: https://organicdivision.org/yis
Organic Division Video Contest
Two winners! We are pleased to announce two winners of the Organic Division Video Contest! Michael Cunningham and Michael Vinyard will each receive up to $1500 in travel reimbursement for their travel to the Spring 2016 ACS National Meeting in San Diego. Congratulations to both Michaels! Bragging rights will go to the video with the greatest number of page views. Please visit https://www.organicdivision.org/?nd=2015VidContestFinalists and spread the word on your social media channels.
Contest extended! It’s not too late! Please submit a 2-3 minute video that features the field of organic chemistry. Deadline is January 30, 2016. Winners will receive up to $1500 in travel support to the San Diego ACS meeting. More information is available at: https://www.organicdivision.org/?nd=videocontest
Four 2015 NOS Lectures (Larry Overman, Ken Houk, Kenichiro Itami, and Jeffrey Bode are Available On-Line
We thank all of those who attended and contributed to the 2015 National Organic Symposium (NOS) at the University of Maryland. We are now able to release videos of four lectures (Larry Overman, Ken Houk, Kenichiro Itami, Jeffrey Bode), which are now available free of charge to all Organic Division members from the NOS Videos' page.
We thank Dr. Marisa Kozlowski from the University Pennsylvania for her phenomenal efforts in organizing the conference, which includes having several of the NOS lectures recorded. The videos of these lectures are the first 4 of 9 that will be released from the 44th NOS. There were 15 talks so you had to be there to see all the great chemistry.
The National Organic Symposium is the premier event sponsored by the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry to highlight recent advances in organic chemistry. See the history of NOS
Call for Nominations for the 2016 The Journal of Organic Chemistry Outstanding Author of the Year Award Lectureship
The Journal of Organic Chemistry and the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry are seeking nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Author of the Year Award Lectureship. One author will be recognized for an outstanding article published in 2015 (either in an issue or ASAP) that demonstrates creativity and impact in the field of organic chemistry broadly based. The winner will receive an award plaque, $3,000, and travel expenses up to $1,500 to present the award lecture at the 2016 Fall ACS National Meeting. Please click here for information on the 2015 Awardee. Submit your nominations, which are due by January 15, 2016, here
Call for Nominations for the 2016 Organic Letters Outstanding Author of the Year Award Lectureship
Organic Letters and the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry are seeking nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Author of the Year Award Lectureship. One author will be recognized for an outstanding letter published in 2015 (either in an issue or ASAP) that demonstrates creativity and impact in the field of organic chemistry broadly based. Special consideration will be given to originality and impact of the letter. The winner will receive an award plaque, $3,000, and travel expenses up to $1,500 to present the award lecture at the 2016 Fall ACS National Meeting. Please click here for information on the 2015 Awardee. Submit your nominations, which are due by January 15, 2016, here
Call for Nominations for the 2016 Organometallics Distinguished Author Award
Organometallics and the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry are seeking nominations for the 2016 Organometallics Distinguished Author Award. This award recognizes authors of exceptional articles published from 2014 to 2015 in Organometallics. The article chosen should emphasize the importance of organometallic chemistry and have a profound impact on inorganic and organic chemistry as a whole. The winner will receive an award plaque, $3,000, and travel expenses up to $1,500 to present the award lecture at the 2016 Fall ACS National Meeting. Please click here for information on the 2014 Awardees. Submit your nominations, which are due by January 15, 2016, here
Chemical & Engineering News' Organic SCENE
Small Molecule Found In Cone Snail Arsenal. Just before engulfing a tasty meal of a fish or a marine worm, a cone snail paralyzes its prey by injecting it with venom from a harpoon-like tooth. Scientists previously identified the paralyzing compounds in cone snail venom as polypeptides. Some of them have even been developed into pain medication for people, such as the synthetic injectable drug ziconotide (Prialt). Researchers now report that polypeptides aren’t the only paralyzing compounds in cone snail venom. They identified a small molecule in two different cone snail species—Conus genuanus and Conus geographus—that causes paralysis in mice when given at nanomolar doses. The team determined the compound’s structure and named it genuanine. Genuanine is a guanine derivative and the first small-molecule paralytic to be identified in cone snail venom. The researchers aren’t certain if genuanine is synthesized by the cone snail or its associated bacteria. http://cenm.ag/org71
Chemists Ante Up of Phospholes. Phosphorus-containing heterocyclic compounds, known as phospholes, are frequently used in organic electronics, as bioimaging probes, and in catalysts. Three research groups are now reporting new ways to make the molecules. http://cenm.ag/org72
Controlling Reaction Selectivity with Molecular Dynamics. The traditional way to produce only one out of several possible products of a reaction is to stabilize the transition state that leads to that desired compound. But in some reactions, a single transition state leads to multiple products. Now researchers have demonstrated that they can select for a particular rearrangement product by choosing reaction conditions geared toward promoting particular molecular dynamics paths. http://cenm.ag/org73
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