Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

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Election Results

  • By electronic ballot, the Council elected Mitchell R.M. Bruce, Judith N. Currano, Helen A. (Bonnie) Lawlor, Zaida Morales-Martinez, and Robert A. Pribush to the Committee on Committees (ConC) for the 2015-2017 term.

  • By electronic ballot, the Council elected Lawrence Barton, Lynne P. Greenblatt, Peter C. Jurs, and Linette M. Watkins to the Council Policy Committee (CPC) for the 2015-2017 term, and Andrea Twiss-Brooks for the remainder of a 2014-2016 term.

  • By electronic ballot, the Council elected Lydia E.M. Hines, Robert L. Lichter, Mamie W. Moy, Anne T. O’Brien, and Eleanor D. Siebert to the Committee on Nominations and Elections (N&E) for the 2015-2017 term.

Reports of Elected Committees

Nominations and Elections (N&E)

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

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

Committee on Committees (ConC)

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 Committee (CPC)

At the spring meeting in 2015, CPC will set the divisor for 2016 –

  1. 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.

Reports of Society Committees and Committee on Science (Highlights)

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. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in chemistry education. 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. There is a membership fee of $50.00 to join the AACT and Local Sections were encouraged to offer memberships to teachers as awards. The website is www.teachchemistry.org

Science (ComSci)

ComSci remains focused on three areas: increasing understanding of the emerging frontiers in science, recommending eminent chemical scientists for prestigious external awards, and developing public policies to advance science in society. ComSci has identified two multidisciplinary areas that hold great promise for fostering innovation and opportunities for chemistry-related scientists: advanced materials and the chemistry of clean and renewable energy. ComSci has also completed four on-demand video interviews with Nobel Laureates and other celebrated scientists, which will be linked with the onsite emerging science forums in 2015.

Reports of Standing Committees (Highlights)

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. However, 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%.

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 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.

The Fall 2016 National ACS Meeting in Philadelphia, PA will likely be held August 25-31 instead of the currently scheduled August 21-25 due to a possible conflict with the dates of the Democratic National Convention.

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)

DAC is conducting a pilot program with the ACS Presentations on Demand Coordinating Editor regarding a new type of recorded meeting content – three- to five-minute videos (ACS POD Shorts) that focus on the most notable aspects of a full-length presentation. DAC is developing a process to more readily permit divisions to benefit from one another’s innovations.

The Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group (MPPG) 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)

LSAC will award 14 Innovative Project Grants (IPG) totaling $30,033, bringing the 2014 total to 33 IPG awards totaling over $70,000. LSAC will also be offering grants during the fall to assist local sections with hosting a strategic planning retreat; a Leadership Development System course in their section, and to assist with travel to the 2015 ACS Leadership Institute.

The 2015 Leadership Institute will be held in Dallas, Texas, in late January (January 23-25).

Only 178/186 Local Sections had submitted Annual Reports by the time of the Meeting.

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.

Constitution and Bylaws (C&B)

C&B certified bylaws for 10 local sections, one division, and two International Chemical Sciences Chapters since January 1, 2014.

Reports of Other Committees (Highlights)

Environmental Improvement (CEI)

CEI reported on the outstanding programming that was offered at the San Francisco meeting relating to Chemistry and Global Stewardship. CEI continues to review existing policy statements to keep them fresh and relevant and to explore emerging areas of interest where ACS can offer the expertise of its members.

Ethics (ETHX)

Through its subcommittees, ETHX has strengthened its relationship with the National Center for Professional & Research Ethics, which is tied to the Education and Materials Subcommittee action plan to develop resource materials, and is committed to producing a twice-yearly newsletter to showcase current Ethics Committee endeavors. It is seeking to co-sponsor or help embed ethics related content and/or dialog into presentations and symposia.

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)

At this meeting, 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.

Project SEED

This year the Committee awarded 28 Project SEED College Scholarships to 17 female and 11 male alumni from 16 states and Puerto Rico. The Committee also established an Ethics Task Force and discussed the implementation of ethics guidelines for Project SEED students as a requirement for all programs. During the summer of 2014 400 students were engaged in research opportunities in 37 states and Puerto Rico.

Public Relations and Communications (CPRC)

The Chemistry Ambassadors observed its fifth anniversary. There are currently more than 10,000 Ambassadors. CPRC now has new mission statement: “CPRC supports the ACS goal of improving public understanding and appreciation of chemistry’s contributions to people’s lives.”

Senior Chemists (SCC)

SCC has approved 22 mini-grants of $300 each to encourage and support the organization of senior groups at the local section level. The SCC newsletter now has the highest “open” rate of all newsletters published by the Society.

Technician Affairs (CTA)

CTA observed its 50th Anniversary at this meeting with a symposium, “The Role of the Chemical Technician Through the Decades,” cosponsored with the Division of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry and the Division of the History of Chemistry.

Younger Chemists (YCC)

YCC continues to identify new opportunities for leveraging their social media following (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Vine). The Committee has developed partnerships with the ACS Office of Public Affairs to help promote the highly successful joint effort “Program in a Box” with ACS Webinars. YCC has secured funding for two “Program in a Box” events for 2015


The Council passed several resolutions, including one commending Executive Director and CEO Madeleine Jacobs on the occasion of her upcoming retirement.

Actions of the Board of Directors

The Board’s Committees

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.

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.

  • 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.

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.

Additional Information for Councilors

The following is a list of URLs and email addresses presented on slides at the Council meeting. You may find the information noted on these sites helpful.

  • Diane Grob Schmidt, President-Elect d.schmidt@acs.org / president@acs.org
  • Marinda Wu, Immediate Past President m.wu@acs.org
  • Budget and Finance www.acs.org ->Governance ->Related Information ->Portfolio ->Management Process Information
  • C&B: Bylaws bylaws@acs.org / www.acs.org/bulletin5
  • CEPA: Career Navigator www.acs.org/careernavigator
  • Ethics www.acs.org/ethics
  • LSAC: Innovative Project Grants www.acs.org/getinvolved
  • Nominations and Elections nomelect@acs.org