Committee Reports

CINF Communications and Publications Committee

The CINF Communications and Publications Committee held a virtual meeting at the end of July, and followed up with an in-person meeting related to the CINF website at the ACS meeting in Boston.

Our committee includes: Svetla Baykoucheva, Bob Buntrock, Stuart Chalk, Judith Currano, Graham Douglas, Belinda Hurley, Erja Kajosalo, Svetlana Korolev, Bonnie Lawlor, Dave Martinsen, Patti McCall, Carmen Nitsche, Vin Scalfani, David Shobe, Teri Vogel, and ex officio Rachelle Bienstock, CINF Chair, and Donna Wrublewski, Membership Chair.

If one word could be used to summarize the current status of the Committee it is transition. Patti McCall, Webmaster, and Erja Kajosalo, Assistant Webmaster, have done a great job in keeping our website up to date, and we thank them both. As Erja looks for other opportunities within and outside CINF, Patti will continue as Webmaster, and Stuart Chalk will take over as Assistant Webmaster. The CINF website has experienced some infrastructure problems, and so we are looking for a new solution. A small team will evaluate several options and make a recommendation to the Executive Committee. Be on the lookout for an updated website early next year (hopefully).

Belinda Hurley and Carmen Nitsche have done a wonderful job planning and hosting the CINF Webinar Series. They have brought us perspectives from a variety of people who would not normally be seen at an ACS meeting, with two very different looks at altmetrics, an overview of CHORUS, and thoughts on Net Neutrality. One more webinar with John Regazzi speaking on “Infonomics and the Business of Free” is scheduled on September 30 this year. After two years of managing the webinars, both coordinators feel the need to turn over the responsibility in order to bring a fresh perspective to the program.

NEEDED: We are looking for two volunteers to take over that task. Access to a webinar platform, such as AdobeConnect or GoToMeeting, would be helpful.

The CIB has been produced through the efforts of our two editors, Svetlana Korolev (editor of issues 2 and 4) and Vin Scalfani (editor of issues 1 and 3), and their assistant editors, Teri Vogel and David Shobe. With the previous issue, we decided to release the initial ASAP version in PDF of the bulletin as soon as it was ready for publication, rather than wait for the Webmaster to convert the entire issue to HTML. Since the HTML version usually results in some additional corrections, a final PDF version will be released after the HTML version has been completed. This is most critical on issues 1 and 3, which contain the CINF Technical Program.

A special thanks to Svetlana, who has been working on the CIB for 6 years, and has requested to step down after this issue. We are grateful for her efforts for so many years. We welcome Judith Currano, who has agreed to join a team of editors. Together they will work out how to divide and conquer the 2016 issues of the Bulletin.

Finally, my own term as Chair of the committee will end at the end of 2015. It has been a pleasure to work with such a wonderful group of people: hard working, enthusiastic, and willing to try new things, and step in for new tasks. Graham Douglas, who has been Assistant Chair, will be taking over as Chair in 2016, and I wish him the best in that new role.

David Martinsen, Chair, CINF Communications and Publications Committee

CINF Education Committee

The CINF Education Committee met on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm in  the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 107C.

Attendees: Grace Baysinger (Chair), Chuck Huber, Ye Li, Teri Vogel, Martin Walker, Donna Wrublewski. Consultant: Adrienne Kozlowski. Guests: Judith Currano, Jeremy Garritano.
Absent: Christina Keil, Marion Peters, and Susanne Redalje.


  • “Chemical Information Skills: The Essential Toolkit for Chemical Research - A Joint CINF-CSA Trust Symposium” had 15 speakers and was held on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. ACS videotaped this symposium.
  • A BCCE Meeting or an ACS Regional Meeting are good outreach venues for CINF attendees to connect with high school teachers. The 2016 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) will be held July 31 - August 4, 2016 at the University of Northern Colorado, Greely Colorado. The deadline for submitting a symposium or workshop is December 6, 2015. We need to decide if we want to participate.

SOCED Report and K-12 Education:

Jeremy Garritano, who is a member of the Society Committee on Education (SOCED), gave a report of topics covered in the SOCED Meeting on Friday, August 14, 2015. Excerpts from the 2015 fall SOCED report to ACS Council, followed by comments by CINF Education Committee members are below.

  • SOCED voted to approve revisions to the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year Colleges. Many guidelines on chemical information are similar to the guidelines for 4-year schools.
  • The ACS Committee on Professional Training (CPT) has published the 2015 Guidelines for Undergraduate Professional Education in Chemistry. (CPT is revising the supplemental guidelines, one third per year for three years.)
  • The committee also voted to make the pilot program of ACS International Student Chapters a permanent feature of the student chapters program. 
  • SOCED was informed of recent developments related to the new American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), including $50,000 in grants from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation and the Ford Motor Company. AACT has over 78,000 members, mainly high school.
  • SOCED provided input on a coordinated strategy to address the needs of faculty better at various stages of their careers at two- and four-year institutions. Approximately 500 faculty members responded to a survey that assessed faculty development needs. Survey respondents expressed interest in networks that would allow them to explore and share teaching ideas, and exchange views on mentorship. Interest in resources to improve laboratory safety was also very high.
  • SOCED also received updates from Education Division staff on the 10th anniversary of ACS ChemClubs, Division strategic planning, and the launch of an Individual Development Plan (IDP) tool for graduate students. The online IDP resource is expected to launch at the end of September.
  • SOCED is revising Chemistry in Context (for undergrads) and the high school textbook Chemistry in the Community.

The CINF Education Committee wants to learn more about guidelines and standards to see what skills students are expected to learn before they reach college. For example, are students being asked to read, filter, think critically, and learn Boolean logic? There’s a lot more inquiry-based learning in high school these days, so they have to look up a lot more now. Judith Currano asked each member of the Education Committee to send her a few sentences on “What do you want your incoming college freshmen to know.” Adrienne Kozlowski suggested lab reports and Martin Walker suggested term papers as examples of the types of written documents students need to know how to create. After the ACS Meeting, Susanne Redalje suggested creating a list of free resources and having the committee be a source of support for smaller schools that don’t have a science librarian.

The Chemical Information Sources Wikibook Project

The CINF Education Committee has agreed to spearhead efforts and coordinate the updating of the Chemical Information Sources (CIS) Wikibook. Chuck Huber and Grace Baysinger will focus on the content, and Martin Walker and Ye Li will focus on technical aspects, including the organization and structure. For archival purposes a permanent snapshot has been generated. A metadata template was created for commonly cited resources (e.g., SciFinder). Martin will suggest and share some navigation templates to adopt as part of the revision process. 

One key question is do we use the CIS Wikibook as the repository or place to link content and shut down Explore Chemical Information Teaching Resources (XCITR)? The plan is to merge the Chemical Information Instructional Materials (CIIM) content into the appropriate section of the CIS Wikibook, rather than have it be a separate location. When Gary Wiggins created the CIIM, the scope excluded commercially produced content. We should broaden the scope of CIIM to include contributions from information providers, instructors, and librarians. We need to decide what types of materials to accept (for example, videos, tutorials, or PowerPoint presentations). A private group called the CINF Chem Wikibooks was created in the ACS Network to support this project.

Outrach, future symposium, other topicsImage

  • In support of National Chemistry Week 2015, Grace Baysinger compiled a list of electronic resources. The theme is “Chemistry Colors Our World” and topics for the electronic resource lists include: About Color, Visible Spectrum, Absorption/Reflection, Rainbows, Food Colors, Natural Dyes and Pigments, Fireworks, and Chemistry and Art.
  • The new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is a useful document to add to the CINF Chemical Information Literacy page. 
  • The Cheminformatics OLCC ( will have a more traditional library instruction module added. Leah McEwen and Ye Li have been helping with this effort. Should the Education Committee be doing more with Robert Belford?
  • Having an “education” symposium at a fall ACS national meeting is preferred because more faculty attend national meetings in the fall than in the spring, Should the Education Committee reduce the amount of programming and focus on other things because of our limited resources? 
  • Guidelines (drafted by Judith Currano) on what information skills are needed by successful graduate students in chemistry still needs to be finished. The draft document is in the CINF Education Committee’s private group on the ACS Network. 

Many thanks to Martin Walker for taking notes for the CINF Education Committee Meeting!

Grace Baysinger, Chair, CINF Education Committee

ACS Council Meeting

The Council of the American Chemical Society met in Boston, MA on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 from 8:00am until approximately 11:30am in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Boston Hotel. There were a number of items for Council Action and they are summarized below. 

Nominations and Elections

Committee on Committees: Council voted to fill six slots on the Committee on Committees.  There were twelve nominees as follows: Christopher J. Bannochie, Fran K. Kravitz, Michelle V. Buchanan, Patricia A. Redden, Alan B. Cooper, Carolyn Ribes, Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Sharon P. Shoemaker, Donna G. Friedman, Julianne M. D. Smist, Lynn G. Hartshorn, and Stephanie J. Watson. The five candidates receiving the highest numbers of votes were declared elected for the 2016-2018 term. These were: Christopher J. Bannochie, Michelle V. Buchanan, Alan B. Cooper, Carolyn Ribes, and Donna G. Friedman. The candidate receiving the sixth highest vote, Jetty Duffy-Matzner, was declared elected for the remainder of the 2016-2017 term.

Council Policy Committee: Council voted to fill four slots on the Council Policy Committee.  There were eight nominees as follows: John R. Berg, Lisa Houston, Frank D. Blum, Lee H. Latimer, Mary K. Carroll,   Doris I. Lewis, Dwight W. Chasar, and Barbara P. Sitzman. The four candidates who received the highest numbers of votes were declared elected for the 2016-2018 term.  These are as follows: Lisa Houston, Frank D. Blum, Lee H. Latimer, and Mary K. Carroll,  

Committee on Nominations and Elections: Council voted to fill five slots on the Committee on Nominations and Elections. There were ten nominees as follows: V. Dean Adams, Roland F. Hirsch, Matthew K. Chan, C. Marvin Lang, David A. Dixon, Les W. McQuire, Mary K. (Moore) Engelman, Donivan R. Porterfield, Joseph A. Heppert, and Ralph A. Wheeler. The five candidates who received the highest numbers of votes were declared elected for the 2016-2018 term. These are as follows: Roland F. Hirsch, C. Marvin Lang, Les W. McQuire, Mary K. (Moore) Engelman, and Donivan R. Porterfield.

New Procedures for Balloting and Preferential Voting

The Committee on Nominations and Elections (N&E) put forth new balloting and preferential voting procedures for the elections of President-Elect, District Directors, and Directors-at-Large. They passed and will be effective pending approval by the ACS Board of Directors. The procedures are as follows:

General Policy: 

1. These detailed procedures add specificity to the provisions in Bylaw V of the ACS Governing Documents ( They have been developed by the Committee on Nominations and Elections (N&E) in cooperation with the ACS Secretary and General Counsel, and approved or subsequently amended by the ACS Council. They reflect the procedures currently used by N&E in national elections, with the exception of adding preferential voting requirements and procedures when electing two or more individuals to fill Director-at-Large positions. Nothing in these procedures is to be construed in a manner that is inconsistent with the Bylaw V, Sec. 11, c balloting procedures, established by N&E and approved by the Council Policy Committee, which address fair balloting, anonymity, protection against fraudulent balloting, ballot archiving, and the timely reporting and archiving of balloting results.

2. Wherever possible, elections should result in the winning candidate (or candidates for certain elections as described below) receiving a majority of the valid votes cast. Depending upon the number of candidates on the ballot, this may result either by receiving a majority of single-choice ballots or by preferential voting as a result of receiving a majority of the remaining votes by having the second-preference votes of eliminated candidates added to their first-preference votes (recalculation of votes). Where multiple candidates for the same office are to be selected, a majority shall consist of more than half of the total number of ballots that remain valid at that step in the elimination process. 

General Procedures: 

1. Preferential voting will be used in elections whenever there are more than two candidates for a single position, or whenever there are multiple positions to be filled for the same office, such as typically occurs when electing Directors-at-Large or when selecting two candidates for District Director or President-Elect from among four (or more) nominees. 

2. The preferential voting method that will be used under these procedures is known as the instant run-off method. 

a. The preferential ballot shall afford the voter an opportunity to rank the candidates in order of preference. After the initial vote, if a candidate receives a majority of the first-preference votes cast, then that candidate shall be declared elected.  If no candidate receives a majority of the first-preference votes cast, the candidate with the fewest number of first-preference votes is eliminated.  The eliminated candidate’s second-preference votes (i.e. the second-preference votes of those who cast their first-preference vote for the eliminated candidate) are redistributed to the remaining unelected candidates. When recalculating vote totals following the elimination of a candidate, those ballots on which no preference is indicated for any of the remaining candidates shall be deemed invalid in that and any subsequent rounds. In each of those rounds, a majority shall consist of a majority of the number of valid ballots that remain at that step in the elimination process. This procedure continues until a candidate receives a majority of the votes. 

b. If there are multiple positions for the same office to be filled and only one candidate receives a majority of first-preference votes cast, then the candidate receiving the majority shall be declared elected. The elected candidate’s second-preference votes are redistributed to the remaining unelected candidates. Additionally (or if no candidate receives a majority of first-preference votes cast), the candidate with the fewest first-preference votes is eliminated from further consideration; the second-preference votes of the eliminated candidate are redistributed to the remaining unelected candidates. The procedure continues until one candidate receives a majority. When a candidate receives a majority and is declared elected, the elected candidate’s second-preference votes are redistributed to the remaining unelected candidates. After the second-preference votes are redistributed and no remaining candidate receives a majority, then the candidate with the lowest number of votes is eliminated and the eliminated candidate’s second-preference votes are redistributed to the remaining unelected candidates. The process is repeated until the number of elected candidates equals the number of positions available. 

c. When recalculating vote totals following the elimination of a candidate, those ballots on which no distinct preference is indicated for any of the remaining candidates shall be deemed invalid for this and any subsequent candidate elimination rounds.  

d. Preferential voting as described in these procedures shall be used whether the ballot is paper or electronic. Hand-marked (or paper) ballots will be counted only if the voter’s intent to vote in favor of a particular candidate or candidates can be reasonably determined from the marking(s) on the ballot. All valid votes are tallied. Where a determination of intent is needed, it will be made by the Chair of the Committee on Nominations and Elections, or his or her designee. 

e. In the event of a tie for last place in the first round (i.e. two candidates have the same number of first preference votes), the candidate with the fewest second choice preferences will be eliminated and their second preference votes will be redistributed. In the event of a tie for last place in the second or succeeding rounds, the candidate with the lowest first round preference votes is eliminated.  The eliminated candidate’s second preference votes are redistributed in the next round. If the two candidates that are tied are not in last place, then the candidate with the lowest vote total in that round will be eliminated. The eliminated candidate’s second preference votes are redistributed in the next round. In the event of a tie in the final round, Council balloting will break the tie per the ACS Bylaws. 

Election Procedures:    

1. President-Elect:

a. When there are two candidates, a single-choice ballot shall be used, and the candidate receiving the greater number of votes shall be declared elected.  

b. When there are more than two candidates, or when Councilors are selecting two candidates from among several nominees, a preferential ballot shall be used as described (in the General Procedures) above. 

2. Director-at-Large: 

a. If there is only one position to be filled and there are two candidates, a single-choice ballot shall be used and the candidate receiving the greater number of votes shall be declared elected. 

b. If there is only one position to be filled and there are three or more candidates, a preferential ballot shall be used as described (in the General Procedures) above. 

c. If there are two or more positions to be filled and three or more candidates, a preferential ballot shall be used as described above. However, where two candidates must be selected, the preferential voting method as described above continues so that the first candidate receives a majority of the votes and then the second candidate receives the next majority of the votes.  

3. District Directors:  

a. Where there are two candidates, a single-choice ballot shall be used, and the candidate receiving the greater number of votes shall be declared elected.

b. When there are more than two candidates, or when Councilors are selecting two candidates from among several nominees, a preferential ballot shall be used as described above.      

Pending approval by the ACE Board, the ACS Bylaws will be changed (Bylaw V, Sec. 2,d; Sec. 3,c; and Sec. 4,d and f.) The petition was approved by the ACS Committee on Constitution and Bylaws and they concluded that it will have a minor positive impact on ACS finances ($0 - $100K).

New Procedures for Member Expulsion

The Committee on Membership Affairs (MAC) put forth new procedures for the expulsion of ACS members for Council vote. They passed and will be effective pending approval by the ACS Board of Directors. The procedures are as follows:

Procedure for Expulsion of a Member 

Section 1. Members of the American Chemical Society (hereinafter referred to as “SOCIETY”) may be dropped from the rolls of the SOCIETY (hereinafter referred to as “expelled” or “expel”) for conduct that in any way tends to injure the SOCIETY or to affect adversely its reputation, or that is contrary to or destructive of its objects as described in the SOCIETY’s Constitution. 

Section 2. The procedure to expel a member shall be initiated when the specific charges and reasonable substantiating evidence are submitted in writing to the Secretary of the SOCIETY and signed by at least five members of the SOCIETY ( 

Section 3. The Secretary shall, without delay, forward the documented charges to the Chair of the Council Committee on Membership Affairs (MAC), who shall determine that the members submitting the charges are aware of the gravity of the actions and the procedures to be followed. If the Chair of MAC is the accused party, the Vice-Chair will act as substitute for the Chair. Within thirty days of receipt, the Chair of MAC shall appoint and call a meeting of a Hearing Subcommittee. The Hearing Subcommittee shall consist of not more than six members including those on the MAC Executive Committee and one or more other members of MAC with the longest tenure on the committee.  Members of MAC who signed the request for expulsion, as described in Section 2 may not serve on the Hearing Subcommittee. In addition, any member of MAC who has a financial interest with either the accused or any of the accusers must recuse himself or herself from the proceedings. The Chair of MAC shall chair the Hearing Subcommittee, unless the Chair signed the request for expulsion, as described in

Section 2. If the Chair of MAC cannot serve, the Subcommittee will elect its own Chair. 

a. Within thirty days, the Hearing Subcommittee shall continue the expulsion process, dismiss the charges as ill founded, or find an alternative solution to the issue, and the Chair shall inform the accused member and those who brought the charges of the decision of the Hearing Subcommittee. 

b. If the proceedings continue, the accused member shall be offered an opportunity to answer the allegations of the charges before the Hearing Subcommittee. Every reasonable effort shall be made to contact the accused member throughout this procedure. That effort shall include a certified letter to the last known address on the official SOCIETY membership rolls. This letter shall offer the accused member choice of one of the following options: 

(1) The accused member may resign.

(2) The accused member may request a hearing by the Hearing Subcommittee. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members of the Hearing Subcommittee shall be required to expel the accused member. 

(3) The accused member may choose not to respond and thus forfeit his/her membership in the SOCIETY.   

c. Upon notification, the accused member shall have thirty days to make a written response to the allegations from the date of issuance of the notice described in Section 3,b, above. The Hearing Subcommittee shall decide how to proceed after reviewing the member’s response. The Chair shall inform the member and those who brought the charges of the decision of the Hearing Subcommittee. 

If no contact with the accused member can be made after a reasonable effort, the Hearing Subcommittee may expel the member in question with a two-thirds (2/3) vote of its members. 

Section 4. Within thirty days, the accused member may appeal an adverse decision of the Hearing Subcommittee to the Council Policy Committee, which shall consider the appeal at its next regularly scheduled meeting, or at an earlier meeting specially called for the purpose of considering the appeal. Decisions of the Council Policy Committee are final, as of the date of the decision. 

Section 5. An application for readmission by the charged member after an expulsion or resignation or after the initial statement of charges is received will only be considered by MAC after a minimum of five years have passed from the original expulsion or resignation. Members of MAC who signed the request for expulsion as described in Section 2, must recuse themselves from the readmission vote. The application must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of MAC. Effective TBD.

Pending approval of the ACS Board of Directors, the ACS Bylaws will need to be changed (Bylaw I, Sec. 5) MAC submitted a petition for this purpose and Council did vote on it at this meeting. The petition has been approved by the ACS Committee on Constitution and Bylaws and they have concluded that it will not have any impact on ACS finances ($0).

Five New International Chemical Sciences Chapters

Five legal applications were received for the formation of International Chemical Sciences Chapters.  These are from the United Arabs Emirates  (UAE), Peru, Nigeria, Brazil, and Australia. The petitions were initiated and approved by ACS members in good standing and residing in the relevant territories and meet all of the requirements of Bylaw IX of the Society. Each application includes a proposed budget for the operations of the Chapter, which includes no allotment of funds from the Society. The petitions have been reviewed by the ACS Committee on International Activities (IAC). Council also approved, but operations of the Chapters are contingent upon the approval of the ACS Board of Directors.

Bylaw Changes for Consideration Only

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

Reports of Elected Committees (Highlights)

Nominations and Elections (N&E)

N&E announced the candidates for the fall 2015 ACS national election:

Candidates for President-Elect, 2016: G. Bryan Balazs, Associate Program Leader, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA and Allison A. Campbell, Associate Laboratory Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.

Candidates for Directors-at-Large, 2016-2018: Lee H. Latimer, Head of Chemistry, NeurOp, Inc., Oakland, CA; Willem R. Leenstra, Associate Professor, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT; Ingrid Montes, Professor, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, PR; Mary Jo Ondrechen, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA; and Thomas W. Smith, Professor, Chemistry & Microsystems Engineering, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

Candidates for District I Director, 2016-2018: Thomas R. Gilbert, Professor, Northeastern University, Boston, MA; Laura E. Pence, Professor of Chemistry, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT.

Candidates for District V Director, 2016-2018: John E. Adams, Curators’ Teaching Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO  and Kenneth P. Fivizzani, Retired, Nalco Company, Naperville, IL    

Council Policy (CPC)

The CPC Long-Range Planning Subcommittee was asked to review the way local sections and divisions are currently represented on Council. The Task Force is examining issues that affect the Divisor formulae set out in the Bylaws; for example, how sacrosanct is the rule that twenty percent of elected Councilors shall be elected by divisions, and eighty percent shall be elected by local sections? What would Council look like if the ratio were changed, for example to 70/30? Should there be more division representation on Council and what would be the impact? Would this result in more resources for divisions? Should a cap be placed on the number of Councilors per local section and divisions to ensure more balance? What does representation look like for international members of local sections and divisions? Comments on these questions can be submitted to

Reports of Society Committees and the Committee on Science (Highlights)

Budget and Finance (B&F)

B&F reviewed the Society’s 2015 probable year-end financial projection which expects a Net Contribution from Operations of $15.5 million, or $2.1 million higher than the Approved Budget. Total revenues are projected at $512.1 million, which at $481,000 favorable is essentially on Budget. Total expenses are projected at $496.6 million, which is $1.6 million or 0.3% favorable to the Approved.  This variance is the result of lower-than-budgeted expenses across almost all major expense categories. Net assets are estimated to reach $185M (up from $145M), but need to be at least $250M to be in compliance with ACS guidelines.

Education (SOCED)

SOCED voted to approve revisions to the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year Colleges.  

The committee voted to make the pilot program of ACS International Student Chapters a permanent feature of the student chapters program. ACS has chartered 15 International Student Chapters since the pilot launched last year.

Science (ComSci)

ComSci voted to recommend approval of the draft ACS policy statement on energy, a notably improved statement on this critical economic and environmental issue. At this meeting, the committee sponsored a roundtable discussion with leaders of divisions, journals, and outside experts on moving advanced materials from discovery to application.  

Divisional Activities (DAC)

DAC recently completed a review of a white paper to help divisions identify, evaluate, and pursue international engagement opportunities; received an update on several changes to the Meeting Abstracts Programming System (MAPS); was briefed on a recently created task force that seeks to enhance the content and functionality of the web pages that help division and local section volunteers execute their volunteer duties; and voted to fund 14 Innovative Project Grants (IPG) totaling $77,050. The Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group is proposing the following 2018 national meeting themes to the divisions for their consideration: Nexus of Food, Energy and Water (spring/New Orleans), and Nanotechnology (fall/Boston).

Local Section Activities (LSAC)

LSAC will award twenty Innovative Project Grant (IPG) grants totaling $39,886. This brings the total for 2015 to 34 IPG awards totaling over $75,000. Since the inception of the program, a total of 166 local sections have received at least one award. The committee voted to keep the current local section allotment formula in place for the next three years, and developed a new process for managing the annexation of unassigned territories by multiple sections.

Membership Affairs (MAC)

MAC reported that as of July 31, the ACS membership was 156,561; 2,055 fewer than on the same date in 2014. The number of new members who have joined this year is 14,457; 147 fewer than this time last year. The Society’s overall retention rate is 84%. The number of international members has increased to 25,989; 1,014 higher than in July, 2014. The international retention rate is 85%. The committee intends to submit a petition for consideration in San Diego to permanently extend the Unemployed Member Dues Waiver Benefit period from two years to three years. 

Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA)

The committee reported that ACS ChemCensus data showed that Domestic Unemployment among ACS member chemists edged slightly upwards in the last year from 2.9% to 3.1%. Still, the current unemployment rate is lower than it was from 2009 to 2013. The ChemCensus also showed a modest salary increase year-over-year. For the first year since 2004, the percentage of ACS members working in manufacturing increased. These trends are mirrored by a slight decline in the percentage of members in academia. Other workforce categories remained relatively flat. 

Meetings and Expositions (M&E)

M&E accepted 9,271 papers for the Boston meeting. As of the Council meeting, total attendance for the meeting was 13,888, with the breakdown as follows:

Regular attendees:      8,129

Students:                     3,462

Guests:                           426

Exhibitors:                   1,278

Exhibit-only:                   593

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

2015: Boston, MA:                    13,888

The Exposition had 475 booths with 325 exhibiting companies. There were nearly 5,500 downloads of the Boston Mobile App. The committee established a new Operations Subcommittee, responsible for monitoring the financial success of the national meetings, monitoring compliance with the National Meeting Long Range Financial Plan and the recommendations of the 2015 Task Force on Implementing National Meeting Financial Targets.

Constitution and Bylaws (C&B)

C&B certified 14 bylaws in 2015, and has reviewed bylaws for 9 local sections and 2 divisions since the spring meeting in Denver. The use of C&B’s new bylaw templates and expedited bylaw process enables faster bylaw reviews than in previous years. New petitions to amend the Constitution or Bylaws must be received by the Executive Director no later than November 25, to be included in the Council agenda for consideration at the spring 2016 meeting in San Diego. Contact for more information.

Reports of Other Committees (Highlights)

Chemical Safety (CCS)

CCS reported that it had been requested by the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) to assist in developing guidance with methods to recognize, assess, and control hazards in research laboratories. The CCS released its final report, “Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories,” in 2015. Councilors and their institutions who are engaged in research were urged to consider using this guide to help keep their laboratories safer. This report is available at

Chemists with Disabilities (CWD)

In June 2015, CWD held a strategic planning workshop. Accomplishments include refined mission and vision statements, as well as 4 goals and strategies to achieve these goals. CWD and the ACS Standard Exams Institute initiated conversations regarding collaboration to address issues such as the unavailability in Braille of ACS Standard Exams, Practice Tests and Study Guides.

Community Activities (CCA)

CCA reported that one of its most popular programs is the nation-wide Illustrated Poem Contest (IPC). Local sections submit outstanding entries based on the theme of National Chemistry Week or Chemists Celebrate Earth Day. In the spirt of the IPC, the chair used various styles of verse to report on CCA’s public outreach event held at the Boston Museum of Science, and to announce the theme of National Chemistry Week 2016, "Solving Mysteries through Chemistry."

Committee on Ethics (ETHX)

ETHX requests that the committee be kept informed of any ethics-related activity sponsored by ACS entities such as committees, local sections and divisions. ETHX will provide this information (with proper credit) to national meeting attendees. Please contact the committee staff liaison at

International Activities (IAC)

IAC welcomed dignitaries from our sister societies in Canada, Cuba, India, Germany, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and leadership of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the US National Academies of Science, the Iraqi Chemical Society, ACS International Chapters, and ACS International Student Chapters. The committee approved the ACS Global Innovation Initiatives (Gii) Singapore White Paper and chose South America and Mexico for the 2017 joint ACS-Pittcon program to foster exchange and research collaboration in analytical chemistry.  

Committee on Minority Affairs (CMA)

CMA focused its activities at this meeting on the 20th anniversary celebration of the ACS Scholars Program. The program has awarded more than $17 million in scholarship assistance since 1995 to enable 2,500 talented minority students to pursue their dreams of a degree in the chemical sciences.  The new Scholars Endowment Fund now has commitments of more than $2 million. Nominations are being sought for the Stanley C. Israel Award. Instructions for nominations can be found at   

Committee on Patents and Related Matters (CPRM)

CPRM continues to monitor legislative and regulatory developments influencing intellectual property in ways that impact the chemical enterprise. The committee website is updated frequently and contains a wealth of helpful information about intellectual property matters relevant to those in the chemical enterprise.

Project SEED (SEED)

SEED announced another successful SEED program with the participation of 411 high school students. These students are currently placed in over 100 laboratories across the nation, under the supervision of over 400 volunteer scientists and coordinators in 39 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The committee awarded 32 first year non-renewable College Scholarships to SEED alumni in 17 states and Puerto Rico. 

Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC)

CPRC co-sponsored a number of events in Boston to showcase ways to increase public appreciation for chemistry: the PBS preview of “Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements”; a symposium on the public perception of chemistry co-sponsored with Chemical & Engineering News, and the ACS Office of Public Affairs; ChemChamps; and Wikipedia edit-a-thon, co-sponsored with the Division of Chemical Information.

Senior Chemists Committee (SCC)

This meeting marked the third anniversary of the formation of the SCC at the Philadelphia national meeting. SCC has been able to establish a number of initiatives through its provision of mini-grants to local sections to sponsor senior-related activities, several of which were recognized by the initial ChemLuminary awards at Boston. A committee retreat is being planned for this fall to identify priorities that will serve the SCC constituency as well as meeting the strategic goals of the committee.

Committee on Technician Affairs (CTA)

CTA is now accepting nominations for the 2016 National Chemical Technician Award. This annual award is presented in recognition of outstanding technical and communication skills, reliability, leadership, teamwork, publications, and presentations. For more information about the award, please visit the committee website at

Younger Chemists Committee (YCC)

The Program-in-a-Box effort continues to grow rapidly with a 43% increase in the number of disseminated boxes between the fall 2014 and February 2015, when 181 boxes were delivered to local sections and international chapters. At this meeting YCC participated in the 5th Younger Chemists Crossing Borders, an exchange which brings younger chemists from parts of Europe to the meeting. YCC is currently in discussions with N&E, ACS Webinars, ACS Office of Public Affairs, and the presidential candidates about holding a roundtable webinar, “Catalyze the Vote,” where the candidates can speak to the younger constituency about their vision for the Society in the future.  

Actions of the Board of Directors

The Board’s Committees (Executive Session):

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

On the recommendation of the Committee on Grants and Awards, and of the Committee on Public Relations and Communications, the Board voted to approve a Society nominee for the National Science Board Public Service Award. 

On the recommendation of the Committee on Grants and Awards and of the Committee on Younger Chemists, the Board voted to approve a Society nominee for the 2016 Alan T. Waterman Award.

On the recommendation of the Committee on Budget and Finance, the Board voted to approve an advance member registration fee of $415 for national meetings held in 2016; to authorize a new program funding request for the ACS Festival Series program; and to reauthorize funding for the ACS Science Coaches program. 

The Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer’s Report 

The Executive Director/CEO and his direct reports updated the Board on the activities of Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the ACS Publications Division, and the Society’s Secretary and General Counsel.

On the recommendation of the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications, the Board voted to reappoint an Editor-in-Chief of an ACS journal.

Other Society Business

The Board also:

  • Held a discussion on strategic questions related to the health and strength of local sections and divisions.
  • Received reports from the Presidential Succession on their symposia and events in Boston, and planned activities for 2016.
  • Approved a resolution to extend sincere congratulations to the Sociedad Química de México on the occasion of the 50th Congreso Mexicano de Química, 7-10 October 2015, in Querétaro, Querétaro México.

The Board’s Regular (Open) Session

The Board held an overflow open session on Sunday, August 16, that featured George Whitesides. Professor Whitesides’ topic was “Reengineering Chemistry.” 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 as part of their reports to the Council.)  

Andrea Twiss-Brooks and Bonnie Lawlor, CINF Councilors


Joint Board-Council Committee on CAS

The Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service (CCAS) met in Executive Session on August 14, 2015, where CAS management reported on highlights from the first half of 2015, including updates on the portfolio of new solutions designed to enable discovery, and advance workflows for scientific researchers and patent professionals around the world. CAS President, Manuel Guzman, reported that CAS continues to execute on its Strategic Plan for Growth and Optimization with the launch of three new products thus far in 2015 (PatentPak, NCI Global, and upgraded CHEMCATS) while sustained financial performance continues to support ACS initiatives.     

  • PatentPak is a robust, new patent workflow solution available in SciFinder. Designed to radically reduce time spent acquiring and searching through multiple patents to find vital chemistry, PatentPak saves users up to half the time they spend researching patents by providing instant access to hard-to-find chemistry in patents and patent families in languages users know.
  • NCI Global, an online regulatory solution, provides access to inventories and regulatory information essential for any organization that manufactures, imports, exports, or transports chemicals. With inventories and regulatory lists organized by country, users get right to the information they need.
  • CHEMCATS (Chemical Catalogs) is a catalog database containing information about commercially available chemicals and worldwide suppliers. CHEMCATS is updated at least two times per week with new and revised catalog information. New opportunities for CHEMCAT suppliers (e.g., displaying company logo, and featured listings) are now available.

Committee members were pleased to learn that development on new technology platforms for the CAS flagship products, SciFinder and STN continues, with another release of STN launched in August, and completion of the product roadmap, along with defined product capabilities for revitalizing SciFinder. In addition, CAS assigned the 100 millionth CAS Registry Number to a substance designed to treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia, in the 50th anniversary year of the CAS REGISTRY, the world’s largest database of unique chemical substances.

A preview demo of ImageMethodsNow delighted committee members. This new solution for analytical scientists, coming later in 2015, provides access to the largest collection of methods and will save researchers time, making method selection and optimization simple and efficient. 

CCAS held a lively discussion and gave CAS management useful input on a range of topics and issues, including new product concepts. CCAS continues in its important role as a conduit of information between Society members, the ACS Governing Board for Publishing, and CAS management, providing valuable feedback on current and future initiatives. 

Grace Baysinger, Chair, Joint Board-Council Committee on CAS

Imageand Beyond

Have you ever struggled to figure out what the journal abbreviations “C.R.” or “A.” mean? If so, help is now available.

Beyond CASSI” is a newly released document that contains short journal title abbreviations from the early chemical literature, and other historical reference sources that may not be listed in the print version of CAS Source Index (CASSI), or the free online CASSI Search Tool.

Many thanks to Marion Peters, UCLA Chemistry Librarian Emeritus, for compiling this list of old abbreviations and for working with Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) to make this document available on the CASSI Search Tool website (see “About” section).

Other enhancements recently implemented by CAS to the CASSI Search Tool include:

  • Increased maximum number of results displayed from 50 to 100
  • Increased frequency of data updates from annually to quarterly.

Hopefully, these enhancements will enable you to identify and confirm journal titles and abbreviations more quickly. As always, CAS appreciates your feedback and welcomes any additional input you would like to share via the in-product "Contact Us" button.

Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications

The Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications (JBCCP) met in Boston and discussed the following.

The monitoring reports for Biochemistry, Journal of Proteome Research and Journal of the American Chemical Society were presented, discussed thoroughly, and accepted with thanks. Editor reappointments were reviewed and recommendations were made.Image

Staff presented an overview of C&EN’s significant editorial and marketing initiatives. C&EN’s “The Talented 12” issue ( highlighted twelve path-paving young researchers and entrepreneurs who are using chemistry to solve global problems. C&EN is collaborating with the Spanish organization,, to translate a selection of content into Spanish, and offer it to readers via C&EN’s website and social media channels. C&EN also created ACS Chemoji, a mobile keyboard app for Android and iPhone that allows users to share chemistry-themed “emojis” via text message and social media. This app was built in collaboration with ACS Publications and Chemical Abstracts Service, and was launched at the ACS National Meeting in Boston. Marketing initiatives in support of C&EN’s advertising sales goals were summarized for the committee.

Journals Publishing staff presented the early results of a systematic survey of ACS corresponding authors. Initial responses indicate that authors choose a journal for submission on the basis of scope, impact, citations, and speed to decision. Authors are generally satisfied with the current peer review system, and rank interactions with ACS editors very highly. The committee suggested that the survey comments be returned to the respective journals to inform both operational and strategic planning.

Staff will ask the Editors-in-Chief of ACS Publications to refine their respective policies of what constitutes “Supporting Information” with respect to both data and to references at its 2016 Conference of Editors, and to clarify such policies in published information for authors.

The committee and staff expressed their sincere appreciation to Dr. Stephanie Brock for her outstanding service as chair of the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications from 2013 to 2015.

Stephanie Brock, Chair, Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications


How the Internet Changed Chemistry
Volume 93, Issue 32
Issue Date: August 17, 2015

Another Committee, Another Acronym: Demystifying SOCED

Since 2013, I have been an Associate Member of the Society Committee on Education (SOCED, I wanted to take this opportunity to describe the work of SOCED and hopefully encourage others to investigate ways that they can participate within ACS beyond CINF, but yet still support our mission and goals as a division.

Simply, the mission of SOCED is to support the development and improvement of ACS educational programs from kindergarten through graduate school and beyond. The Committee works very closely with a number of staff from the ACS Education Division (the staff side of ACS, not the technical division), including the Director of the Education Division, Dr. Mary Kirchhoff, who is the staff liaison to SOCED.

SOCED is also separate from the Committee on Professional Training (CPT), as well from the ACS Division of Chemical Education (CHED). We communicate across our groups, but each has a slightly different focus and mission. Some more information is taken directly from the “About” section of the SOCED web page. 

SOCED’s responsibilities include:

  • Implementing ACS policies in chemical education
  • Developing reports and recommendations for the ACS Board and Council on ACS policies and programs related to chemical education
  • Receiving, reviewing, and making recommendations to the Board and Council on proposals for policies and programs in chemical education
  • Acting in an advisory capacity on matters relating to chemical education
  • Recommending approval or disapproval of requests for the funding of new or unbudgeted items related to chemical education
  • Drafting statements for ACS Board approval on the annual budgets for both the National Science Foundation's education programs and the U.S. Department of Education.

As you can see, SOCED deals with a variety of high-level issues related to chemical education. If you are not aware that ACS has positions on policy issues, I suggest you browse the following page:

For more concrete examples, at the most recent ACS National Meeting in Boston the following topics that SOCED considered were:

  • Discussing the Education Division’s efforts to create any online Individual Development Plan (IDP) system to be rolled out this fall to graduate students and post-docs
  • Voting to approve the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year Colleges
  • Providing feedback on strategic planning for SOCED
  • Discussing the need for developing standard student learning outcomes for General Chemistry and initiating a taskforce to investigate this further
  • Hearing updates from the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), Office of Public Affairs (OPA), the Committee on Professional Training (CPT), and the Committee on Chemical Safety.

How is SOCED organized?

SOCED consists of fifteen members, ten of whom must be ACS councilors. There are usually ten additional associates. One or two consultants may also be appointed. The Committee Chair, who must be an ACS councilor, is appointed each year by the ACS President and Board Chair. The SOCED Chair may serve no more than three years in this capacity. SOCED members may serve up to nine consecutive years.

SOCED has three subcommittees: Subcommittee A (Precollege), Subcommittee B (College/University) and Subcommittee C (Olympiad). As an Associate Member of SOCED, I can speak, but I am not allowed to vote when SOCED meets as a whole. However, I am a full voting member of Subcommittee B. Subcommittee B takes the lead on issues related to chemical education in higher education and brings appropriate initiatives, feedback, or ideas to the full SOCED group. Topics Subcommittee B has considered at the last several meetings include:

  • Providing feedback to the ACS Education Division staff on ways to promote the new Individual Development Plan (IDP) system, as well as what faculty are looking for when it comes to professional development opportunities
  • Discussing the implementation of international ACS student chapters
  • Hearing reports from the Undergraduate Programs Advisory Board and the Graduate Education Advisory Board (GEAB)
  • Choosing judges for the ChemLuminary ACS Student Chapter Interaction Award.

Many of the programs coordinated and offered by the ACS Education Division can be found here:

ImageBesides my general work on SOCED and Subcommittee B, I have also participated in a couple of task forces over the years. On one, I helped a small group discuss the future of Chemistry and the Community, a high school level textbook.

Another task force, of which I am now currently the chair, has been brought together to help draft a practitioner statement on the importance of hands-on laboratory activities. The ACS has a position statement on the importance of hands-on laboratory activities to help guide policy at the national, state and local levels (, but SOCED agreed that another, more detailed document for practitioners (teachers, professors, etc.) is needed.

If you have any further questions about SOCED, please feel free to contact me at

Jeremy Garritano, Associate Member, Society Committee on Education