WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2013 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) announces that Kenneth (Kennie) M. Merz, Jr., Ph.D., will assume the role of Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling in January 2014. Merz is a professor in the departments of chemistry and of biochemistry and molecular biology at Michigan State University.
Merz will succeed William L. Jorgenson, Ph.D., who will retire from the journal at the end of this year. Jorgenson, Sterling Professor of Chemistry at Yale University, has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling since 2004. Jorgenson will assist with the transition and remain with the journal in his current role through the end of 2013.
Merz holds a B.S. in chemistry from Washington College and a Ph.D. in the area of applied electronic structure theory from the University of Texas at Austin. He then moved to Cornell University as a postdoctoral fellow, researching applied molecular orbital theory, in the laboratory of Roald Hoffmann, Ph.D. Subsequently, Merz studied macromolecular structure and dynamics as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, in the laboratory of Peter Kollman, Ph.D. He joined the Pennsylvania State University as Assistant Professor in 1989 and served as Professor of Chemistry from 1998 to 2005. While at the Pennsylvania State University, Merz also worked as Senior Director at Pharmacopeia, Inc. He joined the University of Florida in 2005 where he was the Edmund H. Prominski Professor of Chemistry. In 2013, he moved to Michigan State University where he now holds appointments in the Department of Chemistry and in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He also serves as Director of the Institute of Cyber Enabled Research. He is an ACS Fellow.
“Dr. Merz’s distinguished career and expertise — as well as his desire to collaborate and improve the ability of the chemical informatics and modeling fields to make major advances — will serve him well as the editor of the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling,” says Susan King, Senior Vice President of the Journals Publishing Group at the ACS.
Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling publishes research reporting new methodology and/or important applications in the fields of chemical informatics and molecular modeling. Specific topics include the representation and computer-based searching of chemical databases; molecular modeling; computer-aided molecular design of new materials, catalysts, or ligands; development of new computational methods or efficient algorithms for chemical software; and biopharmaceutical chemistry including analyses of biological activity and other issues related to drug discovery. Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling is ranked #2 in citations in the Computer Science, Information Systems category with 11,250 total cites in 2012. The journal, also indexed in the Multidisciplinary Chemistry and the Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Applications categories, recorded an Impact Factor of 4.304 as reported in the 2012 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2013).
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