Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 14:25:31 -0500
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Subject: Pilot Program Announcement from the ACS Professional and Member
Relations Committee (P&MR)

This is bureaucratically vague, but it seems to me that CHAS presents  
a variety of  "Multidisciplinary Opportunities" that could be of  
interest to ACS...

- Ralph

This is being sent on behalf of Kent J. Voorhees, Chair, Professional  
and Member Relations Committee, and Eric C. Bigham, Chair, P&MR  
Mulitidisciplinarity Study Group.

25 January 2007

Dear Division Officers:

The purpose of this message is to inform you of an ACS pilot program  
chartered by the Professional and Member Relations Committee (P&MR)  
of the ACS Board of Directors. The name of the pilot program is  
Multidisciplinary Opportunities through Resource Enhancement (MORE).   
MORE is an ACS initiative to assist emerging or nucleating groups of  
individuals conducting chemistry-related, multidisciplinary science  
or engineering.  Through MORE, ACS will consider making resources  
available to these groups in order to advance the concept of  
“chemistry without borders.” That is, the ACS is willing to help  
those working on chemistry-related topics in non-traditional  
chemistry areas.

The Society wishes to position itself as a welcoming organization for  
those who rely to a significant degree on chemistry-based information  
to advance their multidisciplinary field, even if they don’t self- 
identify as chemists.  ACS recognizes and acknowledges the pivotal  
role our technical and professional divisions have in delivering  
value to our members through (among other things) the exchange of  
information and through the many networking opportunities they provide.

ACS is conducting an outreach effort to alert qualified groups about  
this offer of assistance. Groups that wish to be considered by ACS  
for support need to submit an application, which can be found at the  
MORE website:
The intention is to provide in-kind support, rather than cash.   
Examples of in-kind support include the following: establishing  
virtual communities; fostering scientific collaboration; assistance  
in building or enhancing websites; creating and disseminating  
podcasts; and staff expertise in areas such as organizing meetings,  
marketing, and motivating volunteers.

To those unfamiliar with the ACS structure - particularly those who  
perceive their field as largely residing outside the boundaries of  
our 33 existing divisions - it can be difficult to discern a  
convenient ACS ‘port of entry.’  We hope this pilot program  
communicates that ACS welcomes their participation, and provides them  
with the means to establish a relationship with the Society, and one  
or more of its various constituent groups.

As a leader both in your field and at ACS, you are in a unique  
position to support this pilot program.  As a division member and  
leader, ACS is your home, and you already know the benefits of  
belonging to such a powerful organization.  As a leader in your  
field, you are in contact with researchers and scientists across the  
globe.  MORE provides an opportunity to leverage these experiences by  
serving as the vehicle to introduce scientists working in emerging  
multidisciplinary and chemistry-related areas to the benefits of the  

Thank you for considering this new initiative.  Additional  
information is available at the MORE website, 
more.html.  Specific inquiries may be directed to Jill Treby, at  
j_treby**At_Symbol_Here**, or 800-227-5558 x4420.


Kent J. Voorhees, Chair, Board Committee on Professional and Member  
Relations (P&MR)
Eric C. Bigham, Chair, P&MR Multidisciplinarity Study Group

P.S. We are distibuting this message to all 2007 division officers  
and 2006 division chairs.

American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

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