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