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February 15, 2008

 

Dear ACS Colleague,

 

As we begin the New Year, I wanted to provide a brief update on some highlights from the ACS Board. The ACS Strategic Plan for 2008 and Beyond was just launched with some interactive features at www.acs.org/strategicplan on January 28, 2008. After receiving input from councilors, committees, and members this past year, the ACS Board and Planning Committee worked hard to develop metrics for each goal and strategy. We invite you to send further suggestions and comments to strategicplan@acs.org.

 

This year for the first time, the Board Oversight Group on Leadership Development (BOG) brought a transformed version of the ACS Leadership Conference with the 2008 ACS Leadership Institute held in Dallas, Texas January 25-27. New leadership development courses were offered in addition to pertinent information for chair-elects in different tracks for local sections, divisions, and various committees. As always, it was a stimulating weekend with great networking for all!

 

Please visit the ACS website at www.acs.org and search Leadership Development for more information on these valuable new ACS courses offered for Emerging Volunteers, Emerging Leaders, Developing Leaders, and Advanced Leaders. So far, these leadership development courses have been offered without charge to ACS members at national and regional ACS meetings. I encourage you to try one or pass this information along to others who may benefit.

 

Last August, the ACS Board approved a new state government affairs advocacy pilot program. In 2008, five states will participate in this new pilot with an initial focus to improve K-12 science education. The first pilot states include Alabama, Arkansas, California, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. If your local section does not yet have a Government Affairs Committee (GAC), contact grassroots@acs.org. For more details, check out the new Legislative Action Network (LAN) homepage at www.act4chemistry.org It features daily links to policy news of interest to scientists, access to an improved action center to facilitate sending letters to policy makers plus even a blog to share comments. LAN letters from our members helped pass the America Competes Act. We need more letters to Congress to support strong funding for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) research and education.

 

As a member of the ACS Communications Advisory Group, I invite any suggestions or comments you might have with regards to ACS Communications. Focus group research is underway to gather feedback from members and nonmembers of different demographics across the country. Improving the public image of chemistry and its practitioners has long been an ACS goal! Please see my ACS Comment in the August  issue of C&EN on “Ambassadors for Science, Technology & Education in the 21st Century.”

 

Last but not least, as a member of the Board Committee on Grants and Awards as well as the Board Committee on Professional and Member Relations, please send to m.wu@acs.org any comments or suggestions you might have in these areas as well. I have long been an ACS Career volunteer and see member needs changing as we deal with increasing competition and globalization. The Board approved recommendations from an International Strategy Task Force last December, and a new group has just been appointed to implement this in 2008. I was recently inspired to write another ACS Comment for the Feb. 18 issue of C&EN on “Global Collaboration and Challenges.”

 

Having just celebrated Chinese New Year, let me wish you a very Healthy, Happy and Prosperous 2008!

 

Marinda Wu

Director-at-Large

m.wu@acs.org