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Current ACS President Donna J. Nelson has proposed that a series of videos be created presenting the stories of chemists who showed great courage in the course of their scientific work. As a first step in this process, she requests that members of HIST send her nominations ( djnelson@ou.edu ) by August 1, 2016. The information requested can be found in the linked flyer.


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The HIST award for the Outstanding Paper Award for 2015 has been awarded to Prof. Matthew Lavine at Mississippi State University. The award is presented to the author of the best paper published in the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry during the previous three years, 2013, 2014, 2015.


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The recipient of the 2016 HIST Award of the Division of the History of Chemistry of the American Chemical Society is Professor Dr. Ursula Klein of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany. This award is the successor to the Dexter Award (1956-2001) and the Sydney M. Edelstein Award (2002-2009), also administered by the Division of the History of Chemistry. The HIST Award will be presented to Prof. Klein at the fall national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia, PA, on August 23, 2016.


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Call for Nominations for the 2016 Citation for Chemical Breakthrough Awards

HIST is calling for nominations for its 2016 Citations for Chemical Breakthrough Awards. The awards recognize breakthrough publications, books, and patents worldwide in the field of chemistry. The advances must have been revolutionary in concept, broad in scope, and long term in impact. Departments or institutions being recognized will receive a plaque to be hung near the office or laboratory where the breakthrough was achieved. Nominations must include a full literature citation and a supporting statement of less than 200 words. All nominations must be received by Friday, July 1, 2016.

The nomination form can be found at:
http://www.scs.illinois.edu/~mainzv/HIST/awards/citations_chem-breakthroughs.php


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IsisCB Explore

Accessible to anyone on the web, IsisCB Explore is a completely open access service made possible by the History of Science Society with support from the University of Oklahoma.

IsisCB Explore opens up bibliographical research in the history of science, technology, and medicine. It is designed for students, scholars, librarians, and the general public. Users will find the data architecture intuitive and powerful, and librarians can trust that it will guide researchers to the best literature in the discipline.

Based on the 100-year-old Isis Current Bibliography of the History of Science- the largest and most comprehensive in its field-it is supported by the discipline's flagship society, the History of Science Society. It will be expanded and updated annually. Additional Information.


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CASSI and Beyond

Have you ever struggled to figure out what the journal abbreviations "C.R." or "A." means? If so, help is now available. "Beyond CASSI" is a newly released document that contains short journal title abbreviations from early chemical literature and other historical reference sources that may not be listed in the print version of CAS Source Index (CASSI) or the free online CASSI Search Tool . Many thanks to Marion Peters, UCLA Librarian Emeritus, for compiling this list of old abbreviations and for working with Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) to make this document available on the CASSI Search Tool website (please see "About" section).

Other enhancements recently implemented by CAS to the CASSI search tool include:

  • Increased maximum number of results displayed from 50 to 100
  • Increased frequency of data updates from annually to quarterly

Hopefully, these enhancements will enable you to more quickly identify and confirm journal titles and abbreviations. As always, CAS appreciates your feedback and welcomes any additional input you would like to share via the in-product 'Contact Us' button.

Grace Baysinger, Chair of the ACS Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service and Chair of the ACS CINF Division's Education Committee


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The 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act was celebrated in 2012 via symposia at both the San Diego and Philadelphia National meetings. Many of the speakers at those symposia contributed articles to the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, v38(2) 2013. By special request, the articles in this issue of the Bulletin related to the anniversary of the Morrill Act are being made available via OPEN ACCESS.


Articles in the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry concerning Citation for Chemical Breakthrough Awards:


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Previous Announcements on this page.


The Bulletin for the History of Chemistry v40(2) is now available to members. Check out the Table of Contents.

NOTE: HIST is making individual articles from the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry OPEN ACCESS and searchable except for the last three years. These articles are available in the Open Access Directory.

Articles from the last three years are available via links from the Table of Contents for those issues FOR HIST MEMBERS AND SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. If you try to access an article, you will be prompted for a login and password. The login username is the email address you provided to the American Chemical Society and the password is your ACS member number.

If you have any problems, please email mainz@illinois.edu.

If you are not a member and want to order an individual article, please check the membership/back-issue order form.


Mission Statement

The Division of the History of Chemistry (HIST) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) seeks to advance knowledge and appreciation of the history of the chemical sciences among chemists, students, historians of science, and the broader public by