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Fall 2016 Councilor's Report

Posted by Joe Studer on September 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello South Texas Section,

The Council of the American Chemical Society met in San Diego on March 16, 2016. The following report includes a summary of items that were discussed.

The Committee on Nominations and Elections presented to the Council the following nominees for selection as candidates for President-Elect, 2017: Peter K. Dorhout, Thomas R. Gilbert, C. Bradley Moore, and Gregory H. Robinson. By electronic ballot, the Council selected Peter K. Dorhout and Thomas R. Gilbert as candidates for 2017 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 held prior to the San Diego meeting to select candidates from the list of nominees to serve as Directors from District II and District IV on the Board of Directors for the term 2017-2019. By internet ballot, the Councilors from these districts selected George M. Bodner and Christina C. Bodurow as District II candidates; and Rigoberto Hernandez and Larry K. Krannich as District IV candidates. Ballots will be distributed on September 29, 2016 to all ACS members in District II and District IV for election of a Director from each District.

The Committee on Nominations and Elections announced the selection of the following candidates for Directors-at-Large for 2017-2019 terms: Joseph A. Heppert, Kristin M. Omberg, Dorothy J. Phillips, and Kathleen M. Schulz. 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 September 29, 2016.

Since we are on the topic of elections, it is a perfect time to start looking for candidates for this Fall’s local section elections, or even to consider being a candidate. The offices to be filled are Chair-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. Contact any local section officer for more information or to suggest potential candidates. You can email our section at [email protected]

Other Council Actions and Committee Reports

2017 Member Dues

8) The Council voted to set the member dues for 2016 at the fully escalated rate of $166. This rate is established pursuant to an inflation-adjustment formula in the ACS Constitution and Bylaws.

Resolutions

:D The Council passed resolutions in memory of deceased Councilors; in gratitude for the officers and members of the San Diego Local Section, host Section for the 251st National Meeting; the divisional program chairs and symposium organizers; and ACS staff.

Budget and Finance

In 2015, ACS generated a Net from Operations of $16.6 million, which was $3.2 million favorable to budget. Total revenues were $511.7 million, essentially on budget. Expenses ended the year at $495.1 million, which was $3.1 million or 0.6% favorable to budget. This variance was attributable to a continued emphasis on expense management across the Society. The Society’s financial position strengthened in 2015, with Unrestricted Net Assets, or reserves, increasing from $144.7 million at December 31, 2014 to $163.3 million at year-end 2015. Additional information can be found at www.acs.org.

Membership

As of December 31, the ACS membership was nearly 157,000, which is 0.96% less than on the same date in 2014. The number of new members who joined in 2015 is 25,000. The Society’s overall retention rate is 84%. The committee also reported that the number of international members has increased to 26,022.

That number is 965 higher than in December of 2014. The international growth rate is 3.85%.

Early Member Registration Fee In compliance with the National Meeting Long Range Financial Plan and the recommendations of the 2015 Task Force on Implementing National Meeting Financial Targets, the Committee on Meetings and Expositions has recommended that the Early Member Registration Fee for the 2017 national meetings be $440. The Board will vote on this recommendation later this year.

San Diego Meeting Attendance

Attendance at the San Diego meeting was great. As of Tuesday evening, March 15, the following was reported:

Attendees 8398

Students 5979

Exhibitors 1094

Expo only 473

Guest 383

Total 16,32

There was a lot of other business conducted at this meeting and is available under the Governance link on the ACS website if you are interested.

The next national meeting will be August 21-25, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Theme: Chemistry of the people, by the people, for the people. Check the ACS website and C&E News for further information.

Ludy Avila, Ph.D.

South Texas Section Councilor

Fall 2014 National Meeting

Posted by Ludivina on August 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 Fall 2014 National Meeting Councilor's Report:

The Council of the American Chemical Society met in San Francisco on August 13, 2014. The following report includes a summary of items which most directly affect the South Texas Section and its members.

There are three candidates for President-Elect, who will be on the ballots sent to all members in this fall’s elections. They are Dr. Peter K. Dorhout, Kansas State University, Dr. William A. Lester, Jr., UC Berkeley, and Dr. Donna J. Nelson, University of Oklahoma. Members are encouraged to read the information which the candidates provide and vote accordingly. Members eligible to vote should receive an e-mail in September giving them the option to vote electronically, an option I strongly encourage.

Speaking of elections, the search for candidates this Fall’s local section elections should begin soon, with an announcement at the September local section meeting. The offices to be filled are Chair-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. Contact any local section officer for more information or to suggest potential candidates. If you do nominate someone for an office, please be sure to check with them first to see if they’re interested in running for office.

 Attendance at the meeting was higher than expected, with almost 16,000 registrants as of Wednesday morning. Overall membership in ACS decreased slightly from July last year, to just under 159,000 members, though membership has increased about 500 members in the last two months.

Member benefits have not changed significantly from last year, but there are still many benefits that were not available even five years ago. These include access to up to 25 articles from ACS journals and almost immediate access to technical content recorded at the national meeting. Go to the ACS website for more information.

ACS finances continue to do well. Current projection for this year’s operating net is $14 million, which is almost $1 million better than budgeted. Unrestricted funds should increase from $186 million to just over $200 million, despite a decrease in interest rates which increased the mandated pension fund reserve requirement. Any increase in interest rates should bring the total reserves to the $250 million minimum ACS seeks. For more information on ACS finances, go to the About Us link on the ACS website (www.acs.org) and then to About ACS.

SOCED (the Society Committee on Education) reported on the upcoming launch of AACT (the American Association of Chemistry Teachers) scheduled for September 2nd. This is a separate organization aimed at K-12 teachers of chemistry. Members will have access to a variety of resources available to members only, in addition to those ACS already provides to the public through the website and the education offices. Anyone who would like to know more can go to the ACS website or contact me ([email protected]) .

There was a lot of other business conducted at the meeting, but little if any is likely to be of great interest to members of the local section. If you’re curious, the Council agenda is available under the Governance link on the ACS website.

The next national meeting will be March 22-26, 2015, in Denver. Check the ACS website and C&E News for further information.

Thomas R. Hays

Councilor, South Texas Section

Councilor's Report Fall 2013

Posted by Ludivina on September 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Councilor’s report for the 2013 ACS Fall National Meeting

The Council of the American Chemical Society met in Indianapolis on September 11, 2013. The following report includes a summary of items which most directly affect the South Texas Section and its members.

There are three candidates for President-Elect, who will be on the ballots sent to all members in this fall’s elections. They are Dr. G. Bryan Balasz, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Dr. Charles E. Kolb, Jr., Aerodyne Research, Inc., and Dr. Diane Grob Schmidt, Procter & Gamble. Members are encouraged to read the information which the candidates provide and vote accordingly.

Speaking of elections, the search for candidates this Fall’s local section elections has begun. As per the recently-revised local section by-laws, the offices to be filled are Chair-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. Contact any local section officer for more information or to suggest potential candidates. If you do nominate someone for an office, please be sure to check with them first to see if they’re interested in running for office.

Attendance at the meeting was low, with just under 11,000 registrants as of Wednesday morning. That was almost 10% less than budgeted. Overall membership in ACS decreased slightly from July last year, to just over 160,000 members, though membership has increased about 800 members in the last two months.

Member benefits continue to improve. Last year, members got free downloads of up to 25 current articles from any journals ACS publishes. Earlier this year, 25 free SciFinder searches were added to the list of member benefits. At this meeting, it was announced that Presentations on Demand (POD) (videos of presentations given at national meetings) will be free to members for 12 months after the meeting, then to the general public for an additional 6 months, after which they will be deleted to make room for more recent meeting presentations. While not all presentations are recorded and available, quite a number are. To get the viewpoint of actual members on the value of ACS membership, go to www.my.acs.org for videos and links to related information.

ACS finances continue to do well. Current projections for this year’s operating profit are $15 million, which was over $1 million better than budgeted. Unrestricted funds should increase from $102 million to $186 million, mainly due to a slight increase in interest rates which reduced the mandated pension fund reserve requirement by $55 million. An slight further increase should bring the total reserves to the $250 million minimum ACS seeks. For more information on ACS finances, go to the About Us link on the ACS website (www.acs.org) and then to About ACS.

A special discussion item “What can we - as the Society and as individuals - do to help create jobs or demand for chemists?” brought much response from councilors. The spirited discussion was allowed to go well the 30 minutes allotted in the agenda.

There was a lot of other business conducted at the meeting, but little if any is likely to be of great interest to members of the local section. If you’re curious, the Council agenda is available under the Governance link on the ACS website.

The next national meeting will be March 16-20, 2014, in Dallas. Check the ACS website and C&E News for further information.

Thomas R. Hays

Councilor, South Texas Section

 

Call for papers

Posted by Ludivina on March 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

246th ACS National Meeting & Exposition September 8-12, 2013, Indianapolis, Indiana Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry (COLL) Symposium on Nanostructured Materials for Next-Generation Energy Storage and Conversion (Oral) The energy crisis and pollution have posed significant risks to the environment, transportation, and economy over the last century. Thus, green energy becomes one of the critical global technologies and the use of green energy resources is an important and active research area. This symposium will consider research presentations that investigate the developments in nanoscaled electrocatalyst, solid oxide and proton exchange membrane fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, and photovoltaic techniques will comprise the area of energy storage and conversion. Developments in carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and hydrogen (H2) storage using tunable structured materials will be discussed. Fundamental studies providing an understanding of (photo/electro)catalysis, storage, design or applications will be highlighted in this session, including regulation and policy. Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to: • Redox-active Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOF) with bio-mimetic architectures for artificial energy generation (photosynthesis) or storage, • Novel polymers for efficient ion transport, • MOF Advance In Energy Storage (inc. H2, CO2 storage), • Electrochemistry, Kinetics, Characterization of bulk, Nanoscale materials in fuel cell and batteries (inc. Electrocatalysis, SOFC, PEMFC, Li-Ion), • From theoretical simulations, modeling to novel technological applications related to energy storage, • Policy, regulation , innovation of Energy Storage at the government level. Organizers: Jingbo L. Liu, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, USA. Tel: 1‐361-593-2914. Email: [email protected] or [email protected] Sajid Bashir, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, USA. Tel: 1‐361-593-4253. Email: [email protected] Abstracts should be submitted on‐line on the PACS abstract submission site: http://abstracts.acs.org Select COLL and then this symposium. Follow instructions to input a 150 word abstract. Deadline for online abstract submission is Friday, March 29, 2013 If you have difficulty submitting an abstract, please contact the organizers.

Councilor's Report -fall 2012

Posted by Ludivina on September 5, 2012 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Councilor’s report for the ACS Fall 2012 National Meeting

The Council of the American Chemical Society met in Philadelphia on August 22, 2012. The following report includes a summary of items which most directly affect the South Texas Section and its members. The two candidates for President-Elect, who will be on the ballots sent to all members in this fall’s elections, are Thomas Barton, Iowa State University, and Luis Echegoyen, UT El Paso. Members are encouraged to read the information which the candidates will provide and to vote accordingly. The Council voted on two proposed amendments to the national by-laws. One would have put a six-month ban on unpaid statements in C&E News by candidates for national office, which would supersede current policies of ACS journal editorial boards and of the Committee on Nominations and Elections. The second would have allowed the ACS Board of Directors to provide funding to international chapters for travel to national meetings. Both amendments were defeated. The Council did approve formation of a new standing committee, the Senior Chemists Committee, culminating several years of work at providing a focus for the ever-growing number of older members in ACS. Councilors were reminded that electronic voting is allowed in local sections, but only if the section’s by-laws contain wording which permits it. (The South Texas executive committee has been working on updating the local section by-laws, including a section on electronic voting.) Attendance at the meeting was typical for the fall meeting, with 13,320 registrants as of Wednesday. Finances for 2011 were slightly better than budgeted, with a net from operations of roughly $20 million. Unrestricted assets actually decreased, due to a large increase in required reserves for pension funds resulting from historically low interest rates. The 25th anniversary of National Chemistry Week will be celebrated October 21-27 with the theme, “Nanotechnology – The Smallest BIG Idea in Science!” The 10th anniversary of Chemists Celebrate Earth Day will be celebrated in 2013. All local sections are encouraged to participate in both events. The next national meeting will be April 7th to 11th , 2013, in New Orleans. Check the ACS website and C&E News for further information.

Thomas R. Hays Councilor, South Texas Section

Officer Elections

Posted by Ludivina on November 4, 2011 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

If anyone is interested in running for office, we are taking nominations. We will be electing officers for the following positions:

Chair Elect

Vice Chair

Secretary/Treasurer

 

If you are wanting to nominate yourself or know of someone who wants to be nominated, please contact our Chair, Dr. Justin Moore. His email is:

[email protected]

Councilor's Report- Fall meeting 2011

Posted by Ludivina on October 12, 2011 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Councilor’s report for the ACS Fall National Meeting

The Council of the American Chemical Society met in Denver on August 31, 2011. The following report includes a summary of items which most directly affect the South Texas Section and its members.

The two candidates for President-Elect, who will be on the ballots sent to all members in this fall’s elections, are Dennis Chamot, National Research Council of the National Academy of Science, and Marinda Wu, founder and President of Science is Fun!. Members are encouraged to read the information which the candidates will provide and to vote accordingly.

The Council voted to approve a change in the national by-laws which clarifies the rules for the issuing of position statements by units of the American Chemical Society. If you are planning on asking the local section to issue a position statement on a local issue, please refer to the revised by-laws.

In a related matter, our local section needs to examine our constitution and by-laws to ensure that our election policies are consistent with the national rules. While we don’t have to allow electronic voting, we would probably have to amend our local section rules to allow it. In addition, it has been almost 20 since the South Texas Section constitution and by-laws were last updated. Something for the Executive Committee to consider for 2012 is to begin the process of revising our guiding documents.

Attendance at the meeting was much lower than usual, with only 10,076 registrants. This is the lowest total at a national meeting since I have been councilor. The main reasons for the low attendance were the impact of Hurricane Irene on the East Coast, the fact that the meeting was held just after most colleges and universities had started the new semester, and that it was the middle of three successive western meetings (Anaheim, Denver, San Diego). The facilities were great for a meeting, so it is hoped that (with better scheduling) future national meetings will be held in Denver and will be better attended.

Several steps have been taken by ACS to assist members. The Denver meeting had the first-ever on-line career fair (in conjunction with the on-site fair), allowing recruiters and job-seekers the opportunity to participate without having to travel to Denver. The Presidential Task Force on Innovation and Job Creation released its report, “Innovation, Chemistry and Jobs”, which is accessible at the ACS website. The Chemical Entrepreneurship Council has been formed to help ACS members pursue entrepreneurial activities. Other employment-related activities are also being pursued by ACS for and with its members.

ACS finances continue to improve. The only financial target not currently being met is for reserves for retirement accounts, but that is largely due to the way the reserve requirement is calculated.

There were several reports on various aspects of ACS participation in the International Year of Chemistry (IYC). Go to the ACS website for more information.

The next national meeting will be March 25th to 29th, 2012, in San Diego (California). Check the ACS website and C&E News for further information.

Thomas R. Hays

Councilor, South Texas Section

Councilor's report

Posted by Ludivina on January 13, 2011 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Councilor’s report for the ACS Fall National Meeting 2010

 

The Council of the American Chemical Society met in Boston on August 25, 2010. The following report includes a summary of items which most directly affect the South Texas Section and its members.

The two candidates for President-Elect, who will be on the ballots sent to all members in this fall’s elections, are Luis A. Echegoyen, Professor, University of Texas at El Paso, and Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Professor, University of Wisconsin. Members are encouraged to read the information which the candidates will provide and to vote accordingly.

The Council voted to allow alternative methods for recorded votes. The current constitution and by-laws require paper ballots for recorded votes (votes in which the vote of each councilor is recorded and reported); the amendment will allow for other recordable methods, such as the use of electronic “clickers”. The amendment still has to be approved by the Board of Directors before it goes into effect, but it would be a huge surprise if they vote it down.

In a related matter, our local section needs to examine our constitution and by-laws to ensure that our election policies are consistent with the national rules. While we don’t have to allow electronic voting, we would probably have to amend our local section rules to allow it. In addition, it has probably been 20 or more years since the South Texas Section constitution and by-laws were last updated. Something for the Executive Committee to consider for 2011 is to begin the process of revising our guiding documents.

There was a lot of discussion on a proposal to move the Council meeting to Tuesday morning. The main advantages given were that Councilors could go home a day earlier, so there could be less cost to the local section and the Councilor would miss less work. The greatest concern is that the governance activities (mainly meetings) which take place starting the Friday before would have to complete their work a day earlier. This might mean that committee schedules would simply move to starting on Thursday, which would result in no net time savings for Councilors who are involved in governance (which is almost all of the Councilors).

Two items which were on the original agenda were withdrawn before the meeting. One involved reimbursement of expenses for members of scientific societies outside of the U.S. which are associated with ACS to come to the national meetings. Currently, local sections and divisions get some reimbursement for expenses to send their Councilors to the nation meeting. The overseas organizations do not have Councilors, so are not currently included. The second withdrawn item involved formalizing the practice of alternating the ACS presidency between academic and industrial members. This would mean that even petition candidates would have to follow the restriction of academicians as candidates for President-Elect in even years and industrial members as candidates in odd years. Both items continue under consideration and will likely be presented to the Council at a future meeting.

The next national meeting will be March 27th to 31st in Anaheim. Check the ACS website and C&E News for further information.

 

Thomas R. Hays

Councilor, South Texas Section

 


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