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Trenton ACS Councilors Attend National ACS Meeting in Washington D.C.!

Your Councilors represented the Trenton local section at the District III Caucus, Council meeting, and at Committee events, see 2017 Events & Opportunities below for more details.

 

Trenton ACS Election Results!

Your votes have been counted and your 2017 elected officials for the Trenton ACS board have been determined. See the Elections page for results and the Officers page for the 2017 board of the Trenton ACS.   

2017 Events & Opportunities

Trenton ACS Annual Awards Banquet

At the annual Trenton ACS Awards Banquet, we honored our Chemistry Olympiad Winners, TrACS High School Scholarship Winners, 50-year members, Outstanding High School Chemistry Teachers, and Top Undergraduates at our local area colleges and universities!

Date and Time:  Tuesday, May 16, social mixer 6:00 pm, dinner 6:30 pm.

Location:  Piccolo Trattoria: Hopewell Crossing Shopping Center, 800 R Denow Rd, Pennington, NJ 08534

 

Mentoring Opportunities

We are seeking members who are interested in mentoring local high school students to pursue college degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  Through many of our programs at TCNJ and Rider, we have discovered the importance of mentoring, particularly for underrepresented minorities.  We are hoping the active mentoring will assist students to enter local and regional science competitions.  Students from Rider and TCNJ will assist in the mentoring.  We will offer a short training session before the mentoring activities.  Interested members should contact Benny Chan, chan@tcnj.edu

  

 

254th ACS National Meeting & Expo: Trenton ACS Councilor Report

Benny Chan & Abby O'Connor

 

We had another exciting meeting in Washington DC. ACS did hand out free eclipse glasses at several kiosks throughout the convention center. Monday afternoon talks were a bit slim as ACS was outmatched by nature and many sessions took a break to let folks view the eclipse. The eclipse in DC was an excellent experience.

Dr. Chan attended the Committee on Minority Affairs meeting.  The ACS Scholars program is running strong.  We have two local students at TCNJ participating in the program.  Programming at national and regional meetings by CMA with co-sponsorship with several technical divisions is underway. Dr. Chan specifically worked with the membership engagement and training subcommittee.  One of his task this meeting was to work with the Diversity and Inclusion advisory board to develop the first workshop for diversity.  He with Lee Penn (U. Minnesota) and Ben Fiore-Walker (ACS) developed a workshop titled “Tools for creating equity in the chemical work, volunteer, and education spaces.”  This interactive workshop was advertised to committees and board members as a pilot.  We believe these types of activities will be incorporated into the ACS Leadership Development System. We are excited that the Trenton ACS will have representation in this important area.

Dr. Crowe did not attend the meeting. Alternate Dr. O’Connor attended the meeting on his behalf.  

Dr. O’Connor attended the MARM board meeting held on Tuesday morning. There is no MARM scheduled for 2018 and an awards dinner along with a Chemagination competition will take place most likely in the Lehigh Valley. The next MARM is scheduled to be held in 2019 at UMBC. A MARM for 2020 is not going to be scheduled because the national ACS meeting will be in Philadelphia in 2020. Jeanne Berk of the Lehigh Valley Local Section will be the MARM board regional awards chair. In addition, the MARM board voted to pay for travel to attend the ACS leadership institute for chair or co-chair in a local section hosting a MARM as the planning regional meetings workshops will be folded into the leadership institute.

Council meeting was quite interesting this fall. A council discussion and vote to allow international chapters to receive financial support failed the ⅔ margin by 1%. This is disappointing as many chemistry outreach programs that were planned on the international level cannot occur through the ACS. In addition a petition to add a new provisional Division of Space Chemistry failed. This is in alignment with previous attempts to add other divisions such as Nanotechnology. Finally, the South Jersey Local section acquired the Ocean County local section much to the Philadelphia local section’s dismay. Trenton had previously attempted to acquire Ocean County but we do not have a physical geographic border with those zip codes. The councilors of the Trenton section actively discussed plans to collaborate and bring boards together with area local sections to increase activities in the area.

Additional council actions are noted in the talking points.

 

Councilor Talking Points

 

Summary of Governance Issues and Actions

The following summary is provided to help Councilors report to their Local Sections and Divisions on key actions of the ACS Council meeting held August 23, 2017 and the Board of Directors meetings held August 18-19, 2017, at the 2017 ACS fall national meeting in Washington, District of Columbia. Full reports will be posted on the ACS Website as they become available.

Actions of the Council

Election Results:  Elected Committees of Council

§  By electronic ballot, the Council elected Karl S. Booksh, Mark D. Frishberg, Zaida C. Morales Martinez, and Linette M. Watkins for three-year terms (2018-2020), and Ella L. Davis for a one-year term (2018) on the Council Policy Committee (CPC).


*Karl S. Booksh                209

James C. Carver                                180

Dwight W. Chasar          140

*Ella L. Davis                     203

*Mark D. Frishberg        207

Lydia E.M. Hines                               165

Will E. Lynch                                        190

*Zaida C. Morales Martinez      215

Barbara P. Sitzman                         150

*Linette M. Watkins                      260

 

·    By electronic ballot, the Council elected Michael Appell, Neil D. Jespersen, Mamie W. Moy, Eleanor D. Siebert, and Julianne M.D. Smist for three-year terms (2018-2020) on the Committee on Nominations and Elections (N&E).

Anthony W. Addison    159

Joe D. Allison                    103

*Michael Appell              165

Mark A. Benvenuto       149

Arindam Bose                   140

*Neil D. Jespersen        237

*Mamie W. Moy              269

*Eleanor D. Siebert       252

*Julianne M.D. Smist   228

Keith R. Vitense                                134

 

·    By electronic ballot, the Council elected Mitchell R. M. Bruce, Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Martha G. Hollomon, Diane Krone, and Robert A. Pribush for three-year terms (2018-2020) on the Committee on Committees (ConC).

*Mitchell R. M. Bruce 225

*Jetty Duffy-Matzner   223

Rick Ewing                           177

Barbara R. Hillery          115

*Martha G. Hollomon 187

Judith M. Iriarte-Gross  163

Russell W. Johnson      123

*Diane Krone                    192

*Robert A. Pribush        227

Susan M. Schelble         184

Other Council Actions

Amendments to the ACS Bylaws

§  A recommendation by the Committee on Membership Affairs that Council approve the Petition on International Chemical Sciences Chapters narrowly failed to achieve the two-thirds majority required to amend the Bylaws.  The proposal would have amended Bylaw IX, Section 4, to permit financial support for International Chemical Sciences Chapters and to remove language from the Bylaws prohibiting Chapters from having representation on Council.

Probationary Division of Space Chemistry

§  The Council defeated a proposal from the Committee on Divisional Activities that it establish a probationary Division of Space Chemistry, effective January 1, 2018.

Change in Local Section Territory

§  On the recommendation of the Committee on Local Section Activities, the Council approved a petition from the South Jersey Local Section to annex the unassigned and adjacent territory of Ocean County, New Jersey.

Resolutions

§  The Council passed resolutions in memory of deceased Councilors; acknowledging President Allison A. Campbell’s service as presiding officer of the Council; and in gratitude for the officers and members of the Chemical Society of Washington, the host Section for the 254th National Meeting, the divisional program chairs and symposium organizers, and ACS staff.

Highlights from Committee Reports

Nominations and Elections

The Committee on Nominations and Elections solicits Councilors’ input of qualified individuals for President-Elect and/or Directors for future consideration. Suggestions may be sent to nomelect@acs.org.

Ballots for the 2017 fall national election will be distributed on September 29, with a voting deadline four weeks later, on October 27. In a change of procedures, all members with an email address on file and eligible to vote 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 with the option to still 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.

Budget and Finance

The Society’s 2017 Probable 1 Projection calls for 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.

The Committee considered several program funding requests for 2018, and on its recommendations, the Board subsequently approved funding for the ACS Online Course in Laboratory Safety and the New Faculty Workshop Series for inclusion in the 2018 Proposed Budget and the 2019-2020 Forecast.

Additional information can be found at www.acs.org, at the bottom of the page, click ‘About ACS’, then ‘Financial’.  There you will find several years of the Society’s audited financial statements and IRS 990 filings.

Washington Meeting Attendance

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

Petitions to Amend the Constitution and Bylaws

New petitions to amend the Constitution or Bylaws must be received by the Executive Director no later than November 29 to be included in the Council agenda for consideration at the spring 2018 meeting in New Orleans. Contact the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws with any questions or requests for information at bylaws@acs.org

Actions of the Board of Directors

The Board’s Executive Session

At this meeting, the ACS Board of Directors considered a number of key strategic issues and responded with several actions.

The Board’s Committees

The Board of Directors received and discussed reports from its committees on the Petroleum Research Fund, Strategic Planning, Corporation Associates, Executive Compensation, Professional and Member Relations, the Society Committee on Budget and Finance, the ACS Governing Board for Publishing, and the Joint Board-Council Task Force on Governance Design.

  • On the recommendation of the Committee on Professional and Member Relations, the Board voted to approve the Society’s nominees for the 2018 Perkin Medal, and the 2018 National Science Board Public Service Award.

  • On the recommendation of the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications and an Editor Selection Committee, the Board voted to approve the appointment and reappointment of several editors-in-chief for ACS journals.

  • On the recommendation of the Society Committee on Budget and Finance, the Board voted to approve the advance member registration fee for national meetings held 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.

The Executive Director/CEO Report

  • The Executive Director/CEO and his direct reports provided updates to the Board on the activities of Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and the ACS Publications Division. He offered current and proposed strategies to increase membership in the Society; reported on safety initiatives, resources and security; and provided an update on the Atlantic Basin Conference on Chemistry (ABCChem) scheduled for January 2018.  As part of his report, he invited the Treasurer to brief the Board on the Enterprise Financial Systems Program (EFSP), which is unifying several financial operations for Society staff; the Financial Planning Conference in early November; and ACS Development Activities.

Other Society Business

  • The Board held discussions with members of the Presidential Succession on their current activities and those planned for 2018.

  • The Board also held a discussion with officers and members of the board of directors of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) on what governance participation might look like at the organizations’ annual meetings, possible meetings between ACS and NOBCChE at the ACS Leadership Institute, dual membership between both organizations, strategic alliances of student chapters at the local section and regional levels, and ACS Board participation at NOBCChE Annual Conferences.

The Board’s Regular Session

The Board held a well-attended regular session which featured a discussion on the role ACS and its members play in advocating for adoption of important public policy priorities to foster scientific advancement and innovation.  Mr. Glenn Ruskin, Director, External Affairs & Communications in the Office of the Secretary and General Counsel, and Mr. Anthony Pitagno, Director of Government Affairs and Outreach, External Affairs & Communications, spoke about the critically important role federal investment in basic research plays in driving U.S. innovation, job creation and economic growth.  A question and answer session followed the presentation, first with the presenters, and then with the Board for general concerns and comments.

Prior to the presentation, members of the presidential succession and the Executive Director and CEO offered brief reports on their activities. The officers provided more extensive reports on their activities and/or future plans as part of their written and oral reports to the Council.

 

253rd ACS National Meeting & Expo: Trenton ACS Councilor Report

Matt Crowe & Benny Chan

Trenton ACS Councilors Matt Crowe and Benny Chan traveled to San Francisco to attend the 2017 Spring National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Councilors represented the Trenton local section of the ACS at the District III Caucus, at the ACS Council meeting, and at ACS Committee events. Matt is an associate member of the Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS) and participated in activities relevant to that committee. Benny is a member of the Committee on Minority Affairs (CMA) and participated in activities relevant to that committee. The following are highlights of the meeting from the perspective of the Trenton ACS Councilors.

District III Caucus

The 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM) will be held June 4-6 at Hershey Park. Additional information can be found at: http://marm2017.sites.acs.org/

The remainder of the District III Caucus covered many of the same topics captured in the Council Talking Points (below); those items will not be re-stated here.

MARM Board Meeting

The next few MARMs have been announced.  Hotel Registration for the 2017 MARM has opened, the Hershey lodge is a steal at $190/night (normally $400/night).  Register soon!  The 2018 MARM is questionable at this point and was to be hosted at UDel.  The 2019 MARM will be held at UMdBC.  The 2020 MARM was originally slated for the North Jersey Section but they have not made a final decision.

Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS)

Since the past ACS national meeting, progress has been made by the Committee on Chemical Safety on many fronts. Here is a list of the most significant accomplishments:

1.       Safety has been added to the list of core values of the ACS. The core value formerly described as “Professionalism”, now reads “Professionalism, Safety, and Ethics.” CCS and the Division of Chemical Safety (CHAS) have been working to improve safety culture in the chemical profession and applaud the ACS board for making this change. Safety is featured prominently in the 2017 ACS Strategic Plan.

2.       ACS journals have initiated a new safety reporting requirement due to research and efforts by CCS and several recent high profile safety incidents. Starting in 2017, authors must “address and emphasize any unexpected, new, and/or significant hazards or risks associated with reported work”. Reviewers are also now asked to comment on safety aspects of work being reviewed. Safety, which had been part of the “ethics” portion of many journals, has been moved to the author guidelines for ACS journals.

3.       The 8th edition of Safety in Academic Laboratories (SACL) has been published. This edition includes new sections on safety culture and incorporates changes in the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard to reflect the use of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).

4.       CCS, CHAS, and ACS public policy have issued a public policy statement entitled Safety in the Chemical Enterprise. This statement is targeted at regulators and policymakers and addresses the ACS’s position on regarding laws and regulations impacting chemical safety. The full statement can be found at: https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/policy/publicpolicies/science-policy/safety-in-the-chemistry-enterprise.pdf

Committee on Minority Affairs (CMA).

The Committee on Minority Affairs met on Sunday of the ACS meeting. Councilor Chan is now a full member of the committee. The agenda was fully packed with several interested parties presenting to the CMA. CMA had discussions on the current strategic plan and how to weave diversity and inclusion more into the society. There was also had an update on the ACS Scholars program from the new program manager Racquel Jemison. CMA is preparing a diversity and inclusion statement to be adopted by The Society and the committee’s version is being forwarded to the directors. The Engagement and Professional Development Subcommittee is working with the Diversity and Inclusion Board to create a new diversity and inclusion module in the ACS Leadership Development System. CMA plans to pilot a module at the DC meeting. A significant amount of programming occurred at the 253rd meeting and more is planned for the 254th meeting in DC.

Council Meeting

The official Councilor Talking Points can be found at the end of the report. An additional topic which warrants further consideration is the topic of “bathroom bill” legislation, the ACS stance on this issue, and contributions to the discussion made by groups within the ACS. This legislation, recently repealed in North Carolina and currently being discussed in Texas, has the potential to infringe upon the civil rights of ACS members attending national meetings and violates the ACS core values of Diversity and Inclusion. The following was contributed by the Trenton local section.

During the Meetings and Exhibition report we made a stand on the bathroom bills around the country. The Division of Inorganic Chemistry made a statement first to boycott the San Antonio meeting. The Trenton local section made a statement. M&E is ready to pull the meeting if SB6 passes. SOCED in their earlier report included a statement on the trans issue from their meeting. Division of Fluorine chemistry announced the support of Division of Inorganic Chemistry on this matter. Talking to a bunch of people throughout the meeting on this issue, in the form of a policy and/or public statement (this part of is very nebulous right now), will be going through all the committees. So we will have more opportunities to offer important feedback on this policy/public statement. I am working Lee Penn with the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board to work on a bias workshop.  We are trying to push for an intersectionality and privilege model to respond to bias.   After council meeting, I received many glowing comments. I also received some major glares. We still have a lot of work to do on issues of inclusion and education. 

Statement prepared approved by the Trenton local section executive board. Actual oral statement varied a bit in an attempt to add information from the current discussions of that occurred.

“Benny Chan from the Trenton Local Section.  I want to thank all of the people, especially from SOCED and the Division of Inorganic Chemistry, for bringing this to council.  I am a cis gender male who recognizes my privileges and personal biases.  I use my privilege to fight for the rights of others and I constantly self reflect on my personal biases to create a more just society. This pending bathroom bill in Texas, SB6, is not just about bathrooms being used by chemists at the San Antonio ACS meeting. It’s about a part of our chemistry community to have the right to exist; to exist in an environment without fear of harassment and violence. This bill not only affects the trans chemists, but also affects anyone who does not follow binary gender expression. A cis gender man with feminine dress or features, or a cis gender woman with masculine dress or features could all be targets. These bills embolden the confrontation of anyone who does not fit traditional masculine and feminine expression. This results in a dehumanizing form of harassment that is completely against the Core Value of the ACS. We all deserve the right to exist and attend our meetings without harassment and violence. 

The "repeal" of the North Carolina law is not really a repeal at all and the parts being maintained to allow for significant discrimination to continue. The Texas bill may not pass in the end but that should not stop the ACS from being proactive on inclusivity. The specific recommendation I have for the ACS is that we should use our Diversity and Inclusion statement to create a policy to ensure that our meetings are held in places where our attendees can attend without harassment laws. The AAAS and the American Physical Society have moved their meetings when the local laws have changed. The ACS should do the same. I recommend that our future contracts with the host cities have an escape clause to relocate our meeting to a different city and/or state if nondiscrimination protections are withdrawn between the signing of the contract and the meeting. My final recommendation is to work with our membership; the STEM disciplines have ignored social identities and how our identities affect how we do science, which creates biases against marginalized populations. We need to change our culture to be more inclusive.”

 

Councilor Talking Points:

Summary of Governance Issues and Actions

The following summary is provided to help Councilors report to their Local Sections and Divisions on key actions of the ACS Council meeting held April 5, and Board of Directors meetings held March 31 – April 2, at the 2017 spring national meeting in San Francisco, California.

Actions of the Council

Election Results

Candidates for President-Elect, 2018

§  The Committee on Nominations and Elections presented to the Council the following nominees for selection as candidates for President-Elect, 2018: Bonnie A. Charpentier, Mark D. Frishberg, Anne M. Gaffney, and Willie E. May.  By electronic ballot, the Council selected Bonnie A. Charpentier and Willie E. May as candidates for 2018 President-Elect.  These two candidates, along with any candidates selected via petitions, will stand for election in the Fall National Election.

 

                                                President-Elect, 2018a

Nominee

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

*Bonnie A. Charpentier

200

210

242

Mark D. Frishberg

73

80

-

Anne M. Gaffney

26

-

-

*Willie E. May

132

141

158

 

a431 valid electronic ballots were cast, with 216 being the majority. The results of the first preference vote totals are shown in the 1st round column. No nominee attained a majority. Following the procedures approved by Council, second-preference votes were distributed in two subsequent rounds. Those marked with an * were declared elected as candidates.

 

Candidates for Districts III and VI

§  The Committee on Nominations and Elections announced the results of the election held prior to the San Francisco meeting to select candidates from the list of nominees for Directors from District III and District VI on the Board of Directors for the term 2018-2020.  By internet ballot, the Councilors from these districts selected Alan B. Cooper and Teri Quinn Gray as District III candidates; and Rita R. Boggs and Paul W. Jagodzinski as District VI candidates.  Ballots will be distributed on or before October 1 to all ACS members in District III and District VI for election of a Director from each District.

 

DISTRICT IIIa

Nominee

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

Margaret A. Cavanaugh

7

-

-

*Alan B. Cooper

15

19

22

Anne S. DeMasi

10

10

-

*Teri Quinn Gray

11

14

19

 

DISTRICT VIa

Nominee

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

*Rita R. Boggs

9

9

12

Kevin P. Gable

7

9

-

*Paul W. Jagodzinski

16

17

23

Richard V. Williams

3

-

-

 

a The results of the first preference vote totals are shown in the 1st round column. No nominee attained a majority. Following the procedures approved by Council, second-preference votes were distributed in two subsequent rounds. Those marked with an asterisk (*) were declared elected as candidates.

 

Candidates for Directors-at-Large

§  The Committee on Nominations and Elections announced the selection of the following candidates for Directors-at-Large for 2018-2020 terms:  Kenneth P. Fivizzani, Wayne E. Jones, Bonnie A. Lawlor, and Barbara A. Sawrey.  The election of two Directors-at-Large from among those candidates and any selected via petition will be conducted in the fall.  Ballots will be distributed to the Council on or before October 1, 2017.

 

Other Council Actions

Amendments to the ACS Bylaws

§  A recommendation by the Council Policy Committee to approve the Petition for the Removal of Officers and Councilors (Bylaw III, Sec. 1, i; Bylaw VII, Sec. 1, c; Bylaw VIII, Sec. 4, d) failed.

 

§  The Council approved the Petition on the Rights of Affiliates (Bylaw II, Sec. 1, a, 2, a, 3, b, (3) and (4)).

 

Procedures for Removal of a Councilor or Alternate Councilor

§  The Council voted to approve the Procedures for Removal of a Councilor or Alternate Councilor, contingent upon approval of the Petition for the Removal of Officers and Councilors.  As the petition subsequently failed, given the interdependence of the petition and related procedures, the procedures will not take effect.

 

2018 Member Dues

§  The Council voted on the recommendation of the Committee on Budget and Finance to set the member dues for 2018 at the fully escalated rate of $171. This rate is established pursuant to an inflation-adjustment formula in the ACS Constitution and Bylaws.

 

Distribution Formula for Division Funding

§  On the recommendation of the Committee on Divisional Activities, the Council approved a formula for allocating dues funds to divisions, effective with allocations for 2017 division performance.

 

Extension of Market Data Collection Test: International Chemical Sciences Chapters

§  On the recommendation of the Committee on Membership Affairs, the Council voted to extend the provision of $15 commissions to International Chemical Sciences Chapters which recruit new members.

 

Continuation of Committees

§  The Council approved the recommendation of the Committee on Committees that the Committee on Project SEED be continued; and that the committees on Chemists with Disabilities, on Public Relations and Communications, and on Women Chemists be continued contingent on approval of the Board of Directors.

 

Change in Local Section Name

§  On the recommendation of the Committee on Local Section Activities, the Council approved a petition from the Santa Clara Valley Local Section in California to change the name of the section to the Silicon Valley Local Section.

 

Resolutions

§  The Council passed resolutions in memory of deceased Councilors; in gratitude for the officers and members of the California and Santa Clara Local Sections, hosts for the 253rd National Meeting; the divisional program chairs, symposium organizers, and ACS staff, for the planning and execution of the meeting.

 

Special Discussion

The Council conducted a special discussion, “ACS Yesterday and Today: Paving the Way to Tomorrow,” to gather input for the Joint Board-CPC Task Force on Governance Design.  Forty Councilors approached the floor microphones to share observations, comments, and suggestions to assist the task force in identifying opportunities and issues for governance improvement.  The task force offered three questions to guide the discussion:  What should the Society and its governance do differently to achieve its objects? If you could change one thing about ACS governance, what would it be?  What should the task force leave “as is”?  A poll conducted at the conclusion of the discussion revealed that 57% (222) of the Councilors disagreed that the current governance structure, processes and procedures are already optimal to achieving the objects of ACS in the 21st century, 16% (54) agreed, and 27% (104) needed more information.  Three-hundred and six (84%) said they would be willing to provide additional input and feedback to the task force.  They will be contacted by the task force in the coming weeks.

Highlights from Committee Reports

Online Preference Forms for Councilors

All Councilors, including new Councilors, were reminded to complete their online committee preference form for 2018 committee assignments, which is open from March 27 – June 9, 2017 at https://www.yellowbook.acs.org (log in required).

Nominations and Elections

The Committee on Nominations and Elections solicits Councilors’ input of qualified individuals for President-Elect and/or Directors for future consideration.  Suggestions may be sent to nomelect@acs.org.

Budget and Finance

In 2016, ACS generated a Net from Operations of $23.8 million, which was $7.2 million higher than 2015.  Total revenues were $526.8 million, increasing 2.9% or $15 million over 2015.  Expenses ended the year at $503 million, which was $7.8 million or 1.6% higher than prior year.  This was attributable to a continued emphasis on expense management across the organization.  The Society’s financial position strengthened in 2016, with Unrestricted Net Assets, or reserves, increasing from $163.3 million at December 31, 2015 to $206.5 million at year-end 2016.

Additional information can be found at www.acs.org.  At bottom, click ‘About ACS’, then ‘ACS Financial Information’.  There you will find several years of the Society’s audited financial statements and IRS 990 filings.

Membership

As of December 31, 2016, the ACS membership was 156,129, which is 0.5% less than on the same date in 2015.  The number of new members who joined in 2016 is 23,700.  The Society’s overall retention rate is 83.5%.  The Committee on Membership Affairs also reported that the number of international members has increased to 27,388, exceeding the committee’s target by 5%.  Retention of graduate students increased by 2% to 76.2%.

San Francisco Meeting Attendance

As of Tuesday, April 4:

Attendees             9,797

Students                                6,914

Exhibitors              1,198 

Expo only                  475

Guest                        466

Total                    18,850

 

 

Petitions to Amend Constitution and Bylaws

New petitions to amend the Constitution or Bylaws must be received by the Executive Director no later than May 3 to be included in the Council agenda for consideration at the fall 2017 meeting in Washington, DC.  Contact C&B with any questions or requests for information at bylaws@acs.org


Actions of the Board of Directors

The Board’s Executive Session

The ACS Board of Directors met March 31 – April 1, 2017, and considered a number of key strategic issues and responded with several actions.

 

The Board’s Committees

The Board of Directors received and discussed reports from its committees on Executive Compensation, Strategic Planning, Corporation Associates, Professional and Member Relations, and the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications.

 

§  The Board received an extensive briefing and approved several recommendations from its Committee on Executive Compensation.  The compensation of the Society’s executive staff receives regular review from the Board.

 

§  On the recommendation of the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications, the Board voted to approve the reappointments of Editors-in-Chief for several ACS journals.

 

§  On the recommendation of the Committee on Professional and Member Relations, the Board approved screened lists for the 2018 Priestley Medal and the ACS Award for Volunteer Service. From these lists, the Board will select the recipients of these awards.

 

The Executive Director/CEO Report

The Board received a report from the Executive Director and CEO on issues relating to the Information Technology area, the Executive Leadership Team retreat, ACS financials, and Board Regulations on the Governing Board for Publishing.  His direct reports updated the Board on the activities of Membership Division, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and the ACS Publications Division.

 

 

Other Society Business

The Board heard reports from the Presidential Succession on their current and planned activities for 2017.

 

As part of its ongoing commitment to consider the most important strategic issues facing the Society, the Board held a discussion and provided input to its Strategic Planning Committee on context setting and change drivers to be addressed during the strategic planning process.

 

The Board is developing a statement based on the Society’s Core Value of diversity and inclusion in response to the repeal of the North Carolina law known as House Bill 2 (‘bathroom bill’) and similar proposed legislation in Texas, and is assembling a representative group of stakeholders to advise it on actions relating to the location of Society meetings.

 

Board Retreat

The Board held a discussion on timing and topics of a possible facilitated retreat for all Board members during 2017.  The Board regularly holds these retreats to consider strategic issues in depth or for ongoing development.

 

Board Resolution

The Board passed a resolution expressing appreciation to Denise L. Creech for her 27 years of service in the Membership and Scientific Advancement Division, which she led as director for nearly 14 years.

 

The Board’s Regular (Open) Session

The Board held a well-attended open session which featured two “TED type” presentations.  Dr. Joseph M. DeSimone, CEO and Co-founder of Carbon, Inc.; Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry, UNC-Chapel Hill; and William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at NC State University and of Chemistry at UNC, spoke on  “Future Fabricated with Light: The Launching of Carbon.”

Anne Milasincic Andrews, Professor of Psychiatry and Chemistry & Biochemistry; Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, Hatos Center for Neuropharmacology, and California NanoSystems Institute; University of California, Los Angeles, spoke on how “The Brain is More Than a Computer.”

Prior to the presentations, members of the presidential succession and the Executive Director and CEO offered brief reports on their activities.  The officers provided more extensive reports on their activities and/or future plans as part of their written and oral reports to the Council.

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