|Posted by Ludivina on August 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM|
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