From: "Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety" <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] ACS Awards Nominations
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:04:42 -0400
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From: Felicia Dixon [mailto:F_Dixon**At_Symbol_Here**]
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2014 7:23 PM
Subject: Letter to ACS Division Officers - Call for Nominations

June 27, 2014

Dear Division Officers:

Are you aware that two large groups of ACS members are significantly under-represented in the pool of nominees for ACS national awards, especially for those awards that are based solely on outstanding technical achievements? Fifty-four percent of the membership are employed in industry, but in 2014 only three percent of the nominees for the 46 technical awards were chemists/chemical engineers working in industry. Similarly, women are roughly twenty-nine percent of the membership yet in 2014 women were only 8% of the nominees for the 46 technical awards. This occurred despite the fact that women have earned more than 25% of Ph.D.'s in chemistry awarded since 1970 and the percentage of female tenured and tenure-track faculty members at the top research institutions currently is approximately 17%. Furthermore, 65% of the ACS national technical awards had only one or no female nominees. Clearly, this under-representation of chemists/chemical engineers and females in the ACS Awar!
ds Program calls for action.

The American Chemical Society needs your assistance in addressing this situation. Through your symposia and workshops you have become aware of individuals who are doing outstanding research. Please make a special effort to have those individuals who have made significant technical advances be nominated for an ACS award. The deadline for submitting a nomination package is Saturday, November 1 at To assist you in this effort, we have attached a list of the national awards that are closely tied to the focus of your Division along with other national awards that have too few nominees from industry or women. Needless to say if you know of other individuals from groups not commonly recognized by the ACS National Awards Program, such as minorities and the national laboratories, please have them nominated for an award. Your actions will demonstrate that the Society is committed to the pursuit of excellence in the chemical sciences by recognizing, promoting, and!
honoring outstanding contributions regardless of the researcher's gender, race, ethnicity or employer.

We sincerely appreciate your assistance and support in assisting G&A in maintaining the high integrity of the national awards. If you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached at vjkuck**At_Symbol_Here** or you may contact Ms. Felicia Dixon, Manager, ACS National Awards Office at 202-872-6283 or at f_dixon**At_Symbol_Here**

Valerie J. Kuck
Chair, ACS Board Committee on Grants & Awards
American Chemical Society

National ACS Awards identified as being of Special Interest to DCHAS:

ACS Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology
ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the
Chemical Sciences
ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences
ACS Award in Industrial Chemistry
Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry

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