Join us for the CINF Luncheon at ACS on Tuesday

Those of you attending the ACS National Meeting in Dallas are cordially invited to join us for the CINF Luncheon on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, from 12:00-1:30PM in the Katy Trail room of the Omni Dallas Hotel.  Tickets are only $15, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Royal Society of Chemistry.  The guest speaker will be Andrew Yeung of Texas A&M, who will speak on "Chemistry in Wikipedia: A Personal Perspective.  The abstract appears at the bottom of this post.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets for the luncheon, you can contact me at at any time before next Tuesday, and we can make arrangements to get you a ticket.  I will also have some available for sale at the Welcome Reception on Sunday Evening (6:30-8:30PM, Dallas C, Omni Dallas Hotel), and Tony Williams will have a stack available on Monday.  You may also buy a ticket at the door if there are any left, but don't wait!  Reserve yours today!

I hope to see many of you there, but, if you are not planning to attend the meeting, please stay tuned for other ways that you can interact with CINF right where you are!


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Chemistry in Wikipedia: A personal perspective
Andrew D. Yeung*
Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University

Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia that takes the form of an encyclopedia that anybody can anonymously edit. Despite this decentralized structure, it has been very favorably compared with the professionally-run Encyclopedia Britannica. Wikipedia has 4.5 million articles, of which, 20,000 are related to Chemistry. These articles are maintained by the Chemicals and Chemistry WikiProjects, two of the oldest working groups on Wikipedia. Some of their innovations are ubiquitous in other Wikipedia articles today. For example, many articles feature prominent infoboxes that summarize key information. These infoboxes trace their lineage to the “Chembox" that the Chemicals project pioneered. The author has been a volunteer at Wikipedia since 2006, and he will share his personal perspective on Chemistry in Wikipedia.

Author biography

ImageAndrew D. Yeung was born in Dallas, TX in 1982. Growing up in Singapore, he earned his B.Sc. (Hons) from the National University of Singapore in 2007 in Prof. Han Vinh Huynh’s laboratory. He joined Prof. Donald J. Darensbourg’s laboratory at Texas A&M University in the fall of 2010. Originally trained as a synthetic inorganic chemist, his current research involves using computational chemistry toward understanding the processes associated with copolymerizing carbon dioxide with cyclic ethers, and with producing carboxylic acids from hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide.

Views expressed are the author’s own.





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