ACS NEWS
October 29,
 2001
Volume 79, Number 44
CENEAR 79 44 pp. 61-68
ISSN 0009-2347
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OFFICIAL REPORTS FROM THE CHICAGO MEETING

Major actions taken by the American Chemical Society Board and Council during the national meeting in Chicago were reported in C&EN, Oct. 1, pages 110–111.

 Reports of Society Committees


BUDGET & FINANCE

The committee reviewed the society's 2001 probable financial performance. The projected financial results for 2001 are in compliance with all board-established financial guidelines. The committee also reviewed petitions coming before council and received reports from the task force on bylaw changes for local sections and division support and the special task force on board appropriations for local sections and divisions.--PAUL S. ANDERSON, CHAIR

EDUCATION

The committee (SOCED) approved a policy statement on 21st-century schooling dealing with the restructuring of science education at the high school level. This will be sent to the Board Committee on Public Affairs & Public Relations for review and submission to the board of directors. This statement will address an issue not yet clearly defined in the white paper on ACS science education policies.

President-Elect Eli M. Pearce shared with the committee his vision and the focus he plans to give to diversity issues, globalization, and the education of chemists. The committee also heard reports from the chairs of the Committee on Professional Training (CPT) and the Presidential-Board Task Force To Study Issues Related to Women in the Chemical Professions.

The committee was also updated on recent activities in the graduate education area, including on the series of graduate education events scheduled at various ACS regional meetings and plans for an online registry of master's degree programs. The staff published a listing of graduate education sessions of interest at the Chicago meeting and solicited input from those interested in graduate education at the joint SOCED/CPT open meeting "Perspectives on Graduate Education." The Graduate Education Advisory Board met with other committees that have an interest in graduate education to coordinate activities in this area across the society.

Staff reported on the results of a recent survey conducted with the Council of State Science Supervisors to determine how ACS could best serve the needs of high school chemistry teachers in the individual states. Professional development opportunities were considered of utmost importance by responding state science supervisors. Staff also reported the progress-to-date on implementing the new SOCED Strategic Plan, 2001–04, which is keyed to the larger ACS Strategic Plan.

SOCED discussed the urgent action motion to increase the size of the ACS society committees and voted not to support either the urgent action provision of this motion or the increase in the size of SOCED.

The committee heard a presentation by staff from the ACS Office of Legislative & Government Affairs on issues related to federal science education policies. Staff discussed efforts to reauthorize the Elementary & Secondary Education Act and other efforts on Capitol Hill to support teacher professional development through National Science Foundation programming. The assistant director of the Green Chemistry Institute presented a report on the current programs and future plans of the institute. The institute will continue to collaborate with ACS Education Division staff in the development of educational materials and the establishment of special student affiliate chapters with a green designation.

SOCED received a report on the undergraduate student program at the Chicago meeting; more than 100 student posters were presented. At the request of graduate schools that usually participate in the spring graduate school fair, two graduate school recruiters' breakfasts were held in Chicago.--DARYLE H. BUSCH, CHAIR

Board Committee Reports


STANDING COMMITTEES

GRANTS & AWARDS

Acting on the recommendation of the committee (G&A), the board of directors approved society support of the ACS Award in Applied Polymer Chemistry and the ACS Award in Industrial Chemistry for the 2003 award year.

The board also approved the committee's recommendation to amend the purpose and eligibility for the ACS Award in Industrial Chemistry so that neither commercialization nor patents are required as expressed in the current language. The new language states that the work must be done by a person whose primary employer is industrial and who is based in North America.

The committee accepted a proposal from Procter & Gamble to change the name of the ACS Award in Colloid or Surface Chemistry to the ACS Award in Colloid Chemistry and to amend its scope accordingly.

G&A approved new forms for award nominators and supporters to use beginning with the 2003 award year.

The committee received a review of The ACS Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) for 2001. Projected income and grant commitments are on budget. G&A supported the proposal to act on recommendations from the October 2001 PRF Advisory Board meeting by e-mail rather than wait until the December board of directors meeting.

Contact K. Michael Shea at m_shea@acs.org for more information concerning the ACS National Awards Program or Lawrence A. Funke at l_funke@acs.org for more information about the ACS PRF Program.--GLENN A. CROSBY, CHAIR

PROFESSIONAL & MEMBER RELATIONS

The committee (P&MR) heard a report from Frankie K. Wood-Black, chair of the Presidential-Board Task Force To Study Issues Related to Women in the Chemical Professions, who indicated that the task force has completed its review of the research data and the development of a series of proposed programs. An approach, entitled the PROGRESS Plan, was designed as a pilot program to allow the society to test a number of new activities. It will include the evaluation of the individual components and a final report on recommendations for ongoing programs.

The chair briefed the committee on the Academic Excellence Conference for university presidents and administrators hosted by Research Corporation. The conference goal was to create awareness among academic administrators for strong research programs at the undergraduate level.

The committee reviewed the most recent membership statistics. As of July 31, the total membership was 158,649. Staff noted that the student and recent graduate membership categories are very positive. However, the number of unpaid members is higher than anticipated. This number will be reduced by payments received from the July telemarketing effort. The initiation of anniversary starts is influencing the trend of unpaid members. Members will move into the unpaid category at different times during the year. It is likely that the 2001 year-end unpaid number will be higher than the 2000 year-end unpaid number.

At the recommendation of the committee, the board approved nominal cosponsorship of the American Meteorological Society's 82nd annual meeting and exhibition, to be held in January 2002, in Orlando, Fla.

The committee reviewed the International Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem) 2005 draft agreement. It was noted that there are no significant changes from the Pacifichem 2000 agreement other than the addition of the Korean Chemical Society as a Sponsoring Society. The committee recommended and the board concurred that the society cosponsor the 2005 International Congress of Pacific Basin Societies and that the board authorize the president to sign the revised agreement.

The committee continued to develop its strategic plan. The plan focuses on opportunities to interact with groups whose interests are similar to the committee's and to utilize all effective methods of communication, including the Internet, to inform our members about the variety and breadth of ACS products and services.--E. ANN NALLEY, CHAIR

PUBLIC AFFAIRS & PUBLIC RELATIONS

The committee considered and then recommended that the board of directors approve an international historic chemical landmark recognizing the discoveries in biological combustion by Albert Szent-Györgyi. The full board concurred and approved this international designation.

The society's staff Office of Communications presented several reports, including an overview of a modest, targeted advertisement campaign celebrating the society's 125th anniversary. A second report looked at the next phase of a three-year public opinion research effort. Specifically, a series of focus groups is now under way to look at the attitudes of the "millennials" demographic group. In particular, the focus groups will look at attitudes toward chemistry and careers in chemistry, with the goal of learning how best to communicate the benefits of a career in the sciences to this important group of people. A third report highlighted the national meeting media coverage in 2001 and other communications programs.

The committee heard a report from the staff Office of Legislative & Government Affairs regarding the society's efforts to address the government's activity in the area of electronic dissemination of scientific information. The legislative outlook regarding education initiatives and for federal support for research were also discussed.--DARYLE H. BUSCH, CHAIR

Other Committees


CHEMICAL ABSTRACTS SERVICE
(Joint with Council)

The committee heard from Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) management on a range of issues including database improvements, products and services news, and a general performance update. Examples of significant CAS database enhancements for 2001 include the addition of INFOCHEM reactions to CASREACT, which will allow users to access 750,000 reactions back to 1975 along with reactions linked to CAplus documents. Also highlighted was a planned CAS Registry enhancement: Research-related property data will now be included in some five million Registry records.

The committee noted that CAS continues to meet its financial targets and that sales of all of its electronic products (STN, SciFinder, CD-ROM, and Web products) continue to grow at double-digit rates with moderate price increases.

A marketing report that included product enhancement announcements was shared with the committee: for example, STN expands its bioscience offering with ADISNEWS, including developments in drugs and drug therapy along with controlled vocabulary, chemical names, and CAS Registry Numbers. The fall 2001 SciFinder release will include new linking capabilities, provide more content, and allow users to explore by nucleic acid or protein sequence. The committee engaged in a lively discussion and exchange of information on a timely topic: "What are the pros and cons of increased government involvement in the distribution of scientific information?"--BARBARA J. PETERSON, CHAIR

CHEMICAL SAFETY
(Joint with Council)

The committee (CCS) joined with the Society Committee on Education in passing a resolution honoring the late Clifford L. Schrader for his tremendous effort in getting hazardous materials removed from schools in Ohio. The committee is exploring a number of avenues on how to increase the teaching of chemical safety at all levels of the education system.

One approach the committee has taken is preparing safety publications for use in schools at all levels. "Chemical Safety for Teachers and Their Supervisors, Grades 7–12," and "Safety in the Elementary (K–6) Science Classroom," 2nd edition, are available in print in and on the committee website (http://chemistry.org/committees/ccs). Preparation of the seventh edition of "Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories" is under way, with publication expected in 2002. The new edition will consist of a volume for students and a volume for faculty and administrators. Revisions of several other publications are under way: "Less Is Better;" "Chemical Safety Manual for Small Businesses;" and a pocket guide on laboratory safety for students.

The committee's website has been updated and expanded. Ordering information and links to Web versions of CCS publications and links to other safety-related websites and resources have been added. Please send items of interest for possible inclusion on the site to the website administrator at webadmin@cehs.siu.edu.--DIANE GROB SCHMIDT, CHAIR

CORPORATION ASSOCIATES

The committee (CCA) met and received reports from its Subcommittees on Awards, on Education, on Finance & Grants, on Industrial Membership, on Programs, and on Public Policy. The awards subcommittee will continue its efforts to solicit industrial nominations for the ACS 2003 national awards this fall. It will also become more proactive in soliciting nominations for the two CCA-sponsored awards: the ACS Award for Creative Invention and the ACS Award for Team Innovation. Because of the increasing cost of the medals presented to the recipients of these two awards, the awards subcommittee recommended to CCA the elimination of the medals and CCA concurred, starting with the 2003 presentation of the awards.

The education subcommittee will work with the ACS Office of Graduate Education regarding activities related to the preparedness of Ph.D. and M.S. students for industry and to evaluate the trends of students attending graduate school.

The industrial membership subcommittee will attempt to recruit new members through one-on-one contacts between committee members and (potential) CA member company representatives using several list resources including the NSF top-500 R&D spending companies and the regional industrial innovation awards program database of 1,700 corporate contacts.

The programs subcommittee is exploring the idea of hosting presentations on specialty or niche markets for industrial chemical companies. The public policy subcommittee will continue its liaisonships with the ACS Office of Legislative & Government Affairs by providing assistance with the Science and the Congress series, the ACS Committee on Economic & Professional Affairs by providing input on the ACS statement on immigration, and the Committee on Science by providing input on the ACS energy policy statement.

Eight ACS divisions/secretariats received support for a total of 11 symposia at the Chicago meeting through the Corporation Associates industrial programming grants, which continue to provide support to divisions developing symposia of interest to industrial chemists. The committee also approved funding to the following: the ACS Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Division to support its strategic planning retreat, the Society Committee on Education's task force on undergraduate programming for roundtable and panel discussions and for the purchase of plaques for the Student Affiliates Chapter Awards Ceremony during the ACS 2002 national meetings, and the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) presidential event scheduled for the ACS national meeting in Orlando.--ROGER W. DAY, CHAIR

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT
(Joint with Council)

The committee (CEI) received reports and approved projects from its subcommittees on global environmental issues, on monitoring and analysis, on regulatory issues, and on sustainability.

The global environmental issues subcommittee is refining its proposal to convene a select conference on needs in chemically related environmental research. Work has also begun to revise the ACS policy statement on global climate change in light of new information about the climate and the new ACS white paper on energy policy. The committee will be reaching out to interested committees and divisions prior to submitting a document to the board for consideration in 2002.

The monitoring and analysis subcommittee is working closely with other ACS units to define a CEI role in the new ACS focus on standards and compliance issues.

In the regulatory issues subcommittee, the precautionary principle was discussed as an increasingly important unifying approach to regulatory issues in a domestic and international context. CEI is encouraging interdivisional programming on the precautionary principle at upcoming national and regional meetings. These programs would be designed to expand understanding within the chemical community and would work toward a consensus on the implications for the chemical enterprise. The joint task force on laboratory environment, health, and safety (LabEHS) is updating its publication on pollution prevention in the chemical laboratory, "Less Is Better." LabEHS will also continue to focus on regulatory issues affecting research and teaching laboratories and will develop statements on these issues.

A mission statement for the sustainability subcommittee was approved. CEI continues to review ongoing and future projects in green chemistry and is working to develop a strong relationship with the ACS Green Chemistry Institute to cooperate and work with other ACS units on projects of mutual interest.

The CEI website (http://membership.acs.org/c/cei/acscei.htm) is now operational. CEI envisions that an increasing proportion of the committee's business will be conducted using the Internet. This and other aspects of CEI's activities are being examined as the committee develops its strategic plan for 2002–04.--JEFFREY I. STEINFELD, CHAIR

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES
(Joint with Council)

The committee received reports from its subcommittees on international outreach/developing countries, on intersociety communications and meetings, on scientific freedom and human rights, and on international policy issues. The international initiatives program continues to support highly effective exchanges of scientists with Latin America and Central Europe. The committee reviewed a report on the growing database of chemically related activity in industry, higher education, government, learned societies, trade/professional associations, and research institutes in Latin America and Africa.

A report was received on the excellent National Science Foundation-funded U.S.-Africa Workshop on Water Quality organized by the Office of International Activities and held in July 2001 in Dakar, Senegal.

Special requests for discretionary funds were approved to support participation in the meeting of the Federación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones de Química in Cancun, Mexico, in 2002, and a symposium on chemistry in Cuba that is planned for the ACS national meeting in Orlando in 2002. A fourth in the series of NSF-supported workshops on environmental chemistry is scheduled for Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, in September 2001. The committee is assisting with the organization of another environmental chemistry workshop, in Mérida, Venezuela, in October 2002. A second German-American symposium on the frontiers of chemistry is planned for Boston in August 2002. --WILLIAM F. CARROLL JR., CHAIR

MINORITY AFFAIRS
(Joint with Council)

The committee sponsored a panel discussion on models of high-impact mentoring and a symposium on minority-owned small chemical businesses, and cosponsored symposia on diversity issues organized by the Committee on Science and the Division of Professional Relations. The committee was pleased to have as its luncheon speaker U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.).

As requested by President-Elect Eli M. Pearce, the committee will present several special events highlighting diversity during 2002. At the spring meeting, the committee will sponsor a symposium on strengthening the transition of minority students from two-year to four-year institutions, and in Boston the committee's programming will highlight successful programs and activities at colleges and universities that are resulting in an increase in the number of minority science students.

The committee received and discussed requests from other segments of the society on how to recruit and retain minorities within the divisions and on editorial boards, and discussed the possibility of establishing an award to recognize local sections for encouraging minority participation and leadership in science.

Staff reported that the Scholars Program is doing well and has awarded its 1,000th scholarship. Financial contributions to the program have also continued. New donors include BASF, Genzyme, and a contribution dedicated to the memory of Slayton A. Evans Jr., who was professor of chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Interactions with minority advocacy organizations remain positive. The society will sponsor a symposium at the upcoming Society for the Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science meeting and will recognize and award prizes to top chemistry students participating in the October Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students meeting.

The committee continues to seek ways to recognize and nominate minorities for awards. The committee was pleased to learn that Willie E. May received the 2001 Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Analytical Chemistry Award and that James P. Shoffner will receive the ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences at the Orlando meeting.

The committee also agreed to encourage the society to consider lending its support to the proposed NOVA Percy Julian Biographical Project.--NANCY B. JACKSON, CHAIR

PATENTS & RELATED MATTERS
(Joint with Council)

Since the spring national meeting, the committee (CPRM) revised the 1997 ACS policy statement opposing patent fee diversion from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) and the ACS Board officially approved the statement this summer. The new policy statement is similar to past society statements on the issue and reflects a consensus within the intellectual property community. This statement forms the basis of the society's efforts to end the congressional and presidential practice of using patent fees to fund other government activities outside PTO. ACS believes this practice is unfair and, if continued, will impair our nation's ability to encourage innovation and will compromise the nation's technological advantage in the international community. Legislation has also been introduced in Congress that would further revise and refine the recent changes to the patent laws. CPRM will continue to monitor these legislative issues that may affect intellectual property protections of concern to the society and its members.

CPRM plans to publish an updated version of the publication, "What Every Chemist Should Know about Patents," before year's end. The updated version reflects the significant changes in U.S. patent law as well as comments made by the Younger Chemists Committee that will make the booklet a useful tool for newer chemists. The publication will be made available through the Internet.

At the San Diego meeting, CPRM shared the news that the National Inventor's Hall of Fame would honor Stanley Cohen and Herbert Boyer this year for their discoveries on recombinant DNA, which have been instrumental in creating the field of modern biotechnology. The National Inventor's Hall of Fame recognizes the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of inventors, and each year CPRM recommends to the board chemists and chemical engineers for nomination on behalf of the society. CPRM also makes recommendations for society nominations for the National Medal of Technology. If members have suggestions on colleagues within the chemical sciences who they believe are deserving of the honor of either of these prizes, please contact the ACS Office of Legislative & Government Affairs.--ALAN M. EHRLICH, CHAIR

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

(Joint with Council)

The committee (CPT) reviewed five-year and other reports from 70 ACS-approved programs and 22 reports from schools that are either seeking approval or are on probation. Conferences were held with three schools seeking initial ACS approval of their chemistry programs. One school was added to the ACS-approved list and one was withdrawn, bringing the total number of approved schools to 619.

The analysis of the data collected in the fall 2000 survey of libraries at ACS-approved programs has been completed. The final report will be published later this fall as a special CPT newsletter and will be available on the Web. The committee heard reports on the status of the improved electronic data collection procedures being used for the 2000–01 CPT annual report data and the new system being used for the 2001 edition of the "ACS Directory of Graduate Research." The 2001 directory is expected to be in print this December. The committee also announced the release of a searchable listing of all ACS-approved programs to the CPT website. The listing is dynamically linked to the annual report database and thus will be immediately updated as new programs are approved.

Finally, the committee hosted a workshop on the ACS-approved chemistry education option in June 2001. Based on the outcome of this workshop, CPT is planning two symposia in 2002 to solicit input from the wider community on proposed changes in the curriculum requirements for this option. A full report on the results of this workshop will be forthcoming.--JEANNE E. PEMBERTON, CHAIR

PUBLICATIONS

(Joint with Council)

The results of the sixth annual readership survey of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) were very positive. More than 90% of readers are satisfied with C&EN and agree that it carries out its two major missions: keeping them abreast of news of the chemical enterprise and keeping them informed about the goals and activities of ACS.

JobSpectrum.org, ACS's new comprehensive online employment and career site, launched on June 1 with full functionality and two months ahead of schedule. The site has experienced excellent responses thus far. Eight of the top 10 biotech companies and nine of the top 10 pharmaceutical drug companies have placed ads with JobSpectrum.org.

The newly approved Journal of Proteome Research is scheduled to debut in 2002. Monitoring task force reports for the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry, and Journal of Organic Chemistry were presented and accepted by the committee. The next publications to be monitored are the Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, Energy & Fuels, and Chemistry of Materials.

The staff Publications Division continues work on the retrospective digitization of all of its print journal back issues. At a minimum, the new digitized files will consist of PDF records and searchable bibliographic metadata for all years prior to 1996. The entire backfile is expected to be available electronically in 2002.--JOAN E. SHIELDS, CHAIR

PUBLIC RELATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS
(Joint with Council)

The committee (CPRC) sponsored a workshop at the Chicago meeting, "Making News with National Chemistry Week," which drew NCW coordinators and public relations chairs of local sections and divisions. CPRC presented two local section public relations awards and the Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach during the ChemLuminary Awards, and recognized society "newsmakers" at a reception attended by ACS Board members, including President Attila E. Pavlath.

Updates were provided on such committee activities as a workshop for food reporters, local section and division public relations, grants and awards for local section public relations, and canvassing efforts for the Grady-Stack Award for Communicating Chemistry to the Public. Committee members reported on their participation in this summer's highly successful "Elements of Communication" workshops for PR chairs of local sections, divisions, and regional meetings.

Working with the ACS staff Office of Communications, committee members have provided expertise in selecting flavor chemistry as the topic for the food writers workshop. Many top food journalists from newspapers and magazines around the country have expressed interest in attending and/or obtaining materials from the September workshop.

In a discussion of grants and awards, some difficulty was reported using the computerized annual report submissions to identify local section public relations award winners this year. In the future, more effort will be made to solicit input directly from the PR chairs. The feasibility of resuming local section/division public relations grants was also addressed. The subcommittee for this program will have written recommendations this fall, with specific criteria for grant proposals.

In other actions, the committee plans to have a written concept for its own Web page and updated how-to materials for National Chemistry Week public relations by October. A conversation on long-range planning was initiated and each of the working groups is to provide input to the committee chair.

The committee reviewed the society's 125th anniversary advertisements, the first of which appeared in the New York Times on Aug. 28; heard reports about new developments and communication opportunities related to chemistry.org and JobSpectrum.org; and was apprised of plans for the next phase of the society's public opinion research.--ELEANOR D. SIEBERT, CHAIR

SCIENCE
(Joint with Council)

The committee (ComSci) sponsored "Diversity in the Top 50 Universities: The Challenge To Lead." It featured a keynote address, followed by a panel discussion with a group of internationally recognized faculty, and concluded with a reception. This event was cosponsored by several divisions, committees, and non-ACS groups. The breadth of cosponsorship, coupled with the excellent attendance and vigorous discussion at this event, demonstrate the importance of the subject and the need for continued open communication. The committee strongly believes the subject of diversity is one that will need to be constantly addressed if progress is to occur.

The committee organized an intersocietal program: "Ensuring a Safe & Healthy Food Supply." Cosponsored by the Division of Agricultural & Food Chemistry and the Institute for Food Technologists, the program presented the chemically related aspects of a technology that has broad impact but that we too often fail to recognize as being grounded in chemistry.

ComSci provided support for the Division of Polymer Chemistry-sponsored Nobel Laureate symposium, which featured the three most recent recipients of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and provided opportunities for a diverse group of young scientists to present their work.

At the Orlando 2002 national meeting, ComSci plans to sponsor "Energy for the Future," a half-day presidential event with a policy emphasis. It will include a panel of experts on a wide array of energy sources who will discuss the current policy toward, and trade-offs between, each source. It will also feature a keynote by someone such as the secretary of energy, or another prominent political figure.

Also planned for Orlando is "Federal Funding Opportunities for the Chemical Sciences." The program will be directed primarily at young investigators and will explain federal funding mechanisms, particularly as they relate to special initiatives.

In Boston, ComSci plans to present a program that focuses on graduate education as it relates to the partnerships required for interdisciplinary research. Also in Boston, the committee will hold the first two of a series of five follow-up symposia from the National Research Council workshops surrounding the study: "Challenges for the Chemical Sciences in the 21st Century." The symposia will address the subjects of materials and manufacturing, and energy and transportation. Each symposium will run for half a day.--ELSA REICHMANIS, CHAIR

YOUNGER CHEMISTS
(Joint with Council)

In Chicago, the committee (YCC) focused on activities that encourage the involvement of younger chemists in ACS, benefiting their careers and the profession. At the ChemLuminary Awards Ceremony, the Northeastern, North Carolina, Santa Clara Valley, and Western New York local section YCCs were recognized for their career and public outreach programs at the local level. Plans to improve the level of support provided to local section YCCs and to promote involvement at ACS regional meetings were reviewed. During strategic planning for 2002, the importance of working with ACS technical divisions to involve younger chemists was highlighted. YCC also passed a resolution encouraging active participation in the Legislative Action Alert and Network. Representatives from YCC, other committees, and the Graduate Education Advisory Board met to assess ways in which the new Office of Graduate Education could enhance and supplement committee activities. Representatives from YCC and the Committee on Economic & Professional Affairs discussed plans to disseminate results from the Early Careers of Chemists Survey. YCC is working with both groups on national meeting programs for Orlando while organizing its own programs on financial planning, undergraduate research, and writing research proposals, along with a YCC Fun Run/Walk open to all. YCC seeks to enhance the diversity of ACS, using the Younger Chemists Network to involve younger chemists with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. For more information on YCC and its activities, visit http://www.chemistry.org/ycc or e-mail ycc@acs.org.--JODI L. WESEMANN, CHAIR

CouncilCommittee Reports


ELECTED COMMITTEES

COMMITTEES

A broad-based task force is being established to undertake a comprehensive review of all ACS committees, including their structures, sizes, and charges. It will have its first meeting this fall and expects to have some recommendations for council action at the Boston meeting.

The committee (ConC) will hold its third New Committee Chair Training program with a three-day event in February. New chairs, along with selected continuing chairs, several ACS staff, and key society leaders will participate in sessions on topics covering the areas of effective meetings, setting goals, succession planning, and developing new leaders.

The committee continues to try to identify industrial members, as well as minorities, for committee appointment consideration in an effort to increase participation of these underrepresented groups.

The sunset review for the Committee on Admissions was completed, and council endorsed the ConC recommendation to continue the committee.

ConC has endorsed a request from the Women Chemists Committee for a change in status from an "Other Committee of the Council" to a "Joint Board-Council Committee." Council will be asked to act on this request in Orlando.--BARBARA A. SAWREY, CHAIR

NOMINATIONS & ELECTIONS

The committee's (N&E) Task Force on Election Procedures has been charged with examining the ACS Constitution & Bylaws to determine what changes would be needed to accommodate the option of electronic balloting for the national election. During this meeting, task force representatives met with the Committee on Constitution & Bylaws (C&B) and were encouraged by C&B to draft more sweeping changes to the ACS Constitution & Bylaws then originally proposed: for example, deleting references to the details of balloting procedures and replacing them with election goals, such as fairness, anonymity, and security from hacking and multiple voting. The task force will work closely with the committee in this process and will propose new language to N&E in Orlando.

The Task Force on Candidate Campaign Issues reported the results of a survey of recent candidates for national office. The intent of this survey was to improve the efficiency of ACS elections and ensure that the campaign process is a fair, financially equitable, and pleasant experience for future candidates. The survey results suggest the need for N&E to provide more specific campaign guidelines to candidates for national office; the task force will present its suggestions to the committee at its next meeting.

In executive session, the committee developed slates of potential nominees for president-elect for 2003 and directors, Districts III and VI, for 2003–05, as well as a slate of potential candidates for directors-at-large for 2003–05.--PETER J. STANG, CHAIR

STANDING COMMITTEES CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS

The committee, acting for the council, approved amendments and issued new certified bylaws to the South Carolina Section and the Rubber Division. The committee also prepared preliminary reports on proposed amendments to bylaws for the Oklahoma Local Section and the Division of Physical Chemistry.

The council voted to postpone indefinitely the request for urgent action on the petition to amend the ACS Bylaws, "Petition To Increase the Size of Society Committees." As a result, this petition will become a petition for action in Orlando.

Two petitions, the "Petition To Clarify Requirements for Membership" and the "Petition on Meeting Registration Categories," were approved by council. These proposed bylaw amendments will become effective following confirmation by the board of directors.

New petitions to amend the Constitution & Bylaws must be received in the executive director's office by Dec. 19, to be included in the agenda for the spring 2001 meeting in Orlando.--CHARLES E. THOMAS, CHAIR

DIVISIONAL ACTIVITIES

The committee (DAC) completed its review of 34 divisions and four secretariat annual reports from 2000. DAC sent preliminary reviews to division officers who may have wished to address areas of concern. As of June 30, voluntary division memberships are more than 118,000.

DAC distributed innovative projects funds to the Divisions of Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Technicians, Fuel Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Polymer Chemistry.

Seven divisions were invited to participate in the development of communities within the chemistry.org portal. Prototype service modules include newsletter templates, surveys, separates, and directories.

DAC celebrated the accomplishments of divisions at the ChemLuminary Awards Ceremony. The committee extends its congratulations to the Divisions of Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Education, Chemical Technicians, Polymeric Materials: Science & Engineering, and the Rubber Division for their innovation and outstanding service to members.

DAC continues its interest and involvement with the Task Force on Bylaws Revisions relative to the division and local section allocations. In a related matter, the board of directors has requested that DAC distribute a portion of the available stopgap funds in 2001 to divisions.

After an opportunity for input from officers of all divisions, DAC voted to approve the changes in the name and scope of the Cellulose, Paper & Textile Division. Council voted to approve the change and the new name will be the Cellulose & Renewable Materials Division.

After an opportunity for input from officers of all divisions and DAC, council approved the formation of the probationary Division of Laboratory Automation, effective Jan. 1, 2002. The proposed scope of the division is to openly exchange and disseminate technical information about the use of computers, robotics, automation tools, and other related technologies as applied to the study and practice of automation in the chemical and related sciences. In accordance with ACS bylaws, the president will make officer and executive committee appointments of the probationary division.

Contact K. Michael Shea, DAC staff liaison, at m_shea@acs.org for more information.--FRANK D. BLUM, CHAIR

ECONOMIC & PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS

The committee (CEPA) discussed its plans to prepare a 2002 edition of "Current Trends in Chemical Technology, Business, and Employment," a study of hiring trends and R&D funding in the chemical sciences, intended to help chemical scientists and engineers keep abreast of developments in the ever-changing chemical employment environment. CEPA plans to rely on the Internet as the primary distribution mechanism for the 2002 edition to make the publication more accessible to readers and to cut costs.

In a first step toward developing an ACS policy, CEPA has approved a brief statement of basic principles regarding immigration and effects on chemical employment and will forward the statement to the board of directors for its consideration. The statement recognizes that the U.S. immigration system must provide a balance between protection for U.S. workers and the need to allow selected foreign citizens to work in and immigrate to the U.S. The document contains the position that existing immigration laws and regulations should be enforced consistently but no new restrictions are needed.

At the Chicago meeting, the National Employment Clearing House (NECH) served 169 employers who posted 679 positions for 1,392 potential hires; 1,112 job seekers were registered for NECH and 4,377 interviews were held. In addition, nearly 3,000 members visited the Career Resource Center where ACS staff sponsored 38 career development workshops, plus mock interviews and résumé reviews. Also, CEPA approved four new career consultants for the Career Consultant program, which provides career assistance to members.

In another area, CEPA discussed a variety of issues surrounding the Senior Chemists Task Force. In general, CEPA members felt that a coordinating body should be established for this group of members over age 50 but that forming a new committee was unnecessary.

The committee is continuing to discuss professional ethics issues and how it can address them within the context of CEPA. Through its Subcommittee on Standards & Ethics, CEPA is coordinating and collaborating with the Council Policy Committee Task Force on Ethics.--DENNIS CHAMOT, CHAIR

LOCAL SECTION ACTIVITIES

The committee (LSAC) completed its review of year 2000 annual reports and presented awards for outstanding performance by local sections at the third annual ChemLuminary Awards in Chicago. The award-winning sections are California (very large section category), St. Louis (large), Midland and Rochester (medium-large, tie), Michigan State University (medium), Peoria (medium-small), and Southern Illinois and Wyoming (small, tie). Three new awards were presented. The California section received an award for "Best Activity or Program Stimulating Membership Involvement," the East Tennessee Section for "Most Innovative New Activity or Program," and the Midland Section for the "Activity or Program that Best Addresses the ACS Strategic Thrusts."

In addition, 17 local sections received Phoenix Awards for their exceptional National Chemistry Week (NCW) programs: Columbus, Cleveland, Eastern New York, Greater Houston, Indiana-Kentucky Border, Kanawha Valley, Memphis, Nashville, North Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Puerto Rico, Red River Valley, South Carolina, Southern Indiana, South Plains, and Southwest Louisiana.

LSAC is pleased to announce that beginning this fall, local sections will have the option of filing an EZ Annual Report a simpler, faster way to fulfill reporting requirements. Local sections submitting the EZ reports will still be eligible for ChemLuminary Awards, except for the Award for Outstanding Performance.

This fall, LSAC is hosting for the first time a follow-up conference for 60 alumni of the spring 2001 leadership conferences. The follow-up conference, to be held in Nashville in October, will allow chairs-elect to reconvene to jump-start their year as chair and develop advanced leadership skills. Part of the fall conference will be videotaped for later distribution via the local section's website.

The committee is currently focusing on local section/division collaboration at regional meetings. It also established a new award, "Most Innovative Use of Technology by a Local Section," to be given in 2002. LSAC discussed ways to use chemistry.org to help local sections develop first-rate websites that are easy to maintain and keep current. In addition, the committee continues to focus on peer communication, in which LSAC members contact local sections to offer support and discuss key issues.

The NCW Task Force voted to change the date for NCW after a poll of local section chairs and NCW coordinators showed overwhelming support. Starting in 2002, NCW will be celebrated during the fourth week in October (Oct. 20–26). The theme for NCW 2002 will be "Chemistry Keeps Us Clean." The focus will be the chemistry of soaps, detergents, and other cleaning products.

The theme for NCW 2001 is "Celebrating Chemistry & Art" featuring unifying events for K–12 students; a poster session on "Celebrating Chemistry: Then and Now;" and for Student Affiliate Chapters, a T-shirt design contest with the focus, "Chemistry: The Winning Formula." Winners will be announced at the national meeting in Orlando.

LSAC and the Committee on Divisional Activities formed a working group to promote understanding and collaboration between local sections and divisions. This group met for the first time at the Chicago meeting.--KATHLEEN M. SCHULZ, CHAIR

MEETINGS & EXPOSITIONS

The committee concentrated much of its efforts on the financial aspects of the national meetings. It recommended that the base 2002 registration fee for members be increased by $10 to $265, a figure based on the Consumer Price Index as suggested by the ACS long-term financial plan. The committee also approved pricing abstract books at their total actual cost and, in 2002, pricing the CD-ROM version of the abstracts at 50% of the cost for the book version. Staff reported that the pilot sponsorship effort at the national meeting earned approximately $15,000.

No final decisions were reached on proposed sites for the 2013 and 2014 national meetings. Staff have been asked to conduct further research and negotiations, the results of which are to be presented at the Orlando meeting.

Support for regional meetings continues to be highly valued and praised. Eight grant proposals for enhanced programming at regional meetings, at $2,500 each, were approved.

All technical sessions continue to have LCD, overhead, and 35-mm projectors provided as standard equipment. This practice will continue at least through the fall 2002 meeting. In Orlando and Boston, program chairs will be surveyed to determine if all the present audiovisual equipment is still required.

The opportunities for Webcasting and other forms of electronic transmission of technical sessions were explored and found to be complicated and expensive at this time. The committee feels that it should be left to the individual divisions to explore any pilot initiatives in this area.

In anticipation that exhibitor booths will be sold out for both the Orlando and Boston national meetings, the committee approved opening the virtual trade show to nonexhibitors at $1,000 per listing.

The committee continued to examine areas for which it has responsibility for the 2001–03 Strategic Plan and a comprehensive report will be developed before the end of this year.--GEORGE E. HEINZE, CHAIR

MEMBERSHIP AFFAIRS

The committee (MAC) received a status report on membership statistics. The total membership number is 159,947 compared with 158,175 at the same time last year. However, the number of unpaid members is higher than anticipated at 14,066 at the end of August compared with 12,276 at the end of August last year. Efforts continue to reduce this number, but it is likely that the number of unpaid members at year-end 2001 will be higher than in the previous year. The student and recent graduate membership categories are ahead of the same time last year, at 13,665 and 895, respectively.

MAC approved its newly revised strategic plan that reflects the three centers of attention of the ACS Strategic Plan and is aligned with the appropriate thrusts that relate to membership products and services. MAC has incorporated the "high-tech, high-touch" approach of membership products and services into its plan. MAC is pleased by the progress of chemistry.org and is looking forward to the development of a new member virtual community that will enhance interactions with our most at-risk members, the one- to five-year members.

In the ever-changing climate of the chemical workplace, MAC continues to review and revise requirements for membership and dues categories. At this meeting, the committee met with representatives of the Society Committee on Education to discuss ways to attract more precollege teachers to the organization. As a result, MAC is working on draft language that will simplify the admissions process for precollege teachers. In response to several member requests to examine the 30-year paid requirement for retired status, MAC is considering a modification to that particular dues category.

MAC is pleased to announce the winners of the GrassRoots and ChemPower programs. These activities were designed to recognize local sections and divisions for their innovative use of the three Rs of membership: recruitment, retention, and recognition. The Upper Peninsula Local Section was awarded the GrassRoots Award for its outreach activities that increased local section membership. The Division of Environmental Chemistry received the ChemPower Award for improving electronic services that positively impacted member retention.--JAMES VISINTAINER, CHAIR

Other Committees


NOMENCLATURE, TERMINOLOGY & SYMBOLS

The committee received a report from Alan D. McNaught, president of the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Division of Systematic Nomenclature & Structure Representation, regarding the restructuring of IUPAC nomenclature activities following its General Assembly in Brisbane, Australia. Committee members were urged to submit proposals for nomenclature projects for IUPAC development. Several committee members reported on their IUPAC activities.

Herbert D. Kaesz, a member of the committee, is now a member of the U.S. National Committee for IUPAC. This will allow for even better communication with IUPAC. Bernadette T. Donovan-Merkert, also a member of the committee, attended the IUPAC General Assembly as a member of the Young Observer program.

It was reported that the name for element 110 will be proposed by the Heavy Ion Research Center (GSI) in Darmstadt, Germany, in accordance with the recommendations which our committee developed with IUPAC. (See http://www.iupac.org/reports/ provisional/abstract01/koppenol_310302.html).--G. CLARK DEHNE, CHAIR

PROJECT SEED

The committee reported another successful year of program growth. Project SEED offers summer research opportunities for high school students from economically disadvantaged families. The program has had a significant impact on the lives of students for 33 years. In 2001, Project SEED placed 295 students at 90 institutions participating in the first-year summer program and 55 students at 31 institutions in the second-year summer program. A total of 350 students participated in Project SEED this year. Project SEED also awarded 33 college scholarships totaling $165,000 for the 2001–02 academic year. Special thanks are extended to the ACS and its members, the Petroleum Research Fund, the Bayer Foundation, the estate of Glenn E. and Barbara R. Ullyot, Alfred and Isabel Bader, and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. In addition, the committee acknowledges and welcomes new scholarship support from Stephen D. and Elizabeth Bechtel, Michael and Christopher Ware, and other donors for their ongoing support of Project SEED.

As part of the meeting events in Chicago, a mentor and a student from the 2001 Project SEED program were featured panelists in the Committee on Minority Affairs luncheon and panel discussion, "Models of High-Impact Mentoring," which was cosponsored by Project SEED. Also, nearly 40 current Project SEED students presented posters of their research at the Sci-Mix event.

At the meeting in Chicago, the committee discussed several issues, including the revision and update of the Project SEED strategic plan. To implement measurable objectives in the plan, three subcommittees were established. One will develop measurable assessments of program growth, a second will identify prospective coordinators in states and areas not represented by Project SEED, and the third will implement a mentor/coordinator recognition and awards program. The committee reaffirmed its commitment to increase outreach activities of the SEED program to identify new sources of mentors and students.--MILAGROS DELGADO, CHAIR

TECHNICIAN AFFAIRS

The foundation of the committee (CTA) is its subcommittee structure. It is through the efforts and suggestions of these subcommittees that a path forward is established for CTA.

A society interests subcommittee is examining potential alternative resources within ACS to encourage and recognize excellence in chemical and science technician student performance at the secondary and postsecondary education levels. A key objective of this program is to identify and recognize corporate participation in evaluating and elevating the skill qualifications of the chemistry-based technician workforce. This may involve many facets of ACS as well as outside interests such as the National Vocational Technical Honor Society.

The communications subcommittee is currently developing the CTA website with the assistance of ACS staff. It is anticipated that this website will be operational by fall 2001. Appropriate links will be offered from the site to other ACS areas such as the Division of Chemical Technicians (TECH) and the ACS Chemical Technician Program Approval Service.

An education subcommittee, in conjunction with ACS staff and a National Science Foundation grant, is collecting a list of current NSF grants that address chemistry-based technician education.

Prospective chemical technician students may be candidates for the minority student grants from ACS. The subcommittee chair, in collaboration with appropriate ACS staff, will determine what actions would be required to broaden the ACS Scholars Program to address financially disadvantaged students.

The TECH subcommittee presented its demographics report, expressing concerns about member retention. CTA will, in 2002, begin focusing on technician professionalism and determining ways that enable technicians to find value in their ACS membership.--D. RICHARD COBB, CHAIR 

WOMEN CHEMISTS

Planning special events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the committee in 2002 was a major focus for the committee (WCC) in Chicago. The theme for the committee's Diamond Jubilee year is "Diversity in the 21st Century: Advancing Women in Science," which will be highlighted at presidential plenary events and multiple symposia in Orlando and Boston.

The ACS Board approved WCC's request to participate in the ACS Matching Gift Fund program. The annual $10,000 donation from Eli Lilly will be matched to expand the WCC Travel Grant Awards Program, as will a $2,500 contribution from Phillips Petroleum, and a $2,500 individual contribution to fund the Overcoming Challenges Award.

In keeping with the presidential theme of diversity in 2002, WCC voted unanimously to create a regional award to recognize individuals who significantly foster diversity in the chemical enterprises. Also in Chicago, WCC participated for the first time in the ChemLuminary Awards, recognizing three local sections for outstanding efforts to promote women in the chemical sciences.

Special events in Chicago included the Women in Industry Breakfast, which was attended by more than 100 people and consisted of five roundtable discussion topics focused on life stages. A recap of these discussions can be found on the WCC website (http://membership.acs.org/W/WCC). WCC also sponsored a local section WCC networking lunch to foster idea exchange and an opportunity to learn more about ACS programs for women.

The WCC luncheon was attended by more than 250 members and featured as the guest speaker Marion C. Thurnauer, director of the chemistry department at Argonne National Laboratory, who spoke on "Working for Change within the System."At the luncheon, the second Overcoming Challenges Award was presented to Ele Lozares, and four recipients of the WCC Travel Awards presenting research in Chicago were also recognized.--VALERIE L. BARRETT, CHAIR



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