The Division of Biological Chemistry publishes its newsletter on an annual schedule. Hear the latest news from our Chair, and read about upcoming meetings and symposia, award nominations, officer elections, and travel grants.

Message from the Chair Dewey McCafferty

Dewey-NewsletterThe Division of Biological Chemistry participated in the Fall ACS with diverse programming, which included contributed talks and award sessions. The division hosted a total of 98 papers that were distributed in 7 award, 2 thematic, and 6 contributed sessions. In addition to the five divisional awards (Lilly, Pfizer, Repligen, ACS Infectious Diseases, and the Gordon Hammes lectureship), we also hosted the National Fresenius and the Ronald Breslow award symposia, which are national ACS awards. The ACS Infectious Diseases is a new award that is hosted by the division in collaboration with the ACS Infectious Diseases journal. The inaugural award session took place during the Fall meeting, and we anticipate that the award will be presented through our division at least through Fall 2018. The bulk of our program (65 papers) was distributed among 6 sessions. These sessions highlighted the exciting research being carried out by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. These contributed sessions are new to our division and the Philadelphia meeting was the second time we have programmed from the submitted abstracts. We hope to be able to continue this tradition so as to provide a platform for oral presentation to our community at large and valuable experiences to our junior investigators. I would like to thank Craig Crews, Vahe Bandarian, Liz Hedstrom, and Shana Kelly, who have or will soon assume the role of Program Chair for our national meetings, and who implemented such expansive and creative programming.

At its business meeting conducted at the Philadelphia ACS meeting in August, the officers of the BIOL Division voted to provide support for the following conferences: The 36th Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference (October 1, 2016), the 2017 Gordon Research Conference/Gordon Research Seminar on Bio-Organic Chemistry (June 10-11, 2017), the 68th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society – Symposium – Catalysis and Biocatalysis (October 23-26, 2016), The Northeast regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society – Chemical Biology Symposium (October 5-8, 2016), and the 68th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society – Cutting Edge of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (October 23-26, 2016).

In addition to our now quarterly newsletter, please visit the ACS Biological Chemistry Division website, There we provide up-to-date BIOL Division award announcements, upcoming national, regional and related meeting dates, application information for student travel awards and divisional awards, professional opportunities, and other information for the benefit of our Division members to complement the regularly updated information – please online at the ACS Biological Chemistry Division website,

On a personal note, it has been an honor and great pleasure to serve these past two years as the ACS Biological Chemistry Division Chair.  I believe great changes have been made to benefit our Division in the past two years and the path forward is equally exciting. I would to sincerely thank the present and past Division Officers, members and student members that I have worked over the past two years. In January we welcome incoming Chair Prof. Craig Townsend, as well as several newly elected officers from our current online election. As always, I continue to encourage your ideas and participation in the BIOL Division. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Best wishes,

Dewey McCafferty

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