|Posted by Ludivina on September 5, 2012 at 10:30 AM|
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