CANDIDATES' ELECTION STATEMENTS AND BACKGROUNDS
Two candidates will vie for the office of president-elect of the American Chemical Society for 2004 in this fall's election. They are William F. Carroll Jr. and Michael E. Strem. Both have distinguished careers in industry. Carroll is vice president of Occidental Chemical Corp. Strem is president of Strem Chemicals. The successful candidate will serve as ACS president in 2005 and as a member of the ACS Board of Directors from 2004 to 2006.
Candidates for director of District I are Ronald D. Archer, incumbent Anne T. O'Brien, and Dorothy J. Phillips. District I consists of members assigned to or residing in local sections with headquarters in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania (except the Erie, Penn-York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Southeastern Pennsylvania Sections), and Vermont; and those members with addresses in the states of New York and Pennsylvania and in the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec who are not assigned to local sections.
District V will also be holding elections for director. Candidates for director are Judith L. Benham and incumbent E. Ann Nalley. District V consists of members assigned to or residing in the local sections with headquarters in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan (except the Detroit, Huron Valley, Kalamazoo, Michigan State University, Midland, and Western Michigan Sections), Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas (except the Brazosport, Central Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth, East Texas, Greater Houston, Heart O'Texas, Sabine-Neches, San Antonio, South Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Coastal Bend Sections), and Wisconsin; and those members with addresses in Arkansas (except the counties of Hempstead, Miller, Lafayette, Columbia, Union, Ouachita, Calhoun, Bradley, Drew, and Ashley), Illinois (except the counties of Clark, Crawford, Edgar, and Lawrence), Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, certain counties in Texas, Wisconsin, Dickinson County (Michigan), and the province of Manitoba who are not assigned to local sections.
Incumbents Dennis Chamot and James P. Shoffner will face Nancy B. Jackson and Peter C. Jurs to fill two director-at-large openings. The successful candidates for the director positions will serve three-year terms beginning next year.
All members of ACS will receive ballots enabling them to vote for the president-elect. Only members with mailing addresses in Districts I and V will receive ballots to vote for director from those districts. Only voting councilors will receive ballots for the director-at-large elections.
All ballots will be mailed on Sept. 29. The deadline for return of marked ballots to the ACS executive director is close of business on Nov. 14.
Two questions were suggested to the candidates as a framework for their statements: What would you hope to accomplish as president (or director) of ACS What specific changes, if any, in the ACS organization or programs would you propose to achieve your goals? Candidates' views have also been posted on the Web at http://chemistry.org/election.
William F. Carroll Jr.
Dallas-Fort Worth Section. Occidental Chemical Corp., Dallas
Date of birth: 1952
Academic record: DePauw University, B.A., 1973; Tulane University, M.S., 1975; Indiana University, Ph.D., 1978
Honors: Vinyl Institute Roy T. Gottesman Leadership Award, 2000
Professional positions (for past 10 years): Occidental Chemical Corp., vice president, 1996 to date; Indiana University, Bloomington, adjunct industrial professor of chemistry, 1998 to date; Chlorine Chemistry Council, loaned executive for science policy and communications, 199496, Occidental Chemical Corp., director of commercial development, polymers, and plastics, 198994
Service in ACS national offices: Committee on Budget & Finance, 200103; Committee on International Activities, 200103, chair, 200103; Presidential Board Task Force, ACS/American Chemistry Council, 200203; Board Presidential Task Force, Division & Local Section Funding, 200203; Committee on Committees Review Task Force, 200102
Service in ACS offices: Member of ACS since 1974
Member: Society of Plastics Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers, National Fire Protection Association. ACS Divisions: Chemical Technicians, Organic Chemistry, and Polymer Chemistry
Related activities: International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry U.S. National Committee, 200203; United Nations Environment Programme, Stockholm Convention International Negotiating Conference, nongovernment organization participant, 19982000; Scientific & Technical Evaluation Workshop on Persistent Manufactured Chemicals, 1999; Expert Group on Best Available Techniques & Best Environmental Practices, 2003; State of Oregon, Department of Environmental Quality Rigid Packaging Implementation Task Force, 199395; State of Florida, Packaging Council, 199394; Vinyl Institute, Technical Committee, 198386, chair, 198689, Group on Recycling, 198992, chair, 199294, Operating Committee, 199398, chair, 199803; American Plastics Council, Energy Recovery Task Force 199293, chair, 1994, National Issues Task Force, 199899, Non-Durables Committee, 200003, Health Committee, 199901, chair, 2000; American Chemistry Council, Public Health Team, 199803, Sustainable Development Work Group, 200001; Science Policy Team, 200203; Chlorine Chemistry Council, Strategic Implementation Leadership Committee, 199603, Dioxin/PBT Issue Team, 199403, chair, 199698, Science & Health Issue Team, chair, 199698, Health Effects Issue Team, chair, 200001, Sustainable Development Work Group, chair, 199703; Society of the Plastics Industry, Coordinating Committee on Fire Safety, 198687, chair, 198788; International Society of Fire Service Instructors, Training Course, Company Officer Development I, instructor, 198689; National Fire Protection Association Research Foundation, Flammable Liquids Packaging Research, chair, 198689; Plastics Recycling Foundation, 198789, board of directors, 199093; World Chlorine Council, 199503; Global Vinyl Council Management Group, 199903; Texas Institute for the Advancement of Chemical Technology, Educating Texans for Jobs with the Chemical Industry in the 21st Century, Steering Committee, 1997; author of 45 publications, holds two patents
WHAT THE PRESIDENT CAN DO, AND WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
As the most identifiable representative of the Society and its activist-in-chief, the ACS president has the best opportunity to speak out for chemistry and the people who practice it. This election is about realizing that potential.
If elected ACS president I will work to be:
To the public, the most visible face and credible voice for chemists and chemistry. A president's visit to a local section can be much more. It can include a newspaper interview and a radio call-in show, a speech to a local civic leaders group, a visit to the high school and then a speaking and listening session with the members. One trip, five opportunities--four directly impact public perception of chemistry. This added value comes through planning, energy, and the goodwill generated by the most recognizable office in chemistry. Three trips a month potentially translate to tens of thousands of positive impressions. Presidential outreach can make a difference.
To the federal and state government, the most influential advocate for the chemical enterprise. Government at all levels has a huge influence on chemical business and education. Academic research--both graduate and undergraduate--depends on government funding. Today there is danger of losing that funding as state governments in crisis cut appropriations for higher education.
Already, universities struggle financially to provide their students with the requisite undergraduate research experience. Industrial partners are more difficult to find in times of economic uncertainty. Increased National Science Foundation (NSF) support is of little help if offset by lower state budgets.We advocate effectively for federal research support now.
We should also collaborate with other chemical organizations to advocate in the states on behalf of university science. I will be a forceful spokesperson both inside and outside Washington, D.C.
To the members, a careful listener and most accountable officer. The best way to understand the needs of members is to ask them. I welcome your counsel and comments at http://www.billcarroll.org and firstname.lastname@example.org. The president is just one of 15 voting board members and is limited to a three-year term, but, as the only nationally elected officer, the president has a special place in Society governance and a special responsibility to all the members. Translating needs into responsive, successful programs requires leadership, vision, and diplomacy. I will work to bring those attributes.
Change will happen in this president's term. There will be a new executive director and chair of the board and a new focus on fiscal decision-making to assure ACS's viability for the next generation. Choices matter more this year.
Our infrastructure deserves attention. Local sections and divisions are driving forces of the Society. Increased financial support is coming, but money isn't everything. We must be more creative in helping them engage members, whether through programs devised at the national level or through section and division mutual aid.
This means thinking beyond traditional models and experimenting with new activities that fit with members' interests and lifestyles. Some groups, most notably the Younger Chemists Committee, have led the way in promoting a public service model of involvement. Showcasing chemistry in service to society provides the opportunity to discuss its benefits with the public. Local sections are the ideal launching pad for this dialogue.
Employment issues have become critical. Unemployment for chemists in industry is at record levels. Careers in chemistry--economic engines for nearly a million families in the U.S.--are at risk. Commoditization and a global marketplace are changing the nature of the U.S. chemical industry and the nature of employment of chemists. We must understand those changes, find the opportunities, and work to mitigate the impacts to our current and future members. Our knowledge and employment tools need to evolve quickly to better protect and nourish those careers.
We welcome excellence. Diversity matters to us; we are diminished when perspectives are absent. Talent and desire should see no barrier to entry or advancement in chemistry.
Well-crafted alliances help us do more. The entire chemical enterprise is focused on the need to improve the public image of chemistry. Partnerships can make sense.
When we work together, we mobilize more human energy in the service of chemistry. I chaired a presidential task force that boosted involvement of American Chemistry Council members in National Chemistry Week--many had never participated before last year. The International Activities Committee, which I also chair, allies with our global counterparts to advance chemical communication and education worldwide. Alliances succeed if they are based on common goals, people of goodwill and mutual respect.
The next generation can be more chemically literate if we invest. Pointedly, 60% of high school students enroll in chemistry classes, and we don't have enough teachers to accommodate them. Many chemistry classes are taught by dedicated teachers from another field; few high school students take the course from a degreed chemist.
We can equip capable chemical professionals--early retirees are a good example--with the pedagogical tools they need to take their technical expertise into the classroom. Also, some colleges offer summer enrichment courses wherein nonchemist teachers gain new methodology and recharged enthusiasm. ACS can perform a service by cataloging and publicizing these courses, compiling curricula, communicating best practices, and helping teachers identify potential tuition aid sources.
These teachers may not be our members, but they have been entrusted with the preparation of our incoming undergraduates and ultimately our Society's next generation. We benefit when they all are the best they can be.
Difficult times like these hold challenge and opportunity. Typically, over 85% of ACS members throw their ballots away. This year can be different. We create the future when we confront the challenges, embrace the opportunities, and make them our own.
In a spirit of resolve, respectfully but directly, I am asking for your vote. In return I offer enthusiasm, energy, and my personal commitment to work with you to realize the potential of what the ACS president can do.
Michael E. Strem
Northeastern Section. Strem Chemicals, Newburyport, Mass.
Date of birth: 1936
Academic record: Brown University, A.B., 1958; University of Pittsburgh, M.S., 1961; Ph.D., 1964
Honors: Henry A. Hill Award for Distinguished Service to the ACS Northeastern Section, 1995; New England Institute of Chemists Distinguished Chemist Award, 2000; Newburyport Business Champions for Education Award, 1997
Professional positions (for past 10 years): Strem Chemicals Inc., president, 1964 to date
Service in ACS national offices: Director, Region I, 19982000; councilor, ex officio, 19982000; Committee on Budget & Finance, 19982000, vice chair, 1999, committee associate, 199497; Committee on International Activities, 19982000; Board Executive Committee, 1999; Committee on Public Affairs & Public Relations, 199899; Committee on Planning, ex officio, 19992000; Committee on Committees, 199397; Committee on Professional Relations, 198992, committee associate, 198788; Committee on Technician Activities, committee associate, 1987; Advisory Board for Industry Relations, 199699; Canvassing Committee for the ACS Award in Industrial Chemistry, 198991, chair, 199091; National Chemistry Week Task Force, 19982000; Task Force on Washington Information Technology, 1999; Task Force on Revision of "Professional Employment Guidelines," 199192
Service in ACS offices: Member of ACS since 1960. Division of Small Chemical Businesses: councilor, 198697; chair, 1985, 198283; chair-elect, 198384, 198182; Program Committee chair, 1988, 198384. Northeastern Section: chair, 1989; chair-elect, 1988; Board on Publications, chair, 1994, 1991; Nominating Committee chair, 199092. Northeast Regional Meeting: Exhibits chair, 1993
Member: Royal Society of Chemistry, Materials Research Society, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, Société Française de Chimie, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association. ACS Divisions: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Professional Relations, and Small Chemical Businesses
Related activities: Newburyport Business/Education Coalition, board of trustees, 1990 to date; Newburyport Area Industrial Development Corp., copresident, 200001, president, 199496, vice president, 199294; Newburyport Emergency Planning Committee, 1994 to date; member, Francis T. Bresnahan School Council, Newburyport, 199798; Institution for Savings, Newburyport, trustee, 1993 to date; corporator, Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport, 1992 to date; Research Biochemicals Inc., board of directors, 199092; National Research Council Committee on Institutional Considerations in Reducing the Generation of Hazardous Industrial Wastes, 198384; Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, president, 1981; Catalysis Club of New England, chair, 197678
EXPERIENCE TO INSPIRE, GUIDE, AND REPRESENT ACS
In these changing times, both in the chemical enterprise and in ACS, it is critical to have strong leadership. In my long career as a chemist and head of a small business, I have managed the internal workings of an organization as well as represented the mission and services of my company to the public. As I navigated my own career path, I became active in ACS. Through my governance activities, I witnessed and contributed to the growth of ACS, and as a member I personally felt the benefits and support our organization provides. These experiences will serve me well as the president of ACS, guiding and inspiring fellow members as well as representing the Society to the broader public.
MY VISION OF ACS
My vision of ACS is based on action. We must understand the needs of our members and meet them in a financially responsible way. We must also provide a means for our members and future members to communicate and interact in order to maximize the success of their careers. With the short term of the ACS presidency, there must be a focus of attention in order to effect progress. My career experience, as a chemist and entrepreneur, has taught me to focus, and I will outline my priorities in this statement.
MY PROFESSIONAL AND ACS GOVERNANCE CAREERS
Having negotiated many challenges and opportunities since starting my own chemical company immediately out of graduate school, I believe that I have the career experience to serve as your president. Early on I became interested and active in ACS governance opportunities. I have served as chair of the Division of Small Chemical Businesses, chair of the large Northeastern Section, and a councilor for 15 years. I was elected to the ACS Board of Directors from 1997 to 2000. Through this experience, I have gained intimate knowledge of ACS and have made many long-lasting relationships with both members and staff.
This is a time of national budget deficits and shifting priorities in federal spending. We need to step up efforts to communicate to our public officials the value of increased funding for basic and applied research as well as chemical education. I am on a first-name basis with my congressman in Massachusetts and will inspire other ACS members to do the same in their geographic locations. These personal relationships can be most effective in communicating our "value of science and chemistry" message.
Another priority is to widen the career development both for students as well as members making midcareer changes. The career path of future chemists often starts before college, so we need to pay particular attention to teachers and administrators in the K12 school systems. The ACS Education & International Activities Division has excellent products for this group, but help is needed from our members to reach the end users. In Newburyport, Mass., we have an education/business coalition, which I recently headed. I am proud to say that I have played major roles in getting the ACS curriculum ChemCom adopted by the Newburyport High School honors chemistry curriculum and the ACS Kids & Chemistry program installed in the middle school. I pledge to work with the ACS Education & International Activities Division to determine what other community/education coalitions exist in our country and to encourage our members to serve on them.
From time to time, we should reevaluate our Continuing Education Program, which is becoming increasingly important during these days when the job change rate has increased. I suggest that we construct a member survey to determine the most appropriate courses to include in the Continuing Education Program and update it every two years. Also, I will encourage the appointment of an advisory board to evaluate the Continuing Education Program on a steady basis.
My next priority is to increase membership involvement to assure the future growth of ACS. We have a vast array of membership programs and services at ACS that are the envy of many professional societies. However, often our members are poorly informed about these programs and not enjoying their full benefits. National Chemistry Week, the ACS Awards Program, and the ACS job-assistance effort are a few examples. Other noteworthy programs include Project SEED and the ACS Scholars Program, both of which aid groups underrepresented in science to pursue relevant degree programs. I will stress the importance of more active promotion of these and other programs in order to increase our membership involvement.
Another important priority is the need to raise outside funds for ACS services and programs. We all know that the recent economic situation has dented the value of ACS investments and curtailed new projects. Fund-raising is pursued at ACS in a decentralized way. I will work to accelerate the pace and centralization of our fund-raising efforts. There is tremendous value in ACS programs and services and I'm sure that corporations and funding institutions will support them financially on an ongoing basis.
My last priority is to have ACS join the chemical enterprise in supporting sustainability efforts such as adoption of the principles of Responsible Care. Several years ago, the ACS Board expressed support for the principles that form the basis of the Responsible Care program. These principles deal with promoting stewardship of health, safety, and the environment. With ACS's strength in chemical education, we should explore programs with colleges and universities to ensure that students emerging from our education system understand and practice the principles of Responsible Care. This educational program coupled with our emphasis on green chemistry should help to improve the public's perception of chemistry, which is of great importance to all of us in the chemical enterprise.
ACS has a strong tradition and a solid infrastructure, but like any organization, it cannot sit still. It needs new ideas and inspired volunteer workers to continue its success. As president of the ACS, I will provide the leadership necessary to fulfill this mission.
For more information, please see http://www.strem.com.
For District I
Ronald D. Archer
Connecticut Valley Section: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Date of birth: 1932
Academic record: Illinois State University, B.S., 1953; M.S., 1954; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., 1959
Honors: Alumni Achievement Award, Illinois State University, 1989; C. Thomasius Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science, Halle, DDR, 1980; Who's Who in America; Texaco Research Fellow, University of Illinois; American Men and Women of Science; American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, 1980; Sigma Xi; Phi Lambda Upsilon; Kappa Delta Pi; Kappa Mu Epsilon
Professional positions (for past 10 years): University of Massachusetts, professor emeritus, 1999 to date, professor, 197099; head of chemistry department, 197783
Service in ACS national offices: Committee on Committees, 200103; Council Policy Committee (voting), 199698, (nonvoting), 2000, 198789; Committee on Nominations & Elections, 199093; Committee on Science, 200103; Committee on Economic & Professional Affairs, chair, 2000, committee associate, 1999; Committee on Chemistry & Public Affairs, committee associate, 1995; Society Committee on Education, 198389, chair, 1987-89, Working Committee on K12 Chemistry, 199394; Advisory Board, General Chemistry Curricular Project, chair, 1997 to date; Advisory Committee for Science Page in USA Today, 199394; Advisory Committee for Chemistry in Context Project, chair, 198993; Senior Chemists Task Force, 200002, chair, 200102; Canvassing Committee, ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, 198285, chair, 198485
Service in ACS offices: Member of ACS since 1958. Connecticut Valley Section: councilor, 19812004; chair, 1979. Northeast Regional Meeting: program chair, 1982. Division of Chemical Education: chair, 1997; chair-elect, 1996; alternate councilor, 1995; Program Committee, 198994; High School Curriculum Task Force, 199092; New England facilitator for curricular sourcebook, 198993; program chair, North American Congress, 1991; POLYED director, College/University Faculty Directorate, 200003
Member: New England Association of Chemistry Teachers. ACS Divisions: Chemical Education; Inorganic Chemistry; Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, and Professional Relations
Related Activities: College Board Educational Testing Service, Advanced Placement Program, chemistry, chief reader, 198588; University of Vienna, visiting professor, 1987; Naval Research Laboratory, visiting scientist, 1980; invited lecturer to numerous international conferences, symposia, and universities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia; consultant for several nonprofit agencies, industrial firms, textbook publishers, and curricular projects such as ChemQuest; more than 100 research publications, one patent, and one graduate-level textbook in the fields of coordination chemistry and coordination polymer chemistry
If elected, I will faithfully represent the members of District I to the board, American Chemical Society president, and ACS staff. My experience in chemistry research, in chemistry education, and as department head in a major university--along with service to ACS at local, divisional, and national levels--provide me with the background necessary for fulfilling this role. Issues I intend to stress include improving communication with our members, the general public, and Congress; enhancing the role of the Society to the broad diversity of scientists who use chemistry; keeping Society meetings and publications affordable; and fiscal restraints to improve the Society's financial status. These are all essential for the future of the discipline and the Society.
What would you hope to accomplish as a director of ACS?
I would work to improve communication between ACS and all of our members. Many of our members are unaware of the services and expertise that are available to them through ACS. Recently, as chair of the Senior Chemists Task Force, I learned that most of the concerns expressed to us by these older members were being met by the Society. We need to make the services of the Society more accessible to all of our members through improvements in communications, both in print and on the Internet, and I would work hard to help attain this goal.
ACS, the largest single-discipline scientific society in the world, is also the best. As a member of the board of directors I would work to enhance ACS's premier status as the society for chemists and other scientists and engineers who use chemistry as a part of their profession. Maintaining and enhancing our first-rate publications, our leading education activities, our premier employment and other outstanding member services, and our prime public relations activities are very important. These Society thrusts require careful monitoring by both the council and the board. On the other hand, the ACS staff professionals, who are first rate, must be allowed to pursue their work in these areas without excessive interference from the board. I would work diligently to help ensure the appropriate balance is provided.
I would stress keeping the Society, its publications, and its meetings attractive and affordable for students, teachers, technicians, and interdisciplinary chemical scientists. True diversity in the Society requires incorporation of all of these groups as well as women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities.
I would also stress financial restraint by the board of directors. This is sorely needed under the current fiscal conditions. The recently voted assessments should not become a permanent addition to members' dues.
I would also help ACS implement the other strategic thrusts that have been developed by the Society in addition to the concerns noted above. Encouraging the funding of research, the scientific evaluation of environmental issues, and service to industrial chemists are also important. Although a new Strategic Plan for 200406 is under development, the 10 thrusts in the 200103 Strategic Plan are still essential.
What specific changes, if any, in the ACS organization or programs would you propose to achieve your goals?
As noted above, communications between ACS and its members need to be more effective. This does not mean more items coming from Washington, but evaluation of the communicative influence of our current member publications and websites. I am convinced that Chemical & Engineering News, our website, and targeted materials can increase member awareness of ACS programs. The publications and IT staffs seem quite open to suggestions for improvement, and I would enjoy working with them.
I would try to help instill more fiscal responsibility by the board of directors. Too often the board has approved expensive ideas that have been brought to it without appropriate Budget & Finance Committee scrutiny. The Society cannot be all things for all members and stay within the necessary fiscal constraints noted above. I would recommend that the Society Committee on Budget & Finance evaluate all fiscal items before final board approval. Thanks to e-mail, fiscal items can be evaluated by the board and by Budget & Finance in a matter of days.
I will also be looking for suggestions from the members of District I by visiting local sections throughout the district in order to learn of concerns and possible Society improvements as well as using e-mail to speed up the process.
Finally, I would just like to note that my fellow candidates are also excellent. I hope you will find that my background, which includes chairing two national ACS committees, one ACS division, and several ACS advisory boards and task forces, is worthy of your vote.
Anne T. O'Brien
New York Section: Consultant, Tarrytown, N.Y.
Date of birth: 1936
Academic record: Marymount College, B.S., 1957; Fordham University, Ph.D., 1964
Honors: Outstanding Service Award, New York Section, ACS; Wyeth-Ayerst Teamwork Award; Sigma Xi; Iota Sigma Pi
Professional positions (for past 10 years): Consultant, July 2002 to date; retired June 2002, Wyeth-Ayerst Research (formerly American Cyanamid), manager, Library Services, 19922002, Medical Research Division, group leader, 198692, senior research chemist, 197686
Service in ACS national offices: Board of Directors, District I, 200103; councilor, ex officio, 200103; Council Policy Committee (voting), 199499, vice chair, 199799; Board Committee on Professional & Member Relations, chair, 2003; Board Committee on Public Affairs & Public Relations, 200102; Board Committee on Grants & Awards, 200102; Board Committee on Planning, 199799; Committee on Economic Status, 198893, chair, 199193, committee associate, 1987; Committee on Professional Relations, 199093; Professional Programs Planning & Coordinating Committee, 199193; Committee on Constitution & Bylaws, committee associate, 198687; Board Task Force on Campaign Conduct, 2002 to date; Board Task Force on Meeting Finances, 2002 to date; Board Task Force on Employment Problems of Chemists, 1995; Council Policy Committee Task Force on Councilor Travel Reimbursement, 199496; Committee on Economic & Professional Affairs, Task Force on Federal Policy Agenda, 199496, committee consultant, 199495; ad hoc Board Task Force on Strategic Expense Management System, 2002 to date
Service in ACS offices: Member of ACS since 1961. New York Section: councilor, 19852002; alternate councilor, 1984; chair, 1986; chair-elect and program chair, 1985; Program Committee chair, 199495; Nichols Medal Jury, 198691; Public Relations Committee cochair, 1990; Program Review chair, 19872002; Committee on Long-Range Planning, 19862002, chair, 1986; Finance Committee chair, 198687; Nominating Committee chair, 1987, 1985; Metrochem Committee, 1987; Fund-Raising Committee, 1987; Education Committee, 198084; Continuing Education Committee, 198384. Westchester Subsection: secretary, 196870
Member: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Chemists, American Association of University Professors. ACS Divisions: Chemical Information, Medicinal Chemistry, and Professional Relations
Related activities: University of Waterloo, associate professor, 197376; Marymount College, 196472
What are my goals? To continue to represent you, ACS members, our most important asset. Three years ago, you elected me as your representative on the board of directors--to help create an environment in which you flourish and which supports you in your effort to learn, to educate, to do research, to create, to invent, to make industrial science work, to excel in your career. You are important; you embody the nation's investment in science. I have worked seriously and earnestly to represent you, whatever your age, specialty, or employment environment--and I have done so. I ask you now for your continued confidence in me for another three-year term.
We need to work together to:
Ensure that our fellow chemical professionals thrive in their work lives.
Improve the public's understanding of chemistry as the enabling, underlying science.
Provide bachelor's and industrial chemists with more tangible benefits.
Increase funding for chemical research.
Support efforts for an environmentally responsible global chemical enterprise.
Collaborate with chemical professionals internationally.
Foster opportunities for everyone to share in the rewards of our profession, and to contribute their talents to the nation.
Enhance and augment our chemical information leadership.
"Doesn't everyone say those same things?" Yes. These aims have long been widely shared. We need to be bold, however, in our search for new opportunities to progress toward these goals. We cannot postpone action; we cannot wait for perfect solutions.
What specific changes would I propose to achieve these goals?
It is obvious that working, learning, and spending time among highly intelligent, knowledgeable, generous members are important benefits of meeting physically. Nonetheless, most of our members do not attend physical meetings. It is time to bring ACS to members, to supplement physical meetings.
We need to encourage electronic webcasts, mailings, and meetings. We need to be leaders here! As a premier scientific information provider, ACS can facilitate use of contemporary electronic technologies. We need to assist all groups in the Society in communicating and working effectively. Our members don't have time. We need to do the following:
Provide learning at their desktops.
Provide webcasts on career and technical topics--to help members learn and advance their careers, from where they are, when they can! Schedule a variety of webcasts, and set them up for questions. If a member cannot participate, ensure that presentations and materials can be downloaded later.
Serve as a technology resource for members and Society groups on electronic communication, meeting, and learning, for example, run a help desk!
Compare, evaluate, and recommend programs for use in the work of the Society.
Let our website SING with videos, webcasts, courses, learning opportunities, and more.
Make teleconferencing and e-mailing routine.
Incorporate "e-" and "web-" to facilitate communication and meetings.
Adjust ourselves; involve the young in ways they find useful.
In addition, we need to:
Encourage in all chemical professionals a flexible understanding of themselves and their careers. They'll need this if they work in industry, where most jobs are found. Honor all chemistry-related careers. Provide our students with an appropriate education to equip them for contemporary job opportunities. They and we all need to learn along the way, to educate ourselves continuously!
Involve others in affecting public opinion. Let's convince government and industry to help improve the public opinion of chemistry, and to help educate the general public. Use the Legislative Action Network! Let's work with everyone in the chemical enterprise to increase respect for chemistry. Much of the public, even funding agencies, may connect chemistry (not necessarily chemists!) with "pollution, old, stodgy, and completed." Let's educate the public to think of chemistry as the "thrilling, powerful, and enabling science!" How can we persuade others that chemistry is current, up-to-the-minute, an exciting forefront? I have suggestions, and I welcome yours!
Respect, recognize, encourage high school science teaching as a worthy career for chemists. Enable and equip more of us to teach in high school. Enliven participation by teachers in ACS. Set high standards for our chemistry teachers, and reward them with professional status and appropriate salaries.
Scientists of ALL demographic groups need to be encouraged, drawn into serious responsibility for our profession. They are our future. We must also
Offer web-based courses: "Scientific English Expression," "Writing for Publication and Business."
Have a cadre of volunteer (retired?) "Coaches on Publication."
Give new young members what they need; work to ensure that they do not leave!
We must encourage the NEW--whether nano, bio, genomic, or ?!
Encourage divisions to evolve rapidly, and to publicize this to appropriate markets.
Work to become known as a vigorous and welcoming home for emerging science by, for example, offering and publicizing webcasts on new, breaking areas.
Become a home for biological chemists. We must be what they need. Chemistry underlies and informs biology; our science is their science. How can we modify our organization so that biological scientists feel that
This time is unique. In January 2004, we will all have a new executive director and a new strategic plan. Although we may not feel the impact immediately, these changes are important and will have profound effects. New and evolving directions have to be set. We need to reevaluate existing programs to determine if they still serve members' crucial interests. You want to be represented by someone who is concerned about you and your work, and who understands your environment.
Why should you vote for me? My experience includes three years on the board; chairmanship of the Committee on Professional & Member Relations; 15-plus years teaching in university, college, and high school; and 27-plus years in chemical information and management in industry. I understand the concerns of educators, researchers, and industrial chemists. I know, for example, that electronic information does not entirely replace serendipity, work, paper, and people! People are at the core of chemistry, its most important center! Working together with you, I can and will make positive contributions toward our shared goals.
Dorothy J. Phillips
Northeastern Section: Waters Corp., Milford, Mass.
Date of birth: 1945
Academic record: Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1967; University of Cincinnati, Ph.D., 1974
Honors: Sigma Xi; Distinguished Alumni, University of Cincinnati, awarded by both McMicken College of Arts & Sciences and Center for Women's Studies; Waters' Manager Award for Innovation, 198788
Professional positions (for past 10 years): Waters Corp., 1984 to date, director of new business development, 2003, director of strategic program management, 200002, brand manager, 199799; R&D laboratory manager, 198696
Service in ACS national offices: Committee on Committees, 200103, secretary, 2003; Committee on Membership Affairs, 19972000, committee associate, 1996; Committee on International Activities, committee associate, 1998
Service in ACS offices: Member of ACS since 1973. Northeastern Section: councilor, 19952006; chair, 1993; chair-elect and program chair, 1992; Project SEED, committee chair, 199495; Nominating Committee, chair, 1994; cochair Centennial Celebration, 1998
Member: American Society of Mass Spectrometry, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers. ACS Divisions: Agrochemicals, Analytical Chemistry, and Biological Chemistry
Related activities: Dow Chemical Co., project manager, 197484; delegate with the People to People Ambassador Program to China in 1990 with group of scientists for technology transfer; established Waters' sponsorship of the Distinguished Service Award in Analytical Chemistry given by the Division of Analytical Chemistry; Partners in Mathematics & Science Committee of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, coordinating the Northeastern Section of ACS's sponsorship of some of this committee's programs that focus on increasing the math and science interest of minority students in the greater Boston area; papers presented at ACS, PittCon, International Symposium on Column Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), American Society for Mass Spectrometry, and American Association for Pharmaceutical Scientists; approximately 70 publications and presentations in the field of analytical chemistry with HPLC focus
My vision is for a more dynamic, global American Chemical Society. I foresee an organization that is improved by stronger leadership programs, greater exposure to the scientific community, more recognition and awards, superior member benefits, and enhanced networking opportunities.
I have had the fortune of a successful corporate career. It has provided me with a unique combination of scientific insight, executive contacts, global exposure, marketing experience, and powerful organizational skills. The positions that I have held at Dow Chemical and Waters Corp. have given me the business and technical insight required to address goals for both academic and industrial scientists. I believe that this background has prepared me to achieve the change that I am most passionate about for ACS. This passion begins in District I.
I would like to concentrate on the following points during my service as director of District I.
In 1998, I worked with executives at Waters Corp. to establish an award for the Division of Analytical Chemistry that Waters sponsors. I will bring more corporate sponsorship of awards and recognition programs with a focus on the large pharmaceutical industry in the Northeast. I will utilize my corporate contact base to set up face-to-face meetings with corporate executives and ACS officers.
Over the past two years, I have advised the Younger Chemists Committee in developing seminars for leadership and meeting planning as well as social activities like road races and cookouts. I will work with the Society to ensure that young scientists are supported and respected with career development programs and social activities. This is particularly important in District I, where we have a large number of young chemists that are graduate and postdoctorate students as well as corporate new hires.
As chairman and councilor of the Northeastern Section of ACS, I have seen the burden of resources (financial and personnel) fall on the academic community. I will partner with corporations to increase their support at the local, regional, and national level for programs, member benefits and job searches.
In my current position as director, new business development, it is imperative that I am on the cutting edge of global technology. I regularly visit and have contact with leading scientists in Europe and Asia who provide me with a wealth of technical knowledge; these contacts can benefit ACS. I will use this exposure to bring the top speakers from around the world to the local sections and regional meetings.
My years in marketing have shown me a potent opportunity for member acquisition. The exhibit halls at national meetings are filled with scientists in marketing and field staff positions. Many of these people are not ACS members. They need ACS and ACS needs them. I will put a program in place to capture these potential new members.
Smaller scientific organizations have found ways to meet the diverse needs of chemists and chemical engineers. ACS can combine their specialty focus with our unique infrastructure to broaden the relevance of our organization. Joint meetings, partnering on programs, and other collaborative activities will strengthen and diversify ACS. The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, and American Society for Mass Spectrometry will be among the key partner organizations for networking in District I. I look forward to broadening this list of specialty organizations that reach out to the many important groups that ACS needs to involve.
The future of the Internet is in communication, information, and commerce. The divisions of ACS can benefit tremendously from increased corporate funding, and the Internet can facilitate that. The communication between corporations and ACS divisions would be enhanced. It can allow these two communities to share information more easily and provide revenue-building opportunities for ACS divisions. The Internet will help meet the needs of both our technical community and our business community.
I am running for director because I am sure that a more dynamic, global American Chemical Society will have a positive impact on meeting the rising challenges of our world both now and in the future. This change will begin in District I.
For District V Director
Judith L. Benham
Minnesota Section. 3M, St. Paul, Minn.
Date of birth: 1947
Academic record: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Ph.D., 1976; University of Rochester, B.A., 1969
Honors: ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry Special Service Award, 1990; Business Month, "Managers: 100 Women To Watch in Corporate America," April 1989; Sigma Xi, Bausch & Lomb Science Scholarship, University of Rochester, 196569
Professional positions (for past 10 years): 3M Co., business director, Industrial Services & Solutions Division, 2002 to date; Packaging Systems Division, business director, 200102; technical director, 19972001; Masking & Packaging Systems Division, technical director, 199297; Industrial Tape Division, technical director, 199092
Service in ACS national offices: Committee on Science, 19982003, committee associate, 1997; Committee on Budget & Finance, 200003, vice chair 2002 to date, committee associate, 199899; PROGRESS (Women in Chemical Workforce) Steering Committee, 2002 to date; Joint Presidential-Board-Council Advisory Group on Local Section & Division Funding, 2002
Service in ACS offices: Member of ACS since 1969. Minnesota Section: alternate councilor, 199798. Division of Polymer Chemistry: chair, 1990; chair-elect, 1989; vice chair, 1988; ePOLY Steering Committee, 1999 to date; "Materials Technology for Competitive Advantage," workshop chair, 1993; "Chemical Reactions on Polymers," symposium chair, ACS national meetings 1990, 1986; Long-Range Planning Committee, chair, 1989; member-at-large, 197786; executive committee, 198692; Executive Board member, 1983 to date; Program Committee, member, 198296, secretary 198587; Membership Committee, chair, 198486, assistant chair, 198384; Industrial Sponsors Group, 198396
Member: American Association for the Advancement of Science; Sigma Xi; the Nature Conservancy. ACS Divisions: Polymer Chemistry; Polymeric Materials: Science & Engineering; and Professional Relations
Related activities: Invited Participant for the ACS SOCED Workshop on "Exploring the Molecular Vision," 2003; National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council, U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry, 2002 to date; adviser to ACS Chemistry.org, 1999 to date; University of Wisconsin, Madison, Erdman Center for Manufacturing & Technology Management, Industrial Advisory Board; 3M Human Resources Advisory Committee on Diversity, 19972002; 3M Technical Council, 19902001, Steering Committee, 2000, 1995, 1992; 3M Affirmative Action Task Force, 198689, chair, 198789, U.S. Subcommittee on Diversity, 199397; 3M Industrial & Consumer Diversity Committee, chair, 199497; 3M Career Growth & Advancement Task Force, 198789; 3M Human Relations Advisory Committee, 198689, Steering Committee, 198789; 3M Women's Advisory Committee, 198289, Steering Committee 198489, cochair, 198689; East Metro Opportunities Industrialization Center Board, 19922003; author of three patents, numerous publications, and editor of "Chemical Reactions on Polymers," 1988
WHAT I HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH AS DIRECTOR OF ACS
ACS is an outstanding professional society. Our member volunteers are committed and hardworking. Our divisions and local sections, councilors, and board provide exceptional leadership. Our finances are sound. Our programs are respected globally. Yet we have the need and opportunity to become an even stronger Society. If I were elected to the board of directors, my energies would be devoted to four key areas: membership, the public image of chemistry, Society finances, and communication.
Challenges & Opportunities
We are facing a time of great change--economic, political, technological, environmental, and social--on a global scale. As the world's largest scientific society, we must revitalize ACS to meet the needs of our members and community as we move into this century.
Membership. Our membership comes from all sectors of the economy: industry, academia, and government. Recently, ACS adopted a new strategic plan, including a focus on individual members, with several initiatives to strengthen our support and services.
Employment and career support remain the highest priority for our members. Economic uncertainty, affecting public and private sectors, causes our members to turn to ACS for high-quality employment services, provided through Career Services, Chemical & Engineering News, and cen-chemjobs.org. Education and mentoring initiatives offer career skill enhancements. Additional Web-based resources will provide all members further choices for access to updated career management information and materials. Career transition strategies can assist members who seek employment in emerging industries, leveraging their chemical education into the new, increasingly multidisciplinary, technology areas.
Local sections and divisions are the foundation of ACS, with their volunteer membership an indispensable asset of the Society. Divisions provide technical programming, journals, education, and other member initiatives. Local sections provide programs; science education and outreach; and interactions with communities, schools, and governments. As needs of members and other constituencies evolve, these two groups must receive the financial and operational support to allow each local section and division to develop and manage initiatives to meet new needs.
Diversity is an ACS strategic thrust. We must encourage and welcome historically underrepresented scientists--Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans, and women--as well as rapidly growing numbers of Asian American and immigrant scientists to our community. Their unique talents enrich our profession and Society. We must develop new initiatives to attract and retain these new members. PROGRESS Project, a three-year pilot, provides specific programs to provide career-enhancing tools to women chemical scientists. As we determine the success of these initiatives, we will be able to extend successful programs to other underrepresented groups and learn from our experiences what additional initiatives may be beneficial.
Education is a cornerstone to chemical sciences, and we must respond to an ever-changing environment. With most chemists employed in industry, we need to increase communications between industry and academia to assure we are providing education that will meet the needs of future students and employers. I participated in the ACS Society Committee on Education invitational conference, "Exploring the Molecular Vision," chartered to reinvent chemical education. We must support this initiative. Additionally, K12 education must prepare younger students to appreciate the significance of science in their everyday lives and provide appropriate background for those who pursue scientific careers. At postsecondary levels, we must set a goal that all students--scientific or from other fields--appreciate the importance of chemistry to society, in order that they be more supportive of the profession. ACS must take prominent and public leadership in these efforts.
Engagement of member chemists in the Society should be a top priority. ACS loses nearly 12,000 members per year, and many professional colleagues are not ACS members. Enhanced programs and services must have sufficient value, and be effectively marketed, to attract and retain members.
The public image of chemistry is another ACS strategic thrust, particularly important due to its impact on funding for research (basic or applied) and science education. We must continue our support of the Office of Legislative & Government Affairs. The ACS Legislative Action Network (LAN) has shown effectiveness, even with limited participation by our members. We must expand this with addition of funds to increase LAN membership for additional impact with Congress and other governmental bodies. We must create and expand initiatives that promote visibility of the chemical sciences, emphasizing the connection of both basic and applied research to commercial developments that improve our quality of life.
Society finances are strong, but declining investment income has caused an operating budget deficit. Considerable restraint is needed during the next few years. ACS departments are carefully managing expenses and seeking savings. The Strategic Expense Management System will provide additional savings by linking spending to ACS strategic thrusts. The Budget & Finance Committee will monitor new program funding requests to recommend investments with strong benefit to ACS members.
Despite these challenges, Chemical Abstracts Service and Publications--our revenue engines--must be effectively funded so they continue to prosper in highly competitive market conditions. ACS has initiated identification of growth opportunities to diversify our revenue portfolio, and we must encourage new initiatives to preserve our future financial strength while maintaining our focus on a balanced budget.
Communication is the enabling force for the Society's challenges and opportunities. Our revenues, our services, and our membership activities all revolve around information exchange and shared experiences. We must offer communication alternatives to reach our members and other constituents. Our strategic focus on the Internet for communication is a vital initiative, and complementary to our international outreach. Chemistry.org is an exciting and successful initiative, with 50,000 registered users and over 4 million page-views per month. We must commit to best practices and infrastructure to support member and professional communications 24/7.
My experiences, both as a chemist and as a participant in ACS at local, divisional, and national levels, allow me to represent your interests as we work toward the future of ACS. I offer my commitment to serve and strengthen our Society, and would be honored to receive your support for the position of director, District V.
E. Ann Nalley
Wichita Falls-Duncan Section. Cameron University, Lawton, Okla.
Date of birth: 1942
Academic record: Northeastern Oklahoma State University, B.S., 1965; Oklahoma State University, M.S., 1969; Texas Woman's University, Ph.D., 1975
Honors: Henry Hill Award, ACS Division of Professional Relations, 1996; Oklahoma Governor's OCAST Award for Outstanding Contributions to Economic Development, 2001; Southwest Technology Distinguished Research Award, 2001; Oklahoma State Teachers Association, Oklahoma Science Teacher of the Year, 1999; Cameron University Phi Kappa Phi Promotion of Excellence Award, 1998; Cameron University Faculty Hall of Fame Award, 1996, Distinguished Service Award, 1995, Outstanding Advisor Award, 1993, Cameron Outstanding Professor Award, 1986; Oklahoma Chemist Award, 1992; Sigma Xi; Sigma Pi Sigma; Phi Kappa Phi; Iota Sigma Pi; Honorary Member, Phi Eta Sigma; Phi Kappa Delta; Delta Kappa Gamma; Cameron University Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Faculty Award, 1978; Phi Kappa Phi Meritorious Service Award, 1989, 1981; Phi Kappa Phi Alumni Award, 1980; Outstanding Young Women of America, 1978
Professional positions (for past 10 years): Cameron University, professor, 1978 to date; Cameron University Research Center, hard science facilitator, 198892; University of Oklahoma, adjunct professor of environmental science and civil engineering, 199091; visiting professor, summer 1990
Service in ACS national offices: Director, District V, 19972003; councilor, ex officio, 19972003; Board Executive Committee, 2002; Board Committee on Planning, 2002; Board Committee on Grants & Awards, 200102; Board Committee on Professional & Member Relations, 19972002, chair, 19992002; Board Development Committee, 1998; Society Committee on Education, consultant, 19992003; Committee on Chemical Safety, committee associate, 19962000; Committee on Membership Affairs, committee associate, 1995; Committee on Economic & Professional Affairs, 1994; consultant, 19992000; Committee on Economic Status, 198493, vice chair, 198991; secretary, 1988, 198586; Committee on Local Section Activities, 198283, secretary, 1983; Joint Task Force on Employment Services, 198491; Task Force on Industrial Sabbaticals, secretary, 198789; Task Force on Certification & Licensing, chair, 198992; Task Force on Revitalizing Student Affiliate Chapters, 1989; Task Force on Student Affiliate Adviser's Manual, 1990
Service in ACS offices: Member of ACS since 1972. Wichita Falls-Duncan Section: councilor, 198597, 198183; alternate councilor, 1984; chair, 1979; chair-elect and Program Committee, chair, 1978; secretary-treasurer, 1977; Nominating Committee chair, 1980; historian, 198081; National Chemistry Week Committee, chair, 198796; Education Committee, chair, 198081; Committee on Professional Relations, chair, 1992; Public Relations, 198592; Long Range Planning, 197895; Pentasectional Meeting, planning, chair, 200102, 199697, 198586, 198081; Oklahoma Pentasectional Meeting, program chair, 2001, chair, 1986, 1981; Southwest High School Teacher Regional Award Committee, chair, 1984; Southwest Regional Program Committee, 1998. Division of Professional Relations: chair, 1997; chair-elect, 1996, secretary, 199095; member-at-large, Executive Committee, 198789; Cameron University ACS Student Affiliate Chapter, sponsor, 1982 to date
Member: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Chemists, American Association of University Women, American Council on Undergraduate Research, Higher Education Council of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Council on Public Affairs. ACS Divisions: Chemical Education, Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, and Professional Relations
Related activities: Science adviser to the Oklahoma Council on Public Affairs; Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, national past-president, 19982001, national president, 199598, national president-elect, 199295, national vice president, 198992, national regent, 198089, board of directors, 19802001, Budget Committee, 19892001; Foundation Board of Trustees, 19802001; American Institute of Chemists, National Board of Directors, 199293; National Poly-Ed Scholar, 199293; University of Texas, Dallas, Visiting Scientist, summers 1987, 1986; Oklahoma Collegiate Conference on Chemical Education, chair, 1987; Bicentennial Conference on Chemical Education, Exhibits Committee Chair, 1982; Chemical Education, chair, 1977; listed in "Who's Who In America," "Who's Who Among American Women," "American Men and Women in Science," "Who's Who in Science and Engineering," "Who's Who in the Southwest," "Who's Who Among International Business and Professional Women," "Who's Who Among American Teachers." More than 75 scientific papers and publications; service on numerous Cameron University faculty groups
Building the best professional Society: Twice you have honored me with your confidence by electing me to represent the interests of District V ACS members. The job is not finished, and I ask for your vote for my last constitutional term as an ACS director. During the next three years, the board, with the new executive director, will be required to make difficult budgetary and organizational decisions regarding the Society's operation and the direction the Society should take to better serve its members. My extensive experience at all levels in the Society and thorough knowledge of its operations provide me with the necessary capability to make the ACS the best scientific, educational, and professional organization.
Member interests: ACS members are the Society's greatest assets. As important budgetary decisions are made to operate within the Society's budget, I will work to maintain a high quality of programs and services for our members to assure that the ACS membership receives top value on their investments. We must continue to seek to identify the resources to support the volunteer activities of this Society and to find more effective ways of recognizing members' volunteer services.
Local sections and divisions: We must involve more members in Society activities by strengthening divisions and local sections. The funds that are provided to local sections and divisions should be viewed as enabling funds since they provide the resources to enable these important arms of the Society to carry on their important volunteer services. Expanded involvement will also help to establish a commitment to the Society and will provide the members with a better understanding of membership benefits.
Employment: Job-related problems are a major concern. Mergers and acquisitions that have resulted in restructuring in industry continue to force industrial chemists into involuntary retirement or midcareer changes. Active participation in the many facets of the Society has made me well aware of the many benefits of ACS membership. However, to many of our members, existing ACS programs have limited value, especially to B.S. chemists. We must continue to provide additional services and support to help our members keep abreast of rapid changes that occur in our profession and help ensure job security.
Tenure has not solved all problems for the academic chemist. Even though a number of us believe that "Diversity is the Key to Success," a glass ceiling still exists in both academics and industry. We must continue to seek effective ways of improving the professional status of every chemist regardless of their demographic characteristics.
Public image of chemistry. For 25 years, I have actively addressed this at every level. My students and I created the National Chemistry Day motto: "Chemistry, Solutions For The Future." Over the years, the news media have often made chemistry the villain of the environment, and bright students have been influenced to choose other lucrative and presumably respectable occupations. In 1998, I proposed a public Web page on chemistry similar to that of medical sciences. Chemistry.org has taken a major step in this direction. Our Communications Office has increased Society efforts to improve the public image of chemistry. The next step is to involve our members directly through local sections and divisions by building a grassroots network to counteract attacks on chemistry. Simultaneously, we must improve precollege science education by interacting closely with K12 science teachers.
I have the experience. My website http://www.annnalley.org gives a complete description. Highlights are:
Through economic development and industrial intern programs, I have had the opportunity to work closely with industry during the past 15 years. I understand and appreciate the problems industry faces.
For the past 32 years, I have been working personally and daily with B.S. students, giving them a realistic picture of chemistry and hearing their views. I have provided job placement service for many of them in good and bad times and have helped place them in graduate and professional programs.
In addition to my six years of continuous service on the board, I have been involved at almost every level in the Society, including service as student affiliate adviser for 19 years; both a local section and divisional officer; chair and member of numerous committees and task forces; and member of the council for 20-plus years.
Service and involvement at every level have provided me with an in-depth understanding of our members' needs and problems, and the strengths and weaknesses of the Society.
I also served 21 years on the national board of directors of another organization with 120,000-plus active members, including nine years in its presidential succession.
These and other leadership experiences have prepared me for service at the board level.
Is experience enough? It is essential, but not enough! The ACS Board must have the vision and determination to move the Society forward in spite of problems. And problems we have! Today it is a budget shortfall but tomorrow even our strong programs--publications, meetings, and chemical education--may face problems. Leaders must have the background and understanding to recognize and face problems head-on. To respond to problems and meet our members' needs, one must have enthusiasm, determination and perseverance. I have these strengths plus the time and energy to lead the ACS in a positive direction.
The FUTURE belongs to us: The problems that chemistry and chemists faced at the close of the 20th century threaten the future of our profession. Unless we face these early in the 21st century, they will continue to haunt us and will magnify. We must make sure that chemistry will continue to play a major role in industrial development in the future. We must convince all of the entities of ACS to work together to make the ACS not only the largest scientific organization related to a single discipline, but the largest scientific organization serving its members the best. With your help, my experience AND unbroken determination, we can continue to work to solve major problems of ACS and the chemistry profession.
For Director At-Large
Chemical Society of Washington. National Research Council, Washington, D.C.
Date of birth: 1943
Academic record: Polytechnic University, B.S., M.S., 1964; University of Illinois, Ph.D., 1969; University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, M.B.A., 1974
Honors: Henry A. Hill Award, Division of Professional Relations, ACS, 1992; Charles Gordon Award, Washington Section, ACS, 1986; Sigma Xi; Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Lambda Upsilon; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Professional positions (for past 10 years): National Research Council, Division on Engineering & Physical Sciences, associate executive director, 2001 to date; Commission on Engineering & Technical Systems, deputy executive director, 19992000, associate executive director, 199499; adjunct assistant professor, University of Maryland, University College, Graduate School of Management & Technology, 1992 to date; AFL-CIO, Department for Professional Employees, executive assistant to the president, 199094
Service in ACS national offices: board of directors, director-at-large, September 200203; councilor, ex officio, 200203; Council Policy Committee (nonvoting), 200102, (voting), 19992000; Committee on Economic & Professional Affairs, 200102, chair, 200102, 199598; Committee on Project SEED, 199294, chair, 199294; Committee on Professional Relations, 198891, secretary, 198889, committee associate, 198486, 197677; Committee on Economic Status, 197886; Younger Chemists Committee, 197374; Professional Programs Planning & Coordinating Committee, 1982; Member Advisory Board, 1973, chair, 1973; Presidential Task Force To Study & Make Recommendations on Issues Concerning Women in Chemical Professions, 200002; Task Force on Council Committee Size, 200001; Task Force on Occupational Safety & Health, 198794; Younger Chemists Task Force, chair, 1973
Service in ACS offices: Member of ACS since 1965. Division of Professional Relations: councilor, 19752002; chair, 1982; chair-elect, 1981; executive committee, 19722002; editor, Professional Relations Bulletin, 1972 to date. Chemical Society of Washington Section: Publicity Committee, 198890. Delaware Section: alternate councilor, 197374; Younger Chemists Committee, chair, 1971; editor, Del Chem Bulletin, 197274
Member: American Association for the Advancement of Science; Alpha Chi Sigma. ACS Division: Professional Relations
Related activities: Society for Occupational & Environmental Health, secretary-treasurer, 197882; DuPont Co., research chemist, 196973; chaired several ACS symposia; member, National Science Foundation Advisory Council, 198489; chair, Informal Science Education Oversight Committee, National Science Foundation, 198586. Served on study and advisory committees at National Science Foundation, National Research Council, Competitiveness Policy Council, U.S. Department of Labor, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, congressional Office of Technology Assessment
Last year I was elected to complete a term as director-at-large that became available because of a resignation from the board. Since then, as a board member, I have been actively involved with a range of activities on your behalf, and I come to you now to seek your support for election to a full term.
WHAT I WANT TO DO
When I was a candidate last year, I wrote that we needed a board that is more responsive to the needs of the membership. I am proud to say that in the year I have been on the board, I have helped to broaden the debate of such important issues as executive compensation and the search for a new executive director. In discussions related to the funding of the new system for supporting local sections and divisions, it was I who recommended that the board have a policy of annual review, so that whenever other funding was available, the member assessment for that year could be reduced or eliminated--I believe that sufficient cost savings are easily possible, with different leadership, and we should have that flexibility, rather than place the full burden on the membership.
I would like to continue to be an active voice as we revise the bonus plan for senior staff; "break in" a new executive director; look for new sources of revenue without losing those things that make participation in a membership organization worthwhile; seek to increase membership, especially among women, minorities, and nontraditional chemical professionals; and on other important issues that will be before the board of directors.
A TIME OF CHANGE
In many ways, the American Chemical Society is at a crossroads. Internally, it is certain that we will have a new executive director, new chief financial officer, and new board chair in 2004. Perhaps there will be other changes, as well. Externally, after several difficult years and record levels of unemployment among chemical professionals, we all hope that the economy will improve, both to help the employment situation, as well as to provide additional resources for Society programs. It is a good time to rethink what ACS is and where it is going. The board and the new CEO will be actively engaged in that examination, and I believe that I have much to contribute to that discussion.
Overall, ACS is in good shape. We have excellent, talented staff; significant financial reserves; and a large pool of dedicated members willing to serve in a variety of capacities. Our information services and national meetings are world class, and the Society is widely regarded as the leader in a broad range of areas, from member services to education programs to interactions with Congress. But we cannot rest on our laurels. Change is a constant in our lives, and we must be prepared to face a future full of uncertainties. There is no shortage of important issues that need to be dealt with:
New senior staff will need to develop a clear vision of the nature and expectations of a professional member organization and the appropriate roles of staff.
Working closely with the Divisional Activities Committee, the Local Section Activities Committee, and other council groups, the board needs to find ways to strengthen the activities of divisions and local sections, including promoting cost savings to help reduce the member assessment.
A continuing need, both to better serve current members and to attract new members, is to improve the level and availability of services for industrial chemists and engineers, as well as for chemical professionals who do not possess a Ph.D.
While ACS has a wide array of activities designed to promote greater participation by women and minorities in the Society and the profession (I note with great pride that I am a former chair of the Committee on Project SEED), much is yet to be done.
On these and many other issues, we need an active, questioning, and committed board.
WHAT I BRING TO THE BOARD
My board service follows over 25 years of active participation in council. I have chaired council committees and have served on a wide variety of committees, subcommittees, and task forces. I helped to found a national division and served on its executive committee, including a term as chair, from its birth until my election to the board. I have been involved in two local sections.
My non-ACS experience includes a decade in senior management at the National Research Council. In addition to chemistry degrees, I earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. I have served on many advisory and study committees for such organizations as the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health, the U.S. Department of Education, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Competitiveness Policy Council, and the National Academies (prior to employment there). I have presented congressional testimony, and I have spoken on public policy issues at workshops and conferences on three continents.
I have been actively involved with ACS throughout most of my adult life, and I have received a great deal in return. I have a broad and deep knowledge of all aspects of ACS governance and programs, and I am neither afraid to ask penetrating questions nor am I hesitant to initiate needed action.
Even though my term on the board thus far has been short, I have had an impact on issues of concern to you. Important decisions affecting the future of the Society will need to be made over the next few months and years. I have the experience, vision, and commitment to deal with them effectively.
I have worked closely with members of council when I was a councilor, and I have stayed in touch and kept you informed of important developments while on the board. There is much to do, and together there is much that we can accomplish. I respectfully ask for your vote so that I may continue to represent you on the board.
Nancy B. Jackson
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Division (Central New Mexico Section): Albuquerque
Date of birth: 1956
Academic record: George Washington University, B.S., 1979; University of Texas, M.S., 1986; Ph.D., 1990
Honors: 2003 YWCA Women on the Move Award
Professional positions (for past 10 years): Sandia National Laboratories, technical manager, 2000 to date; senior member, technical staff, 199199
Service in ACS national offices: Committee on Committees, 200305; Committee on Science, 199698, consultant, 19992002; Committee on Minority Affairs, 19982002, chair, 19992001, committee associate, 199697; Younger Chemists Committee, 198185, chair, 198485; Professional Programs Planning & Coordinating Committee (PROPPACC), 198485; Advisory Board, Chemical & Engineering News, 19992004; Advisory Board, I&EC Research, 199698
Service in ACS offices: Member of ACS since 1980. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Division: councilor, 200103; alternate councilor, 19952000; chair, 1992; chair-elect, 1991; secretary, 198691; newsletter editor, 19982003; Catalysis Secretariat, chair, 2000
Member: ACS Divisions: Analytical Chemistry, Colloid & Surface Chemistry, and Industrial & Engineering Chemistry
Related activities: National Research Council, Board on Chemical Sciences & Technology, 19992004; National Research Council, Board on Higher Education & Workforce, 2000 to date; Board of Trustees, Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Mont., 200205; Advisory Board, Center for Applied Research, University of Kentucky, 19962001
My primary goal as director-at-large would be to help the American Chemical Society and its members be prepared for the future.
What do I see as challenges for the future
The economic uncertainty for many chemical professionals and the changing relationship between employers and employees.
The increasingly interdisciplinary nature of science and the chemical discipline.
The influence of nonscientist policymakers (and voters) on the chemical enterprise.
In order to best address these challenges, ACS must be inclusive in the broadest sense of the word. As a large, diverse community of chemical professionals--women; men; underrepresented minorities; B.S. chemists; Ph.D. chemical engineers; industrial, government, and academic professionals young and old--we will address our future and its challenges from a position of strength.
Economic: A chemical engineering professor who teaches professional ethics to seniors recently told me that in the 20 years he has been teaching ethics, some things have changed. For example, if a student accepts a job offer with company A, and two days later, company B--the one she really wanted--offers her a job, then the ethical thing to do now is different than it was 20 years ago. Twenty years ago, turning down company B and keeping your promise to company A was the ethical choice.
However, in the 21st century, it is acceptable to renege on the commitment to company A. After all, the loyalty demonstrated in the past 20 years by many companies has changed significantly enough that individuals are no longer expected to have loyalty to them. To me, this story best illustrates the change in the relationship between employers and employees. There are two ways I would like to help ACS address this change:
1. I will work to improve the ways ACS helps individual professionals stay abreast with "knowledge and networking." Divisions and local sections must be well supported by the Society to support networking and communication. ACS needs to continue to innovate in communicating new science via meetings, conferences, and symposia. It is imperative that ACS continues to remain the professional leader in technical communications for its members through its research journals, newsmagazine, and meetings.
2. I will work to make ACS more successful in convincing employers of the value of ACS participation for their employees. ACS needs to focus on its relationship with industry and to identify what ACS can provide to employees that industry values.
Interdisciplinary: The face of chemistry continues to change. Much work in the field now addresses questions in biology or materials science. Industrial and federal funding patterns reflect these changes. As a board member, I would work to provide opportunities for all members to keep up with the changing technical landscape. The chemical sciences have always been a profession where you have to work to keep up on the latest, be it instrumentation, chemical synthesis, market forces, or governmental regulations.
In publications, ACS has done an excellent job in keeping up with the changing opportunities in research, and I will support this effort vigorously. We have new technical journals, our divisions cover new research, and C&EN covers the latest developments. I will actively support ACS efforts to educate both students and experienced chemists in the evolving opportunities in our profession.
Policy: During my nearly 25-year association with ACS, improving the image of chemistry has always been a top priority. However, there has been little change in the general perception of chemistry during this time period despite our efforts, and it seems we need to take a new approach. I have come to believe that the public image of chemistry will never change until we change the way we teach chemistry, particularly to nonscientists.
At present, to the average person, the ability to understand chemistry is perceived to be out of reach. With chemistry seemingly beyond understanding, its potential ill effects are frightening and difficult to gauge. As a board member, I will encourage the development of a different education strategy for teaching the chemical sciences to precollege students and nonscientists at the college level.
No other organization is better suited to make chemistry accessible to the general public than ACS with its recognized standing in the chemical community, its large number of excellent educators, and its broad network of chemical community stakeholders. ACS, through its education programs and activities, could impact this issue more than any other single organization. As a board member, I will work to change the public image of chemistry by striving to make chemical education more accessible to students.
I will also actively support the legislative and government programs of ACS, since it is crucial that chemical scientists remain active participants in the political process. I am concerned about the decrease of support for the physical sciences and engineering research from the federal government in recent decades. This lack of support translates to slow development of novel sustainable manufacturing processes and innovative energy solutions. With growing environmental and energy concerns in our society, it does not appear that the decrease in funding for the physical sciences and engineering research is in the best interest of our country. I will work to inform the legislative process through ACS programs about the value of research in the chemical sciences and engineering.
As a board member, I will work to keep ACS strong. Besides the volunteer positions I have held at ACS, I spent several years on ACS staff between my undergraduate and graduate degrees about 20 years ago. This gives me a unique perspective on the Society and its workings. As a board member, I would represent all ACS stakeholders, strive to understand the issues in depth, have the courage to speak up when necessary, provide organizational leadership, and ensure staff top management is of such quality that board micromanagement in staff issues is never necessary.
I believe my ACS experience and my professional background would make me an effective ACS Board member. I would be honored to have your vote for director-at-large.
Peter C. Jurs
Division of Computers in Chemistry (Central Pennsylvania Section): Pennsylvania State University
Date of birth: 1943
Academic record: Stanford University, B.S., 1965; University of Washington, Ph.D., 1969
Honors: ACS Award for Computers in Chemistry, 1990; Sigma Xi; Phi Lambda Upsilon; American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, 1987; Merck Award for Faculty Development, 1970
Professional positions (for past 10 years): Pennsylvania State University, professor, 1978 to date, assistant head for undergraduate education, 1995 to date; assistant head for graduate education, 198789; acting department head 199899
Service in ACS national offices: Committee on Publications, 19972003; Society Committee on Publications, 199197; Society Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service, 198290; Committee on Membership Affairs, committee associate, 1979; Chemical & Engineering News, editorial board, 2000 to date; advisory board, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 199498; advisory board, Analytical Chemistry, 198890; advisory board, Journal of Chemical Information & Computer Science, 197785
Service in ACS offices: Member of ACS since 1965. Division of Computers in Chemistry: councilor, 19972003, 197993; alternate councilor 199496. Central Pennsylvania Section: secretary, 1971
Member: American Association for the Advancement of Science, fellow; Association for Computing Machinery; Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh; Computer Society; American Association for Artificial Intelligence. ACS Divisions: Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Education, Computers in Chemistry, and Professional Relations
Related activities: Consultant to Los Alamos National Laboratory, Molecular Design Ltd., W.R. Grace, Beilstein Institute, Chemical Manufacturers Association; chair, Organizing Committee, Third Symposium on Computer-Enhanced Analytical Spectroscopy, Snowbird, Utah, June, 1990; program chair, Gordon Research Conference on Computer-Aided Drug Design, July 2003; chair, July 2005; National Science Foundation, program director, Chemical Analysis, 198384; Analytica Chimica Acta, Editorial Board, 197788; "ChemTracts, Analytical and Physical Chemistry," contributing scholar; Supervised 55 graduate chemistry degrees; coauthor of general chemistry textbook "Chemistry: The Molecular Science"; published approximately 250 papers
As a professional society representing chemists and others in the chemical sciences, the American Chemical Society must be many things to many different groups. First and foremost, ACS must provide benefits to its members, but we have a responsibility to do much more. Public education, outreach, advising legislators and their staffs, running scientific meetings, publishing journals, and other activities of such a large and diversified organization all vie for top priority. We must choose what to emphasize, and--especially in trying economic times--we must prioritize carefully and husband our resources.
ACS, like the chemical sciences it represents, finds itself in a time of rapid change. Chemistry's interfaces with other disciplines--life sciences, materials, environment--are growing and evolving rapidly, and our Society must adapt. We must be alert for opportunities for new initiatives in publishing, meetings, and working with other professional societies. As an educator at a large research university, I have supervised more than 50 M.S. and Ph.D. theses. Recent graduates of my group are working in the pharmaceutical industry in computer-assisted drug design groups, a highly interdisciplinary field.
Two of the most prominent and important operations of ACS are publications and Chemical Abstracts Service. Each is a vital ingredient for the maintenance of a vibrant chemical enterprise worldwide. We must continue to support and nurture these two essential activities, and we should seek new opportunities as the chemical sciences change and evolve. New journals and new approaches to communication with electronic journals are two examples of recent forward-looking enhancements. As a member of the Committee on Publications for more than 10 years, I have participated in the efforts to accomplish these goals, and I endorse initiatives to further enhance our portfolio of outstanding journals. I also fully endorse the efforts of the publications division to provide electronic access to scientific information for ACS members.
Our national meetings, and especially their technical symposia, are a major benefit to our members. Symposia at the forefront of chemical research allow us to keep abreast of breathtaking changes occurring every day. The national meetings function as continuing education seminars for the members who attend them. Sadly, only a fraction of ACS members do so, and we must find ways to encourage attendance. The ACS divisions, which generate the national meeting programs, must be provided with the resources and infrastructure support to enable them to develop the best possible technical symposia. I have been a member of the COMP Division Executive Committee for many years, and we have increased the number of technical symposia through aggressive recruitment of symposium chairs and funds to support them, and these symposia have attracted increasing numbers of attendees. An additional way to reach members is through regional ACS meetings, which we must also encourage.
ACS has a strong educational role to play. Our membership comes largely from academia and industry, and these two groups of chemists must work together to develop curricula that will prepare students for real jobs in the real world. ACS oversight of professional standards for chemical education is an important task that provides benefits to both ACS members and society at large. Changing standards for what constitutes a complete chemical education as the field becomes ever more interdisciplinary is crucial to keep our science fresh and modern.
The encouragement of undergraduate student affiliate organizations in colleges and universities is an opportunity to build the future ACS membership, recruit students into the profession, and solidify interactions among chemists. The very successful poster sessions at national ACS meetings involving hundreds of undergraduate students will yield benefits for ACS and for the students. Such activities must continue to be supported.
Local section activities form an important part of ACS for many of our members. Specific examples of local section activities that can be encouraged nationally are National Chemistry Week and the National Historic Chemical Landmarks Program. In my local community, these two programs have brought together ACS members and the general public to celebrate chemistry and its accomplishments.
Communication between ACS and its members is crucial. We cannot afford to have members who are not aware of what ACS is doing in areas of concern to them. The ACS website is one effective means for such communication, and its enhancement and improvement must be supported.
We must seek ways to convince younger chemists that ACS is for them. Providing services that younger chemists want is crucial to our future. And we must address the diversity of our membership by being proactive in seeking minority and women members.
As a professional scientific society, I believe that we have a responsibility to reach out to the public and governmental representatives. We can provide scientific advice and perspective untainted by partisanship, and we should carefully guard our neutral stance to maintain our credibility. We must work to enhance the public image of chemistry. We must continue to strive to demystify chemistry and interest young people in chemistry through such laudable activities as National Chemistry Week and the programs in the communities that it supports. We can partner with other professional societies to strengthen our message that science is a force for understanding and advancement. ACS should encourage its members to get involved in outreach activities at the local level where, as the adage reminds us, all politics occurs.
As a longtime teacher of general chemistry and as a coauthor of a general chemistry textbook, I understand and appreciate the necessity of reaching students from many disciplines, not just chemistry majors. We chemists must reach out to students outside of chemistry, outside of science, to provide them with the understanding of basic science that will be so important to their functioning as informed citizens. The educational programs of ACS must be supported by the membership to insure our future.
As director-at-large, I will work to make ACS the best professional society that it can possibly be. I ask for your support.
James P. Shoffner
Chicago Section. (Retired) UOP LLC, Chicago
Date of birth: 1928
Academic record: Lincoln University, B.S., 1951; DePaul University, M.S., 1956; University of Illinois, Ph.D., 1965
Honors: ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, 2002; Henry Hill Award, Division of Professional Relations, ACS, 1997; Distinguished Service Award, Chicago Section, ACS, 1991; Public Affairs Award, Chicago Section, ACS, 1986; Ralph Metcalfe Chair, Marquette University, 2003; Major Robert H. Lawrence Jr. Memorial Lecturer, Bradley University Department of Chemistry, 1997; Allied Signal Special Recognition Award, 1988; Merit Award, Chicago Association of Technical Societies, 1986; University Fellowship, University of Illinois, 1963
Professional positions (for past 10 years): Retired, 1993 to date, UOP LLC, research specialist, 198193; adjunct professor of science, Columbia College, 1993 to date
Service in ACS national offices: Board of Directors, director-at-large, 200103; councilor, ex officio, 200103; Committee on Public Affairs & Public Relations, chair, 2003; Committee on Professional & Member Relations, 200102; Committee on Grants & Awards, 200102; Committee on Minority Affairs, 19932002; Committee on Science, committee associate, 200002; Committee on Nominations & Elections, 199499, vice chair, 1999; Council Policy Committee (voting), 198893; Board Committee To Facilitate Planning, 199294; Committee on Public Relations, 198795, consultant, 199697; Committee on Project SEED, 198188, chair, 198385; Committee on Economic Status, 197883; Committee on Program Review, 197577; Region V Councilors Caucus, chair, 19982001; Kids and Chemistry Task Force, 1996; National Chemistry Week Task Force, 1996 to date
Service in ACS offices: Member of ACS since 1957. Division of Professional Relations: chair, 2002. Chicago Section: councilor, 19742000; alternate councilor, 197173; chair, 1976; chair-elect, 1975; Public Affairs Committee, 1973 to date, chair, 198898, 197886, cochair, 1998 to date, 198587, 197375; Chicago School Board Liaison Committee, 199396, 197984; chair, National Historic Chemical Landmark Committee, 200102, 199496; Illinois Legislative Science Counselors, chair, 197379; member, board of directors, 197074; Long-Range Planning Committee, chair, 197071; Project SEED, coordinator, 196975; Program Committee, chair, 196970
Member: Society for Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science, Catalysis Society, Illinois Academy of Science, Chicago Chemists Club, National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science. ACS Divisions: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Petroleum Chemistry, and Professional Relations
Related Activities: Chair, Percy L. Julian 100th Anniversary Symposium & Meeting, Chicago Section, ACS, 1999; cochair, Percy L. Julian 100th Anniversary Observance, 217th ACS national meeting, spring 1999; president, board of directors, Ada S. McKinley Community Services (Chicago), 1998 to date; chair and symposium organizer, 20th anniversary of Project SEED, 1988; Illinois Hazardous Waste Task Force, 198384; organizer and presider, ACS Petroleum Chemistry Division, Symposium on Impact of RCRA on the Petroleum Industry, 1984; member, Governor's Task Force on Science & Technology, 197879; coauthor, Report on the State Science, Engineering & Technology Plan for the Illinois Executive Branch; delegate, Illinois White House Conference on Libraries & Information Science, 197879; presider, Symposium on Petroleum Products & Characterization, Spectroscopy Forum, Chicago Section, Society for Applied Spectroscopy, 1973; 10 publications and eight patents
I am pleased and honored to be nominated to run for a second term as director-at-large of our Society. It was three years ago that I came to you for the first time to ask for your support to serve as one of six directors elected by the council. I come now to give an account of my stewardship and to ask again for your support.
When I presented myself for election to this office in 2000, the economy was approaching the end of one of the longest and strongest periods of growth in our history. Our society programs were beneficiaries of this growth. Since that time, the economy has stagnated, and there has been insufficient funding for new programs, unless some matching fund offset could be found. It is a great credit to our Society that we continue to move ahead and remain poised for continued growth in the future.
It is important that you hear about some of my work as a board member during my first three-year term. I have served as a member of all standing committees of the board: Grants & Awards (G&A), Professional & Member Relations, and Public Affairs & Public Relations (PA&PR). I am presently chair of the latter committee. As a member of G&A, I chaired a task force to study award sponsorships. Among the most important matters to be considered this year by the board is the writing of the strategic plan for 200406 and the hiring of our next executive director. I am honored to be involved in these most important endeavors for the greater good of our Society.
Let me mention some of the areas and issues of importance and concern that continue to deserve our attention.
Member Services. Unfortunately, we are still in the midst of a very severe economic downturn. This has resulted in a relatively significant level of unemployment among chemists of 3.7%--nearly twice normal. It is important that we maintain the level of our employment aids and career services and wherever it is necessary, improve them. The configuration of the chemical industry continues to change as merger-acquisitions and downsizings are still very much a part of the business climate. These transactions have not always been kind to chemists. In addition to career services programs, we must continue our efforts to improve the opportunities for industrial chemists to participate fully and receive all of the advantages of being a member of our Society. We also must make certain that our academic members are aware of career services that are available to all members.
Education. Recently, a conference was convened whose theme was to reinvent chemical education. Even without a "reinvention," there are some areas where I suggest a renewed and increased emphasis. For several reasons, the community college system has become the point of entry into postsecondary education for an ever-increasing number of students. We should ensure that these students are getting a comparable education in chemical science to that which they would receive in a four-year liberal arts college. We should be advocates for increased science training for K8 teachers, both as undergraduates and during their post-baccalaureate careers.
Public Relations and Communications. I am pleased to have been involved in public relations and communications at the local section, division, and national level throughout my career. Although much remains to be done to accomplish our goals in this area, we do need to acknowledge that which has been successful in order to plan for the future. The continued and increased involvement of local sections and divisions has played a significant role in improving the communication that has taken place over the past 10 years. I am also pleased to see the increased emphasis on regional meeting PR and communications.
Governmental Affairs. Post-9/11, the area of governmental affairs has taken on increased significance. We must try to strike a balance between the needs of security while carrying out our legitimate scientific mission. Thus far, we have done this with input from and collaboration with various council and board committees. The Legislative Action Network (LAN) continues to grow, and members are increasingly active in communicating with Congress on pending legislation of interest to the chemical science community. As chair of the Board Committee on Public Affairs & Public Relations, I will continue to work to increase the number of members who are involved in the LAN. I shall also work to increase the participation of local sections and divisions in governmental affairs at all levels.
Diversity. Diversity has always been a fact of life in our country in terms of the composition of our population. However, it has not always been a fact relative to participation of various groups in our corporate and community life. There has been recognition over the past 1012 years that we have a stake in making certain that our Society is open and welcoming to all, without regard to sex, gender, race, or ethnicity. I am encouraged by the progress we have made as we continue to move down this road, although there is yet much distance to travel.
Publications and Chemical Abstracts Service. Our publications and abstracts are invaluable assets for the Society, the nation, and the world. They must be protected and given the support to meet the challenges of information dissemination during these critical times.
There are many other areas of extreme importance for our future progress. I am encouraged by approval of the increase in allotments for local sections and divisions. This bodes well for the future of our programs, as well as local section-division cooperation. With regard to international participation, there are still many unmet challenges for the Society; I am greatly encouraged by our recent efforts in this crucial area.
Finally, I am qualified by experience, service, and achievements to continue to serve as one of your directors. I hope you agree and give me one of your votes for director-at-large.