ACS New Orleans Special Events

26 Mar

If you are going to ACS New Orleans in just a couple of weeks then I hope to see you there. Stop by the booth and say hi or attend one of our many presentations listed below. There is a lot going on in our eScience team and we will be reporting on some of our latest efforts at the conference.

If you are arriving in on Saturday we would love you to attend the CINF gathering to discuss the future of the division. How to access, use, validate and integrate Chemical Information is such an important part of our everyday lives we want to ensure that the activities of the division support your needs and we are hosting this dinner in order to garner your input and engage you in discussion. The dinner is on Saturday from 6:30-9:30pm at Calcasieu Private Dining, 930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans. Please contact me via email at tony27587 AT gmail DOT com to confirm you wish to attend so we have space.

We will also have a special guest at the ACS: Science Comedian Brian Malow. He will be the speaker at the CINF Luncheon AND will have a one hour session on communicating science. Details below. Please contact me directly if you want a ticket for the CINF Luncheon!

Monday, April 8

  • Division of Chemical Information Featured Presentation, 4:30-5:30pm, MCC 352
  • Brian Malow – “Science comedian’s guide to communicating science
  • Sponsored by the ACS Division of Chemical Information

Tuesday, April 9

  • CINF Luncheon (Ticketed Event – Contact Division Chair, Tony Williams), 12:00 – 1:30 pm, MCC Room R08
  • Speaker: Brian Malow – “Science Comedy”
  • Sponsored exclusively by the Royal Society of Chemistry


Presentations that members of our eScience team are involved with.

1) PAPER ID: 22619 PAPER TITLE: “ChemSpider: Disseminating data and enabling an abundance of chemistry platforms” DIVISION: CINF: Division of Chemical Information SESSION: Public Databases Serving the Chemistry Community

2) PAPER ID: 18784 PAPER TITLE: “Engaging students in publishing on the internet early in their careers” DIVISION: CHED: Division of Chemical Education SESSION: Increasing Student Comprehension and Retention in the Undergraduate Organic or Inorganic Curriculum

3) PAPER ID: 21634 PAPER TITLE: “Navigating scientific resources using wiki-based resources” DIVISION: CINF: Division of Chemical Information SESSION: Library Cafes, Intellectual Commons and Virtual Services, Oh My! Charting New Routes for Users into Research Libraries

4) PAPER ID: 19389 PAPER TITLE: “Challenging, cajoling and rewarding the community for their contributions to online chemistry” DIVISION: CINF: Division of Chemical Information SESSION: Scholarly Communication: New Models, New Media, New Metrics

5) PAPER ID: 18792 PAPER TITLE: “Data enhancing the RSC Archive” DIVISION: CINF: Division of Chemical Information SESSION: Scholarly Communication: New Models, New Media, New Metrics

6) PAPER ID: 19947 PAPER TITLE: “RSC chemical validation and standardization platform: A potential path to quality-conscious databases” DIVISION: CINF: Division of Chemical Information SESSION: Public Databases Serving the Chemistry Community

7) PAPER ID: 16409 PAPER TITLE: “Carbohydrate structure representation and public chemistry databases” DIVISION: CARB: Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry SESSION: Current Topics in Glycoscience

8) PAPER ID: 19458 PAPER TITLE: “Cheminformatics career at the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK” DIVISION: CINF: Division of Chemical Information SESSION: Food for Thought: Alternative Careers in Chemistry

9) PAPER ID: 20185 PAPER TITLE: “ChemSpider reactions: Delivering a free community resource of chemical syntheses” DIVISION: CINF: Division of Chemical Information SESSION: Public Databases Serving the Chemistry Community

10) PAPER ID: 16427 PAPER TITLE: “Evolving with our community: The RSC’s approach to the challenges and opportunities of scientific communication” DIVISION: CINF: Division of Chemical Information SESSION: Scholarly Communication: New Models, New Media, New Metrics

11) PAPER ID: 21004 PAPER TITLE: “Open PHACTS: Meaningful linking of preclinical drug discovery knowledge”  DIVISION: CINF: Division of Chemical Information SESSION: Linking Bioinformatic Data and Cheminformatic Data

12) PAPER ID: 13382 PAPER TITLE: “Challenges and recommendations for obtaining chemical structures of industry-provided repurposing candidates” DIVISION: CINF: Division of Chemical Information SESSION: Public Databases Serving the Chemistry Community

13) PAPER ID: 21524 PAPER TITLE: “Navigating between patents, papers, abstracts and databases using public sources and tools” DIVISION: CINF: Division of Chemical Information SESSION: Public Databases Serving the Chemistry Community

14) PAPER ID: 13433 PAPER TITLE: “Dispensing processes profoundly impact biological assays and computational and statistical analyses” DIVISION: CINF: Division of Chemical Information SESSION: Advances in Visualizing and Analyzing Biomolecular Screening Data


About tony

Antony (Tony) J. Williams received his BSc in 1985 from the University of Liverpool (UK) and PhD in 1988 from the University of London (UK). His PhD research interests were in studying the effects of high pressure on molecular motions within lubricant related systems using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He moved to Ottawa, Canada to work for the National Research Council performing fundamental research on the electron paramagnetic resonance of radicals trapped in single crystals. Following his postdoctoral position he became the NMR Facility Manager for Ottawa University. Tony joined the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York as their NMR Technology Leader. He led the laboratory to develop quality control across multiple spectroscopy labs and helped establish walk-up laboratories providing NMR, LC-MS and other forms of spectroscopy to hundreds of chemists across multiple sites. This included the delivery of spectroscopic data to the desktop, automated processing and his initial interests in computer-assisted structure elucidation (CASE) systems. He also worked with a team to develop the worlds’ first web-based LIMS system, WIMS, capable of allowing chemical structure searching and spectral display. With his developing cheminformatic skills and passion for data management he left corporate America to join a small start-up company working out of Toronto, Canada. He joined ACD/Labs as their NMR Product Manager and various roles, including Chief Science Officer, during his 10 years with the company. His responsibilities included managing over 50 products at one time prior to developing a product management team, managing sales, marketing, technical support and technical services. ACD/Labs was one of Canada’s Fast 50 Tech Companies, and Forbes Fast 500 companies in 2001. His primary passions during his tenure with ACD/Labs was the continued adoption of web-based technologies and developing automated structure verification and elucidation platforms. While at ACD/Labs he suggested the possibility of developing a public resource for chemists attempting to integrate internet available chemical data. He finally pursued this vision with some close friends as a hobby project in the evenings and the result was the ChemSpider database ( Even while running out of a basement on hand built servers the website developed a large community following that eventually culminated in the acquisition of the website by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Tony joined the organization, together with some of the other ChemSpider team, and became their Vice President of Strategic Development. At RSC he continued to develop cheminformatics tools, specifically ChemSpider, and was the technical lead for the chemistry aspects of the Open PHACTS project (, a project focused on the delivery of open data, open source and open systems to support the pharmaceutical sciences. He was also the technical lead for the UK National Chemical Database Service ( and the RSC lead for the PharmaSea project ( attempting to identify novel natural products from the ocean. He left RSC in 2015 to become a Computational Chemist in the National Center of Computational Toxicology at the Environmental Protection Agency where he is bringing his skills to bear working with a team on the delivery of a new software architecture for the management and delivery of data, algorithms and visualization tools. The “Chemistry Dashboard” was released on April 1st, no fooling, at, and provides access to over 700,000 chemicals, experimental and predicted properties and a developing link network to support the environmental sciences. Tony remains passionate about computer-assisted structure elucidation and verification approaches and continues to publish in this area. He is also passionate about teaching scientists to benefit from the developing array of social networking tools for scientists and is known as the ChemConnector on the networks. Over the years he has had adjunct roles at a number of institutions and presently enjoys working with scientists at both UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University. He is widely published with over 200 papers and book chapters and was the recipient of the Jim Gray Award for eScience in 2012. In 2016 he was awarded the North Carolina ACS Distinguished Speaker Award.
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