April 1998 Councilor's Report
Due to dissatisfaction with the Fall 1997 Las Vegas meeting the year 2000 Spring meeting has been moved from Las Vegas to San Francisco.
Daryle Busch and Glenn Crosby will be the candidates for the 1999 President-Elect of ACS. Your Councilor supported Marjorie C. Caserio and Glenn Crosby.
Your Councilor voted for a Bylaws change that gives the Local Section Activities Committee the authority to recommend the combining or dissolution of Local Sections for good and sufficient reason. The change passed unanimously.
Your Councilor voted for a petition by the Central Utah Section to annex 12 counties in southern Utah containing 18 members and for a petition to change the name of the University of Illinois Section to the East Central Illinois Section. Both petitions were granted.
There was considerable discussion over the recommended increase in the 1999 dues from $102 to $105 at a time when the Society is in good financial health. The argument that this dues escalator increase, which is automatic and is driven by increases in the consumer price index is merely making sure that our dues have the same purchasing power this year as last, won over your Councilor and he supported this increase.
At the request of the Council in Las Vegas the Board of Directors of ACS reconsidered its position that the ACS have no official position on immigration. After considerable discussion the Board voted to reaffirm its original position.
At the Dallas meeting there were 9,126 registered attendees and a total attendance of 10,717. 4779 papers were presented, including 1700 presenters in morning and afternoon poster sessions. 208 companies exhibited in 392 booths.
There are currently 617 approved ACS undergraduate programs. Biochemistry (essentially a 3 credit course) will be required in ACS approved curricula by 2001.
The Committee on Education has published Chemistry in the National Science Education Standards to help teachers in high school chemistry classrooms adapt these standards. The Committee has also just published Sunlight, Skyscrapers, and Soda Pop for young readers. This Committee is also establishing a task force on graduate education.
The Committee on Local Section Activities is establishing an award for encouraging minority involvement.
The Committee on Membership Affairs is considering a graduated dues structure based on years since baccalaureate to encourage young scientists to become members. $2,000 grants are available to local sections for the development of activities that will encourage membership retention.
B.S. and M.S. employment is up, while Ph.D. employment is stagnant. Unemployment figures for chemists is as low at 2% as it has been since the early 1990s. There was a lively discussion on the current policy of no longer publishing termination data for companies that are laying off chemists in Chemical and Engineering News. A Job Bank, listing positions advertised in Chemical and Engineering News and 25 major daily papers, and a Professional Data Bank, a computerized matching service, are employment tools that will both be available from the ACS ChemCenter Web site.
The Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs has substantially revised the 6th version of the ACS Professional Employment Guidelines for consideration by the Council.
The Committee on Divisional Activities is recommending the formation of a Division of Toxicology. This will be voted on at the Fall ACS meeting in Boston.
A petition for a change in by-laws with respect to Corporation Associates dues would, if adopted in Boston, restrict their use to Corporation Association programs and awards and would not automatically drop from Society membership a Corporation Associate that is over 90 day in arrears on its dues.