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A recommendation by the Committee on Membership Affairs that Council approve the Petition on International Chemical Sciences Chapters achieved the two-thirds majority required to amend Bylaw XI, Section 3 accordingly (additions bold; deletions struck through):
Affiliations of SOCIETY Local Sections or Divisions shall become effective upon authorization by their governing body, approval by their respective Council committees governing Local Sections and Divisions, and by confirmation by the Council Committee on Constitution and Bylaws acting for the Council, that the provisions of Section 1 of this Bylaw are met.
A recommendation by the Committee on Membership Affairs that Council approve the Petition on International Chemical Sciences Chapters achieved the two-thirds majority required to amend Bylaw IX, Section 4 accordingly (additions bold; deletions struck through):
An International Chemical Sciences Chapter shall receive no allotment of funds from the SOCIETY and shall not be entitled to elected representation on the Council. A Chapter may assess its members local Chapter dues to be expended for its own purposes in harmony with the objects of the SOCIETY.
President Dorhout introduced and led a special discussion on what role(s) ACS should play in preventing sexual harassment in the sciences. He highlighted several recent articles, workshops and studies that have called attention to the issue, notably a symposium, Science of Sexual Harassment organized during the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans (Spring 2018) by the Women Chemists Committee and Chemical & Engineering News; and a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine consensus study report: Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2018). He directed Council’s attention to existing ACS codes and initiatives to address sexual harassment, and offered items for discussion and possible action:
To further inform the discussion and Councilor input, a brief survey was conducted using the audience electronic response system. The results of the survey are listed below. The ACS Volunteer/National Meeting Attendee Conduct Policy can be found here.
|Yes||77% (141)||57% (127)|
|No||23% (41)||43% (96)|
The Committee on Nominations and Elections solicits Councilors’ input of qualified individuals for President-Elect and/or Directors for future consideration. Suggestions can be sent to email@example.com.
Ballots for the 2018 fall national election will be distributed October 1-3, with a voting deadline four weeks later, on October 31. ACS members eligible to vote and with an email address on file will receive an electronic ballot with the option to request a paper ballot. Those members with no email address on file will be sent a paper ballot but with the option to vote electronically. The ACS election vendor, Survey & Ballot Systems, will send three email reminders during the voting period to those who have not voted as of the reminder date.
The Committee considered one 2019 program funding reauthorization request, and on its recommendation, the Board subsequently approved funding the ACS Festival Series for inclusion in the 2019 Proposed Budget and the 2020-2021 Forecast Budgets. The Society is expected to end the year in compliance with each of the five Board-established financial guidelines. Additional information can be found at acs.org.
The theme of the 256th ACS National Meeting was Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, and Beyond. As of Tuesday evening, August 21, attendance was 14,235.
As of August 21, ACS had 149,584 members, which is a decline of only eight-tenths of one percent from the over 150,000 members in 2017. This year-to-date figure represents an increase of over 1,200 members when compared to the last two years. It was noted that five of last seven months have been respectively the best months for membership since at least 2014. The current membership count positions ACS for a strong close to the year, and there is cautious optimism that total membership will rise for the first time since 2011.
The Board of Directors received and discussed reports from its committees on Corporation Associates, Professional and Member Relations, Executive Compensation, the Governing Board for Publishing, and the Society Committee on Budget and Finance. On the basis of those reports and with regard to the Board’s strategic vision for the Society:
The Board approved the foundation documents of the newly created endowment for the Henry H. Storch Award in Energy Chemistry, which originally was established as a national award in 1964.
The Board held a well-attended regular session on Sunday, August 19, that featured a presentation by Nobel Laureate Sir Fraser Stoddart who spoke on transformative research and reviewed his contributions in supramolecular chemistry and molecular recognition. Also, as a Champion of the program, he advocated for ACS Project SEED on the 50th Anniversary of the program.