On October 22nd and 23rd, the Northeast Tennessee Local Section of American Chemical Society (NETS-ACS) and Eastman Chemical Company will host the 29th annual award-winning National Chemistry Week (NCW) celebration. Over 36,000 children had participated in this event since its inception in 1991. For the past eleven years we’ve successfully had T-shirt artwork design contests… Read more
The following summary is provided to help Councilors report to their Local Sections and Divisions on key actions of the ACS Council meeting held April 3, and Board of Directors meetings held March 29-31, at the 2019 spring national meeting in Orlando, Florida. Actions of the Council Election Results Candidates for President-Elect, 2020 The Committee… Read more
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The report is linked here: Council Report Washington DC 2017
Councilor – Summary of Governance Issues and Actions
Actions of the Council
Candidates for President-Elect, 2018
§ The Committee on Nominations and Elections presented to the Council the following nominees for selection as candidates for President-Elect, 2018: Bonnie A. Charpentier, Mark D. Frishberg, Anne M. Gaffney, and Willie E. May. By electronic ballot, the Council selected Bonnie A. Charpentier and Willie E. May as candidates for 2018 President-Elect. These two candidates, along with any candidates selected via petitions, will stand for election in the Fall National Election.
Nominee 1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round
*Bonnie A. Charpentier 200 210 242
Mark D. Frishberg 73 80 –
Anne M. Gaffney 26 – –
*Willie E. May 132 141 158
a431 valid electronic ballots were cast, with 216 being the majority. The results of the first preference vote totals are shown in the 1st round column. No nominee attained a majority. Following the procedures approved by Council, second-preference votes were distributed in two subsequent rounds. Those marked with an * were declared elected as candidates.
Candidates for Directors-at-Large
§ The Committee on Nominations and Elections announced the selection of the following candidates for Directors-at-Large for 2018-2020 terms: Kenneth P. Fivizzani, Wayne E. Jones, Bonnie A. Lawlor, and Barbara A. Sawrey. The election of two Directors-at-Large from among those candidates and any selected via petition will be conducted in the fall. Ballots will be distributed to the Council on or before October 1, 2017.
Other Council Actions
Amendments to the ACS Bylaws
§ A recommendation by the Council Policy Committee to approve the Petition for the Removal of Officers and Councilors (Bylaw III, Sec. 1, i; Bylaw VII, Sec. 1, c; Bylaw VIII, Sec. 4, d) failed. The wording was too vague.
§ The Council approved the Petition on the Rights of Affiliates (Bylaw II, Sec. 1, a, 2, a, 3, b, (3) and (4)).
Procedures for Removal of a Councilor or Alternate Councilor
§ The Council voted to approve the Procedures for Removal of a Councilor or Alternate Councilor, contingent upon approval of the Petition for the Removal of Officers and Councilors. As the petition subsequently failed, given the interdependence of the petition and related procedures, the procedures will not take effect.
2018 Member Dues
§ The Council voted on the recommendation of the Committee on Budget and Finance to set the member dues for 2018 at the fully escalated rate of $171. This rate is established pursuant to an inflation-adjustment formula in the ACS Constitution and Bylaws.
Distribution Formula for Division Funding
§ On the recommendation of the Committee on Divisional Activities, the Council approved a formula for allocating dues funds to divisions, effective with allocations for 2017 division performance.
Extension of Market Data Collection Test: International Chemical Sciences Chapters
§ On the recommendation of the Committee on Membership Affairs, the Council voted to extend the provision of $15 commissions to International Chemical Sciences Chapters which recruit new members.
Continuation of Committees
§ The Council approved the recommendation of the Committee on Committees that the Committee on Project SEED be continued; and that the committees on Chemists with Disabilities, on Public Relations and Communications, and on Women Chemists be continued contingent on approval of the Board of Directors.
§ The Council passed resolutions in memory of deceased Councilors; in gratitude for the officers and members of the California and Santa Clara Local Sections, hosts for the 253rd National Meeting; the divisional program chairs, symposium organizers, and ACS staff, for the planning and execution of the meeting.
The Council conducted a special discussion, “ACS Yesterday and Today: Paving the Way to Tomorrow,” to gather input for the Joint Board-CPC Task Force on Governance Design. Forty Councilors approached the floor microphones to share observations, comments, and suggestions to assist the task force in identifying opportunities and issues for governance improvement. The task force offered three questions to guide the discussion: What should the Society and its governance do differently to achieve its objects? If you could change one thing about ACS governance, what would it be? What should the task force leave “as is”? A poll conducted at the conclusion of the discussion revealed that 57% (222) of the Councilors disagreed that the current governance structure, processes and procedures are already optimal to achieving the objects of ACS in the 21st century, 16% (54) agreed, and 27% (104) needed more information. Three-hundred and six (84%) said they would be willing to provide additional input and feedback to the task force. They will be contacted by the task force in the coming weeks.
Nominations and Elections
The Committee on Nominations and Elections solicits Councilors’ input of qualified individuals for President-Elect and/or Directors for future consideration. Suggestions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of December 31, 2016, the ACS membership was 156,129, which is 0.5% less than on the same date in 2015. The number of new members who joined in 2016 is 23,700. The Society’s overall retention rate is 83.5%. The Committee on Membership Affairs also reported that the number of international members has increased to 27,388, exceeding the committee’s target by 5%. Retention of graduate students increased by 2% to 76.2%.
San Francisco Meeting Attendance
As of Tuesday, April 4:
Expo only 475
Petitions to Amend Constitution and Bylaws
New petitions to amend the Constitution or Bylaws must be received by the Executive Director no later than May 3 to be included in the Council agenda for consideration at the fall 2017 meeting in Washington, DC. Contact C&B with any questions or requests for information at email@example.com
“LCA: Putting the Numbers Behind Sustainability”
By: Randy Waymire and Rebecca Glaspie
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Location: Eastman Lodge, Room F
Description: Does sustainability sound fuzzy and difficult to quantify? What product is greener? What is the most environmentally friendly choice? There is a tool for scientists to quantify potential environmental (and soon social) impacts of processes and products called Life Cycle Assessment. Join us to learn more about quantifying sustainability with some real world examples of its use!
February 16, 2017
“The Chemistry of Beer”
By: Mr. John Henritze and Ms. Emily Jobe
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2016
Location: Firehouse Restaurant, 627 W. Walnut St. Johnson City, 37604
6:00 PM Dinner at Firehouse
7:30 PM Program at JRH Brewing: 458 W. Walnut St, Johnson City, 37604
One of the following:
Carolina Pulled Pork Platter
Char-grilled Bar-B-Que Chicken Platter
And two of the following:
Homemade Cole Slaw
The cost for the meal is $17/person, half price for students. Make check payable to “NETSACS”. Indicate the number in your party. RSVP’s are fine with the understanding that payment will be made at the meeting. No cost to attend the program only.
Please RSVP by 5:00pm on February 13, 2017.
Please reply to:
Sandy Eagle and Mary Engelman
Directions to the Firehouse:
Use I-26 – Take Exit 23 for TN-91/Market St.
Turn right onto E. Market St.
Turn left onto Colonial Way
Turn right onto E. State of Franklin
Turn left onto W. Watauga Ave.
Turn right onto W. Walnut St.
Please Drive Safely!
Mr. John Henritze and Ms. Emily Jobe
JRH Brewing, Johnson City
Mr. John Henritze is the owner and Master Brewer of JRH Brewing in Johnson City, TN. He first became interested in beer on a high school field trip in 1992. John brewed his first batch of beer in 1996. John practiced medicine as a Physician Assistant for 13 years before pursuing a career in brewing. John graduated from The American Brewers Guild in 2013. John has won 2 local homebrew competitions and several medals from The Tennessee Championship of Beers.
Ms. Emily Jobe is the Assistant Brewer of JRH Brewing in Johnson City, TN. Emily became interested in brewing after turning 21. She worked as a chemical engineer for a year before deciding she wanted to work in the brewing industry. Emily is currently enrolled at The University of Nottingham for the Master’s degree in Brewing Science.
American Chemical Society
252nd ACS National Meeting
August 21-25, 2016
Summary of Governance Issues and Actions
Elected Committees of Council
- By electronic ballot, the Council elected Harmon B. Abrahamson, Lissa A. Dulany, Andrea B.Twiss-Brooks, and Sally B. Peters for a 2017-2019 term, Martin D. Rudd for a 2017-2018 term, and Karl S. Booksh and Ella L. Davis for a one-year term, 2017, on the Council Policy Committe
- By electronic ballot, the Council elected Lisa M. Balbes, Thomas H. Lane, Amber S. Hinkle, AlanM. Ehrlich, and Alan A. Hazari for a 2017-2019 term and Neil D. Jespersen for a one-year term, 2017, on the Committee on Nominations and Elections.
- By electronic ballot, the Council elected Wayne E. Jones, Jr., D. Richard Cobb, Stephanie J. Watson, Dee Ann Casteel, and Emilio X. Esposito for three year terms, 2017-2019, on the Committee on Committees.
Other Council Actions
Continuation of Select Committees
On the recommendation of the Committee on Committees, the Council voted to approve the continuation of the Committee on Analytical Reagents, and the Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service, subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors.
Unemployed Members’ Dues Waiver
On the recommendation of the Committee on Membership Affairs, the Council approved a petition to amend the ACS Bylaws to extend the Unemployed Members’ Dues Waiver, which will extend waivers for unemployed members’ dues from the current two years to three years, subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors.
Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct
On the recommendation of the Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, the Council approved the Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct, subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors.
On the recommendation of the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, the Council approved the Bylaws for Divisions in Probationary Status and the Charter Bylaws for New Local Sections.
International Chemical Sciences Chapters
On the recommendation of the Committee on International Activities, the Council approved the establishment of ACS International Chemical Sciences Chapters in Greater Beijing, Southwestern China, and Iraq, subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors.
The Council passed resolutions in memory of deceased Councilors; acknowledging President Donna Nelson’s service as presiding officer of the Council; and in gratitude for the officers and members of the Philadelphia Local Section, the host Section for the 252nd National Meeting, the divisional program chairs and symposium organizers, and ACS staff.
The Council conducted a special discussion to gather input on proposed recommendations from the ACS Presidential Task Force on the U.S. Employment of Chemists. The task force has been examining and considering all known influences that can impact employment in the chemical sciences.
Highlights from Committee Reports
Nominations and Elections
The Committee on Nominations and Elections solicits Councilors’ input of qualified individuals for President-Elect and/or Directors for future consideration. If any member of NETSACS has a recommendation please let me know and I will forward it to N&E. N&E has established the Vote 20/20 Task Force, charged with examining all aspects of nominations and elections for ACS national offices, and designing an enhanced process to be in place by the year 2020. The committee welcomes ideas from all members as to how nominations and elections should be handled. Send comments to
Budget and Finance
The Society’s 2016 Probable 1 Budget calls for a Net from Operations of $17.3 million. This is $3.9 million higher than the Approved Budget but only $723,000 higher than 2015. Total revenues are projected to be $528.8 million, essentially on budget, and 3.3% higher than the prior year. Total expenses are projected at $511.5 million, which is 0.6% favorable to budget, and 3.3% higher than 2015.
The Committee considered several program funding requests for 2017, and on its recommendations, the Board subsequently approved funding for the Atlantic Basin Conference on Chemistry, the ChemIDP Program; and the International Student Chapter Program. Additional information can be found at www.acs.org, at the bottom of the page, click ‘About ACS’, then ‘Financial’. There you will find several years of the Society’s audited financial statements and IRS 990 filings.
Philadelphia Meeting Attendance 12,800
Actions of the Board of Directors
The Board’s Executive Session
At this meeting, the ACS Board of Directors considered a number of key strategic issues and responded with several actions.
- On the recommendation of the Committee on Grants and Awards, the Board voted to approve the Society’s nominees for the 2017 Perkin Medal, the 2017 National Science Board Public Service Award, and the 2017 Alan T. Waterman Award; and to approve the revised rescission procedures for the national awards and ACS Fellows designation.
- On the recommendation of the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications, the Board voted to approve the reappointment of editors-in-chief for two ACS journals.
- On the recommendation of the Society Committee on Budget and Finance, the Board voted to approve the advance member registration fee of $445 for national meetings held in 2017 and also authorized several program funding requests.
The Board discussed the history, role, and contributions of its Standing Committee on Corporation
Associates, and the responsibility of ACS to effectively capture the needs of industrial members and their corporations. The presidents of Chemical Abstracts Service and the ACS Publications Division shared details on their financial performance and editorial and new product development highlights. Executive Director and CEO Tom Connelly and his direct reports updated the Board on issues relating to Human Resources, ACS Finances, and Education.
Jefferson Middle School
Katrina Eccles and Bree Eccles
Jefferson County High School
“Caffeine Usage as an Environmentally Friendly Pesticide: A Dual Model Study”
On October 25th and 26th, in conjunction with National Chemistry Week (NCW) and the International Year of Chemistry (IYC), the local American Chemical Society (ACS) section and Eastman Chemical Company will be hosting the 21th annual award-winning celebration. Last two years we had T-shirt design contests and received numerous inspiring drawings from artists as young as 10 years old. The NCW T-shirt committee is now having a contest again to design a new artwork to be printed on the T-shirts that over 1300 4th graders will be wearing at the event!
1. The design might reflect the theme of this year’s NCW, “Chemistry ─ Our Health Our Future!”
2. Try and include the IYC logo in the design
3. The design might include “water” to celebrate our World of Water project or Eastman’s water purification HydropackTM
Rewards to the winner:
1. Your name will be printed on over 1400 T-shirts along with your design
2. 1300 4th grade students from the region will be wearing your design
3. Two free T-shirts
4. An Eastman TritanTM water bottle
Please submit your designs to Liu Deng (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 22nd. Multiple entries are welcome. Thank you!
NCW T-shirt committee
Jeopardy!, one of North America’s leading syndicated game shows, will feature questions related to the 2011 International Year of Chemistry (IYC) in the episode that airs June 21. To find local listings for show air times, visit http://www.jeopardy.com and click on “when to watch.”
With its 9 million daily viewers, Jeopardy! is an excellent venue for sharing the message that chemistry is fundamental to our everyday lives. To learn more about celebrating IYC, visit www.acs.org/iyc2011 and www.chemistry2011.org.