Committee Reports

ACS Council

Svetlana Korolev, Bonnie Lawlor, and Andrea Twiss-Brooks, CINF Councilors

The Council of the American Chemical Society met 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. There were four items for council action and they are summarized below.

Nominations and Elections

By electronic ballot, the council voted to fill the 2018-20 terms on the following three committees:

Committee on Committees: The Council elected Mitchell R. M. Bruce, Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Martha G. Hollomon, Diane Krone, Robert A. Pribush.

CINF note: Bonnie Lawlor was recognized for her length of service 2012-17 on the Committee on Committees.

Council Policy Committee: The Council elected Karl S. Booksh, Mark D. Frishberg, Zaida C. Morales-Martinez, and Linette M. Watkins for a three-year term (2018-20), and Ella L. Davis for a one year term (2018).

Committee on Nominations and Elections: The Council elected Michael Appell, Neil D. Jespersen, Mamie W. Moy, Eleanor D. Siebert, and Julianne M.D. Smist.


On the recommendation of the Committee on Membership Affairs (MAC), a petition on International Chemical Sciences Chapters proposing a change to the ACS’s Bylaws to allow an International Chemical Sciences Chapter to receive financial support from the Society (Bylaw IX, Section 4) failed to achieve the two-thirds majority required to amend the bylaws.

On the recommendation of the Committee on Divisional Activities (DAC), the Council defeated a proposal to establish a probationary Division of Space Chemistry on January 1, 2018.

On the recommendation of the Committee on Local Section Activities (LSAC), the Council approved a request by the South Jersey Local Section for annexation of the unassigned territory of Ocean County, New Jersey.

Reports of Society Committees and Committee on Science

Budget and Finance (B&F): The Society’s 2017 probable year-end projects a net from operations of $25.3 million. This is $2.1 million favorable to the approved budget and $1.6 million higher than 2016. Total revenues are projected to be $553.0 million, which is $2.4 million unfavorable to the budget, but 5.0% higher than the prior year. Total expenses are projected at $527.6 million, which is $4.5 million favorable to the budget, and 4.9% higher than 2016.

On the recommendation of B&F, the board voted to approve the advance member registration fee for national meetings in 2018 at $475; and to authorize two new program funding requests: an ACS Online Course in Laboratory Safety, and a New Faculty Workshop Series.

Education (SOCED): The U.S. team received the outstanding record of four gold medals at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, July 6-15, 2017.

The American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) ended May 2017 with a total of 4,314 members. Of this total, 88% are K–12 teachers of chemistry. In June, the fourth Dow & AACT Teacher Summit was held in the Philadelphia, PA area.

Since its launch in 2010, Middle School Chemistry (, has received nearly 11 million visits from 234 countries.

ChemIDP ( had over 1,850 logins; 11 workshops were held during spring-early summer to increase use and understanding of the tool directed toward graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

There are currently 19,433 undergraduate student members, compared to 19,645 in June 2016.

CINF note: Jeremy Garritano is an associate member of SOCED.

Science (ComSci): ComSci took actions on three policy statements: A Competitive U.S. Business Climate: Innovation, Chemistry, on Jobs and Scientific Integrity in Public Policy, and on Sustainability and the Chemistry Enterprise; and organized a symposium on Sustaining Water Resources: Environmental and Economic Impact, in Washington, DC.

Reports of Council Standing Committees

Membership Affairs (MAC): MAC continues its efforts to attract and retain members. More than 23,000 new members joined the Society in 2016, including 3,685 members recruited through the Member-Get-a-Member campaign. In 2013 MAC began a series of market data collection tests including the recent incentives offering a discount for reinstating regular members (576 members rejoined the Society as a result of this program in 2016), a discount for a multi-year renewal (710 members used this auto-renewal offer), an approval of a multi-year membership for undergraduate students, and a new package to include ACS memberships as part of an institutional bundle with professional education courses, ACS Publications and CAS products.

Meetings and Expositions (M&E): The theme of the 254th ACS National Meeting was Chemistry’s Impact on the Global Economy. As of Tuesday evening, August 22, attendance was:

Attendees 7,938
Students 2,997
Exhibitors 1,068
Expo only 475
Guest 426
Total 12,904

Attendance at the fall national meetings since 2005 is as follows:

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
2016: Philadelphia, PA 12,800
2017: Washington, DC 12,904

For the next spring national meeting in New Orleans, M&E will conduct an experiment with no technical programming on Thursday. For the fall meeting in Boston, there will be a discounted Expo-only pass priced at $10.

Divisional Activities (DAC): DAC is revising the allocation formula with an attempt to integrate additional incentives for divisions to engage more actively both at ACS regional meetings and internationally. The revised formula will be presented for council action at the 2018 national meeting in New Orleans. In order to help divisions increase their membership, DAC is investigating the feasibility of increasing the number of free one-year division memberships to new members from one to three. DAC is encouraging all 32 divisions to take advantage of the Innovative Projects Grants (up to $7,500/project), especially for strategic planning that divisions are recommended to do every five years.

Constitution and Bylaws (C&B): Constitution, Bylaws, and Regulations (Bulletin 5) was updated on June 1, 2017. There were two petitions for consideration at this meeting: Election of Committee Chairs and the Composition of Society Committees, for council consideration at this meeting. The deadline for new petitions to amend the bylaws must be received by the Executive Director ( by November 29 to be included in the council agenda for the spring 2018 meeting. C&B has certified 15 bylaws since January 2017. In response to a frequently asked question, C&B clarified that graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are “regular, full” members and may be involved in all activities of the Society.

CINF note: Svetlana Korolev is a member of C&B. Andrea Twiss-Brooks is a member of the Council Policy Committee.

Reports of Other Committees

Chemical Abstracts Service (CCAS): CCAS pursued a number of goodwill initiatives for ACS members and the chemistry community: participation in the ACS on Campus program, establishment of the ACS Member SciFinder benefit with 25 free searches per year, establishment of the SciFinder Future Leaders program, and creation with Wikipedia of the free resource Common Chemistry (, which includes names and CAS Registry Numbers for approximately 7,900 common chemicals. CCAS invites input regarding ways in which CCAS and CAS could further serve ACS members. Wendy Cornell, CCAS chair,

CINF note: Grace Baysinger and Rachelle Bienstock are members of CCAS.

Chemical Safety (CCS): In 2016 the ACS strategic plan included safety as one of its core values and the ACS journals added a new requirement for authors to emphasize any hazards or risks associated with the reported work. The society is dedicating a full-time staff member to work on chemical safety matters. The 8th (2017) edition of Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories. Best Practices for the First- and Second- Year University Students ( includes new sections on safety culture, changes in the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard to reflect the use of the Globally Harmonized System, and additional reorganization of the document. Two public policy statements, Safety in the Chemistry Enterprise and Safety Guidelines for the Chemistry Professional – Understanding Your Role and Responsibilities, were developed by members of CCS, the Division of Chemical Health and Safety, and ACS public policy staff. CCS welcomes comments at

CINF note: Leah McEwen is an associate member of CCS.

Community Activities (CCA): National Chemistry Week celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017, October 22-26, with a theme Chemistry Rocks! In 2018, the program Chemists Celebrate Earth Day becomes Chemists Celebrate Earth Week during the week of April 22-28 with a theme Dive into Marine Chemistry.

Ethics (ETHX): The authors from a symposium on Ethical Consideration in Authorship organized jointly by ETHX and CINF at the spring national meeting in San Francisco submitted a book proposal to the ACS Symposium Series.

CINF note: a summary of the symposium was published in Chemical Information Bulletin.

ETHX will commence a ChemLuminary award for Outstanding Local Section Programming Related to the Promotion of Ethics in Chemistry in 2018.

CINF note: Judith Currano is a member and incoming 2018 chair of ETHX. Bonnie Lawlor has been the Committee on Committees (ConC) liaison to ETHX for the past six years.

Public Relations and Communications (CPRC): A webinar on Improving your Social Chemistry on July 13, 2017 was attended by a record number of over a hundred participants. Its video recording is available for ACS members at CPRC co-sponsored a presidential symposium on Science Communications: The Art of Developing a Clear Message, and organized a joint symposium with Division of Small Chemical Businesses on Social Media for Science Advocacy in Public Policy at the Washington, DC meeting.

CINF note: Raychelle Burks is a member of CPRC.

Younger Chemists (YCC): The inaugural meeting of the International Younger Chemists Network was held at the Chemistry Congress of IUPAC in July 2017 in São Paulo, Brazil. YCC members participated in the ACS Chemistry on the Hill Advocacy Workshop organized by President Allison Campbell at the Washington, DC meeting. The Advocacy Toolkit ( under presidential initiative for science advocacy is rolling out this fall. YCC will host its annual Catalyze the Vote virtual Town Hall with the 2017 ACS President candidates, Bonnie A. Charpentier and Willie E. May, on September 28, 2017, 7:30 pm EDT, at

The Board Open Session

The board held an open session on Sunday, August 20, 2017, which featured a discussion by Glenn Ruskin and Anthony Pitagno, ACS External Affairs & Communications, on the role ACS and its members play in advocating for adoption of public policy priorities to foster scientific advancement and innovation.