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September 12, 2011
Volume 89, Number 37
pp. 36 - 37

ACS Elections: Candidates' Election Statements And Backgrounds

For District VI Director: Carlos G. Gutierrez

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Southern California Section. California State University, Los Angeles

Academic record: University of California, Los Angeles, B.S., 1971; University of California, Davis, Ph.D., 1975

Honors: ACS Stanley C. Israel Western Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in Chemistry, 2006; ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, 2001; Los Angeles magazine’s List of 100 Most Influential Angelenos, 2006; Hispanic Business magazine’s List of 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S., 2006, 2008; U.S. Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2005; Education Award, Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Corp., 2005; American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Lifetime Mentor Award, 2004; Giants In Science Award, Quality Education for Minorities Network, 2000; California State University System Wang Family Excellence Award, Outstanding Faculty in the Natural Sciences, 2000; Lifetime National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences; Anthony J. Andreoli Biotechnology Service Research Award, California State University Program for Education & Research in Biotechnology, 1997; Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Mentoring from former president Bill Clinton, 1996; California State University, Los Angeles, Outstanding Professor Award, 1984; Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Award in Animation for the Educational Student Film “Antimatter,” 1973; California Council on Science & Technology, senior fellow, 2009; AAAS, fellow, 2002

Professional positions (for past 10 years): California State University, Los Angeles, professor, 1984– , department chair, 1988–92, associate professor, 1980–84, assistant professor, 1976–80; UC Berkeley, visiting scientist, 1989–91

Service in ACS national offices: Committee on Ethics, 2005–10; Committee on Professional Training, 1998–06, consultant, 2007–08; Committee on Minority Affairs, 1993–2001, founding chair, 1993–95, consultant, 2001–07; ACS Scholars Program Advisory Committee, 1995–07; Task Force To Revise “ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs,” 2005–09; Task Force on Minorities in Academe, 2002; ACS Executive Director’s Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Minority Underrepresentation in the Chemical Sciences, 1993–2003; Board Task Force on Minorities in the Chemical Sciences, 1991–93; Chemical & Engineering News, Advisory Board, 1996–98

Service in ACS offices: Member of ACS since 1976. Southern California Section: councilor, 1997, 1992–94; alternate councilor, 1995–96; Awards Committee, chair, 1994; Professional Relations Committee, chair, 1992; Executive Committee, 1982–83; SCALACS editor, 1981–83

Member: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science, National Organization for the Advancement of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers. ACS Divisions: Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry.

Related activities: Organizing Committee Membership for ACS Symposia & Workshops: Presidential Event, ACS Scholars 15th Anniversary Symposium, fall national meeting, Boston, 2010; Presidential Event, “Symposium Honoring Robert Lichter, Recipient, 2010 ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences,” fall national meeting, Boston, 2010; Workshop on “Increasing Participation of Hispanic Undergraduates in Chemistry,” Washington, D.C., 2008; Symposium on the “New ACS Guidelines for Two-Year College Chemistry Programs,” 182nd Two-Year College Chemistry Conference, Las Vegas, 2008; Presidential Event, ACS Scholars 10th Anniversary Symposium, spring national meeting, San Diego, 2005; Workshop on “Increasing Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ Participation in the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Program Approval,” Washington, D.C., 2004; Symposium on “Collaborations and Partnerships in Undergraduate Research,” spring national meeting, Anaheim, Calif., 2004; Presidential Event, “Accelerating Momentum: Successful Tools for the 21st Century,” fall national meeting, Washington, D.C., 2000; Presidential Event, “The Future of Chemistry Is All of Us,” fall national meeting, Boston, 1998; California Council on Science & Technology (CCST), 2003–09; CCST Policy Fellows Selection Committee, cochair, 2009– ; National Panel To Evaluate the Minority Institutions/Cancer Center Partnerships Program, National Cancer Institute, 2009; Committee on Underrepresented Groups & the Expansion of the Science & Engineering Workforce Pipeline, Board on Higher Education Workforce, National Research Council, 2008–10; National Science Foundation, Chemistry Division, Committee of Visitors, 2007; Five-Year Strategic Plan Development Group, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health, 2007; National Research Council Oversight Committee for the Assessment of NIH Minority Research Training Programs: Phase 3, chair, 2004–05; Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholars Program, Review Panel, 2000–03, Executive Committee, 2003–07; Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award Advisory Panel, 2001–08; Board on Higher Education Workforce, National Research Council, 2001–06; Committee on Opportunities in Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2001–04; National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council, NIGMS, NIH, 1995–98: National Advisory Committee, Office of Scientific & Engineering Personnel (OSEP), National Research Council, 1996–99; Minority Biomedical Research Support Subcommittee, NIGMS, NIH, 1992–95, chair, 1993–95; Minority Access to Research Careers Review Committee, NIGMS, NIH, 1985–89, chair, 1987–89; Society for the Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), treasurer, 1991–93, board of directors, 1991–94, National Conference Program Committee, 2010– ; Editorial Board, Journal of Science Education & Technology, 1991–95



We the American Chemical Society are a membership organization. Our primary and interconnected commitments must be to the economic and professional well-being of our members and to stewardship of the profession. Chemistry is an intensely human activity wherein we seek through experimentation an understanding of molecules and materials, and with that, the ability to describe, manipulate, and create.

Our membership organization has become a world leader in chemistry because of the committed work of thousands of our volunteer members. We have helped in the development of chemists and chemistry through our excellent journals and professional meetings, attention to the education of chemists, and contributions to the public understanding of chemistry. The continuous and unselfish support of our members has built and maintained a system of local sections across the country, some that are thousands of miles away from ACS headquarters in Washington, D.C. Many volunteers simply love chemistry; they have never attended a national meeting nor received tangible benefits for their dues other than C&EN. Chemical Abstracts Service was built on the shoulders of volunteer members who through goodwill and 4 cents per word provided the impulse that has become the current giant of publication. Our volunteer members have been good stewards of the profession.

We live in professionally and economically challenging times. The past few years have been hard on our members. Good jobs have been scarce for new graduates; some midcareer chemists are facing involuntary early retirement. Support for research is limited in academia and industry. Weak state budgets have hit public colleges and universities hard. Chemists join ACS because they enjoy chemistry and want to support its institutions—but only if they have a job.

We face many problems, but before we offer solutions, we must ask the right questions. As chemists we understand that the appropriateness of answers depends on the quality of the questions. The work we do in the next few years answering the following and other questions will set our course and determine our future.

Is the current economic situation temporary or the new normal? What are the professional and economic needs of our members? What should be the role of ACS in meeting them? How do we support our current members so they are employed in professionally satisfying and economically rewarding jobs? How do we assist industry in remaining competitive with a workforce of American chemists? We cannot create jobs overnight, but working relentlessly with industry, academia, and government, ACS can assist in making progress toward this goal. Now is the time to support our members as payback for their decades of support.

Are we attracting the most talented and motivated individuals from all of our populations into our profession? Is our current educational system adequate for training chemists to succeed and thrive in this new environment? Are our graduates competitive for leadership in national and world arenas? What is the appropriate role of ACS in bringing about necessary change? Are our continuing education programs meeting the needs of our members in mid- and late career?

What is the right mixture of pessimism and optimism to result in a progressive realism that will allow us to thrive? Even in these difficult times, are there hidden opportunities for our members?

Let us imagine what ACS will look like in 10 or 20 years. We have strategic plans, but how will we implement them? How will we achieve the society we want? We need to be ever vigilant, to improve, to get better, to excel. We need to lead; we must choose wisely so that our projects have the greatest impact. We must not be afraid of new ways.

Forty years ago, in an earlier economic downturn, an ACS president described the direction the society should follow: “The first responsibility of the ACS is to its own members.” This is an appropriate response not only in difficult times but always. It acknowledges that the health of our society and our profession depends on the economic and professional well-being of our current and future members. We must support the development of chemistry and increase public appreciation and understanding of chemistry, but by always promoting the well-being of chemists. If elected, this is the road I will follow. I seek your support.

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