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Seminar September 16, 2021: “Meeting the Challenge: Decarbonization of Transportation in the 21st Century”

Decarbonization of the transportation industry is a critical part of addressing climate change.  What will be required to accomplish this massive overhaul of the industry?  Electric vehicles are a widely-publicized piece of the solution, but electrifying passenger cars and trucks will require increasing raw material availability, increasing electricity production, and adjusting our travel habits to accommodate charging realities.  Electrification isn’t a practical solution for some parts of the industry, and thus net-zero carbon fuels are also likely to be important to keeping people and goods moving.  What are these fuels likely to be, and how can these fuels be produced?  There’s no doubt that successfully addressing all of these questions will make the 21st century one of rapid change for the transportation industry and for consumers.

Presenter Bio

Scott Sluder is a senior research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Scott has been involved in research involving clean fuels, engine performance, and emissions for 25 years. He has contributed to major national fuel and emissions policy decisions, including the introduction of ultra-low sulfur diesel in 2000, the decision to allow 15% ethanol in gasoline in 2010, and the EPA’s Tier 3 on-road emissions regulations. Scott has led research efforts for federal entities as well as private-sector customers. Scott is a recipient of several awards from SAE International, and was elected a Fellow of SAE International in 2014 for his contributions to mobility engineering.

Seminar will be held via Zoom on September 16, 2021 at 6:00 PM EDT. Please Register at this link:

Seminar June 9, 2021: “RDX and Holston Ordnance Works During World War II”

Dr. Colin F. Baxter will tell us about the journey of the super-explosive RDX (Research Department Explosive) from conceptualization at Woolwich Arsenal in England to mass production at Holston Ordnance Works in Kingsport in East Tennessee from 1942 to 1945. Twice as deadly as TNT and overshadowed only by the atomic bomb, this ordnance proved to be pivotal in the Battle of the Atlantic and directly contributed to the Allied victory in WWII. When the United States entered the conflict, the National Defense Research Committee (NDRC) tasked Tennessee Eastman Company (TEC) as one of three companies assigned to develop pilot plants to manufacture RDX. This led to authorizing Tennessee Eastman to design and build the Holston Ordnance Works in Kingsport in June 1942. Dr. Baxter will illuminate both the explosive's military significance and its impact on the lives of ordinary Americans involved in the war industry in this talk.

Register using this link.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Colin F. Baxter, Professor Emeritus of History, East Tennessee State University, was born in Harrow, England.  He earned his B.Sc., degree from East Tennessee State University, and his M.A., and Ph.D., degrees from the University of Georgia.  His first teaching post was at Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, where he taught British and European history.  He is the author of 5 books: The Normandy Campaign, 1944: A Selected Bibliography (1992); The War in North Africa, 1940-1943: A Selected Bibliography (1996); Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1887-1976: A Selected Bibliography (1999): Co-author and contributor to The American Military Tradition from Colonial Times to the Present. 2nd edition (2007).  He is the author of the Montgomery entry in the online Oxford Military Bibliographies series.  Baxter’s most recent book, The Secret History of RDX: The Super-Explosive that Helped Win World War II was published in 2018 by the University Press of Kentucky. 

2021 Annual Awards Ceremony

On April 21, 2021 at 6:00-7:30 PM EDT the Northeast Tennessee Section of the American Chemical Society will hold its annual awards ceremony virtually via Zoom. Section members should watch their e-mail for a link to the Zoom meeting.

Awards to be presented at this year’s annual awards ceremony include ACS Member Service Awards, the NETS-ACS Salutes to Excellence Award, the National Chemistry Week Recognition Award, The NETS-ACS Chemical Technician Award, NETS-ACS Outstanding Chemistry Student Awards, and the NETS-ACS Distinguished Member Award.

ACS Membership Awards are awarded annually to 40-, 50-, 60- and 70-year members of the ACS, recognizing them for their long service to the ACS and to science in general. This recognition is a small token of appreciation to many people who have dedicated their lives to science.

Salutes to Excellence is an outreach program that gives ACS local sections, international chemical sciences chapters, technical divisions, regional meetings, and national committees an opportunity to underscore outstanding accomplishments or achievements of service by external partners who have made a positive impact on everyday life or who have helped contribute to greater public awareness of chemistry. 

NETS-ACS Outstanding Chemistry Student Awards are given to outstanding chemistry students from area institutions. Selection is based on overall grade point scores and excellence in their academic achievements.

NETS-ACS Distinguished Member Award is given in recognition of a section member, selected by the Executive Committee, for their technical contribution and achievement in the field of chemistry, and outstanding contributions to chemistry education and/or perception of chemistry with the community.

NETS-ACS Chemical Technician Award is presented annually to a chemical technician who has demonstrated an extremely high degree of professionalism. Criteria used to judge the award include technical skills, communication skills, safety, reliability, leadership, teamwork, publications, and presentations. Additional professional and community activities are also considered.

For more information on section awards the criteria for selection please visit the Resources page of the NETS-ACS website.

Enjoy the Chemistry Demonstration Videos from National Chemistry Week & Science Elites

Please enjoy the great videos sponsored by Eastman Chemical Company, American Chemical Society (ACS), Museum of Science, Boston (MOS), National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) and National Science Foundation.

Magic of Chemistry – National Chemistry Week Demonstration

National Chemistry Week 2020 Adhesives

Science Elites | Shawn Dougherty | Excited Egg 2020

Science Elites | Stephanie Clendennen | 2020

Science Elites | Shawn Dougherty | FireAway Firefly | 2020

Science Elites | Shawn Dougherty | Car Kinetics 2020

Science Elites | Shawn Dougherty | CO2 to Rescue 2020

Science Elites | Shawn Dougherty | UVBead Bracelets 2020

We truly appreciate the sponsorship from:

2019 National Chemistry Week T-Shirt Design Contest

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 and received numerous inspiring drawings from local artists as young as 10 years old. The NCW T-shirt committee is having a contest again to design an artwork to be printed on the T-shirts that over 1,300 local 4th graders will be wearing at the event!!!
Design suggestions:

  1. Artwork will be printed on white T-shirts
  2. The design reflects this year’s theme, “MARVELOUS METALS”
    Rewards to the winner:
  3. YOUR DESIGN AND YOUR NAME will be printed on 1300 T-shirts
  4. 1300 4th grade students from the region will be wearing your design at the event
  5. Winner certificate signed by the president of NETS-ACS
  6. Two free T-shirts
  7. An Eastman TritanTM water bottle
    Please submit your designs to Liu Deng (, 423-229-4677) by September 20th. Multiple entries are welcome. For questions or designs from previous years, please contact Liu Deng as well. Thank you!

    NETSACS NCW T-shirt committee

Summary of Councilor and Governance Orlando 2019

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 on Nominations and Elections presented to the Council the following nominees for selection as candidates for President-Elect, 2020: Magid Abou-Gharbia, H.N. Cheng, Carol A. Duane, and Christopher J. Welch.  By electronic ballot, the Council selected H.N. Cheng and Carol A. Duane as candidates for 2020 President-Elect.  These two candidates, along with any candidates selected via petitions, will stand for election in the Fall National Election.

                                           President-Elect, 2020a

Nominee 1st Round 2nd Round
Magid Abou-Gharbia 72  
*H.N. Cheng 145 191
*Carol A. Duane 125 177
Christopher J. Welch 82  

a424 valid electronic ballots were cast, with 213 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 the subsequent round. Those marked with an asterisk (*) were declared elected as candidates.

Candidates for Districts II and IV

  • The Committee on Nominations and Elections announced the results of the election held prior to the Orlando meeting to select candidates from the list of nominees for Directors from District II and District IV on the Board of Directors for the term 2020-2022.  By internet ballot, the Councilors from these districts selected Christina C. Bodurow and Dawn Mason as District II candidates; and Rigoberto Hernandez and Lisa Houston as District IV candidates.  Ballots will be distributed on or before October 1 to all ACS members in District II and District IV for election of a Director from each District.


Nominee 1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round
*Christina C. Bodurow 39    
Mark E. Jones 2 12  
*Dawn Mason 12 24 29
Angela K. Wilson 3 15 22


Nominee 1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round
Lissa A. Dulany 12 14  
James C. Carver 9    
*Rigoberto Hernandez 27 30 35
*Lisa Houston 22 26 35

a 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 asterisk (*) 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 2020-2022 terms:  Harmon B. Abrahamson, G. Bryan Balazs, D. Richard Cobb, and Dorothy J. Phillips.  The election of two Directors-at-Large from among these four candidates and any selected via petition will be conducted in the fall.  Ballots will be distributed to the Council on or before October 1, 2019.

Other Council Actions

Amendment to the ACS Constitution and Bylaws

  • The Council approved the Petition to Streamline the ACS Governing Documents [Constitution Articles I-XIX, Bylaws I-XIV, and Standing Rules I-IX], which will reorganize the fundamental governing documents of the Society: the Constitution and Bylaws, and create a third document: Standing Rules. These three documents will function as a hierarchy. The Constitution should define; the Bylaws should authorize; and the Standing Rules should operationalize. Additionally, an Amendment was voted upon, and passed by recorded vote:
    • That language proposed as Standing Rule II, Sections 2 a, 2 b, and 2 g be moved to the Bylaws as new Sections 2 a, 2 b, and 2 c of proposed Bylaw III with appropriate renumbering of the other sections of Bylaw III and Standing Rule II.
  • The Petition will become effective if and when the proposed changes to the Constitution are approved by the Membership of the Society, and if and when the Board of Directors approves the Petition. Because the changes to the ACS Governing Documents are substantial, the Council authorized the ACS Secretary and General Counsel and the Committee on Constitution & Bylaws to correct minor technical mistakes in the Petition.

Council Special Discussion

§  ACS President Bonnie Charpentier led a special discussion on ACS Relevance to Current and Future Members: Challenges and Opportunities. Councilors had been asked prior to Orlando to discuss the ACS value proposition with their local sections or divisions and bring that input to Council. Councilors provided many recommendations and suggestions including increased support for local sections and industry members, helping student members transition into their professional careers, and implementing a monthly payment tool for ACS dues.  These, and all the other ideas and input submitted, will be shared with the Committee on Membership Affairs and the ACS Membership Division for further research or implementation. 

2020 Member Dues

  • The Council voted on the recommendation of the Committee on Budget and Finance (B&F) to set the member dues for 2020 at the 2019 rate of $175.

Continuation of Committees

  • The Council approved the recommendation of the Committee on Committees that the Committee on Nomenclature, Terminology & Symbols be continued; and that the Committee on Senior Chemists be continued, contingent on approval by the Board of Directors.

International Chemical Sciences Chapter

  • On the recommendation of the Committee on International Activities, the Council approved the establishment of ACS Pakistan International Chemical Sciences Chapter, subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors.


  • The Council passed several resolutions:
    • in memory of deceased Councilors;
    • in gratitude for the officers and members of the Orlando Section, host for the 257th National Meeting, the divisional program chairs, symposium organizers, and ACS staff for the planning and execution of the meeting.

Highlights from Committee Reports

Councilor Divisor

As required by the Society’s Bylaws, the Council Policy Committee has set the divisors for allocation of Councilor seats among Local Sections and Divisions for 2020 to 2023.  Official notification of the Councilor divisors and the number of Councilors permitted for each Local Section and Division will be sent to the respective Local Sections and Divisions prior to May 1st as required in the Bylaws.

Online Preference Forms for Councilors

All Councilors, including new Councilors, were reminded to complete their online committee preference form for 2020 committee assignments. The committee preference form is open through June 7, 2019. The online form may be found at (log in required).

Nominations and Elections

The Committee on Nominations and Elections solicits Councilors’ input regarding qualified individuals for President-Elect and/or Directors for future consideration.  Suggestions may be sent to

Budget and Finance

In 2018, ACS generated a net from operations of $41.1 million, which was $13.3 million higher than 2017.  Total revenues were $571.6 million, increasing 6.4% – or $34.2 million – over 2017.  Expenses ended the year at $530.5 million, which was $20.8 million or 4.1% higher than the prior year.  These results were attributable to strong performance from the Society’s Information Service units (CAS and ACS Publications) and a continued emphasis on expense management across the ACS. 

Additional information can be found at  At the bottom of the page, click ‘About ACS’, then ‘ACS Financial Information.’  There you will find several years of the Society’s audited financial statements and IRS 990 filings.


The ACS ended 2018 with 151,012 members, a net membership growth of one-tenth-of-one-percent. This is the first membership growth ACS has recorded in the better part of a decade. Of the 25,000 new members who joined in 2018, about 20% were incentivized by market testing initiatives. Without these new members, ACS would have seen continued declines.

Council voted to extend the provision of the international dues discount test based on World Bank country income levels for an additional three years (August 2019 – August 2022).

Orlando Meeting Attendance

As of Tuesday, April 2:

Attendees            7,887

Students               6,019

Exhibitors               869 

Expo only                 404

Guests                    426

Total                    15,605

Actions of the Board of Directors

The Board’s Executive Session

The ACS Board of Directors met in Executive Session March 29-30, and considered and responded to a variety of key strategic issues facing ACS, ACS members, and the global chemistry enterprise.

The Board’s Committees and Task Forces

The Board received and discussed reports from its committees on Executive Compensation, Professional and Member Relations, the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications, the ACS Governing Board for Publishing, and the Next Generation ACS Leadership Program Task Force.  In particular, the Board received an extensive briefing and approved several recommendations from its Committee on Executive Compensation.  The compensation of the Society’s executive staff continues to receive regular review from the Board.

On the recommendation of the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications, the Board voted to approve the reappointments of Editors-in-Chief for several ACS journals.  Those reappointments will be announced in C&EN once the appointed individuals have been notified and arrangements for their continued service have been made.

On the recommendation of the Committee on Professional and Member Relations, the Board approved screened lists of nominees for the 2020 Priestley Medal and the ACS Award for Volunteer Service. The Board will select the recipients of these latter two awards from these screened lists.

The co-chair of the Next Generation ACS Leadership Program Task Force gave an update on the efforts of the task force. The task force has reviewed and considered the history of ACS leadership efforts since 1965 in preparation for offering key considerations and principles for providing ACS members with the means to develop as individuals, professionals and ACS volunteers. Next steps include continuing to gather feedback from various ACS entities and constituencies, and to develop a framework for professional development that is reflective of the ACS core values (focus on members; professionalism; diversity, inclusion and respect; and safety and ethics).

The Executive Director/CEO Report

The Executive Director and CEO briefed the Board on issues relating to the Focus on Members as a core value of the Society as well on ACS financial performance, Operational Excellence, and upcoming events and activities.  His direct reports then engaged in strategic discussions with the Board relevant to the activities, opportunities, and challenges of the Membership and Society Services Division, the ACS Publications Division, and Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS).

Other Society Business

As is customary, the Board heard reports from the Presidential Succession on their current and planned activities for 2019.  The Board also reviewed a proposed schedule for the Board retreat, meeting, and related activities in conjunction with the Central Regional Meeting in Midland, Michigan, June 3-9, 2019.

The Board’s Regular Session

The Board held a regular session on March 31, which featured a presentation from Dr. Susan Butts, Chair of the Working Group on Immigration and Work Visas, entitled Workforce Immigration and its Relationship to the U.S. Economy, Innovation, and Global Competitiveness.

Prior to the presentation, the Board Chair gave a report on Board actions and issues from its Executive Session. Members of the presidential succession and the Executive Director & CEO also offered brief reports on their activities.  The officers provided more extensive reports on their activities and/or future plans as part of their written and oral reports to the Council.

Contact the Board

Your Board of Directors is elected by and acts in the best interests of the members of the Society.  Please contact them with your comments, concerns, ideas, and suggestions at


The following is a list of URLs and email addresses for supplemental information offered in oral reports at the Council meeting. 


Bonnie A. Charpentier, President                 

Luis Echegoyen, President-Elect                   

Peter K. Dorhout, Immediate Past President

ACS Offices

Office of Secretary & General Counsel        

Membership Special Discussion                    


Budget and Finance                                          à About ACS à Financial Information

Constitution and Bylaws                                   

Nominations and Elections                            

Resources on the Web

Committee Preference Forms                   

Highlights of ACS Achievements            

Governing Documents                                    

              New Faculty Workshops                                 

                                                                                                     “New Faculty Workshop”

Local & National Career Fairs                        

ACS Career Consultants                                  


Safety Resources                                              


Safety Webinar                                           development/safety-culture/video.html