Sunday, September 06, 2009
I spent most of the meeting on Diversity topics. I am a member of the Joint Subcommittee on Diversity and we spent most of our meeting reorganizing. It had been a group where members of all Diversity groups met to coordinate activities. In effect this group will still do that but it will be a stronger group. It used to be that the chair's of all the diversity groups met separately from the committee and in DC under the leadership of Terry Quinn Grant, we all met together to thrash out what the group will do and how it will be organized in the future. It was a very productive meeting.
I am the historian on the Women Chemists Committee. The WCC talked about programing for the San Francisco meeting and I am organizing a symposium of all the outside Diversity groups such as NOBCChE, AISES, SACNAS and the Chinese Chemistry group. I envision this symposium to be panel discussions by each group in which they explain what they do, how they are organized and what would be the connection to the ACS in the future and now.
In effect this was done by each group at a reception during the DC meeting, but this will be for the west coast.
I am a member of the Committee on Minority Affairs and we discussed programing and action items. The committee wants to make sure that diversity is held to be important throughout the whole ACS and not just lodged in these committees. We are thinking of ways to diversify the Council. Stand by for that action item. The committee selected Dr. Marie Daly (the first African American women to receive a PhD in chemistry) to be highlighted by the society just as Dr. Percy Julian was. I will be the champion of this cause. I am going to the Board of Directors to ask them to set up a task force to see what can be done. Maybe there will be another NOVA production, that would be great it we can pull it off in this economy. But there are a lot of independent film makers who may want to produce a documentary about her life this remains to be seen.
Of course the highlight of the meeting for me was the Fellows award ceremony. Just as I suspected I was the only African American woman to be nominated in this class of Fellows. There are three African American men and two of them were at the ceremony. Dr. Jim Shoffner did not attend unfortunately after all the hard work he had done for the ACS.
At the Chem Luminary Awards the North Jersey section came up with two awards. The award for best local section and for Earth day. I was excited about that. I will post the photos on the website soon.
Last but not least I have a publisher for my book about African American Women Chemists. I have started a new blog about the book and the writing of it. I will probably be posting to this blog and to that one more often because writer needs to write just as a singer needs to sing every day and I am both. Here is the other blog http://aawomenchemists.blogspot.com
Monday, July 06, 2009
As soon as I got to CHF I wanted to send Barbara Ullyot a thank you note, but I was told that it is usually done at the end. But I did thank her in person. Barbara Ullyot had a new project at ACS to start the endowment for Project SEED. She was on that team. So I saw her at the Project SEED Anniversary Symposium and I said: "I am the current Ullyot Scholar at CHF." She said:"I know." Then I thanked her and told her she would receive the first autographed copy of my book. Little did I know that she was suffering from lung cancer. I will follow through and send a copy of my book to her son.
Those of you who have been ACS members and councilors for as long as I have will remember her as Barabara Hodson when she was the staff person in charge of meetings and membership. If you become a councilor you become friends with the ACS staff. At least that's the way it was in the old days. They became like family. It is the same sort of today except the family has changed and all the old faces have retired or died. The new staff members have been promoted to take their place or left for other positions.
But I guess I learned something. Always thank people who help you. I am glad that I did thank Barbara Ullyot when I saw her so that she knew that I was grateful for the award.
For those of you who remember Barbara Ullyot her obituary is at the following web page; https://www.usna.com/SSLPage.aspx?rss=obits_arch&referrer=&pid=8246.
Her first husband was a Naval man so she will be buried in Arlington Cemetery next to him and the memoral service will be held on July 30 at Ginger Cove in Annapolis, the retirement community in which she lived.
I wondered if the ACS was going to do a memorial to her. But her obituary says contributions should be made in her name to the ACS Project SEED Scholarship Fund.
Since I was a former chair of the Project SEED Committee, I donate to Project SEED every year and you should too. I hope that you will do it in her memory if you knew her or just because it is a good cause.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Dr. McBay gave her award talk in the Environmental Chemists Division. She talked about environmental racism and how the ACS and anyone in the community can help to change this. People of color and poor people suffer from environmental racism in that they may live near toxic waste dumps or poor air quality or just lead paint in the housing. There are groups working on the clean up. I will write the full story of her talk for the Women Chemist Newsletter and he Committee on Minority Affairs Newsletter as well.
I had breakfast with the Public Relations group of the ACS. They are going to roll out some new tools to help us and they wanted our input as to what they should do. It was a very productive meeting and many ideas were generated.
Then I went to the convention center to pick up the press release about the DNA paper as it was not in my kit. I wrote the story there in the press room.
The women chemist luncheon was held in the convention center. The speaker was the 2009 Garvan-Olin Medal winner Kathlyn Parker. She gave a talk about her life and her research.
After the luncheon I made my only visit to the exposition which was very large. I did not stay long because I would have needed my scouter to see all of it and I did not pick up the scouter that the ACS rented for me.
After Dr. McBay's talk I went to see Dr. William Carroll win the Henry Hill award. Dr. Henry Hill was the first African American ACS president back in the 70tys.
That completes the circle of my day. Tomorrow is the last full day of the meeting for me.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
"The research may also shed light on how life arose on Earth, by producing a self-sustaining molecule capable of Darwinian evolution and reproduction, much like one that many scientists suggest arose at the dawn of life on Earth nearly four billion years ago."
This paper is COMSCI 001 "Modern synthetic biology:Darwin from the atom up" presented by Steven A. Benner Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution 1115 NW 4th Street, Gainsville, FL 32601
The main reason for this research is not to explore human evolution, but to develop multiplexed diagnostic test for viral diseases - - test that require identification and tagging of viral DNA. Old methods used regular DNA to bind and tag foreign genetic material. But natural DNA would often bind with non-disease DNA and generate confusing false positive and false negative results.
This artificial synthetic system does not operate on Watson-Crick rules, so the tagging gives more accurate results. The artificial alphabet already has been applied commercially. It is the basis of a viral load detector, which helps personalize the health care of those 400,000 patients annually infected with hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, the cause of AIDS.
"For patients with HIV and hepatitis, the viral load detector can mean the difference between life and death"
"Brenner says that the artifical DNA system is poised to become an essential tool in genomic research. The 12 letter alphabet already luderlies new work at the National Human Genome Research Institute to connect large quantities of genomic data with human medicine."
Note: The information for this comes from a press release written by the American Chemical Society Office of Public Affairs.
My day started with the WCC Women in Industry Breakfast which is not only for women in industry. We are encouraging all women, and students to attend this breakfast and there was talk of changing the name of this event. At this breakfast we engaged in a networking session, in which professionals sat on one side of a long table and students on the other side. Each was given about two minutes to give their elevator speech. This exercise is benefical especially to the students as they get to know some professionals and find out about how they got their jobs. On the other hand the professionals get to coach the students in how to find a job or whatever else is going on with them at the time. In my career I got two of my jobs by networking so this is a very important skill to learn.
After breakfast I took a break until the Committee on Minority Affairs Luncheon. Actually I caught up on my blogging at that time. The Keynote speaker at this luncheon was Dr. Lakeeshia J. Taite a professor of chemical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. She gave her talk about her educational background and experience in being a minority in most of her educational experience. Then she talked about her goals and research. She felt that since she was a loner most of her life that she would not be a good medical doctor, but she did want to make a difference so she went into the field of biomedical engineering. She is working on materials for cardiovacular diseases and sickel cell anemia etc, she calls it bench to bedside research! This is one of the reasons for encouraging minorities into becoming a scientist as they will work on projects that will benefit their community that maybe other researchers would not touch.
She gave some guidance to the ACS Scholars who were in the room and other students as to what she would have done differently if she were in college. I have paraphrased them:
-Prepare for international careers, by taking advantage of overseas educational opportunities
-Embrace undergraduate research opportunities
-Remember that college is for training and education much of which you will do yourself.
-Take advantage of co-op or internship opportunities
-Use your electives to expand your horizons (Note: I would suggest taking some cultural electives such as music and art and literature.)
-Strengthen their communication skills. (Note: this is very important that you do not neglect your written and verbal skills because they are needed in any job.)
I hope I have captured the essence of what she said. I will be interviewing for my book project.
That evening I went to the Leadership reception. The ACS has started a series of Leadership Courses and this reception was to launch the courses that had only been piolt courses before and congratualate the ACS members who had been trained to facilitate these courses. This reception was full of food an drinks which means I used it for supper. If you work it right you never have to pay for a dinner at an ACS meeting because there are always receptions that have food. I also noted at this reception a large number of African American chemists. This reception competed with a Diversity reception at another hotel in which you expect to see a large number of minority chemists, but they were at this reception, which I think is a good thing. Maybe the ACS striving for diversity in all things is working.
In the evening was the Sci-Mix poster session which I did not attend. This was the session invented by our own Val Kuck in which people can present posters in different divisions and there is free beer and popcorn. In the fall the Project SEED student present their work at Sci-Mix. It is a good way for undergraduates and BS and MS professional to present their work in a easy way.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Live from ACS Salt Lake City #1 Proteins from garden pea may fight high blood pressure, kidney disease
This study was presented at the American Chemical Society National meeting in Salt Lake City on Sunday March 22. Abstract # AGFD 002 Dr. Rotimi E. Aluko Ph.D Department of Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Canada.
High blood pressure, for hypertension, is a major risk factor for CKD, a condition that as been affecting an increasing number of people in the United states and other countries. Estimates suggest that 13 percent of American adults --- about 26 million people --- have chronic kidney disease, up from 10 percent, or about 20 million people,in the 1990s. CKD is difficult to treat, and may progress to end-stage kidney disease that requires kidney dialysis or a kidney transplant. That situation is fostering a search for new ways of treating CKD and preserving kidney function.
Working with University of Manitoba colleague Harold Aukem, PhD., Aluko purified a mixture of small proteins -- called pea protein hydrolysate -- from the yellow garden pea. The researchers fed small daily doses of the protein mixture to laboratory rats with polycystic kidney disease, a severe form of kidney disease used as a model for research on CKD. At the end of the 8-week-long study period, the protein-fed rats with kidney disease showed a 20 percent drop in blood pressure when compared to diseased rats on a normal diet, the researches say.
To view the story about this paper please use this link:
Information for this blog was obtained from a press release written by the ACS
Yesterday, Sunday, was the day of the Committee on Minority Affairs meeting. We started with sub committee meetings in the morning, followed by a break and lunch and then he full committee meeting.
I am on the education sub committee and we discussed a proposal for funding of minority chemist to take a course. This will roll out next year. We also discussed who would be the next minority chemist to highlight like Percy Julian. I suggested Dr. Marie Daly the first African American women to get a PhD in chemistry. She did a lot of other things in her career. The committee will decide whether or not to chose her when they see the supporting information.
We also discussed how to get more minorities into science starting at the K-8 level. We came up with a lot of ideas to get students and parents more interested in science ssome that are already being done by local sections and some that need to be done.
CMA now has an awards sub committee to manage our awards and I hope to suggest people to nominate minorities for National Awards.
We branstomed ideas to be done at Regional meetings and came up with three, teacher workshops, networking programs, and symposia about a local minority sucess person with a take away kit for teachers. We will try to implement these programs.
The liason from the Committee on Professional Training (CPT) came to the meeting. They had run a series of Workshops with the minority groups, Native American, African American and Hispanic. The reports are on the CPT website which is reached from the ACS home page by clicking on about us,governance, committees,professional training, reports,special reports. (The url is too long to print) Our committee was asked to read the reports and comment on the action items. I reccomend that you do the same.
The Committee on persons with disabilties has a new version of the book Teaching Chemistry to Persons with Disabilities. I reccomend that every teacher have a copy of this book as it is free.
The Merck Index will be donating copies of the Merck Index to every high school in the nation. They will be distributed via the local sections so we will get some of them. I hope some of you will help me distribute these books to your children's high achool. We will give you something to distribute while you are there.
The ACS Diversity Partners are organized and have set goals for 2009. The diversity partners were featured in C&ENews a while back. I will scan the information about this group and put it on the NJACS miniority Affairs webpage. I am hopeing to get one or two of them to come to North Jersey to help organized our local section CMA group.
We learned that Project SEED has received an award for public service from the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation. The award will be given in May.
2011 will be the year of chemistry. The ACS is planning for this by printing materials in four different languages.
This is a good summary of the CMA meeting.
I went from there to the Town Hall meeting. Once a year the four people nominated by Nominations and Elections are presented at a Town Hall where they field questions about what they would do if elected ACS president. This year there are three women and one man running for ACS President elect, Dorothy Phillips, Nancy Jackson,Cheryl Maring,and Berkley Cue. Dr. Cue was ill so he was not at the Town Meeting. The three women did well. The councilors will cut the field down from four to two at the council meeting on Wednesday. I want to congratulate N & E for fielding the most diverse slate ever! Any one of them would make a good ACS president.
After the Town Hall, Councilors meet for an hour to Caucus, by region. Our region is the Middle Atlantic. Our regional director spoke to us and we also heard from Budget and Finance about the state of ACS finances and what they are going to reccomend as to what will be the dues for 2010. I will not devulge that figure now as we have not yet voted.
The 2010 MARM meeting will be held in Willmington DE in April.
After the caucus I went to the CMA open meeting and reception which served as dinner for me. After that I was shot so I went up to my room and went to bed.
It was a long day!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
We now have three North Jersey women chemists besides myself who are members of that committee, Bettyanne Howson, Amber Charlebois, and Kelly George who works at Roche for my mentee Sherrie Cole. I will try to get Kelly more involved in the North Jersey local section activities. I serve as a consultant and WCC historian on that committee so I mostly sit back and observe and give the background information for current activities.
One of the members just had a baby so the baby came to the meeting and was picked up and cradled by some of the members, even the male members, during the meeting.
The highlights of the meeting were that because there are so many talks and symposia in which women are being honored or speaking, some of the members were assigned to cover the talks for the Women Chemist newsletter. I will be covering the talk by Dr. Shirley McBay who is receiving the award for Mentoring Minorities. I will also go to the award banquet in which she will receive the award. It was I that suggested that she be nominated for that award as a part of my African American women chemist project.
Speaking of the Women Chemist Newsletter, one of our North Jersey women chemists Dr. Kathryn E. Uhrich was featured in the current issue of the newsletter which is on line at http://membership.acs.org/W/WCC/newsletters/Winter09/index.html
The WCC selected a women to be nominated as an ACS fellow. The deadline for nominations for ACS fellows is April 15 and the nomination information can be found on the front page of the ACS web page.
Speaking of nominations and the promotion of women, the Committee on Nominations and Elections would like to receive the names and cv's of women who could be nominated for governance positions or be future nominees, rising stars. If you have such names you could send them to the wcc staff liaison at the link on the wcc home page.
The WCC has a number of awards that it manages here are the deadlines for two of them:
Spring Awards Deadline Reminders:
Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship, supporting an undergraduate woman entering her junior or senior year in the study of chemistry or a chemically related area. APRIL 1
Overcoming Challenges Award, recognizing overcoming hardships to pursue a degree in chemistry at a 2-year or 4-year non-PhD granting institution. MAY 1
It is also good to remember that the ACS has national awards for which women can be nominated that deadline is November 1 and the details are on the ACS home page.
The day ended with the WCC reception and open meeting in which the Salt Lake City local women chemists committee explained what they do. They are an extention of the women in chemistry group at the University of Utah.
I was going to the WCC dinner afterwards but I got invited to the career councilors dinner in my hotel which was free!
I found out that the ACS would like more Career Councilors. Career Councilors are trained to review resumees, conduct mock interviews, and counsel other chemists who are seeking their first job or a new job. They are looking for a younger more diverse group of volunteers to join the ranks. For more information about career consultants, search for it on the ACS careers page.
I have a press pass for this meeting and I picked up my credentials. There are a lot of technical papers at this meeting that are currently embargoed. I will discuss some of them when I can
Saturday, March 21, 2009
That evening I went to hear the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearse. It was wonderful. I hope I captured it on my new toy a camcorder. I am taking the first pictures with it so we will see.
OK Let's get down to the business of chemistry. I have a press pass for this meeting so I hope to cover as much as possible and blog every night or morning as the case may be. I have more energy in the morning usually.
Yesterday was my first meeting the Joint Subcommittee on Diversity. This committee is organizing a Diversity symposium to be held on Monday morning of the Washington DC ACS meeting in August. There will be a panel of CEO's or CFO's discussion at the Committee on Minority Affairs Luncheon on that same Monday. Stay tuned for details.
At that committee meeting the two in the Presidential secession, Neal Lane and Joseph Francisco attended and asked what they could do and told us their priorities for diversity in the society.
The day ended for me at the Society Committee on Education reception.
If you are on your way to Salt Lake City you should know that they are predicting snow or rain in the valley and heavy snow in the mountains so skiing should be very good on Tuesday. They need the precipitation because of a drought situation. They get all their water from a runoff from the mountain snows and there hasn't been much snow.
So much for Day One at the ACS meeting.
Monday, March 02, 2009
There was concern that the urban districts might not be able to handle this due to the lack of equipment and laboratories in some of the schools. I heard on the radio that Governor Corzine is going to use most of the stimulus funds in New Jersey for education. I don't think that will be for school construction though.
It is my idea that for urban kids who want to pursue AP chemistry they can be bussed to a suburban school that has the course. Hillsborough Township already does that for part time vo tech courses so it can be done for science. Why not? We need to think outside the box at times.
I am writing this to keep you informed about science education in this state. If you want to look at the proposed changes a summary of the changes can be found on the DOE website with a link to the full standard. http://www.state.nj.us/education/news/2009/0220req.htm
If you would like to add to the North Jersey ACS comment please contact the Chair Josepth Potenza.
You as a citizen of New Jersey also have the right to send in your own comments.
Remember quality education K-16 is important for all students and as scientists we are interested in quality science education. The ACS has science education policies which can be viewed on the ACS website. ACS Science Education Policy.
NJACS Publicity Chair
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Do You Know This Website?
Here is a great opportunity to have your voice heard in Washington. The ACS Office of Public Policy and Communications maintains a website which will give you timely information on legislation important to the science community. It is your gateway to the LAN (Legislative Action Network), a free ACS advocacy program. As a LAN member you easily can contact your Members of Congress as relative legislation on topics like science education and R&D funding are proposed. About eight times a year you will receive email from the ACS asking you to log onto the website to send letters on pending bills. The website makes this easy and has information on how you can join many of your North Jersey colleagues as a LAN participant. Keep up to date and log into act4chemistry.org.
Maureen Chan, North Jersey Government Affairs Committee
The above article will be posted in the Indicator.
I signed on to this web site as I was a member of the previous site LAN. I send out the letters to my members of congress when I get the action alert e-mails. It is really very easy as the letter has already been written for you. You can personalize the letter if you want or just send it as it is. This is the easiest way to contact your congress person and or senators about items of interest to you. They may or may not read the letter but someone on their staff will read it and I have gotten responses from them commenting on my letter.
Recently the action items have been about the stimulus plan:
"Invest in Science for our Country's Future
Please link to act4chemistry.org and contact your representative and senators to urge them to support the proposed investments in science research and education within the comprehensive 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. The stimulus debate may be completed this week, so it is important that you act today.
As Congress debates the final details of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, it is imperative that you urge your members of Congress to support strong, consistent funding for scientific research and education. This is essential to sustaining our nation's economic and scientific competitiveness in these trying times.
We need to make the case that federal investment in scientific agencies in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will help meet our nation’s long-term objectives while providing jobs in the immediate term."
In addition to the letters to congress members may visit their congress person to talk about science. I made such a trip when I was in Washington DC with a member of the ACS LAN staff. It was a lot of fun. The staff member briefed me about the ACS position and when I met my congress man I spoke about the ACS position in my own words. At the time my congressman was in a committee meeting but he left the committee to speak to me.
The members of the North Jersey Government Affairs Committee are planning a trip to visit Congressman Lance in the near future. Also a staff member of Congressman Freylinghausen is trying to set up a meeting about science here in New Jersey. Stay tuned and we will tell you the details when we know them. I once went to such a meeting that Rush Holtz had in another section. You don't have to be in the congress person's district to go to these meetings, but it helps.
So the bottom line is that you can make a difference with legislation so become active in LAN.
Once there you can complete your profile, add a photo of yourself and scroll the members who are already in the network and invite your friends to be part of your network. At this point I have no idea what you do with your network but at least you will have it for future use. There are now discussions which you can join or start.
I have been playing a game called Chemical History. You add names of people or things in history starting with the last letter of the last post. At least that were the original rules. There have been deviations from this. But it is fun to do. There is a discussion about"Chemist Celebrate Earthday" which is coming up soon There are other ongoing discussions about the Stimulus plan about Obama plans for science, about science in general about the upcoming ACS meeting in Salt Lake City etc. If you don't see anything you want to respond to, you can start your own discussion.
Les McQuire has asked the members of the Executive Committee to investigate the network and see how it can be improved. I am going to throw this out to you to help make the network better.
Here is his notice to us:
Try the following:
Log in to the Network via the ACS Home Page.
Click on one of your Divisions or your section (i.e. North Jersey). This pulls up a lot of names, try clicking through the list (click "next") it can very slow to pull up the next 10 people. What is your experience? What happens if you switch to 50 or 100 names per page.
Pick someone you know and invite them to join your network. How quickly does this happen?
Use the search feature, pull down the "governance" option: there are multiple duplication of positions and I feel too many classifications (Chair-elect, Chair etc). Pick one of the categories and search. Is it clear why the search found the people it did (I think people are unsure how to classify themselves).
Play with the network for a few minutes - any comments, does it work well?
I think his could be a very useful tool for ACS and our members but we need to know about and address any issues.
If you have any problems with this network you can post your comments to this blog. We can help to make it better.
NJACS Publicity Chair
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The ACS is a volunteer organization so for us this is not a day for service but 365 days of service. Many of you became chemists, chemical engineers or other scientists because of your love of science or because of a teacher or other mentor who lead you to that profession. It might have been by accident or by purpose. You come from different backgrounds and economic situations. You may have gone to private school and were educated in the university of your country before you came to the United States to go to graduate school or to work. Or you may have succeeded in the United States education system by having teachers who cared for you or by having a system wo cared for all students. You may have gone to a University in the United States using your student loans and later graduate fellowships.
But there are students here in the United States who are not as fortunate as you were. I was fortunate to be born in New York City at a time where education K-16 was free if you had the right grades. I was fortunate to have parents who cared about their only daughter and worked hard so that she would have a good education because all urban schools were not equal even in that time. So my father worked two jobs so that we could live in white neighborhoods and I could go to white schools who would not discriminate or dumb down the curriculum for one Black child.
But there are students here in the United States for whom this is not true. Here in New Jersey we have the most racially separated education system in the nation. This was written by the Civil Rights Project which used to be at Harvard but is now at UCLA. Students in our urban cities and some even in our suburban towns are being left behind.
Why am I telling you this? Because our new President values science. He just said that in his inaugural speech. He also values a quality K-16 education for all people. Put the two together we need to grow our own scientists. So I don't care where you received your education or what nation you received it in, you owe it to the nation that gave you a job to give back by helping young children, school districts or what ever to improve the education for all students.
Look around you where you work. Did you ever wonder about the lack of diversity in your lab? Do you look at your colleagues and wonder why they all seem to be mostly the same? When I listen to speakers at our meetings and at the end of their talk they show their research group. I am always happy when I see a diverse group of students in their group. Some companies hire chemists who have had fellowships or post doc in Research I universities. But some great science has been done by scientists who did not attend Research I universities. If you saw the Percy Julian DVD you will know that he had to go to Austria to get his PhD. Other chemists such as our own Lincoln Hawkins a Medal of Technology winner had to go to Canada to get their PhD. Now there are students who could go to these universities but they have been overlooked.
The ACS has a great program to introduce students who are economically disadvantaged to science. It is called Project SEED and has just celebrated it's 40th Anniversary. I urge you to contribute to this program when you pay your dues or at anytime on the web. It has been shown that this program has encourages many young people to become scientists. It also has the ACS Scholars program to help students through college. This was started by an ACS president who said we should have such a program.
The ACS now has a program called Diversity Partners a program which is going to reach out to our diverse scientist and find out what the ACS can do with them and for them. I hope to have two of these diversity partners come to speak to our section when we have the Section wide meeting that we are planning.
The ACS Diversity Statement is:
Statement on Diversity
The American Chemical Society believes that to remain the premier chemical organization that promotes innovation and advances the chemical sciences requires the empowerment of a diverse and inclusive community of highly skilled chemical professionals regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, educational background, and other factors. Chemical scientists rely on the American Chemical Society to promote inclusion and diversity in the discipline.
To enable scientific progress and maintain its global competitive edge, the American Chemical Society remains committed to inspiring and educating the present and future generations of diverse, innovative, and creative chemical professionals. By promoting inclusion and equity to all, the American Chemical Society will succeed in fostering a diverse community of professionals in the chemical sciences who will be the catalyst for transforming the world through their full participation and integration into the chemical professions.
OK what can you do? I have a list of volunteer opportunities that you can do. The NJACS is listed with Volunteer Match and New Jersey Serves. There will be a new service website www.USAservice.org that Colin Powel will be spearheading for volunteers. Agencies will be asked to post their volunteer opportunities and I will be doing that as I do on the other two website.
The North Jersey Section participates in Street Fairs. I have requested that you spend one or two hours on a Saturday or Sunday at the street fair table to represent chemistry to the public . You can also represent your corporation. So you can make a difference!
The ACS has a new course in working with volunteers, but Volunteer Match has a webniar on being a volunteer.
The dates for this course is
|New VolunteerMatch Training|
|How to Be A Great Volunteer|
|Most people never think about their volunteering as a thing that can (or should) be improved. Posture? Sure. Diet? Absolutely. But volunteering?|
|You bet! Whether you are new to volunteering or an old hand, there’s a lot to learn about collaborating with a nonprofit. After all, if the goal of your volunteering is to make a difference, a little bit of education and training about how to be a great volunteer could produce a huge impact in the world.|
|This month VolunteerMatch is proud to announce an expansion of our recently launch live Web training for volunteers. Presented by two experienced volunteer managers, this new “Webinar” series is a unique opportunity for you to ask questions and learn how to be a great volunteer.|
|Here are a few questions the Webinar will help answer:|
|Here are the links to sign for the new two Webinars in this series. But hurry! Space is limited:|
|Tuesday, 1/20, 11AM - 12PM PT|
|Thursday, 2/12, 11AM - 12:00PM PT|
So it is a new year, a new President and a new era. I hope that you will decide what you can do in this era.
I am running a meeting about this on February 8th. If you want to find out about the details of the meeting contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is Not and ACS meeting, but it is open to scientists who want to make a difference.
North Jersey ACS Publicity Chair