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A Message From Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, ACS President

Schedule of Business Sessions
Spring 2013 New Orleans, LA

Board of Directors
Sunday, April 7 – (12 – 1 p.m.)

Committee on Committees
Monday, April 8 – (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.)

Council Policy Committee
Tuesday, April 9 – (9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 10 – (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

The ACS Council is the heart of a robust and versatile organization. Our role as Councilors is to guide our members and staff toward the fulfillment of the ACS mission to “advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.”

ACS must show itself, the general public, and policy makers that the chemical sciences are major drivers of our economy and contribute hugely to prosperity, fairness and justice. Our performance as a Society is gauged by the creativity of our elected and appointed leaders and by the efficiency and productivity of our staff.

The ultimate measure of everything we do is the influence we have on the vitality of the chemical enterprise and on society locally, across the Nation, and around the world.

As president-elect and as president I have initiated activities commensurate with our leadership role as a scientific, educational, professional, and learned Society. Our strength is much more than the sheer size of our membership, more than 164,000 worldwide—our strength is in the power of our principles and their manifestations.

Our strength is in the power of our ideas and the effectiveness of all our offerings through Publications and CAS, international, national, regional, and local programming, communications, and advocacy. Our strength is the critical leadership role we play and must continue to play in advancing the chemical enterprise, serving society, and addressing global challenges.

Climate change and water management rank high among the grand challenges that face science and society, and ACS is poised to address both. At our San Diego National Meeting Council session we discussed the work of the ACS Presidential Working Group on Climate Science.

At the Philadelphia meeting we began to address the water issues. These special topic discussions have helped guide the near completion of the ACS Climate Science Toolkit, which is now available to our members at and helped focus our thinking about the leadership role of ACS in matters related to water.

The ACS Climate Science Toolkit provides ACS members with the information and other resources necessary to develop a robust intellectual structure to communicate on this key topic.

It explains the greenhouse gas effect, how the Earth’s heating mechanism works, how the vibrational energy from molecules changes into translational kinetic energy, and much more. The toolkit also provides a package of “Climate Science Narratives” and Power Point slides that can be adapted.

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