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The '''American Chemical Society''' (ACS) is a [[learned society]] ([[professional association]]) based in the [[United States]] that supports scientific inquiry in the field of [[chemistry]].  Founded in [[1876]] at [[New York University]], the ACS currently has over 158,000 members at all degree-levels and in all fields of chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields. The ACS holds national meetings twice a year covering the complete field of chemistry, plus dozens of smaller conferences in specific fields. Its publications division produces some two dozen first-rate scholarly [[journal]]s (the oldest of them, ''[[Journal of the American Chemical Society]]'', has appeared since 1879) and several book series. The [[as of 2006|newest]] journal, [http://www.acschemicalbiology.org ''ACS Chemical Biology''], has unique web-only features such as [http://community.acs.org/journals/acbcct/cs/AsktheExpert/ExpertResponses/tabid/70/Default.aspx "Ask the Expert"] and a [http://community.acs.org/journals/acbcct/cs/WIKI/tabid/54/Default.aspx WIKI and ChemBioGlossary] open to all scientists. The primary source of income of the ACS is the [[Chemical Abstracts Service]] and its publications.  [[Chemical & Engineering News]] is the weekly news magazine published by the American Chemical Society and sent to all members.
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The '''American Chemical Society''' (ACS) is a [[learned society]] ([[professional association]]) based in the [[United States]] that supports scientific inquiry in the field of [[chemistry]].  Founded in [[1876]] at [[New York University]], the ACS currently has over 158,000 members at all degree-levels and in all fields of chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields. The ACS holds national meetings twice a year covering the complete field of chemistry, plus dozens of smaller conferences in specific fields. Its publications division produces some several scholarly [[journal]]s including the [[Journal of the American Chemical Society]].  The primary source of income of the ACS is the [[Chemical Abstracts Service]] and its publications.  [[Chemical & Engineering News]] is the weekly news magazine published by the American Chemical Society and sent to all members.
  
The American Chemical Society also sponsors the [[United States National Chemistry Olympiad]] (USNCO), a contest used to select the four-member team that represents the United States at the [[International Chemistry Olympiad]] (IChO).
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== Origins ==
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The American Chemical Society had it origins in a small group of 35 chemists that met on April 6, 1876 at the University Building in the present day [[New York University]].[http://acswebcontent.acs.org/landmarks/landmarks/draper/index.html] Although at that time there was an American science society ([[American Association for the Advancement of Science]]) the growth of chemistry prompted those assembled under the direction of Professor [[Charles F. Chandler]] of the [[Columbia School of Mines]] to found the American Chemical Society.  The society Chandler said, would “prove a powerful and healthy stimulus to original research, … would awaken and develop much talent now wasting in isolation, … [bring] members of the association into closer union, and ensure a better appreciation of our science and its students on the part of the general public.
  
The ACS [http://www3.uwm.edu/dept/chemexams/ Division of Chemical Education] provides standardized tests for various subfields of chemistry. The two most commonly-used tests are the undergraduate-level tests for general and organic chemistry. Each of these tests consists of 75 multiple-choice questions, and gives students 110 minutes to complete the exam.
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A formal vote for organization was taken, a constitution was adopted, and officers were selected. Chandlers was an obvious choice as president since had been instrumental leadership in establishing the society, however, he felt that the New York University Professor [[John William Draper]] had the reputation as a scientist to lead a national organization. At the age of 65 John William Draper was elected as the first president of the American Chemical Society and the headquarters was located in [[New York]].  Draper’s presidency was important more due to his name and reputation and than his active participation in the society.
  
The ACS [http://www.chemistry.org/portal/a/c/s/1/acsdisplay.html?DOC=meetings\sanfrancisco2006\home.html Fall National Meeting] for 2006 will take place in San Francisco, September 10th through the 14th.
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== Educational Activities ==
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The American Chemical Society also sponsors the [[United States National Chemistry Olympiad]] (USNCO), a contest used to select the four-member team that represents the United States at the [[International Chemistry Olympiad]] (IChO).  The ACS [http://www3.uwm.edu/dept/chemexams/ Division of Chemical Education] provides standardized tests for various subfields of chemistry. The two most commonly-used tests are the undergraduate-level tests for general and organic chemistry. Each of these tests consists of 75 multiple-choice questions, and gives students 110 minutes to complete the exam.
  
 
== PubChem controversy ==
 
== PubChem controversy ==
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:''The ACS believes strongly that the Federal Government should not seek to become a taxpayer supported publisher. By collecting, organizing, and disseminating small molecule information whose creation it has not funded and which duplicates CAS services, NIH has started ominously, down the path to unfettered scientific publishing...''
 
:''The ACS believes strongly that the Federal Government should not seek to become a taxpayer supported publisher. By collecting, organizing, and disseminating small molecule information whose creation it has not funded and which duplicates CAS services, NIH has started ominously, down the path to unfettered scientific publishing...''
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== Journals and Magazines ==
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*[[Accounts of Chemical Research]]
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*ACS Chemical Biology
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*Analytical Chemistry
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*Biochemistry
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*Bioconjugate Chemistry
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*Biomacromolecules
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*Biotechnology Progress — Copublished with the Am. Inst. of Chem. Engineers
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*[[Chemical & Engineering News]]
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*Chemical Research in Toxicology
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*[[Chemical Reviews]]
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*Chemistry of Materials
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*Crystal Growth & Design
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*Energy & Fuels
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*Environmental Science & Technology
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*Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
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*Inorganic Chemistry
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*Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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*[[Journal of the American Chemical Society]]
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*Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data
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*[[Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling]] (formerly Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences)
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*Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
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*[[Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry]]
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*[[Journal of Medicinal Chemistry]]
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*Journal of Natural Products—Copublished with the Am. Soc. of Pharmacognosy
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*[[Journal of Organic Chemistry]]
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*[[Journal of Physical Chemistry A]]
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*[[Journal of Physical Chemistry B]]
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*The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
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*Journal of Proteome Research
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*[[Langmuir]]
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*Macromolecules
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*Molecular Pharmaceutics
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*Nano Letters
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*[[Organic Letters]]
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*Organic Process Research & Development
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*Organometallics
  
 
==See also==
 
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Revision as of 01:16, 16 January 2007

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a learned society (professional association) based in the United States that supports scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry. Founded in 1876 at New York University, the ACS currently has over 158,000 members at all degree-levels and in all fields of chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields. The ACS holds national meetings twice a year covering the complete field of chemistry, plus dozens of smaller conferences in specific fields. Its publications division produces some several scholarly journals including the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The primary source of income of the ACS is the Chemical Abstracts Service and its publications. Chemical & Engineering News is the weekly news magazine published by the American Chemical Society and sent to all members.

Origins

The American Chemical Society had it origins in a small group of 35 chemists that met on April 6, 1876 at the University Building in the present day New York University.[1] Although at that time there was an American science society (American Association for the Advancement of Science) the growth of chemistry prompted those assembled under the direction of Professor Charles F. Chandler of the Columbia School of Mines to found the American Chemical Society. The society Chandler said, would “prove a powerful and healthy stimulus to original research, … would awaken and develop much talent now wasting in isolation, … [bring] members of the association into closer union, and ensure a better appreciation of our science and its students on the part of the general public.”

A formal vote for organization was taken, a constitution was adopted, and officers were selected. Chandlers was an obvious choice as president since had been instrumental leadership in establishing the society, however, he felt that the New York University Professor John William Draper had the reputation as a scientist to lead a national organization. At the age of 65 John William Draper was elected as the first president of the American Chemical Society and the headquarters was located in New York. Draper’s presidency was important more due to his name and reputation and than his active participation in the society.

Educational Activities

The American Chemical Society also sponsors the United States National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO), a contest used to select the four-member team that represents the United States at the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). The ACS Division of Chemical Education provides standardized tests for various subfields of chemistry. The two most commonly-used tests are the undergraduate-level tests for general and organic chemistry. Each of these tests consists of 75 multiple-choice questions, and gives students 110 minutes to complete the exam.

PubChem controversy

Since the inception of National Center for Biotechnology Information's open access PubChem chemical compound database initiative, ACS has actively lobbied NCBI and its supervising agencies to stop the database development effort. ACS markets its own subscription- and pay-based Chemical Abstracts Service. In a May 23, 2005, press-release, the ACS stated:

The ACS believes strongly that the Federal Government should not seek to become a taxpayer supported publisher. By collecting, organizing, and disseminating small molecule information whose creation it has not funded and which duplicates CAS services, NIH has started ominously, down the path to unfettered scientific publishing...

Journals and Magazines

See also

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