MONTANA SECTION - AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY

March 1999 Councilor's Report
Doug Coe dcoe@mtech.edu

Your councilor voted for Alan Schriesheim and F. Peter Boer for nomination as President-Elect for 2000. Alan Schriesheim and Attila E. Pavlath were nominated to run for President Elect.

Your councilor voted for a petition to revise the duties of the Committee on Divisional Activities to allow this committee to recommend the combination or dissolution of Divisions.

Your councilor voted for enacting the dues escalator (which essentially raises the dues by an amount that will offset inflation) bringing the dues for 2000 to $108.00.

Up For Action in New Orleans will be a by-law change that will allow foreign members receiving Chemical and Engineering News to be assessed a surcharge covering the express delivery of Chemical and Engineering News, which may take several weeks to reach foreign members through normal mail channels.

Up For Action in New Orleans this August will be a by-law change that will allow membership in the ACS to begin within two weeks of a member signing up, rather than at the start of the calendar year.

Up For Action in New Orleans this August will be a by-law change that will shift the Regional ACS boundaries to account for demographic shifts and allow for more even representation by Regional Directors. This will shift Colorado and New Mexico from RegionVI (the Region in which we are members) to Region V. I was approached by a Colorado Councilor and asked if we would like to accompany them in this shift and I initially said no, but promised that I would ask our members. Is there any sentiment for shifting from Region VI to Region V (let me know dcoe@mtech.edu)?

National meetings are losing money and in part to offset this loss, the Committee on Budget and Finance recommended to the Board of Directors that registration for the national meeting be set at $235 for 1999. There was a lot of discussion of high cost of meeting registration and questions raised about how this money is spent. In answer to these questions the Committee on Meetings and expositions prepared slides covering Services Not Covered by the Registration Fee , Services Covered by the Registration Fee , How Each Registration Dollar is Spent , Long Term Performance Projections for National Meetings , Cost and Revenue per Attendee. The ACS has been encouraging the participation of undergraduates at national meetings (as this councilor thinks they should) and 517 undergraduate posters were presented at this meeting. The registration fee of $35 is, however, proving insufficient to cover the cost of programs developed for undergraduates and the ACS is considering raising undergraduate registration. How do you feel about this (let me know dcoe@mtech.edu)?

Membership in the ACS in the 21-25 year age group has doubled (this councilor suspects in part in response to encouraging undergraduate participation at national meetings). Providing some form of membership recognition at 10 year, 20 year, 30 year, and 40 year intervals, as well as at the 50 year milestone, was discussed.

The Committee on Science and the ACS have opposed the passage of Public Law 105-277, which will require all data obtained with the support of federal funding to be available to the public through the Freedom of Information Act.

The Committee on Professional Training announced that there are 617 approved ACS programs. A Symposium on integrating biochemistry into the undergraduate curriculum will be held at the national meeting in San Francisco next spring. The Directory of Undergraduate Research will be available in electronic format.

The Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs is surveying members in the 50-70 year age bracket to help the ACS better serve this group.

With the requirement of electronic submission of abstracts for national meetings, meeting abstracts will become available on-line prior to the meeting.

Salt Lake City has been chosen as the site for the 2009 National Meeting.

The experiment to evaluate electronic balloting with the Division of Inorganic Chemistry was successful, but labor intensive.

In Region VI (of which you are still a member), Glenn Crosby and Stephen Rodemeyer have been selected by the Committee on Nominations and Elections as nominees for Director of Region VI for the 2000-2002 term.

The candidates for Director at Large for the 2000-2002 term are James D. Burke, Valerie J. Kuck, C. Gordon McCarrty, and Lura J. Powell.

The American Chemical Society, through a letter to the California State Board of Education in September from its President, Paul Walter, took issue with the California Science Standards for grades K-12. Specifically the letter noted that:

1. The proposed California standards present a surprisingly narrow view of modern science. Despite the density of factual detail, they do not cover the breadth of content that is found in the NSES. In particular, they neglect relationships among the sciences, content related to science and technology, and science and society issues, content which is essential to raising scientific literacy in a technological society.

2. The proposed California standards often specify concepts that are not appropriate for students at the grade levels indicated, especially in the elementary and middle school years.

3. The proposed California standards do not include sufficient emphasis on inquiry-based learning, nor on the development of higher-level thinking skills.

CAS continues to be strong financially with $156M in revenue and $10.3M contribution to the budget. Publications revenue is forecast to be $84.8M with a $320K shortfall due primarily to falling journal print subscriptions.