e-news, 8 January 2001
This issue is online as <http://www.iupac.org/news/e-news/010108.html>

Looking for a new year's resolution? here's one ...
Mid December, I participated in a round table discussion on the
preservation of the archives of contemporary science, organized by the
Commission on Bibliography and Documentation of the International Union
of the History and Philosophy of Science. Historians, archivists, and
representatives of other Unions and organizations discussed the need to
permanently preserve the historically valuable records of the
International Council for Science (ICSU) and its member organizations
and make them accessible to researchers.
As a result of the meeting, the Commission plans to formulate guidelines
for ICSU and its member organizations, encouraging them to recognize
their responsibility for maintaining adequate records while transferring
material to professional archives. Individual scientists and science
administrators are also urged to work with the archives of their home
institutions and their national organizations to ensure that the history
of modern science is maintained for future generations.
Valuable information is readily available for individuals who want to
embrace the new year and the new millennium 'a fresh' while packing
inactive records. For instance, read 'Scientific Source Materials:
Saving Personal Papers and Archival Records in Physics and Allied
', a document prepared by the American Institute of Physics

Happy and sci-fruitful new year!


In this issue:
~ Shortcut to News & Notices from IUPAC
~ Recent publications
~ Recent reports & recommendations
~ New page on iupac.org
~ Projects front
~ Beakers & Flasks


- - - - - -- SHORTCUT to NEWS & NOTICES from IUPAC -- - - - - -

* IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists - Application Deadline: February 1st,
The IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists has been established to encourage
outstanding young research scientists at the beginning of their careers,
and will be given for the most outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the general
area of the chemical sciences.
The coming application deadline is February 1st, 2001 - Encourage recent
PhD graduates to apply.

* Think IUPAC Project
In his latest column (Chem. Int. January 2001) the Secretary General
points out some of the features of the new procedures of the
project-driven system and focuses particularly on the Union’s efforts to
reach out to IUPAC Affiliates and Fellows, to national and regional
chemical societies, and to the worldwide chemistry community.


- - - - - -- RECENT PUBLICATIONS -- - - - - -

* Quality of Chemical Measurements - International Evaluation Program
Reveals True Situation

Authored by P.D.P. Taylor, I. Papadakis, L. Van Nevel, C. Nicholl, and
P. De Bièvre, this article provides "snapshot" pictures of chemical
measurement (un)reliability, with many practical and societal
Chem. Int. 23(1), pp. 1-7, 2001

* Chlorine
The Special Topic Issue on Chlorine originally published as Pure and
Applied Chemistry
, Vol. 68, No. 9, 1996, is now available in Japanese.
Translation coordinated by Dr. J. Miyamoto.

* Quantum chemistry in the 21st century
by Christopher J. Barden and Henry F. Schaefer III, Pure Appl. Chem.,
Vol. 72, No. 8, pp. 1405-1423, 2000.
This special topic article considers possible future research directions
in light of the discipline's past successes. The current tools
available, and quantum chemistry as a whole, are examined here from a
historical perspective and with a view toward their future applications.
> Learn more about the Special Topics Project


- - - - - -- RECENT REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS -- - - - - -

* Chemical research needed to improve high-temperature processing of
advanced ceramic materials
(Technical Report), Pure Appl. Chem. 72(8),
pp. 1425-1448, 2000.

* Guidelines for presentation of methodological choices in the
publication of computational results. B. Semiempirical electronic
structure calculations
(Technical Report), Pure Appl. Chem. 72(8), pp.
1449-1452, 2000.

* Guidelines for terms related to chemical speciation and fractionation
of trace elements. Definitions, structural aspects, and methodological
(IUPAC Recommendations 2000), Pure Appl. Chem. 72(8), pp.
1453-1470, 2000.

* Internet and other sources of methods for the assessment of workplace
air quality
(Technical Report), Pure Appl. Chem. 72(8), pp. 1471-1481,

* Microelectrodes. Definitions, characterization, and applications
(Technical Report), Pure Appl. Chem. 72(8), pp. 1483-92, 2000.

* Nomenclature of lignans and neolignans (IUPAC Recommendations 2000),
Pure Appl. Chem. 72(8), pp. 1493-1523, 2000.

* Spontaneous fission half-lives for ground-state nuclides (Technical
Report), Pure Appl. Chem. 72(8), pp. 1525-1562, 2000.

* Determination of polar compounds, polymerized and oxidized
triacylglycerols, and diacylglycerols in oils and fats. Results of
collaborative studies and the standardized method
(Technical Report),
Pure Appl. Chem. 72(8), pp. 1563-1575, 2000.


- - - - - -- NEW PAGE on IUPAC.ORG -- - - - - -

* Author's Index - Pure and Applied Chemistry, Volume 72


- - - - - -- PROJECTS FRONT -- - - - - -

* Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Dr W.R. Benson reports on the Workshop organized to focus on problems
related to mining in Africa.

* Medicinal Chemistry Curriculum
Completing this project, Prof. C. Robin Ganellin et al. have prepared a
report entitled 'University education of medicinal chemists: comparison
of eight countries' published in the European Journal of Medicinal
, 2000, 35, 163-174

* Air pollution in Asian developing countries
A workshop on local and regional contribution to air pollution in Asian
developing countries is scheduled for 29-31 October 2001, in Guangzhou,


> Recently initiated projects

> Project Submission Form and Guidelines for Completion
Revised version - dec. 2000


- - - - - -- BEAKERS & FLASKS -- - - - - -

* News from the IUPAC Subcommittee for Gas Kinetic Data Evaluation
A small number of changes have been made to the summary table of
evaluated kinetic data available from the IUPAC Subcommittee website:
> Visit and join the mailing list

* Science and Cultural Diversity
DHS/IUPHS, the Division of History of Science of the International Union
of History and Philosophy of Science <http://www.cilea.it/history/DHS>
is announcing their XXI International Congress of History of Science on
the theme of Science and Cultural Diversity; the Congress will take
place in Mexico City, 8-14 July 2001.

* IUPAC'S Associated Organization in the spotlight
The CHEMICAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION is my pick this time. Having started
this e-news talking about archives, we should salute the foundation as
it is also the depository of IUPAC documents.
CHF is not only making history, but actively seeks to strengthen public
understanding of the chemical sciences and technologies, increase the
flow of the ablest students into the chemical sciences and chemical
process industries, and instill in chemical scientists and engineers
greater pride in their heritage and their contributions to society. As
reported in Chemical & Engineering News (July 31, 2000, p. 44), the 'CHF
swings into full stride'.
> Visit and join the CHEM-HIST mailing list


Fabienne Meyers
email: <[email protected]>

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