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Re: Letter to ACS Division Officers - Call for Nominations
August 9, 2016
Dear Division Officers:
Are you aware that two large groups of ACS members are significantly underrepresented in the pool of nominees for ACS national awards, especially for those awards that are based solely on outstanding technical achievements? In 2016, 54% of the ACS membership were employed in industry, but only 4% of the nominees for the 49 technical awards were chemists/chemical engineers working in industry. Similarly, women represent 29% of the membership, yet were only 11.5% of the nominees for the 49 technical awards. Furthermore, 51% of the ACS national technical awards had only one or no female nominees. 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%. Clearly, this underrepresentation of industrial chemists/chemical engineers and females in the ACS Awards Program calls for action.
The American Chemical Society needs your help in addressing this situation. Through the symposia and workshops sponsored by your Division, you have become aware of individuals who are doing outstanding work. Please make a special effort to have these individuals considered for nomination for an ACS award. The deadline for submitting a nomination package is Tuesday, November 1 at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.nominate.acs.org&d=DQIFaQ&c=lb62iw4YL4RFalcE2hQUQealT9-RXrryqt9KZX2qu2s&r=meWM1Buqv4IQ27AlK1OJRjcQl09S1Zta6YXKalY_Io0&m=oQgv4DL0miy9w9c1VBvpo7ZCGwtPP8sERSTGJ0LCVpM&s=fPBAJLKmeMvr3aCpoTx8sxqxNnfMcN_oDh6bClr9Nx0&e= . 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.
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.
Also, please let us know if there are other awards that should have been included or removed from the ‰??Awards Information‰?? list that we are attaching to this email.
We would also appreciate receiving any suggestions that you have that would improve the ACS national award process.
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 gmbodner**At_Symbol_Here**purdue.edu or you may contact Ms. Felicia Dixon, Manager, ACS National Awards Office at 202-872-6283 or at f_dixon**At_Symbol_Here**acs.org.
George M. Bodner
Chair, ACS Board Committee on Grants & Awards
ACS Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology
ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences
Ernest Guenther Award in the Chemistry of Natural Products
ACS Award in Industrial Chemistry
Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry
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