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Councilor's Report - August 22, 2012 Council Meeting in Philadelphia
Pam Kistler and I, the Councilors for the Lehigh Valley section of the ACS (LVACS), attended the Council meeting at the national meeting held in Philadelphia in August 2012. Our Treasurer, Roger Egolf, was also there as a Councilor for the History of Chemistry division and so was Lehigh University Professor Ned Heindel, a past president of the Society.
The Council is the representative “deliberative assembly” of the society, and the Council meeting usually a long formal event governed by Robert’s Rules of Order and the ACS Bylaws. While much of the business relates to ACS governance policies, other items do have a direct impact on and interest for ACS members. A few of these highlights are listed below. A more detailed report of the August 22, 2102 Council meeting follows.
A highlight of the meeting for me was being elected to the Committee on Nominations and Elections. This is one of three Council committees to which Councilors are elected by their peers rather than appointed. But the best aspect of the Philadelphia meeting was the ChemLuminary Award celebration where LAVACS was named the recipient of the 2011 award for “Outstanding Performance” by a medium large section. Congratulations to Nigel Sanders and the other 2011 LVACS leadership team for earning us this honor.
Carol Libby, LVACS Councilor
Highlights of the August 22, 2012 ACS Council Meeting:
· Candidates for the fall 2012 ACS elections for 2013 president-elect and Board of Directors candidates were announced. [Candidate statements can be found in the September 10, 2012 C&EN. LVACS votes for District I Board of Directors. Ballots will come to your home address or email address, which necessitates that ACS has your current contact information. You can update at email@example.com, www.acs.org/editmyprofile or 800-333-9511.]
· The Council voted to establish a Committee on Senior Chemists with the mission “to enrich the educational, technical, and cultural lives of the ACS Membership by ministering to and employing the talents of senior ACS members… The committee is aimed primarily at members over 60 years of age.” [Interested in serving on this national committee? Contact one of your councilors to submit your name for consideration. Interested in contributing to the LVACS as or for local senior chemists? Contact Chair Lorena Tribe or Chair-elect Tara Baney.]
· The ACS fall national meeting in Philadelphia was attended by 13,320 registrants, 24% of them students. Related information about the changing demographics of the ACS was also reported. While the ACS has record membership levels, the number of domestic Regular Members has dropped while numbers of international Regular Members and Student Member Undergraduates have increased.
· The Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA) unveiled six new four-hour workshops called the ACS Career Pathways series and has trained more than 40 volunteer facilitators on these employment topics. These workshops are now available for regional meetings and local sections. [If you think there would be a local audience for these career workshops for LVACS members, let Chair Lorena Tribe or Chair-elect Tara Baney know.]
· The Council voted to shift two local sections in District II to District III to meet the ACS Bylaw mandate that districts have roughly equal populations. ACS members vote for Board of Directors according to the district their local section falls in. This proposal engendered discussion to which Councilor Roger Egolf, LVACS treasurer, contributed. He wondered why LVACS wasn’t shifted instead, from District I (New England and New York) to District III, which includes NJ and Philadelphia where many LVACS members live or work. Roger’s comments and others caused the Council to ask that the Committee on Nominations and Elections conduct a comprehensive review of the alignment of local sections within districts.
· As requested by ACS President Bassam Shakhashiri, Councilors discussed the question “What major efforts should ACS pursue to help alleviate water and other global challenges?” focusing primarily on the crisis of available water suitable for drinking, agriculture and industry. Suggestions included advancing water conservation in our professional, community, and personal lives; development of education materials; and coordination with other societies to prevent duplication of efforts.
Details of the August 2012 Philadelphia Council meeting:
COUNCILOR TALKING POINTS
SUMMARY OF GOVERNANCE ACTIONS/REPORTS
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
244th ACS NATIONAL MEETING
AUGUST 19-23, 2012
ACTIONS OF THE COUNCIL
· The Committee on Nominations and Elections presented to the Council the following slate of candidates for membership on the Committee on Committees beginning in 2013: Spiro D. Alexandratos, G. Bryan Balazs, Christopher J. Bannochie, Arindam Bose, Dawn A. Brooks, Michelle V. Buchanan, Alan B. Cooper, Judith Currano, Warren D. Hull, Jr., David J. Lohse, Christopher J. Masi, Ingrid Montes, Jason E. Ritchie, and Ralph A. Wheeler. By electronic ballot, the Council elected G. Bryan Balazs, Dawn A. Brooks, Michelle V. Buchanan, Alan B. Cooper, and Ingrid Montes for the 2013-2015 term; and Spiro D. Alexandratos and Judith Currano for the remainder of a two-year (2013-2014) term.
· The Committee on Nominations and Elections presented to the Council the following slate of candidates for membership on the Council Policy Committee beginning in 2013: Frank D. Blum, Mary K. Carroll, Joseph A. Heppert, Martha G. Hollomon, Lee H. Latimer, Willem R. Leenstra, Carolyn Ribes, and Ellen B. Stechel. By electronic ballot, the Council elected Frank D. Blum, Mary K. Carroll, Lee H. Latimer, and Carolyn Ribes for the 2013-2015 term.
· The Council Policy Committee presented to the Council the following slate of candidates for membership on the Committee on Nominations and Elections beginning in 2013: Cherlynlavaughn Bradley, Dwight W. Chasar, Catherine E. Costello, Milagros Delgado, Kevin J. Edgar, Carol B. Libby, Les W. McQuire, Donivan R. Porterfield, Robert A. Pribush, and Steven W. Yates. By electronic ballot, the Council elected Cherlynlavaughn Bradley, Milagros Delgado, Carol B. Libby, Les W. McQuire and Donivan R. Porterfield for the 2013-2015 term.
Candidates for President-Elect and Board of Directors
· The candidates for the fall 2012 ACS national election were announced as follows:
Candidates for President-Elect, 2013
Dr. Thomas J. Barton, Distinquished Professor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Dr. Luis A. Echegoyen, Robert A. Welch Professor, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX
Candidates for Directors-at-Large, 2013-2015
Ms. Carol A. Duane, President, D&D Consultants of Mentor, Mentor, OH
Ms. Valerie J. Kuck, Retired, Lucent Technologies (Bell Labs), Murray Hill, NJ
Ms. Helen (Bonnie) A. Lawlor, Executive Director, National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS), Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Ingrid Montes, Professor, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, PR
Candidates for District I Director, 2013-2015
Dr. Thomas R. Gilbert, Associate Professor, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Dr. Neil D. Jespersen, Professor of Chemistry, St. John’s University, Queens, NY
Candidates for District V Director, 2013-2015
Dr. John E. Adams, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Chemistry, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Dr. Peter K. Dorhout, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
· The Council received two amendments (petitions) to the ACS Constitution and Bylaws for action: The Petition on Candidate Comment in C&EN and the Petition on International Chemical Sciences Chapters Funds. The Council VOTED not to approve the Petition on Candidate Comment in C&EN which sought to restrict candidates for election to the Board of Directors from publishing comments in C&EN from May through the balloting period. The Council also VOTED not to approve (64% to 36% via clicker vote) the Petition on International Chemical Sciences Chapters Funds. This petition sought to clarify that the Board of Directors may grant funds to international chapters for specific purposes.
· The Council also received one amendment (petition) to the ACS Constitution and Bylaws for consideration (not action): Petition to Amend National Election Procedures. The Petition to Amend National Election Procedures seeks to shorten the campaign period for candidates for President-Elect and to charge the Committee on Nominations and Elections (N&E) with proposing two candidates for President-Elect. Currently, N&E proposes four nominees from which Council selects two candidates. Under the petition, Council would no longer vote on a list of nominees. The process of petition candidates would not change. The Petition to Amend National Election Procedures will be on the Council agenda for action at the 2013 spring meeting.
· As part of a regular performance review, the Council VOTED to continue the Joint Board-Council Committees on Chemists with Disabilities and on Professional Training. Continuation of these two committees also requires Board of Directors concurrence.
New Committee Supported
· The Council VOTED to establish a Joint Board-Council Committee on Senior Chemists whose mission is to enrich the educational, technical, and cultural lives of the ACS Membership by ministering to and employing the talents of senior ACS members by: sharing with ACS members of all ages a rich variety of personal experiences and expertise gained over many years of professional service; fostering interest and participation in the science of chemistry through community outreach, especially in grades K-12; acting as science advisors/ambassadors for the purpose of cultural exchange at home and abroad; providing senior ACS members with challenging, diverse, and enjoyable professional experiences that enable them to contribute to the cultural experiences of their communities; and recommending policies that address issues of interest to senior chemists. The committee is aimed primarily at members over 60 years of age. Next, the Board of Directors must vote on whether to establish the committee.
Meeting Registration Report
· As of close of business August 22, 2012, the ACS fall national meeting had attracted 13,320 registrants, including 7,817 regular attendees and 3,177 students.
· One of the Society’s long-time concerns has been the decline in the number of domestic Regular Members, that is, members paying full dues. The impact of this decline has been offset, as we have reached record membership levels, by increases in the number of international Regular Members, and the 2009 addition of Student Member Undergraduates. While the number of regular domestic members paying less than full dues has decreased from 33,000 to 29,000 in the last five years, this is still significantly more than the number of student members added.
· The Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA) has unveiled six new four-hour workshops, as the ACS Career Pathways series. CEPA trained more than 40 volunteer facilitators and the workshops are now available for regional meetings and local sections.
Realignment of Electoral Districts
· The Council VOTED 58% to 42% (via clicker vote) to shift two local sections in District II (Hampton Roads and Western Maryland) to District III. (The two local sections had agreed to the shift.) The Bylaws mandate rough equality in district populations. The shift meets the specified criteria for redistricting as required by the Bylaws and brings the districts within permissible range. During the discussion, Councilors asked the Committee on Nominations and Elections to conduct a comprehensive review of the optimal alignment of local sections within districts.
Special Discussion Item
· A special discussion item was put on the Council agenda for this meeting. ACS President Bassam Shakhashiri presented and moderated a discussion on “What major efforts should ACS pursue to help alleviate water and other global challenges?” Members of the ACS feel a responsibility as scientists and citizens to help address global challenges facing society in the 21st Century to help sustain Earth and its people. These challenges include increasing population growth, limited natural resources, malnutrition, disease, climate change, violence and war, and the denial of basic human rights, including the right to benefit from scientific and technological progress. This discussion focused primarily on the crisis of available water suitable for drinking, agriculture and industry. Following the presentation, more than 30 Councilors engaged in a discussion of this global challenge and others and offered numerous suggestions. Councilors are invited to continue discussion of this topic within the ACS Network Councilor Group (https://communities.acs.org/groups/councilor-group) at https://communities.acs.org/message/11677.
Resolution to Honor the Memory of Glenn T. Seaborg in the Centennial Year of His Birth
· The Council passed a resolution to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Glenn T. Seaborg, Chemistry Nobel Laureate and past ACS President.
Update on ACS vs. Leadscope Litigation
· The Chair of the Board gave an update on the ACS vs. Leadscope litigation. As of this meeting, there was still no opinion announced by the Ohio Supreme Count on ACS’s appeal in this case, despite the fact that oral arguments were presented nearly a year ago. We have no information on when an opinion might be delivered.
|Details of the March 2012 San Diego
COUNCILOR TALKING POINTS
SUMMARY OF GOVERNANCE ACTIONS/REPORTS
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
243rd ACS NATIONAL MEETING
SAN DIEGO, CA
MARCH 25-29, 2012
The following summary is provided to help Councilors report to their local sections and divisions on key actions of the ACS Council and Board of Directors at the 2012 spring national meeting.
ACTIONS OF THE COUNCIL
· The Committee on Nominations and Elections presented to the Council the following nominees for selection as candidates for President-Elect, 2013: Thomas J. Barton, Luis A. Echegoyen, William A. Lester, Jr., and Barry M. Trost. By electronic ballot, the Council selected Thomas J. Barton and Luis A. Echegoyen as candidates for 2013 President-Elect. These two candidates, along with any candidates selected via petitions, will stand for election in the Fall National Election.
· The Committee on Nominations and Elections announced the results of the election to select candidates from the list of nominees to represent District I and District V on the Board of Directors for the term 2013-2015. Nominees for District I included Barbara J. Garrison, Thomas R. Gilbert, Neil D. Jespersen, and Julianne M. D. Smist. Nominees for District V included John E. Adams, Frank D. Blum, Peter K. Dorhout, and Frankie K. Wood-Black. By mail ballot, the Councilors from these districts selected Thomas R. Gilbert and Neil D. Jespersen as District I candidates; and John E. Adams and Peter K. Dorhout as District V candidates. Ballots will be mailed on or before October 10 to all members in District I and District V for election of a Director from each District.
Candidates for Directors-at-Large
· The Committee on Nominations and Elections announced the selection of the following candidates for Directors-at-Large for a 2013-2015 term: Carol A. Duane, Valerie J. Kuck, Helen (Bonnie) A. Lawlor, and Ingrid Montes. The election of two Directors-at-Large will be conducted in the fall. Ballots will be mailed to the Council on or before October 10.
· As part of a regular performance review, the Council VOTED to continue the Committee on Project SEED. The Committee on Project SEED sets policy for all Project SEED programs, including review of Project SEED I and II program applications for student research projects, funding decisions, and Project SEED college scholarship applications.
The Society’s Finances
· Despite the sluggish economy, ACS generated strong operating results in 2011. Total revenue was $472.0 million, up +1.8% over 2010. The Net from Operations was $20.9 million, or $7.7 million favorable to budget. This result was attributable to better-than-expected performance by the ACS Publications Division and careful expense management across the Society. While operating results were favorable, Unrestricted Net Assets declined from $130.5 million to $102 million. The decline was primarily due to a sizable accounting charge related to the Society’s closed postretirement benefit plans. ACS ended the year in compliance with four of the five Board-established financial guidelines.
2013 Member Dues
· The Council VOTED to set the member dues for 2013 at the fully escalated rate of $151. This rate is established pursuant to an inflation-adjustment formula in the ACS Constitution and Bylaws.
Petitions to Amend the Constitution and Bylaws
· The Council took action on two amendments (petitions) to the ACS Constitution and Bylaws: The Petition to Amend Recorded Vote Request Procedure and the Petition on Market Data Collection. The Council VOTED overwhelmingly to approve both petitions. The Petition to Amend Recorded Vote Request Procedure provides that a call for a recorded vote after a clicker vote has commenced will be out of order, as would a call for a recorded vote after the initial clicker voting has taken place. The Petition on Market Data Collection seeks to add a provision to allow for controlled market testing to collect data before the Society changes benefits, dues, or membership categories. The Board of Directors will vote within 90 days on whether to ratify the approved petitions.
· The Council received two petitions for consideration: The Petition on Candidate Comment in C&EN and the Petition on International Chemical Sciences Chapters Funds. The Petition on Candidate Comment in C&EN seeks to restrict candidates for election to the Board of Directors from publishing comments in C&EN for a six-month period prior to the mailing of the election ballot. The Petition on International Chemical Sciences Chapters Funds seeks to clarify that the Board of Directors may allocate funds to international chapters for specific purposes. The Council is expected to act on these two petitions at the fall Council meeting.
· Membership recruitment and retention efforts were very successful last year. The Society ended 2011 with 164,215 members – the highest number in Society history. 24,249 new members were elected into the Society – 16,092 Regular Members and 8,157 Undergraduate Members.
· As of March 28, 2012, the ACS spring national meeting had attracted 16,921 registrants including 8,974 regular attendees and 5,742 students.
Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct
· The Council VOTED to approve the Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct as submitted by the Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs. This document offers guidance for Society members in various professional dealings, especially those involving conflicts of interest.
Special Discussion Item
· A special discussion item was put on the Council agenda for this meeting. ACS President Bassam Shakhashiri presented and moderated a discussion on “What is your reaction to the proposed topics for the ACS Climate Science Tookkit?” President Shakhashiri’s working group on ACS Climate Science has developed a preliminary web-based toolkit that ACS members can use as a resource for understanding and communicating basic climate science. Following the presentation, Councilors engaged in a robust discussion on the proposed toolkit, and offered numerous suggestions for consideration.