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September 12, 2011
Volume 89, Number 37
pp. 30 - 42

Candidates' Election Statements And Backgrounds

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Two candidates will vie for the office of president-elect of the American Chemical Society for 2012 in this fall’s election. They are Dennis Chamot, associate executive director of the National Research Council’s Division on Engineering & Physical Sciences, in Washington, D.C., and Marinda Li Wu, founder and president of Science is Fun!, in Orinda, Calif. The successful candidate will serve as ACS president in 2013 and as a member of the ACS Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014.

Candidates for director of District III are Pat N. Confalone, vice president of global R&D at DuPont Crop Protection, in Wilmington, Del., and David J. Lohse, retired distinguished research associate at ExxonMobil Research & Engineering, in Annandale, N.J.

District III consists of members assigned to or residing in local sections with headquarters in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania (except the Central Pennsylvania, Erie, Lehigh Valley, Penn-York, Pittsburgh, and Susquehanna Valley Sections), Maryland (except the Western Maryland Section), and the District of Columbia.

District VI will also be holding elections for director. Candidates are Bonnie A. Charpentier, vice president of regulatory and quality at Metabolex, in Hayward, Calif., and Carlos G. Gutierrez, a professor of chemistry at California State University, Los Angeles.

District VI consists of members assigned to or residing in the local sections with headquarters in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming and those members with addresses in the states of Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington; in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan; and in the extraprovincial territories of Canada who are not assigned to local sections.

Candidates running for two director-at-large positions are Ken B. Anderson, a professor of geochemistry at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and chief executive officer of Thermaquatica, in Carbondale; William F. Carroll Jr., vice president of Occidental Chemical, in Dallas, and adjunct industrial professor of chemistry at Indiana University, Bloomington; Charles E. Kolb, president and CEO of Aerodyne Research, in Billerica, Mass.; and Barbara A. Sawrey, associate vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of California, San Diego. The successful candidates for the two positions will serve three-year terms from 2012 to 2014.

All voting members of ACS will receive ballots enabling them to vote for president-elect. Only members with mailing addresses in Districts III and VI will receive ballots to vote for director in those districts. Only voting councilors will receive ballots for the director-at-large elections.

All ballots will be mailed on Sept. 30. The deadline for voting or return of marked ballots, which can be done online or by paper ballot, respectively, is close of business on Nov. 18.

The ACS Committee on Nominations & Elections did not provide candidates with specific questions to frame their statements. Information about ACS policies for elections and campaigning can be found in Bulletin V, Bylaw 5, Section 13 and in “Guidelines for Campaigning & Communication.” Candidates’ views have also been posted online at

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