Past Candidate for ACS President-Elect




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!!

National Chemistry Week 2013 (and we're wearing our "Vote for Bryan" buttons!!)

National Chemistry Week 2013 (and we’re wearing our “Vote for Bryan” buttons!!)

Below are the three candidates in the election this Fall.  Read their statements, and please remember to vote!

The three candidates left to right: Bryan, Diane, Charles (hint:  vote for the guy on the left)

The three candidates left to right: Bryan, Diane, Charles
(Hint: vote for the guy on the left)
Photo credit: Linda Wang, ACS

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…

Younger chemists are the future of our Society!!

Younger chemists are the future of our Society!!
(credit to Dotti Miller and son and Jens Breffke for the picture)

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 SocietyPresident-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.

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  1. Zakir Rzayev says:

    Taking into consideration of ACS activities and Edycation/Profession, I think that PhD Bryan BALAZS is a potential Candidate for ACS President-Elect.

    • Bryan says:

      My ACS activities are listed under the “ACS Activities” link near the top right; my education credentials are listed under the “My Educational Background” link in that same location.

  2. Robert Doerksen says:

    Good job on your webpage. I like the ‘Hint: vote for the guy on the left’ comment!

  3. Khalid S. Jasim, Ph.D. Chem says:

    Dear Dr.Balazs
    I ususly do not pay attention to ACS elections because it all concentrate on Academia and very little on industry. In addition, the emails sent to ACS members soliciting support are mass emails. During last election, I sent an email to one of the candidates enquiring about his views on certain matters, guess what, never received a response (I was not surprised). However, I like your email. You sound like you want to do something different, especially communication with industry and improve their aweareness on what chemists can do for them. Believe me after more that 25 years in industry, I know that the majority of industry mamanagement do not know what role(s) a chemist can play in advincing their bottom line. It is, thedrefore, important to make industry aware that chemist do not only do testing in labs but they can improve product quality, optimise production processes, cutdown cost, improve safety, protect the environment and even become good managers.

    So far you have my vote.

    best of luck,

    • Bryan says:

      Hello Dr. Jasim,
      Thank you for taking the time to respond, and believe me, I read 100% of my emails and comments on my website and I try to offer a personalized response for each one. A lot of work, yes, but this is what separates me from the rest. ACS does need to be responsive to industry as well as academia, small business, and entrepreneurs. My goal is to have the ACS inclusive of all of these groups.


  4. Hey Brian, Can you comment on how your experiences at a national lab would influence your stance towards governmental support of research in the U.S.? What do you see as the major areas of research that the U.S. needs to be involved in right now? In your opinion, what is the role of the ACS president in advancing scientific research in the U.S.?

    • Bryan says:

      Hi Burt,
      Glad you asked. Being at a national lab for over 20 years has taught me a lot about how the federal budget and Congressional appropriations processes work. That being said, we’re in a very unusual budget climate in Washington these days, where even old-timers will tell you they have never seen such bipartisanship. So, to answer your questions in turn:
      1. Since I am at a national lab, I have to be honest with you and say that I do have constraints regarding advocating for specific federal support of research as it might apply to the DOE National Labs. That being said, there is no reason I cannot advocate on behalf of science education and science R&D in general.
      2. I think we are seeing many of the needed areas of research unfolding right now, such as control of material properties at the molecular level, “bespoke” molecules, if you will. In the past, humans looked around us for materials to use for food, clothing, medicines, energy sources, etc. In the 1900s there was a transition to making many of these materials in bulk quantities for the above uses. However, this tends to be somewhat inefficient from a manufacturing and distribution sense, and so I think the big future area where chemistry will play a role is in designing molecules for exactly the intended purpose with minimal side effects. I guess you could call this a different form of “atom economy.”
      3. The role of the ACS President is to advocate for chemists and chemistry, demonstrating the value of these to our modern way of living and their importance for the future. I love to speak on behalf of chemistry (just check out my pictures at events like NCW, etc.), and I look forward to this role. Quite frankly, if we can get the public behind us in support of chemistry in the modern world, a lot of other current issues (education, employment, federal funding) will be easier to resolve.

      Hope that answers your questions!

  5. Stan Seelig says:

    Dr. Balazs,

    I am Chair of the ACS Division of Small Chemical Business (SCHB) and would like to invite you to our open Executive Committee meeting at the ACS National meeting in Indianapolis on Sunday, Sept 7th from 8:30-noon at the Westin Indianapolis in the Cameral room. There will be a continental breakfast served at 8 am. We would like the opportunity to hear about your plans for ACS that relate to our work. Please let me know if you can attend and possibly what time to expect you. We look forward to seeing you next month.

    Stan Seelig, Chair of SCHB

    • Bryan says:

      Hello Stan,
      Thank you for your invitation below to attend the open Executive Committee meeting of the Division of Small Chemical Business. I welcome the opportunity to give you some of my thoughts pertaining to SCHB and also to hear your questions and concerns. Would it work for you if I came by at 9:00 a.m.? Sunday morning is one of the few times where I do have some flexibility in my schedule, so I’m sure we can find another time if 9:00 doesn’t work for you.

      Best Regards, and see you in Indianapolis.