ACS Council

The Council of the American Chemical Society met in Indianapolis, IN on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. The following report is adapted from the ACS Office of the Secretary’s Councilor Talking Points.  Items of particular interest to members of the Division of Chemical Information have been selected for inclusion in this report.

ACTIONS OF THE COUNCIL

Election Results

Elected to the Committee on Committees beginning in 2014: Janet L. Bryant, Dee Ann Casteel, Amber S. Hinkle, Wayne E. Jones, Jr., and V. Michael Mautino for the 2014-2016 term.

Elected to the Council Policy Committee beginning in 2014: Harmon B. Abrahamson, Judith H. Cohen, Alan M. Ehrlich, and Angela K. Wilson for the 2014-2016 term.

Elected to the Committee on Nominations and Elections beginning in 2014: Lisa M. Balbes, Jeannette E. Brown, Martha L. Casey, D. Richard Cobb, and Lissa Dulany for the 2014-2016 term.

Candidates for President-Elect and Board of Directors

The candidates for the fall 2013 ACS national election were announced as follows:

Candidates for President-Elect, 2014

Dr. G. Bryan Balazs, Associate Program Leader, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA 

Dr. Charles E. Kolb, Jr., President and CEO, Aerodyne Research Inc., Billerica, MA 

Dr. Diane Grob Schmidt, Section Head R&D, The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH

Candidates for Directors-at-Large, 2014-2016 (two will be elected)

Dr. Susan B. Butts, Independent Consultant, Susan Butts Consulting, Midland, MI

Dr. Thom H. Dunning, Jr., Director, National Center for Supercomputing Applications and Professor, Distinguished Chair for Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Dr. Dorothy J. Phillips, Retired, Waters Corporation, Milford, MA

Dr. Kathleen M. Schulz, President, Business Results, Inc., Albuquerque, NM

Candidates for District II Director, 2014-2016

Dr. George M. Bodner, Arthur Kelly Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Education and Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Dr. Alan A. Hazari, Director of Chemistry Labs and Lecturer, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Candidates for District IV Director, 2014-2016

Dr. Rigoberto Hernandez, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Larry K. Krannich, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Committee Reviews and Committee Charters

Council voted to continue the joint Board-Council Committee on International Activities and the Committee on Nomenclature, Terminology and Symbols. Continuation of the Committee on International Activities also requires Board of Directors concurrence.

The Council voted to approve amendments to the charters of the committees on International Activities and on Nomenclature, Terminology and Symbols.

Selected Committee Reports (Highlights)

Society Committee on Education

SOCED recognized the achievement that is present in the Next Generation Science Standards, including their basis in research on teaching and learning, their formulation as performance standards, and their basis in the NRC framework and its dimensions of Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Cross Cutting Concepts. SOCED supported the Standards as a document that is broadly applicable as a basis for K-12 science instruction and called upon the Society to develop innovative programming to support the implementation of the Standards.

Standing Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA)

Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs reported that employment is up and unemployment is down for ACS chemists. The complete review of the Comprehensive Salary Survey will appear in the September 23 issue of C&EN.

Realignment of Electoral Districts

ACS Bylaws require that the six electoral districts – from which six directors are elected to the ACS Board of Directors – be balanced in their total member populations. The Council voted to approve a proposal by the Committee on Nominations and Elections (N&E) to realign these districts. The realignment meets the specified criteria for redistricting as required by Bylaw V, Section 4a and brings all six districts within permissible population range.  This change takes place in 2014 and does not affect the 2013 national ACS elections. Councilors and others may visit the N&E website to look at the actual proposal and its impact.

Meeting Registration Report

As of the morning of September 11, 2013, the ACS fall national meeting had attracted 10,840 registrants, including 6,630 regular attendees and 2,584 students.  The history of attendance at ACS fall national meetings since 2004 is as follows:

  • 2004 Philadelphia, PA: 14,025
  • 2005 Washington, DC: 13,148
  • 2006 San Francisco, CA: 15,714
  • 2007 Boston, MA: 15,554
  • 2008 Philadelphia, PA: 13,805
  • 2009 Washington, DC:14,129
  • 2010 Boston, MA: 14,151
  • 2011 Denver, CO: 10,076
  • 2012 Philadelphia, PA: 13,251
  • 2013 Indianapolis, IN: 10,840

Local Sections

The Council voted, on the recommendation of the Committee on Local Section Activities (LSAC), to approve a request from the Syracuse Local Section to change its name to the Central New York Local Section. Council also approved a recommendation from LSAC that the Monmouth County Local Section (in New Jersey) be dissolved, effective January 1, 2014, due to a decline in activity over the last several years. The North Jersey Local Section has contacted LSAC and will submit a petition in 2014 to annex the Monmouth County territory.

Divisions

After much debate, a proposed name change for the Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry to the Division of Colloids, Surfaces, and Nanomaterials was defeated by the Council in a close vote.

Special Discussion Item

ACS President Marinda Wu presented and moderated a discussion on “What can we – as the Society and as individual citizens – do to help create jobs or demand for chemists?”  She shared five recommendations from the presidential task force “Vision 2025: Helping ACS Members to Thrive in the Global Chemistry Enterprise” and what they might imply for our efforts to help create jobs: discover and share information about the skills and competencies that a wide range of employers will need; continue to expand resources which help our members to position themselves for successful careers in the global chemistry enterprise; enable entrepreneurs to create and strengthen their startups that hire chemistry professionals; advocate for policies that improve the business climate and promote the creation of chemistry jobs; and work with other stakeholders to understand and influence the supply and demand of chemists and jobs. Following the presentation, numerous Councilors engaged in a discussion of this focused topic on possibilities to encourage jobs creation and offered several suggestions.

ACTIONS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

At this meeting, the ACS Board of Directors considered a number of key strategic issues and responded with several actions. 

The members of the Division of Chemical Information may be particularly interested in the specific bullets below regarding the formation of a National Association of Chemistry Teachers and the appointment of Manny Guzman as the President of Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS). 

The Board’s Committees and Working Groups

The Board held a discussion on the topic “Connecting Chemists with Each Other.”  It considered what the role of ACS should be in helping chemists develop relationships with other chemists and the strategies that enable those relationships; how these strategies encourage and support younger and international members; and how these strategies develop relationships to leverage the world renowned chemists/innovators who comprise our membership. 

On the recommendation of the Committee on Grants and Awards, the Board voted to approve Society nominations for the National Science Board’s Public Service Award and the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Alan T. Waterman Award.  The National Science Board’s Public Service Award honors individuals and groups who have made substantial contributions toward increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the US. The Alan T. Waterman Award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the NSF.

The working group on Society Program Portfolio Management briefed the Board on its activities.  The working group is charged with delivering a process for portfolio management of Society programs in the divisions of Membership and Scientific Advancement, Education, and the Office of the Secretary and General Counsel (Office of Public Affairs) and pilot programs.

The Board received a briefing and approved a recommendation from its Committee on Executive Compensation.  The compensation of the Society’s executive staff receives regular review from the Board. 

On the recommendation of the Committee on Budget and Finance (B&F), the Board voted to approve an advance member registration fee of $380 for national meetings held in 2014.  The Board also voted to reauthorize funding in next year’s proposed budget for the ACS International Center, and the ACS Entrepreneurial Initiative, and to authorize funding for a new initiative, the National Association of Chemistry Teachers (NACT).  This association will be an ACS program to provide teachers a professional home.  Through NACT they will have access to specialized resources and the broader ACS community.

The Board confirmed the recommendation of the ACS Executive Director/CEO of the new President of Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS).  He is Manuel (Manny) Guzman, most recently Executive Vice President of Learning and Research Solutions of Cengage Learning. Mr. Guzman succeeds Robert J, Massie, who is retiring in March 2014 after leading CAS for 21 years.  Mr. Guzman will begin September 30.  Mr. Massie will assist in the transition when he returns from medical leave.

The Executive Director/CEO Report

The Executive Director/CEO and her direct reports updated the Board on the following: highlights and high-level recommendations on the ACS global presence; and the activities of CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) and the ACS Publications Division.  As a follow-up to the Publications report, the Board voted to approve one journal editor appointment and several editor re-appointments.

Other Society Business

The Board also voted to hold the December 2015 Board of Directors meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, in conjunction with the 2015 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem). The ACS is the host society for the 2015 Pacifichem meeting, and co-location will allow Board members to participate in this very successful Pacifichem meeting.

Andrea Twiss-Brooks and Bonnie Lawlor, CINF Councilors

The following is a selected list of URLs presented on slides at the ACS Council meeting.

www.my.acs.org  Showcases stories and photos submitted by members describing what best defines their ACS membership experience.  If your story is selected, you receive a T-shirt.

www.acs.org/getinvolved  ACS offers many ways to get involved at the local, regional, and national levels. There are opportunities for everyone, whether you are a student or a seasoned professional.

www.ACS.org/ChemistryAmbassadors  Visit the Chemistry Ambassadors website for ideas and resources to engage your community with positive messages about chemistry.