Committee Reports

Report on the Council Agenda for March 16, 2016

The Council of the American Chemical Society will meet in San Diego, CA on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 8:00am until approximately 12:00pm in the Sapphire Ballroom of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. All ACS members are welcome to attend, although only Councilors are permitted to vote. A continental breakfast is usually available at 7:00am for all attendees.  There are only three items for Council Action and all are routine. The action items are summarized below.

Nominations and Elections

President-Elect: The Committee on Nominations & Elections (N&E) has identified four nominees for the office of 2017 ACS President-Elect. They are as follows: Peter K. Dorhout, Thomas R. Gilbert, C. Bradley Moore, and Gregory H. Robinson. The four nominees will answer questions at the Town Hall meeting that will be held on Sunday, March 13th, at 4:30pm in the Indigo Ballroom of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Questions may be submitted in advance at: On March 16th the Council will select the final two candidates whose names will appear on the fall ballot.

Other Elections

The Committee on Nominations and Elections has announced the list of nominees to represent District II and District IV on the Board of Directors for the term 2017-2019. Nominees for District II are George M. Bodner, Christina C. Bodurow, Isai T. Urasa, and Ruth Ann Woodall. Nominees for District IV are Rigoberto Hernandez, Larry K.R. Ritchie, and Barry J. Streusand. Ballots have been emailed to the voting councilors in the two districts and the results will be announced at the Council Meeting in San Diego and in Chemical & Engineering News. On or before October 10, 2016, ballots listing the two candidates selected by the Councilors for each District will be mailed to all members of District II and District IV for the election of a Director from each District.

N&E also announced the election of Directors-at-Large that will be conducted in the fall. The candidates for a 2017-2019 term are Joseph A. Heppert, Kristin M. Omberg, Dorothy J. Phillips, and Kathleen M. Schulz.

ACS Dues for 2017

Council will vote on the recommendation from the Committee on Budget and Finance with regard to the 2017 membership dues (an increase of $4.00 - from $162 to $166). The increases to ACS dues are based upon an escalator defined in the ACS Bylaws (Bylaw XIII, Section 3,a). The dues are calculated by multiplying the base (current) rate “by a factor which is the ratio of the revised Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (Service Category) for the second year previous to the dues year to the value of the index for the third year previous to the dues year, as published by the United States Department of Labor, with the fractional dollar amounts rounded to the nearest whole dollar”.

Base rate 2016: $162.00

Change in the Consumer Price Index, Urban Wage Earners, Services Category:

December 2015 CPI-W (Services):


December 2014 CPI-W (Services):


Change in CPI-W Index:


2017 Dues, Fully Escalated: $162.00 x 1.0244 = $165.96
2017 Dues, Rounded: $166.00

Petitions for Vote

Approval of the “Academic Professional Guidelines”

The Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA) presented the revised “Academic and Professional Guidelines” for consideration at the Council meeting in Boston on August 13, 2015. No revision comments were received and the document will be up for Council approval in San Diego. For a look at the proposed changes see page 75 of the Council Agenda Book at: councilors/council-agenda-3.16.pdf.

Petitions for Consideration

The Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct

The Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA) has developed revisions to the Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct (CPCC). This was last approved in 2012. After a rigorous review of the document, an updated version of the CPCC is also included in the Council Agenda Book page 72. Please send any suggestions for further revisions to before April 30, 2016 so that they can be incorporated into the revised document which will be up for Council action at the meeting in Philadelphia later this year. The Council Agenda Book can be accessed at: about/governance/councilors/council-agenda-3.16.pdf.

Petition to Extend the Unemployed Members’ Dues Waiver (Bylaw XIII, Sec. 3)

The petitioners propose changes to the ACS’s Bylaws to allow unemployed members of the Society to remain as members without paying dues for a period of up to three years. Bylaw XIII, Sec. 3, k currently provides for the dues to be waived for an unemployed member for a period of up to two years. The Committee on Membership Affairs (MAC), prepared a Market Data Status Report (as of 5-14-15), which resulted in the following data.

Consecutive Years Unemployed Count

  • 1-year unemployed 882
  • 2-years unemployed 331
  • 3-years unemployed 179

Expanding this benefit to a third year prevented 179 members from being removed from membership in the Society. The extension of the benefit by another year would result in virtually no cost to the Society, yet would preserve membership status for those individuals who have been unemployed as chemists for up to three years (see page 93 of the Council Agenda Book).

The Committee on Constitution and Bylaws has reviewed the petition and finds it to be legal and not inconsistent with the constitution of the society. The proposed Bylaw amendment accomplishes the petitioners’ goal of expanding the unemployed members’ dues waiver from two to three years. It recommends changing “a waiver” to “an annual waiver” in line 3 of the Bylaw so that it is consistent with the sentence that follows. The Committee on Constitution and Bylaws concurs with the addition of reaffirming the status each year.

C&B is concerned with the assumption in the Explanation that without the waiver extension, the Society would lose those members who would benefit from the waiver extension. The financial implications of this petition are still being assessed.

Town Hall Meeting

A Town Hall meeting organized by the Committee on Nominations and Elections is scheduled for Sunday, March 13, 2016 in the Indigo Ballroom of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel from 4:30pm-5:30pm. It will highlight a Q&A session with the candidates for President-Elect. 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.

Note: The Council Agenda Book can be accessed at: acsorg/about/governance/councilors/council-agenda-3.16.pdf.

Respectfully submitted February 10, 2016

CINF Councilors
Bonnie Lawlor
Andrea Twiss-Brooks
Svetlana N. Korolev