The results of the election are out, but I was not the winner. I wish to thank all of you that helped out with my campaign, and I must say that I enjoyed hearing from so many people and learning about the issues faced by ACS Members. I wish you all the best!!
Just in: Photo from National Chemistry Week demos on Wednesday October 23rd at Thornton Junior High School in Fremont!!
Below are the three candidates in the election this Fall. Read their statements, and please remember to vote!
See my statement in the September 16th issue of Chemical and Engineering News!
And I thought they were kidding when they mentioned babies and the campaign trail…
Click here to view the video of my candidate speech at the Indianapolis National Meeting.
I am one of the candidates for election to the three year Presidential succession of the American Chemical Society: President-Elect in 2014, President in 2015, and Past-President in 2016. I’m passionate about the role that science and science education, for chemistry in particular, plays in addressing many of the challenges facing our world.
If elected President, my priorities would be:
Education is at the foundation of everything we strive to achieve through the ACS. Amidst increasing global connectivity and in a context where education touches on everything, we need to:
- Advocate for earlier exposure to science education, among all groups
- Reposition ACS programs to address educational pipeline issues and student retention issues
- Define the balance between traditional methods of teaching and emerging digital tools
An education in science remains a great investment, and employers want the analytical thinking and advanced skills that result from hiring chemists. But all of us know colleagues who are unable to find a job in an area that matches their interests and abilities. What should the ACS do?
- Emphasize that Chemists solve problems – it’s what we’re good at – and these are the skills employers are looking for
- Nurture entrepreneurial opportunities in both business and educational institutions
- Identify “non-traditional employers”, while simultaneously providing more tools to address the dynamic nature of the job search environment
Outreach and Collaboration
When the public appreciates the value of chemistry for them, it’s easier to promote science education and careers for chemists. Here’s what we can do:
- Partner with recognized public figures to publicize the chemistry behind the current events that capture the public’s attention
- Engage our Student Members to spread our message through contemporary, digital methods
- Connect advocacy groups for science, helping to unite these groups in our common mission
It’s an exciting time for chemists, and I believe my skills and experience are what we need in the office of the ACS President.