Committee Reports

ACS Council

The Council of the American Chemical Society will meet in San Francisco, CA on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 8:00 am until approximately 12:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom B of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel.  All ACS members are welcome to attend, although only Councilors are permitted to vote.  A continental breakfast is usually available at 7:00 am for all attendees.

There are a number of items for Council Action, but all are routine.  The action items are summarized below.  

Nominations and Elections

Committee on Committees: Council will vote to fill five slots on the Committee on Committees.  There are ten nominees as follows: Spiro D. Alexandratos, Mark A. Benvenuto, Mitchell R. M. Bruce, Judith N. Currano, Jetty L. Duffy-Matzner, Kathleen Gibboney, Bonnie Lawlor, Zaida Morales-Martinez, Robert A. Pribush, and Patricia A. Redden.

Council Policy Committee: Council will vote to fill five slots on the Council Policy Committee.  There are ten nominees as follows: Lawrence Barton, Dwight W. Chasar, Lynne P. Greenblatt, Martha G. Holloman, Peter C. Jurs, Pamela D. Kistler, Doris I. Lewis, Christopher Masi, Andrea Twiss-Brooks and Linette M. Watkins. 

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, John W. Finle, Lydia E. M. Hines, Roland F. Hirsch, Robert L. Lichter, Mamie W. Moy, Anne T. O’Brien, Eleanor D. Siebert, Herbert B. Silber, and Ralph A. Wheeler.


The Committee on Committees (ConC) will put forth a recommendation for the continuation of the committees that have been reviewed as required by the Committee Sunset Laws.  The committees under consideration are the Committee on Science (ComSci) and the Committee on Patents and Related Matters (CPRM).

ConC will also recognize Councilors who have reached milestone anniversaries of service and committee members and chairs who have reached the statutory limit or completed their terms of service

New Edition of Professional Employment Guidelines

The Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA) is requesting that Council approve the 9th edition of The Professional Employment Guidelines. The document has been revised and updated to reflect current practices in the workplace and changes in U.S. labor laws and policies. The revised document was presented for consideration during the ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis in September 2013. Minor revisions were made to incorporate suggestions by Council members and others.

Local Section Territory Change

The Committee on Local Section Activities (LSAC) will ask Council to vote to approve a request from the Philadelphia Local Section to extend its boundaries to include the Ocean County Local Section. LSAC was prepared to dissolve the Ocean County Local Section due to inactivity and the lack of response to an action plan that would have assisted with reviving the section. Neighboring sections have been polled and they do not object to the request. A majority of ACS members residing in the Ocean County who responded to a poll have favorably indicated that they wish to join the Philadelphia section.

New International Chemical Sciences Chapter

A legal application has been received for the formation of the South Africa International Chemical Sciences Chapter.  It will consist of the territory of South Africa and is not part of any other Chapter or Local Section of the Society. The petition was initiated and approved by ACS members in good standing and residing in the territory and it meets all of the requirements of Bylaw IX of the Society.  The application includes a proposed budget which includes no allotment of funds from the Society. The petition has been reviewed by the ACS Committee on International Activities (IAC). If Council approves, its operations will be contingent upon the approval of the ACS Board of Directors.

Petitions for Vote to Chance the ACS Bylaws

There are no petitions to change the ACS Bylaws.

Bylaw Changes for Consideration Only

No petitions to change the Bylaws are being presented for consideration at this meeting.

Town Hall Meeting

A Town Hall meeting organized by the Committee on Nominations and Elections is scheduled for Sunday, August 10, 2014 in the Imperial Ballroom B of the San Francisco Hilton Union Square Hotel from 4:15pm - 5:15pm. It will highlight a Q&A session with the candidates for Directors-at-Large.  All ACS members are encouraged to attend.  It is a great way to gather first-hand information and decide for whom you might want to vote in the fall election.

Respectfully submitted July 12, 2014

Bonnie Lawlor and Andrea Twiss-Brooks, CINF Councilors

Education Committee

The CINF Education Committee will meet Saturday afternoon at the upcoming ACS National Meeting in San Francisco.  We will also be present at the Committee Dinner Saturday evening to talk to people who may be interested in joining the Education Committee. People do not have to physically attend all of the ACS Meetings in order to participate in the CINF Education Committee. If you are interested in joining the Education Committee, please contact Grace Baysinger (   

Information Skills for Graduate Students

One of the main agenda items for the CINF Education Committee at the fall ACS National Meeting in San Francisco will be to discuss a draft document on information skills needed for successful graduate students.  Please feel free to join the Education Committee’s Meeting and participate in this discussion. 

ACS Guidelines for Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Chemistry

The ACS Committee on Professional Training (CPT) has developed new guidelines for undergraduate chemistry programs that will be adopted in 2014. Changes include the guidelines on chemical information skills. For more details, please see links below.  

White Paper: Proposed Changes to the ACS Guidelines
Summary of Proposed Changes
Chemical Information Skills

CPT will hold an open meeting at the 248th ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, California on Sunday, August 10.  The time and location have not been determined as of this writing. CPT is organizing a symposium on “Enriching Professional Preparation of Students: Vertical Skill Integration and Capstone Experiences” at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Grand Valley State University on Monday, August 4 from 9:30am to 12:30pm. View the schedule.

Explore Chemical Information Teaching Resources (XCITR)

FIZ CHEMIE Berlin was very generous to develop and host the XCITR website, but due to changing circumstances was no longer able to do so. The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) graciously agreed to host XCITR for 2013-14.  The URL has stayed the same:

Submissions of educational materials from information providers, chemistry instructors, and librarians are desired.  Submissions can be descriptions with links to web pages or videos on a provider’s website or deposition of documents.  Because the audience is broad, XCITR is an excellent way to share information with colleagues and clients. 

The CINF Education Committee is very interested in any feedback you may have about XCITR.  Please send comments to Grace Baysinger (

Biennial Conference on Chemical Education 2014

BCCE 2014 will be held on August 3-7th at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.  Integrating Library and Information Resources into Chemistry Curricula (S61) is a full day program that will be held on Wednesday, August 6th.  While the CINF Education Committee did not organize this session, Ye Li, a CINF Education Committee Member, is co-authoring the last presentation in the morning on Wikipedia editing.  Please see abstract and links to presentations below.

Integrating Library and Information Resources into Chemistry Curricula (S61)< br /> Presider: Charity Lovitt, Seattle University

Information literacy, the ability to find and evaluate information resources, is an important skill for future scientists. For example, students and scientists need to distinguish among information provided by Wikipedia, ChemSpider, research journals, and the New York Times. Professors and librarians often teach this skill through database demonstrations, video tutorials, and lectures. However, it is possible to increase the impact of these activities by designing chemistry projects that incorporate information literacy as a learning outcome. This symposium provides a forum to share activities that help students find and evaluate information resources in the context of a science course. Of particular interest are activities and assignments that integrate information literacy and chemical literacy. All forms of activities are encouraged including videos, course projects, in-class activities, and online activities. 


P772: Monitoring student abilities and perceptions regarding information literacy in chemistry (9:35 am to 9:55 am)
P773: Research strategy for searching the literature more effectively (9:55 am to 10:15 am)
P774: Collaborative chemical information literacy: Is it “scholarly?” (10:15 am to 10:35 am)
P775: Student engagement through writing: an undergraduate e-journal project (10:35 am to 10:55 am)
P776: Designing a library research project to identify credible resources on climate change (11:10 am to 11:30 am)
P777: Debunking pseudoscience: video projects and related assignments to promote critical thinking of scientific information by chemistry students (11:30 am to 11:50 am)
P778: Wikipedia editing in chemistry classrooms: learning chemistry and improving information competencies simultaneously (11:50 am to 12:10 pm)


P873: Engaging non-science majors in the chemistry around us through information literacy (2:05 pm to 2:25 pm)
P874: Building information literacy in first-year chemistry students through student-centered learning and experimental design
(2:25 pm to 2:45 pm)
P875: Integrating and assessing information literacy in a large introductory chemistry course (withdrawn)

P876: Incorporating library literacy into large classrooms through the laboratory (3:05 pm to 3:25 pm)
P877: Integrating information literacy and research strategies into sophomore and senior level college chemistry courses (3:40 pm to 4:00 pm)
P878: Reading, writing, review, and analysis: engaging with chemical literature to enhance analytical understanding (4:00 pm to 4:20 pm)
P879: Integrating information literacy into the junior level organic chemistry experience

Respectively, submitted
Grace Baysinger
Chair, CINF Education Committee