Thursday, March 27, 2008 Meeting
Public Affairs Lecture
Public Affairs Awardee—
Robert J. Massie

President, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS),
Columbus, Ohio

Robert J. Massie

"Chemical Information:
      Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow"

Date:  March 27, 2008              
Location:    Café La Cave
2777 Mannheim Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Cost:  $35.00 for members of ACS and their guests, $37.00 for non-members,
     $18 for students or unemployed

Dinner reservations are required and should be received in the Section Office via phone (847-647-8405), fax (847-647-8364), email (, or web by noon on Tuesday, March 25.   PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all dinner orders.  No-shows will be billed.


5:00 - 6:00  PM Job Club
5:15 -6:00 PM Pre-Dinner Talk
5:30 - 6:30   PM Social Hour:  Complimentary Hors D'oeuvres served butler style. Cash Bar
6:30  PM Dinner
7:30  PM Public Affairs Award Program

Topic: "Chemical Information: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow"

Abstract:  CAS' mission to make the world's disclosed chemistry-related information accessible to scientists has entailed many challenges over the years. Two world wars, the post-war information explosion, recurring financial crises, and competitive threats are among the obstacles CAS has weathered. Innovations in indexing, computer-assisted publishing, the creation of the CAS Chemical Registry and innovative product development and international cooperation have been crucial elements in CAS' survival and success. More recent developments, such as the Open Access movement and governmental participation in the information industry are no less daunting than the challenges CAS has faced before. This presentation surveys CAS' history and sets out the principle trends and directions for chemical information going forward.

Biography:  Mr. Massie holds a joint JD/MBA degree from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar. He is an honors graduate of Yale College. He joined the ACS staff as head of Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) in 1992. He came to CAS with an extensive background in publishing, having served as President and CEO of Gale Research Inc, a subsidiary of the Thomson organization. He has held senior executive positions with the Torstar Corporation and was management consultant with McKinsey & Co. in New York. He also practiced law with Covington & Burling in Washington D.C., where one of his areas of specializations was Food and Drug Law.

He has served as Chair of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and received the Executive of the Year Award from the Industry & Technology Council of Central Ohio. In 2003, he received the Patterson-Crane Award from the Columbus - Dayton Sections in recognition of his achievements as the leader of the Society's abstracting services.

Topical Group Meeting (5:15-6:15 PM)

Monica Metzler
President, Illinois Science Council

"Science Beyond The Demo -- Getting Science To The Public When Blowing Things Up Isn't An Option"

Abstract:  There is a marked increase recently in the number of organizations and initiatives aimed at greater public outreach in science, both locally and nationally. How can the scientific community take advantage of these in the most successful way? This talk will discuss some of the local efforts at bringing science to the public and make recommendations for scientists to tap into their inner Carl Sagan by learning how to translate Science to English for reaching lay audiences.

Biography:   Monica Metzler is the president and founder of the Illinois Science Council, a nonprofit organization aimed at increasing public awareness and appreciation of science and technology. By day, she is a vice president at Conlon Public Strategies, a public affairs firm that helps organizations navigate the political landscape to achieve their goals in the public arena. Monica earned her Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law, a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the Sanford Institute at Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University.

Map and Directions

Parking:   Go directly to the parking lot for self-parking.  Valet parking is also available.


Updated 2/21/08