ACS New York Section
2008 Annual Report
by Ronald D'Amelia, Ph.D. Committee Chair
The Councilor Coordinating Committee (C3) consists of all Certified Councilors
and Alternate Councilors for 2008.
There were two National ACS meetings held this year: one was held in New
Orleans, LA April 5 -9, 2008 and the other was held in Philadelphia,
PA August 17-21,2008.
The “Councilor Corner” link on the NY section web page contains all the
important Councilor activities from both ACS national meetings held in CY
Summary of Activities for the New Orleans LA Meeting:
The New York section had all of its councilors attend the New Orleans ACS
national meeting. Ronald D’Amelia attended as an alternate councilor
in order to attend the Committee on Economics and Professional meeting held
on Saturday and Sunday. All representatives attended the District
1 Caucus held on Tuesday April 8th at the Marriott hotel Balcony room. The
council meeting was held on Wednesday April 9th at the Marriott hotel Grand
Ballroom. All councilors attended the council meeting. In addition, many
of our representatives attended the Local section Officers and Tour Speakers
reception held on Tues afternoon.
The ACS council dealt with several major issues important to all ACS members:
For the first time in the 100 years the American Institute of Chemical
Engineers (AIChE) was formed as an entity separate from the ACS, the two
organizations held their national meetings together in New Orleans a
city still suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The meeting
hosted 13, 454 participants while there was 482 booths with 319 exhibitors.
In its most far reaching action the ACS council paved the way for students
including undergraduates, to become full ACS members with voting rights.
Dr. Yorke Rhodes reported on the activities of the Local Section
Activities Committee (LSAC). The major activity of the LSAC at this
meeting was the review of annual reports from all local sections.
Dr. Anne O'Brien as District I director held her thirteenth District
I caucus. The agenda included the current council agenda items and any other
issues within the region.
Dr. Donald Clarke gave a report on the Nominations and Elections
committee. The movement to have national help with electronic voting has gain
support in spite of decrease in funds.
Jean Delfiner reported on the Chemical Health and Safety Committee.
The committee brought up the need for K-12 safety and working with NCW to
update safety guidelines.
Joan Laredo-Liddell reported on her activities on the SOCED committee
and the development of High School Chemistry Clubs.
Dr. Hiroko Karan gave a report from the Minority Affairs committee.
There are lots of minority awards but few individuals are being nominated
of Activities from the Philadelphia PA Meeting:
The New York section had full representation at the Philadelphia ACS national
meeting. Ronald D’Amelia attended the council meeting in place of Vijaya
Koripara. The council meeting took place on August 20th at the Philadelphia
Marriott hotel Grand Ballroom. The District I caucus took place on Tuesday
August 19th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the Franklin room of the Marriott hotel.
As is standard at fall national meetings, the council elected some members
to the Committee on Committees, the Council Policy Committee and the Committee
on Nominations and Elections for 2008-10. Yorke Rhodes was elected
to the Council Policy Committee for the 2008-2010 term. The candidates for
President Elect for 2009 were announced as well as Directors-at-Large.
Agenda highlights from the council meeting were: Society affiliate to become
full members at affiliate dues rates; Distribution formula for division
funding was up for discussion and action; FIGS (Focused Interest Groups
was up for special discussion.
Joan Laredo-Liddell reported on the activities of the Society Committee
on Education (SOCED). The committee reviewed and updated the activities
of the High school Chemistry Club pilot program. Joan volunteered to be
on the committee to update and review a 1984 report entitled “Guidelines
and Recommendations for teaching of High School Chemistry”.
Dr. Yorke Rhodes reported on Local Section Activity Committee (LSAC).
Dr. Ronald P. D’Amelia reported on the Committee on Economic and
Professional Affairs (CEPA): The committee continues to collaborate with the
ACS Department of Career Services to enhance career services at the National
and Regional meetings. The committee also has been working on a number of
initiatives to address globalization. The committee prepared a report
on the dispersion of Chemistry as a discipline, and voted to recommend that
the Board appoint a task force to assess this issue and its potential on ACS
and the profession.
This is my eleventh year as Chairperson of the Councilors Coordinating
Committee and I am pleased to report that the committee as usual did an
outstanding job this year.