On August 20th, I traveled to Boston and navigated the Boston public transportation system to co-present with Kiyomi Deards, Science Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on “Pre-and Post-Group Research Selection: Evolving Roles of Chemistry Librarians” at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Information’s Chemistry Librarians of the Future Symposium. It was humbling that our presentation on our work with chemistry graduate students was well-received by colleagues as well as chemistry faculty who attended the symposium. The interim symposium chair formally thanked us for sharing our “innovative outreach efforts” with colleagues.

This year, I was able to go to the Exhibit floor, or what ACS calls the Expo, and talked to representatives from non-profit organizations such as BeyondBenign.org and MyGreenLab.org who are doing great work to promote green chemistry education. I also learned about a new-to-me program for scientists to build interdisciplinary research networks called SCICOL: Research Collaboration Made Simple. Coincidentally, I met a representative who used to live in Winston-Salem and now works at OriginLab, a data analysis and graphing software company. I hope that sharing this information will be helpful to fellow WFU colleagues.

I’d like to thank Roz, who planted the seed in my mind years ago and instilled in me the courage to present at a scientific society conference, and I’m grateful to ZSR for the opportunity to travel to Boston. Please forgive the tardiness of this conference report, WFU classes began upon my return from Boston, and teaching has kept me busy. On a personal note, I was delighted to learn about Boston cruises during this trip. I hope you enjoy this twilight view of Boston Harbor from behind the Institute of Contemporary Art.