FROM: Flint H. Lewis, Staff Liaison to the Committee on Nominations and Elections
SUBJECT: Important Information Regarding Candidates for the Fall 2012 ACS National Election
The Committee on Nominations and Elections (N&E) is announcing the slate of candidates who will appear on the fall 2012 ballot. They are:
Candidates for President-Elect, 2013
Dr. Thomas J. Barton, Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Dr. Luis A. Echegoyen, Robert A. Welch Professor, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX
Candidates for Directors-at-Large, 2013-2015
Ms. Carol A Duane, President, D&D Consultants & Mentor, Mentor, OH
Ms. Valerie J. Kuck, Retired, Lucent Technologies (Bell Labs), Murray Hill, NJ
Ms. Helen (Bonnie) A. Lawlor, Executive Director, National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS), Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Ingrid Montes, Professor, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, PR
Candidates for District I Director, 2013-2015
Dr. Thomas R. Gilbert, Professor, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Dr. Neil D. Jespersen, Professor of Chemistry, St. John's University, Queens, NY
Candidates for District V Director, 2013-2015
Dr. John E. Adams, Curators' Teaching Professor of Chemistry, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Dr. Peter K. Dorhout, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
San Diego, CA
According to ACS Bylaw V, additional candidates may be nominated by petition until July 15th, 2012. We will notify you again after the July 15th deadline to confirm the final slate of candidates that will appear on the fall ballot, if there are any changes.
I want to take this opportunity to remind you 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 November, 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 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 or Liz Beckham.
With this formal announcement of candidates to all editors and officers, N&E specifically wants to alert you to ACS Bylaw V, Sect. 13, a and b which states:
Sect. 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 it Divisions shall be used to support or oppose the candidacy of an individual or group of individuals, except as provided in this Section."
Sect. 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 ensure 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 Beckham (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 Division 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 Beckham, who works closely with all candidates, at l_beckham**At_Symbol_Here**acs.org.
With this memo, the committee has made an official attempt to inform all division editors, officers, and others affiliated with ACS publications, about the "Fair Election Procedures."
N&E has published an updated set of "ACS Guidelines on Campaigning and Communication" which can be accessed at http://www.acs.org/elections (click on "Campaign Guidelines"). Please make sure you are familiar with these guidelines and note under the heading "Process & Activities" that candidate's may not begin their election campaign before April 28 (one month 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 Yvonne Curry, the Assistant Staff Liaison (202-872-6240).
The Committee on Nominations and Elections sincerely appreciates your cooperation.
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society
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