CINF Election: View the Candidate Statements


Chair-Elect (Chair-Elect 2014, Division Chair 2015, Past Chair 2016)

Secretary (Term 2014-2015)


Rachelle Bienstock

Dr. Rachelle 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.  Recently, she joined 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 Program Chair (2010-2012) , and currently serves as a member of the ACS North Carolina Government Affairs Committee (NC-GAC) and the ACS Committee on Chemical Abstract Services (CCAS). She still services as an advisory member of the program committee and has chaired and been a presenter at numerous ACS meeting symposia including the  "Computational de novo ("rational") design of proteins/peptides" symposium at the recent national ACS Spring 2013 Meeting in New Orleans, April 7-11,2013. Additionally she edited a volume in the ACS Symposium Book Series, Library Design, Search Methods and Applications of Fragment-based Drug Design,  ACS Symposium Book Series Vol. 1076, , on a very successful series of symposia on fragment based ligand library design held at the 2009 and 2010 spring meetings.  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 CINF’s 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 business, chemical education, chemistry and the law as well as COMP. Dr. Bienstock also has advocated including programming symposia, which are highlighted as theme symposia for the meeting. This has given CINF a lot of 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.

Return on Investment (ROI) is a popular “buzz word” today. With economic issues hitting us professionally and personally, efficient use of our resources is essential. As Chair-elect, I will work in a facilitative manner to enhance the already excellent reputation of CINF and to continue to expand our membership through providing high quality conference programming, offering networking activities (virtual and face-to-face), and developing future CINF leaders. My focus will be on member satisfaction, especially new members, as we strive to ensure that their membership and conference dollars provide programming and networking opportunities that meet their needs. I look forward to serving as your Chair-elect and working with collaboratively to serve our CINF membership.


Rudy Potenzone

Rudy Potenzone is a seasoned veteran in delivering cutting edge software products for scientists for over 25 years.  His products span molecular simulations, cheminformatics, bioinformatics, electronic lab notebooks and scientific collaboration.

Rudy was part of Bob Massie’s original management team at CAS in 1992 as Director of Research and where, at Bob’s request, he created the New Product Development team at CAS.  Under his leadership, several new products were developed, the most significant being the award winning SciFinder and SciFinder Scholar products.  SciFinder has had a major impact on the way scientists search for chemical information.

Rudy led teams that created and delivered molecular modeling products as the VP of Scientific Applications at Polygen/Molecular Simulations now Accelrys (QUANTA). As the Sr. VP of R&D at MDL/Elsevier also now Accelrys, Rudy’s teams delivered products for cheminformatics and biological data management (ISIS Direct, Assay Explorer, Isentris, DiscoveryGate).  Rudy was also the VP of Enterprise Solutions at CambridgeSoft where he managed the development team of their electronic lab notebook.

Rudy recently was the Worldwide Pharma Industry Technology Strategist at Microsoft where he helped to create the vision for their products in the Life Science customers and partners.  He helped to introduce SharePoint as a platform for chemical and biological research tools, many examples of which are being delivered today by several companies.

Today, Rudy is the CEO of SciencePoint Solutions, a startup company dedicated to creating collaboration tools for scientific discovery.

Rudy earned his Ph. D. and M. S. in Macromolecular Science at Case Western Reserve University, with Dr. Tony Hopfinger.  He received a B. S. in Biophysics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Statement of Goals:

The need for a strong CINF Division of the ACS to explore and contribute to today’s scientists is greater than ever!  The opportunity and issues surrounding chemical information are no less important or challenging that when the CINF division was created many years ago in 1947.  The economic pressures that we all feel, leading to diminishing budgets in chemistry libraries, the push for Open Access for scientific information and the continuing increase in sources of information, require CINF to provide a forum for discussion, education and analysis.

My goal for CINF is to provide clear leadership to bring the issues and opportunities clearly into focus and to foster open discussion and debate from all sides.  Whether we are talking about Social Networking and its impact on the future of scientific collaboration, or the future of commercial scientific journals, CINF has an obligation to provide this forum on the key issues.

I would like the CINF program at the national meetings to cover more topics, and to offer more members the opportunity to present their research and express their views.  I hope to encourage broader participation while directly considering the most exciting research advances as well as the many controversial topics.


Leah McEwen

Leah McEwen is the Programmatic Coordinator for the Edna McConnell Clark Physical Sciences eLibrary and the Chemistry Librarian at Cornell University.  Her background is in biochemistry and library science and she is responsible for library resources and specialized services supporting chemistry in all fields and science and technology studies at Cornell.  She has contributed to and served in advisory capacity for a number of information resources including the ACS Style Guide, the ACS CPT Guidelines for Bachelor’s Degree Programs, Cornell’s VIVO, and CAS’ SciFinder.  She is an active member of the Chemical Information Division of the American Chemical Society, most recently as Secretary as well as Program Chair, addressing a wide range of topical interests from open access to advanced training and education to intellectual property and licensing to data- and text-mining.  She is also a member of the ACS Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications, the adjoining Subcommittee on Copyright and the Chemical & Engineering News Editorial Board.

Statement of Goals:

Chemical information is a dynamic field and the CINF membership and organization reflect this in the variety of programs, events and activities across the ACS and beyond, in which we participate.  Our diversity and ubiquity across the chemical enterprise is our greatest strength, and tracking, documenting, and communicating these activities is vital to the support and visibility of the division within the society.  My recent experience as division secretary and previously as program chair has connected me with a broad range of the CINF membership and prepared me for navigating the complex landscape of ACS governance.  If re-elected secretary, I will continue to facilitate division business and communication.


Jose Medina-Franco

Jose Medina received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1998.  That same year, he joined Procter & Gamble in Mexico City, working in the research and development department. He received a Master of Science degree in 2002 and a Ph.D. degree in 2005, both from the UNAM.  During his doctoral studies, Jose conducted research at a major research center in Madrid, Spain; at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the University of Arizona. In 2005, he joined the University of Arizona as a postdoctoral fellow.  Jose was named Assistant Member at the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies in Florida in August 2007.  In June 2013 he will be joining the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. His research is focused on drug discovery. He is also interested in developing and applying chemoinformatic methods for the systematic analysis of structure-activity relationships and the classification and data mining of compounds libraries. Jose joined the ACS in 2004 and has been as member of the Program Committee of the CINF division since 2011. So far, he has co-organized four well-attended symposia in three ACS National Meetings.

Statement of Goals:

It has been a pleasure to work for the CINF division as member of the Program Committee for the past two years. I am grateful and honored to be nominated as Secretary for CINF. I am enthusiastic to carry out and fulfill, to the best of my ability, the responsibilities of all official business of the Division assigned to the Secretary. I am aware of the important role of this position in a number of activities of CINF in the National Meetings and Division Elections. With this in mind, I will pay particular attention to keep records as accurate as possible and provide the necessary leadership and complete the duties on time. In addition, it will be a pleasure to continue working with and supporting other officers and functionaries of CINF.



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