COUNCIL MEETS AT
244th ACS NATIONAL MEETING
The Council met on Wednesday morning, August 22
and your two Princeton ACS councilors, Louise
Lawter and Sharon Sibilia, attended. We heard reports
from various members of the Board of Directors and
Chairs of ACS Committees and Divisions. Some key
actions or items of interest were:
ACTIONS OF THE COUNCIL
- Council elected new members for the Committee on
Committees, the Council Policy Committee and the
Committee on Nominations & Elections for the 2013-
2015 term, to replace members whose terms have
- For the fall ACS national election, Dr. Thomas J.
Barton, and Dr. Luis A. Echegoyen were chosen as
candidates for President-Elect. Candidates for
Directors-at-Large and Districts I and V were also
- The Council also VOTED not to approve 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.
- A Petition to Amend National Election Procedures
was also presented for consideration. It seeks to
shorten the campaign period for candidates for
President-Elect. The Petition to Amend National
Election Procedures will be on the Council agenda
for action at the 2013 spring meeting.
- 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.
The committee is aimed primarily at members over
60 years of age. The Board of Directors must now
vote on final approval 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.
- 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.
- The Council VOTED 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.
ACTIONS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- On the recommendation of the Committee on Budget
and Finance (B&F), the Board VOTED to approve an
advance member registration fee of $370 for national
meetings held in 2013. The Board also considered
program funding requests, and on the
recommendation of B&F VOTED to reauthorize
funding for inclusion in the 2013 proposed budget the
ACS Science Coaches program and the ACS Global
Research Experiences, Exchanges, and Training
- The Board of Directors considered two other
recommendations from the Committee on Budget and
Finance and VOTED that an in-depth review of the
expectations for the financial goals for National
Meetings be performed, and that a financial plan for
the long-term viability of the ACS Presentations on
Demand program (formerly known as Electronic
Dissemination of Meeting Content) be developed and
shared with B&F at its 2013 spring meeting.
The Executive Director/CEO Report
- The Executive Director/CEO and her direct reports
updated the Board on the following: security threats
faced by the Society's information technology systems
and the measures in place to protect against them and a
recommendation from the 2011 Financial Planning
Conference that ACS identify additional revenue
sources. It was also reported that a strategic
assessment of the ACS Information Services Divisions
was conducted over a period of nine months, The study
affirmed the robust operating performance of CAS and
ACS Publications, from both mission and financial
viewpoints. It commended the increasing collaboration
between the divisions and their global presence, and
identified areas of synergy where additional
opportunities for innovation and growth should be
MARM Chemagination 2012
By Louise Lawter, 2012 MARM Chemagination Co-Chair
On Saturday June 2, students, teachers, family and
friends traveled from New York and New Jersey to
compete in the 10th Annual American Chemical
Society's Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM)
Chemagination contest at the University of Maryland,
Baltimore County. These students qualified to
compete on the regional level by placing First in their
category at their local 2012 Chemagination contests
earlier this spring.
Chemagination is an event in which high school
students, working in teams of two or three, are asked
to imagine that they are living 25 years in the future
and have been invited to write an article for
ChemMatters, a magazine for high school students
that focuses on the role of chemistry in everyday life.
The subject of the article is: "Describe a recent
breakthrough or innovation in chemistry and/or its
applications that has improved the quality of people's
lives today." The article is written to fit in one of four
categories: Alternative Energy, Environment,
Medicine/Healthcare, or New Materials. In addition to
the article, students must also design the cover of the
Teams were evaluated and winners selected based on
the quality of their article, their poster display and their
ability to defend the science behind their innovation
during interviews with judges.
Eight teams vied for one of the four prizes: First Place
Overall, Second Place Overall, Third Place Overall,
and Honorable Mention. The prizes consisted of $125
(per team member) for First, $100 for Second, $75 for
Third and $50 for Honorable Mention. In addition,
each prizewinner received a subscription to
"ChemMatters" magazine complements of the
ChemMatters staff. Also, "Chemagination" caps were
distributed to students, teachers and judges to
commemorate the event.
Between the various interviews, the students had the
chance to mingle with their fellow competitors from
Windsor-Plainsboro High School North. West Windsor-
Plainsboro High School South and Bergen County
Academies in New Jersey, and Hunter College High
School and Division Avenue High School in New York.
During the deliberation of the judges, the students
attended a Chemistry Demonstration by Dr. Stephen
Mang of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
MARM Chemagination 2012 was sponsored by the
Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting Executive Board of the
American Chemical Society and organized by Mrs.
Louise Lawter and Dr. Shirish Shah. We wish to thank
MARM General Co-Chairs Paul Smith and Stephanie
Watson, Dr. Stephen Mang, and our judges Dr. Holly
Cymet, Stevenson College; Dr. Louise Hellwig, Morgan
State University; Dr. Sara Narayan, Stevenson
University, and Dr. James Saunders, Towson
University for their service. We also thank the
students' faculty advisors Ms May Chiu, Hunter
College High School; Ms Cindy Jaworski, West
Windsor-Plainsboro HS South; Mr. Troy W. Joseph,
Division Avenue High School; Dr. Deok-Yang Kim,
Bergen County Academies; Mrs. Julia Norato, West
Windsor-Plainsboro HS North and Mr. Thomas Scott,
Hunter College High School for supporting and
encouraging their students.
It was apparent from the quality of the sub-missions
that the students worked very hard to prepare for the
competition. The judges did not have an easy task in
selecting the winners!
And the Winners Were…
First Place Overall
"Lightening Farms: Electrical Agriculture"
Windsor-Plainsboro High School South
Echeverri, Mark Khusidman and MacCallum Robertson
Second Place Overall
"Energy Exploding Enzymes: Power of the Protein"
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North
Choksh, Anup Regunathan and Saavanth Velury
Third Place Overall
"The ProPancreas: How it Lead a Diabetic Revolution"
Bergen County Academies
Kellie Heom, Isabella
Grabski and Rachel Yang
"MemNotes - A Revolutionary Way to Make
West Windsor-Plainsboro High
Brandon Chu and Aayush Visaria
ACS Entrepreneurial Initiative (EI)
The ACS Entrepreneurial Initiative (EI) is a two-year
pilot program that responds to the recent
recommendations of the ACS Presidential Task Force
on Innovation in the Chemical Enterprise entitled
"Innovation, Chemistry, and Jobs: Meeting the
Challenges of Tomorrow." The EI is intended to
provide chemical entrepreneurs with affordable access
to training and resources that foster the creation of new
jobs for U.S.-based chemists. It comprises an
Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) and an
Entrepreneurial Resources Center (ERC).
Since its recent launch two sessions of the
Entrepreneurial Training Program have been
The next application period for the ETP will open
October 1st. To apply or learn more about ACS
Entrepreneurial Initiative, please visit www.acs.org/ei.
The "ACS Entrepreneurial Initiative" will be one of
only six Summit Award recipients for 2012, the highest
association honor from the ASAE, The Center for
Association Leadership. The award will be presented
at ASAE's Summit Awards Dinner to be held Oct. 3,
2012 at the National Building Museum in Washington,
DC. (ASAE is a membership organization of more
than 21,000 association executives and industry
partners representing 10,000 organizations.)
2012 National Chemistry
Week Activities Night
by Kitty Wagner & Louise Lawter,
This year's NCW theme is
"Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science".
We are planning an Activities Night that will be fun and
educational for all that attend. There will be varied
hands-on activities designed around the theme of
nanotechnology and helpful volunteers ready to
The event will be held on Friday, October 26 from 7:00
- 9:00 pm at Princeton University Frick Laboratory,
Taylor Commons. Volunteers are needed for a variety
of tasks including prepping for the "experiments",
organizing and/or supervising hands-on activities,
greeting guests, answering questions and helping with
event publicity. If you can help or just want to find out
more please contact Kitty Wagner at
kmwagner@Princeton.edu or Louise Lawter at
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ACS Climate Science Toolkit
Now on ACS Website
Global climate change, whether a result of natural
variability or of human activity, is a vital issue for life
on Earth and involves many processes and concepts
related to chemistry. Engaging with this issue in
deliberative discourse with colleagues and others
requires understanding the fundamental science that
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This fundamental science is the core content of the
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PACS HAS NEW WEBMASTER
Sergio Anis, our webmaster for the past
several years, resigned his post as
webmaster for the section last year due
to a job change. He volunteered to serve
on an interim basis until we could find a
replacement. (Thank you Sergio for your
years of dedicated service.)
We are pleased to announce that
Danielle Carrick has volunteered to be
our new Webmaster. She has been
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website and you may want to look at
some of the job opportunities she has
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Syracuse University where she studied
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Chemical Consultants Network, Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Dr. Roman Bielski, the Chief Technical Officer for Value Recovery, a Partner in ChemInnolab and an Adjunct Professor at the
Pharmaceutical Department of Wilkes University will speak on "The Importance of Shape A Primer for Chemical Consultants"
The talk will concentrate on geometry of two and three dimensional structures belonging to small and large molecules.
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