ACS Council

The members of the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) will be interested in the following news from the ACS Council meeting held in San Francisco, August 23, 2014.

Committee Election Results and Candidates for National Elections:

Please note that those elected to the following committees include three CINF officers:

  • The Committee on Nominations and Elections (N&E) presented to the Council the following slate of candidates for membership on the Committee on Committees beginning in 2015: Spiro D. Alexandratos, Mark A. Benvenuto, Mitchell R.M. Bruce, Judith N. Currano, Jetty L. Duffy-Matzner, Kathleen Gibboney, Helen A. (Bonnie) Lawlor, Zaida Morales-Martinez, Robert A. Pribush, and Patricia A. Redden. By electronic ballot, the Council elected Mitchell R.M. Bruce, Judith N. Currano, Helen A. (Bonnie) Lawlor, Zaida Morales-Martinez, and Robert A. Pribush for the 2015-2017 term.
  • The Committee on Nominations and Elections presented to the Council the following slate of candidates for membership on the Council Policy Committee beginning in 2015: Lawrence Barton, Dwight W. Chasar, Lynne P. Greenblatt, Martha G. Hollomon, Peter C. Jurs, Pamela D. Kistler, Doris I. Lewis, Christopher Masi, Andrea Twiss-Brooks, and Linette M. Watkins. By electronic ballot, the Council elected Lawrence Barton, Lynne P. Greenblatt, Peter C. Jurs, and Linette M. Watkins, for the 2015-2017 term, and Andrea Twiss-Brooks for the remainder of a 2014-2016 term.
  • The Council Policy Committee presented to the Council the following slate of candidates for membership on the Committee on Nominations and Elections beginning in 2015: Anthony W. Addison, John W. Finley, 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. By electronic ballot, the Council elected Lydia E.M. Hines, Robert L. Lichter, Mamie W. Moy, Anne T. O’Brien, and Eleanor D. Siebert for the 2015-2017 term.

N&E announced the candidates for the fall 2014 ACS national election as follows:

Candidates for President-Elect, 2015:

  • Peter K. Dorhout, Dean of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • William A. Lester, Jr., Professor of the Graduate School, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • Donna J. Nelson, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Candidates for Directors-at-Large, 2015-2017:

  • Dawn A. Brooks, Sr. Director, Lilly Research Laboratories, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN
  • William F. Carroll, Jr., Vice-President, Occidental Chemical Corporation, Dallas, TX
  • Barbara A. Sawrey, Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, and Dean of Undergraduate Education, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
  • Ellen B. Stechel, Deputy Director, ASU-LightWorks, Tempe, AZ,  Arizona State University

Candidates for District III Director, 2015-2017:

  • Pat N. Confalone, Confalone Consulting, LLC, (Retired DuPont), Wilmington, DE
  • Anne S. DeMasi, Hazard Communication Manager, Chemtura Corporation, Philadelphia, PA

Candidates for District VI Director, 2015-2017:

  • Paul W. Jagodzinski, Dean, College of Engineering, Forestry & Natural Sciences, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Lee H. Latimer, Consultant, Oakland, CA

ACS and CINF members are urged to suggest names for ACS President, Board of Directors and elected committee positions:

Selected Committee Reports:

On the recommendation of ConC, Council voted to continue the Committee on Patents and Related Matters, subject to concurrence by the Board of Directors; and to continue the Committee on Technician Affairs.

Council Policy (CPC)

At the spring meeting in 2015, CPC will set the divisor for 2016 – 2019. The formula will be based on membership numbers as of December 31, 2014. Official notification of the Councilor divisor and the number of Councilors permitted for Local Sections or Divisions will be sent to Local Sections and Divisions no later than May 1, 2015, as it will affect elections conducted in 2015. 

B&F reviewed the Society’s 2014 probable year-end financial projection which calls for a Net Contribution from operations of $14.4 million, or $752,000 higher than the Approved Budget. Total revenues are projected at $497.2 million. This is $1.1 million or 0.2% unfavorable to the Approved Budget. The projected shortfall is primarily driven by lower-than-budgeted Electronic Services, Registration Fees, and Advertising revenues. Total expenses are projected at $482.8 million, which is $1.9 million or 0.4% favorable to the Approved Budget. This variance is the result of lower-than-budgeted expenses across multiple categories primarily in the Society’s information services divisions (CAS and Publications). The Probable 1 projection was developed using May 31 actual financial results. Based on more recent information through July, management believes this projection will be exceeded.

More details at the B&F website:

Education (SOCED)

SOCED received an update on the new American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), which is now accepting members and will officially launch September 2, 2014. AACT member benefits include access to curricular resources, such as lesson plans and multimedia; professional development opportunities; a subscription to ChemMatters; and an online member network.  Membership is available to any interested ACS member.

AACT website:

Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA)

CEPA announced that the unemployment rate for all ACS chemists has dropped from 3.5% in March 2013 to 2.9% as of March 2014, but the unemployment rate for new chemistry graduates as of August 2013 is considered to be an all-time high of 14.6%. The number is higher when we isolate bachelor’s level graduates, for whom the rate is 15.8%.

CEPA Career Navigator:

On the recommendation of CEPA, Council voted to approve the Professional Employment Guidelines.

Committee on Meetings and Expositions (M&E)

M&E reported that 11,847 papers were accepted for the 248th National Meeting in San Francisco. As of August 13, total attendance was 15,761. The last meeting in San Francisco was held in the spring of 2010 and attendance totaled 18,076. Attendance at this meeting broke down as follows:

Regular:          9,840

Students:         3,671

Guests:               568

Exhibitors:       1,131

Exhibit-only:       551

Attendance at the 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

2014: San Francisco, CA:                    15,761

The Exposition had 432 booths with 285 exhibiting companies. The Committee voted to recommend to the Board of Directors the following sites for National Meetings:

  • Boston: fall 2024, 2029, 2031
  • San Diego: spring 2025, 2031, and fall 2027
  • New Orleans: spring 2027, 2032
  • Chicago: fall 2022.

The Committee heard an update on the Meeting Abstracts Programming System (MAPS). The new system will launch August 25 in preparation for the Denver National Meeting. Regional Meetings and specialty conferences will use MAPS starting in January 2015.

M&E has voted to strengthen the current recording policy at National Meetings by including enforcement language. Failure to follow the policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the meeting.

Divisional Activities (DAC)

The Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group is proposing the following 2018-2019 national meeting themes to the divisions for their consideration:

  • Spring: Energy Solutions and the Environment
  • Fall: Chemistry – from Bench to Market
  • Spring: Chemistry for New Frontiers

Committee on Local Section Activities (LSAC)

National Chemistry Week will be held October 19-25 with the theme, “The Sweet Side of Chemistry: Candy.”

On the recommendation of LSAC, the Council voted to dissolve the Ocean County Local Section due to inactivity. The motion by to have the Ocean County Local Section territory annexed by the Philadelphia Local Section was withdrawn from further action.

Membership Affairs (MAC)

MAC reported that as of June 30, the total ACS membership was 158,869, a net increase of 512 since May of this year. The number of international members has grown this year by 312, to almost 25,000. The number of current, unpaid members declined in June and is 13% lower than June 2013.  As of July 1, automatic renewal (on credit card) became available. The Committee also voted to extend its current test of an introductory membership offer to those who join the Society at non-ACS conferences and events to include the graduate students and potential Regular Members who attend ACS on Campus events worldwide each year.

International Activities (IAC)

On the recommendation of IAC, Council voted to approve the establishment of an International Chemical Sciences Chapter in South Africa. This action requires Board action, too.

Professional Training (CPT)

The Committee concluded discussion of the guidelines revision and voted provisional approval of the draft document. The draft will be distributed to department chairs of chemistry programs this fall. CPT also approved the final report of a survey on chemical information resources that will be published in the Committee newsletter and website.

Actions of the Board of Directors

The Board’s Executive Session

The Board’s Committees

The Board of Directors received reports from its Committees on Grants and Awards (G&A), Executive Compensation, and the Society Committee on Budget and Finance (B&F).

On the recommendation of the Committee on Grants and Awards, the Board voted to approve Society nominations for the 2015 Perkin Medal and the 2015 nominee for the National Science Board Public Service Award.

On the recommendation of the Committee on Budget and Finance, the Board voted to approve an advance member registration fee of $390 for national meetings held in 2015.

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

The Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer’s Report

The Executive Director/CEO and her direct reports updated the Board on the following: a summary of a recent survey measuring ACS employee engagement; the ACS’s global presence and activities; a recommendation on allocating certain investment income from the ACS Endowment Fund to Project SEED; activities and plans of CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) and the ACS Publications Division; and a report on “Challenges and Opportunities for ACS, 2015-2017.”

As a follow-up to the Publications report, the Board voted to appoint or reappoint several editors of Society publications.

The Board was also updated on the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), a new organization sponsored by the ACS that is officially launching in September. Membership is now open to anyone with an interest in chemistry education. The website is

Other Society Business

The Board also

  • Held a discussion on strategic questions related to how we can strengthen ACS’s service to chemistry communities and professionals worldwide.
  • Received an update on the recruitment process for the Executive Director and CEO position. This position offers wonderful challenge and opportunity. We have retained Korn Ferry International, a large, globally known firm, to conduct the search, and the position is currently being advertised.  We hope to complete the process in time to have a new Executive Director and CEO in place January 1, 2015.
  • Received reports from the Presidential Succession on their current and planned activities for the remainder of 2014 and 2015.
  • Approved, on the recommendation of its Committee on Professional and Member Relations, a resolution to recognize the contributions of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the peaceful application of the chemical sciences to improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry and advancing its broader enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.
  • Approved, on the recommendation of the Committee on Nomenclature, Terminology, and Symbols, a resolution welcoming the Consultative Committee for Amount of Substance: Metrology in Chemistry (CCQM) to co-locate its fall 2015 Committee meeting at the ACS Fall National Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Board’s Open Session

The Board held a well-attended open session which featured Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb, both of which were national bestsellers and named Amazon “Top 5” science books of the year. His newest book, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, was recently released and is receiving high acclaim. Mr. Kean’s topic was “The Disappearing Spoon,” the wonders of the periodic table. Following the presentation, members of the presidential succession and the Executive Director and CEO offered brief reports on their activities. (The officers provided more extensive reports on their activities and/or future plans as part of their reports to the Council.)

Andrea Twiss-Brooks and Bonnie Lawlor, CINF Councilors