MONTANA SECTION - AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY

November 1995 Councilor's Report
Wyn Jennings

At the Chicago National ACS meeting held in August, there were a number of issues put forth that should be of interest to section members.

1. The council voted to provide relief of Society dues (up to two years) for members who are unemployed and seeking full-time professional employment.

2. It also voted to reduce the Society dues to 50% (up to three years) for members who suspend full-time employment to give family care (i.e. child or elderly parental care).

3. Local sections receiving awards for membership activity were:

small -- Illinois-Iowa
medium-small--San Antonio
medium--Northwest Tennessee
medium-large--Midland (5th time)
large--Chicago/Philadelphia (tie)

4. The Society Committee on Education (SOCED):

a. Has a major effort directed toward the support of precollege teacher education.

b. Is revising the document "Education Policy for National Survival" in support of the Eisenhower Program. The committee chair is Stanley Pine.

5. The Publications Committee (chaired by Joe Dixon) indicates that:

a. Subscription prices for non-members (libraries) are likely to rise 16% in 1996.

b. The journals are being flooded with submissions and acceptances. As the number of acceptances increases, so does the cost of publications. Thus, anticipate a requirement for shortened manuscripts and more publication being sent in electronic form. There were 80,000 pp. of electronic publications on the WWW and Gopher last year.

c. You should be aware that the journal publication committee may shift from a scientist/scholar based committee to more business based committee. Your opinions on this subject are really important. Chem. Abstracts is now in the hands of a business based committee.

d. 63% of all accepted manuscripts are now received on diskette.

6. The task force report on graduate schools will be out soon. It finds that there are too many institutions at this particular time, but not if the economy turns around. Moreover, reducing the number of small programs would have negligible effect since the large student producers are enormous. In addition, the benefit to the faculty and the institutions with small programs is significant and far outweighs the desired effects from reducing the number of programs. Further, there is no way for the ACS to do it. Finally, there are no real savings in research dollars or student populations by closing graduate schools. One common thread that I have encountered in this discussion and have heard from other groups is that graduate students will need more breadth of knowledge in the immediate and near future. This includes more knowledge in engineering, biological sciences and, especially, communications. Further, due to the globalization of chemistry, the need for foreign languages and cultural diversity are evident.