Committee Reports

Report on the Council Agenda for August 23, 2017

The Council of the American Chemical Society will meet in Washington, DC on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 8:00 am until approximately 12:00 pm in the Marriott Ballrooms 1-6 of the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC hotel. All ACS members are welcome to attend, although only Councilors are permitted to vote. A continental breakfast will be available at 7:00 am for all attendees.

There are four items for Council Action and they are summarized below.

Nominations and Elections

Elections will be held to fill 2018-2020 terms on the following three committees:

Committee on Committees: Council will vote to fill five slots on the Committee on Committees. There are ten nominees as follows: Mitchell R. M. Bruce, Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Rick Ewing, Barbara R. Hillery, Martha G. Hollomon, Judith M. Iriarte-Gross, Russell W. Johnson, Diane Krone, Robert A. Pribush, and Susan M. Schelble. The five candidates receiving the highest numbers of votes will be declared elected for the 2018-2020.

Council Policy Committee: Council will vote to fill five slots on the Council Policy Committee. There are ten nominees as follows: Karl S. Booksh, James C. Carver, Dwight W. Chasar, Ella L. Davis, Mark D. Frishberg, Lydia E. M. Hines, Will E. Lynch, Zaida C. Morales-Martinez, Barbara P. Sitzman, and Linette M. Watkins. The four candidates receiving the highest numbers of votes will be declared elected for the 2018-2020 term and the candidate receiving the fifth highest vote will be declared elected for a one year term for 2018.

Committee on Nominations and Elections: Council will vote to fill five slots on the Committee on Nominations and Elections. There are ten nominees as follows: Anthony W. Addison, Joe D. Allison, Michael Appell, Mark A. Benvenuto, Arindam Bose, Neil D. Jespersen, Mamie W. Moy, Eleanor D. Siebert, Julianne M.D. Smist, and Keith R. Vitense. The five candidates receiving the highest numbers of votes will be declared elected for the 2018-2020 term.

Petitions

The Committee on Membership Affairs (MAC) will seek approval for a petition on International Chemical Sciences Chapters. The petitioners propose changes to the ACS’s Bylaws to allow an International Chemical Sciences Chapter to receive financial support from the Society. The Society Committee on Budget and Finance has examined this petition and concludes that it will have no impact on the finances of the Society. The Committee on Constitution and Bylaws suggested revisions and finds the revised petition to be legal and consistent with other provisions of the Society's documents. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of Council is required for approval of amendments to the Bylaws. If approved by Council, the amendments will become effective upon confirmation by the Board of Directors.

This petition appears on pages 82-84 of the Council Agenda.

The Committee on Divisional Activities (DAC) will ask Council to act on the request to establish the Division of Space Chemistry. DAC received a request to establish the Division of Space Chemistry and then shared key information of the proposed division with the leadership of all 32 existing divisions. After discussing the matter on several occasions, DAC voted to oppose the creation of this new division (8 opposed – 6 support). The primary concern was a belief that the leadership of the proposed division was not sufficiently representative of the larger space chemistry community it hopes to serve. Other concerns included the absence of a compelling argument regarding the need for a new division, the vitality of a division operating in this area of chemistry, and counter-productive competition of division memberships at a time when membership in several divisions is in decline. These appear on pages 89-92 of the Council Agenda.

The Committee on Local Section Activities (LSAC) will seek approval requested by the South Jersey Local Section for annexation of the unassigned territory of Ocean County, New Jersey. LSAC voted in favor of the petition at its meeting in San Francisco in April 2017. This petition appears on page 94 of the Council Agenda

Petitions for Consideration

There will be two petitions for consideration by Council: 1-Petition on the Composition of Society Committees, and 2-Petition for Election of Committee Chairs.

The first petition changes the Councilor requirement of Society Committee members from a least two-thirds (2/3) to a majority in order to provide for greater flexibility in member appointments and continuity of committee membership. This petition also removes the Councilor requirement for the Chair and Vice-Chair of a Society Committee. Committee members with expertise and strong leadership abilities should not be disqualified to serve as Chair or Vice-Chair because of status as a non-Councilor.

The second petition proposes changes to the ACS’s Bylaws to allow the voting members of all ACS Committees to select their own Chairs. The members of the Committees have the career and ACS experience as well as judgment to select their own Chairs. This will free up the President, the Chair of the ACS Board, and the Committee on Committees to focus on priorities only they can deliberate and act upon. The proposed Bylaws changes will also make the Society, in a small way, more representative and democratic, and less bureaucratic.

The two petitions for consideration appear on pages 96-101 of the Council Agenda

Town Hall Meeting

A Town Hall meeting organized by the Committee on Nominations and Elections is scheduled for Sunday, August 20, 2017 in the Marquis Ballroom Salons 1-3 of the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC hotel from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. It will feature a Q&A session with the candidates for Director-at-Large: Kenneth P. Fivizzani, Wayne E. Jones, Jr., Bonnie A. Lawlor, and Barbara A. Sawrey. It is a great way to gather first-hand information and decide for whom you might want to vote in the fall election. All ACS members are encouraged to attend.

The Council Agenda book can be accessed here

Respectfully submitted July 25, 2017

Bonnie Lawlor
Andrea Twiss-Brooks
Svetlana Korolev