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July 28, 2015
TO: Editors/Webmasters of ACS Local Section Newsletters and Local Section Officers
FROM: Flint H. Lewis, Staff Liaison to the Committee on Nominations and Elections
SUBJECT: REVISED Information Regarding Candidates for the Fall 2015 ACS National Election
The Committee on Nominations and Elections (N&E) is announcing the final slate of candidates who will appear on the fall 2015 ballot. They are:
G. Bryan Balazs, Associate Program Leader, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
Allison A. Campbell, Associate Laboratory Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
Candidates for Directors-at-Large, 2016-2018
Lee H. Latimer, Head of Chemistry, NeurOp, Inc., Oakland, CA
Willem R. Leenstra, Associate Professor, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Ingrid Montes, Professor, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, PR
Mary Jo Ondrechen, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Thomas W. Smith, Professor, Chemistry & Microsystems Engineering, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
Candidates for District I Director, 2016-2018
Thomas R. Gilbert, Professor, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Laura E. Pence, Professor of Chemistry, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
Candidates for District V Director, 2016-2018
John E. Adams, Curators’ Teaching Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
Kenneth P. Fivizzani, Retired, Nalco Company, Naperville, IL
I want to take this opportunity to remind you again that there should be no articles published covering their campaign or viewpoints or speaking engagements offered between now and the end of the election period in October, unless the opportunities are provided to all candidates for that office equally. This ban does not include N&E approved publication of scientific research articles, coverage of truly noteworthy scientific news events, or certain types of activities related to official governance duties. Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed by N&E on a case-by-case basis. To be safe, please contact me if you plan to refer to these candidates in any way in your publication. If you receive any phone calls or correspondence from a candidate requesting assistance or information pertaining to the election, please refer them to me, Frank Walworth, the assistant staff liaison, or Liz Beckham.
With this formal announcement of final candidates to all editors and officers, N&E specifically wants to remind you of ACS Bylaw V, Sec. 13, a and b, which states:
Sec. 13, a. “No funds of the SOCIETY, its Local Sections, or its Divisions shall be used to support or to oppose the candidacy of an individual or group of individuals. No facilities, such as office space, equipment, or supplies; official letterhead; or mailing permit of the SOCIETY, its Local Sections, or its Divisions shall be used to support or oppose the candidacy of an individual or group of individuals, except as provided in this Section.”
Sec. 13, b. "If space in a SOCIETY, Local Section, or Division publication, other than a paid advertisement at commercial rates, be used to support or to oppose the candidacy of an individual, space must be made available simultaneously and equally to support or to oppose the candidacy of every other candidate for the same office."
We are providing this information as a reminder so that no undue publicity will be given to a candidate running for national office and to assure that the “Fair Election Procedures” are adhered to according to ACS Bylaws.
If you want to invite candidates to submit a statement for potential publication in a newsletter or bulletin, we can provide you with a 300 word generic statement. The 300 word statement is optional but most candidates have provided us with one in the past. Please contact Liz (202-872-4594) if you want to request these statements.
If you invite or provide a speaking forum for one candidate, you must invite ALL candidates for that position to speak at the same time to be in compliance with the ACS “Fair Election Procedures.” The candidate(s) can then choose whether or not to participate.
N&E requests that a copy of your invitation to any candidate, with regards to an article for publication from them or mentioning them, or an invitation to speak or appear at a Local Section Meeting be provided to me for filing in their election folder for reference. You can send it via e-mail to me at the above address, and also copy Liz, who works closely with all candidates, at email@example.com.
With this memo the committee has made an official attempt to inform all local section editors, officers and others affiliated with ACS publications about the “Fair Election Procedures.”
N&E has published an updated ACS Guidelines on Campaigning and Communication. Please make sure you are familiar with these guidelines and note under the heading “Process & Activities” that candidates were able to begin their election campaigning on April 2 (one week after the ACS Spring National Meeting). If you have any questions or concerns regarding candidates or national election procedures, please contact me (202-872-4461) or Frank (202-872-6070). For your benefit, we have also made available a 2015 ACS National Election composite flyer with candidates’ photos and affiliations.
The Committee on Nominations and Elections sincerely appreciates your cooperation.
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