CINF 2018 Elections - Candidate Statements

ACS CINF Available Positions and Candidate Statements

**VOTING IS NOW OPEN! To vote, members click here, CINF affiliates click here**

Your membership in the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) is greatly appreciated. One of the division membership benefits is voting for CINF officers. This year we are electing:

  • Chair Elect for the year 2019 (Division Chair 2020)
  • Treasurer for the years 2019 to 2020
  • Councilor and Alternate Councilor for the years 2019 to 2021.

The candidates’ biographies and statements of goals are provided below. The  candidate names are listed alphabetically by first name for the Councilor and Alternate Councilor positions. The person receiving the highest number of votes will be elected Councilor and the person with the second highest number of votes will be elected Alternate Councilor. Division Affiliates may vote for Chair Elect and Treasurer, but may not vote for Councilor and Alternate Councilor, per CINF bylaws. Write-in votes are permitted for any of the positions.

Ballots must be submitted by August 6, 2018

NOTE: The candidate names are listed alphabetically by first name within each position.


Biographies and Statements of Candidates


Chair Elect (Chair Elect 2019, Division Chair 2020, Past Chair 2021):

Treasurer (Term 2019-2020):

Councilor and Alternate Councilor (Term 2019-2021):


Candidate for Chair Elect

Jeremy Garritano

Jeremy R. Garritano is currently Associate Director, Departmental Partnerships and Services, for Sciences and Engineering at the University of Virginia, where he is also liaison to the departments of chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science and engineering. He has presented numerous times at ACS national meetings and has written articles on chemical information literacy and on data services in academic libraries. He is currently an Alternate Councilor for CINF.

Previously he was Life Sciences/Research Data Librarian at the White Memorial Chemistry Library at the University of Maryland. From 2004-2014, he was Chemical Information Specialist and Associate Professor of Library Science at the M.G. Mellon Library of Chemistry, Purdue University, where he was responsible for collection management, information literacy instruction, and supporting interdisciplinary research, as well as having responsibility for teaching a required one-credit chemical information course for undergraduate ACS Chemistry majors.

Jeremy earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master's in Library Science from Indiana University. Other previous positions include Science Reference/Liaison Librarian at George Mason University and Visiting Science Librarian at Earlham College.

He has been a member of the ACS and the Division of Chemical Information since 2003 and has participated in many activities within the organization. He was a member of the 2006 Strategic Planning Committee. He co-taught the CINF workshop “Incorporating Chemical Information Literacy into Your Curriculum: A Workshop for Faculty and Librarians” in 2007. He has co-organized four symposia for ACS national meetings and one symposia at a Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE). He was the Teller for the CINF Elections in 2004 and in 2008. He was a member of the CINF Education Committee from 2005-2009 and served as Chair of that Committee for 2009-2010. He served as CINF Programming Chair from 2011-2012. Finally, since 2013, he has been an Associate Member of the ACS Society Committee on Education (SOCED), where he has helped provide feedback on how the Society as a whole should approach chemical education, including programming, support, services, and policy.

Statement of Goals:

Over the last 15 years of being involved with ACS and CINF, I have watched the Division adapt to both internal and external pressures. I believe the Division is currently undergoing a major evolution as the current leadership plans to embark on a new strategic plan and evaluate the purpose of CINF in relation to ACS and our membership. I would be honored to be a part of this change, working with ACS, the CINF Executive Committee, and our membership during my term. I see the Chair as providing particular leadership and direction, but also I would want to hear from you and have our members actively participate, both in-person and virtually, in order to move forward collaboratively.

Our membership consists of many facets of the chemical information enterprise: academic, corporate, government, NGO, etc., as well as focus such as content, discovery, outreach, informatics, publishing, and entrepreneurship. Besides focusing on how the Division can provide value to individual members, I would want to explore how we can collectively solve problems that we cannot solve alone. There are examples of this work already being done: partnerships with the Division of Chemical Health and Safety, increasing interactions with the Division of Computers in Chemistry, and participating in activities of the Chemistry Research Data Interest Group of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) or the Pistoia Alliance. Therefore, I would want to build on those successes, but also continue to find partnerships and solutions that benefit increasingly larger numbers of our membership.

Finally, I value the network that CINF has allowed me to develop over the years and I would want to explore what that network looks like in the future – more international connections, increasing localized subgroups, and targeting students before they enter the profession are some initial ideas we can work on together given interest, participation, and support.


Candidate for Treasurer

Stuart Chalk

Stuart Chalk is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Florida. Originally trained as a analytical chemist Stuart has moved into the area of chemical informatics over the last five years and has found a home in the CINF community. In addition to 25+ years in the ACS, he is a member of the RSC and AAAS, and currently serves as a titular member of the IUPAC Committee on Publications and Chemical Data Standards (CPCDS). Stuart has served as coordinator of the Scholarship for Scientific Excellence and as the division’s webmaster of the past couple of years.

Statement of Goals:

I plan to serve the Division of Chemical Information as treasurer encouraging the division to invest in itself, take advantage of opportunities to improve investment returns and support the division and executive committee in its continued pursuit to gain membership and reinvent itself in the current climate.


Candidates for Councilor and Alternate Councilor

Bonnie Lawlor

Bonnie Lawlor retired in 2014 as the Executive Director of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS). Prior positions include Executive Vice President for Database Publishing at ISI (now Clarivate Analytics) and Senior Vice President and General Manager, Library Division for UMI (now ProQuest). Her education includes a B.S. in chemistry from Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, an M.S. in chemistry from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society. Awards include the CINF Lifetime Service Award (2015), the CINF Meritorious Service award (2006), the NFAIS Service Award (1999), and the American Society for Information Science Achievement Award (1996) from the Philadelphia chapter. She was inducted as an NFAIS Honorary Fellow in 2014 and as an ACS Fellow in 2013.

At the Divisional level, Bonnie has actively served CINF for more than 30 years in a variety of capacities: Councilor (1992-present), Archivist (2006-present), Member, Publications Committee, (2009-present); Chair, Publications Committee (1990-1994); Chair, Nominations Committee (1990); Division Chair (1989); Secretary (1984-1987); Editor of the Chemical Information Bulletin (1977-1982); Membership Committee (1985-1986); Long Range Planning (1983-1985); and Program Committee (1976-1978).

At the National ACS level, Bonnie has been elected and/or appointed to positions in which she has worked diligently to ensure that Divisional needs were met. Elected positions include: Committee on Committees (2012-2017) where she served as Secretary; Council Policy Committee (2006-2011), and the Committee on Nominations and Elections (2000-2005). Appointed positions include: Committee on Budget and Finance (2018-2020), where she currently serves on the Program Review Subcommittee (she previously served as an Associate on this Committee from 2000-2002); Chair, Committee on Divisional Activities (1997-1999), and Chair, Committee on Copyrights (1993-1998). In addition, she has served on several national ACS task forces: Presidential Task for on Electronic Communication (2001); Advisory Board for Industry Relations (1997-1999), ACS Books Advisory Board (1991-1994), Board Task Force on Technical Programming (1998), ConC Task Force on Publications/Copyrights Inter-Committee Relationship (1999), and the Program Coordination Conference Committee (1997-1998). She also served as the ACS representative to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Section T from 1986 through 1995. Bonnie chaired the committee that organized the CINF 50th Anniversary celebration in 1993, in recognition of the founding of the then Chemistry Literature Group as part of the Division of Chemical Education. She also served on the Committee that organized the Chemistry in the 21st Century celebration that was held at the Spring National ACS meeting in San Francisco in March 2000.

Bonnie is active in many related information societies and library consortia. She currently serves on the Boards of three organizations: The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) where she also serves as the Chair of the IUPAC Committee on Publications and Cheminformatics Data Standards; the Chemical Structure Association Trust, also serving as their Secretary and Chair of their Grant Committee; and the Philosopher’s Index where she serves on the Compensation Committee. She served as Secretary and President of the Chemical Notation Association and on the Boards of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (1996-1998) and the Information Industry Association (1997-1998). She has organized many conferences and has written and spoken on library and information issues both nationally and internationally.

Statement of Goals:

For many years it has been both a privilege and an honor to serve as a Councilor for the Division of Chemical Information (CINF). The National ACS positions that have resulted due to my length of service and performance as a CINF Councilor have given our Division both visibility and a respected voice within ACS governance. If re-elected I will continue to be that voice along with my fellow Councilors, Svetlana Korolev and Andrea Twiss-Brooks, focusing on key objectives at both the National and Divisional level. At the National level my primary objectives are to continue to actively represent specific CINF needs both through my current position on the Committee on Budget and Finance (B&F) and through other ACS governance activities in which I am involved; to raise the visibility of all Divisions by continuing to promote the importance of their role within the Society; to promote the essential role that information and the flow of scholarly communication play in the advancement of all scientific and scholarly research; and, by example, to promote the value of pursuing an alternate career in chemistry. At the Divisional level, my primary objective is to ensure that CINF is well-organized, financially stable, and a vibrant Community for the next generation of those actively involved in Chemical Information.

I believe that I have been successful in meeting my commitments to you during my years of service as a CINF Councilor. Presently, because of my position on B&F, I at least have a voice (and a presence) in ensuring that Divisions are well-respected for what they bring to the Society (especially at National Meetings) and are well-funded as a result. No Divisions; no Annual Conference! In the past, as a member of the Committee on Nominations and Elections I was effective in ensuring that experienced Division candidates were given an opportunity to be elected to national office. I continued that effort on ConC where the focus is the placement of talented ACS members on committees. On the Council Policy Committee I served as chair of the subcommittee that creates the slate of nominees who ultimately serve on the ACS Committee on Nominations and Elections. Again, I worked to ensure that Division talent was adequately represented. As DAC Chair I was effective in increasing the amount of support that ACS provides to Divisions, including increased headquarters staff devoted to Divisions and the establishment of a financial pool to provide seed money for unique Division initiatives. I sincerely hope that you will give me yet another opportunity to continue to serve you and I am most grateful for your past support.


Rachelle J. Bienstock

Dr. Rachelle J. Bienstock received her BChE in Chemical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science in New York City and her PhD in physical chemistry from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her thesis work involved the application of nonlinear Raman optical spectroscopic techniques to the study of flavin coenzymes. After completing her PhD, she was a Member of the Technical Staff in the Central Research Laboratory of Texas Instruments performing laser assisted photochemical etching studies of semiconductor materials and thin films. Following her tenure at Texas Instruments, Dr. Bienstock was a Welch Research Fellow at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center performing NMR and molecular dynamics studies on constrained peptides, peptidomimetics, and peptide analogues, and served as an adjunct faculty member in the chemistry and biology departments of The University of Texas at Dallas. Subsequently, she came to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) here in Research Triangle Park, where she worked on a variety of interesting molecular modeling and computational chemistry problems. She worked at the National Center for Computational Toxicology of the US EPA as a contract computational chemist assisting with curation and analytical modeling studies of the data in the DSSTOX database.

Dr. Bienstock has been a long standing active member of the ACS, and has been attending the CINF planning meetings for the past several years and is therefore familiar with CINF concerns and objectives. She recently completed her tenure as CINF Chair (2015-2016) and two stints as Program Chair (2010-2012, 2018-2019), and currently serves as a member of the ACS Committee on Chemical Abstract Services (CCAS). She has helped organize, chair, and been a presenter at numerous ACS national meeting symposia. Additionally, she edited two volumes in the ACS Symposium Book Series, Library Design, Search Methods and Applications of Fragment-based Drug Design, ACS Symposium Book Series Vol. 1076, based on a very successful series of symposia on fragment based ligand library design held at the 2009 and 2010 spring national meetings, and with J. Bajorath, and V. Shanmugasundaram, Frontiers in Molecular Design and Chemical Information Science, ACS Symposium Book Series, Volume 1222, based on the 2015 Herman Skolnik Award Symposium. She is a member of the COMP, MEDI and BIOL divisions in addition to CINF and has encouraged joint symposia and interactions between divisions.

Statement of Goals:

Dr Bienstock would bring to CINF not only knowledge of its past, but also awareness of the challenges CINF faces in the years ahead with membership and fundraising, and a vision for the future. In programming she has been reaching out and interacting with other divisions, including Small Chemical Businesses, Chemical Education, Chemistry and the Law, as well as Computers in Chemistry. Dr. Bienstock also has advocated for including programming symposia, which are highlighted as theme symposia for the meeting. This has given CINF significant visibility for one of the smaller ACS divisions. ACS Publishing has a great interest in CINF due to its concerns with issues regarding scientific publishing in the future (i.e. open source, e-books, mobile devices) and, hopefully, we will be able to establish a close mutually beneficial relationship with them. She has been actively engaged with ACS Division professionals regarding the challenges which CINF faces including issues with computer support and shrinking membership. She has regularly participated in the graduate and postdoctoral socials at national meetings to increase CINF membership and visibility.