The COMP Together initiative was developed in response to the COMP Division’s strategic plan where one of the key goals was defined as “Strengthen the community of computational chemical scientists by providing opportunities for networking and career growth and by enhancing outreach”. The COMP Together initiative supports this goal by facilitating gatherings of COMP members on a local and informal level including seminars, networking events, mentoring lunches. This is achieved through a set of newly developed web-tools and a network of local champions. There are currently 9 local areas where the initiative has launched and 17 champions who have started to work on planning events in those areas. The list of areas and champions is included below.
|Local Area||Champions||Contact Information|
|San Francisco Bay Area||Hanneke Jansen||joha...@novartis.com|
|San Diego||Patrick Lee||patr...@gmail.com|
|Northern New Jersey||Ed Sherer||edwa...@merck.com|
|New York City||Chris Harwell||crha...@yahoo.com|
|Southern New Jersey/PA||Neysa Nevins||Neys...@gsk.com|
|Washington DC/VA||Samual Toba||S_T...@acs.org|
|Research Triangle Park||Rachelle Bienstock||bien...@niehs.nih.gov|
*As a general principle, all areas are looking for presentations with high scientific content. Some areas may be open to product demonstrations but this may not be true for all areas, depending on the make-up of the local computational chemistry community and their stated preferences. Please check with the local champions about this.