What Specific Questions Should Be Asked of the Candidates for ACS President-Elect?

September 24th, 2012

ChemBark InvestigatesA couple of posts ago, I brought up the fact that voter turnout in ACS elections is abysmal. Judging by the spam that I’ve started to receive, the election window is upon us once again. This year’s contenders for ACS President-Elect are Luis Echegoyen and Tom Barton. I’ve read their statements and a few interviews (E B, KTEP), but once again, all of this information is generally vague and not helpful in terms of drawing a distinction between the two candidates. Either gentleman seems more than capable of representing our field by smiling while doling out ACS awards, but where do they stand on key issues that threaten our society and profession?

Below, I have listed several questions I’d like answered with respect to ACS governance. Please feel free to suggest more in the comments. I’ll send them along to both candidates and post their responses, verbatim, unedited.

Questions for the 2012 ACS Presidential Candidates

1. What are your thoughts on the ACS v. Leadscope case? Do you believe that society records pertaining to the lawsuit—including items like legals fees—should be made public?

2. What is your stance on the ACS’s executive compensation packages?

3. What is your stance regarding the fees that ACS Publications charges companies and universities to access journals?

4. What one specific item would you, as ACS President, make your first priority to improve the public perception of chemistry?

5. What one specific item would you, as ACS President, make your first priority to improve the employment situation for chemists?

6. What is your favorite element and why?

 

Now, what have I missed?

 


9 Responses to “What Specific Questions Should Be Asked of the Candidates for ACS President-Elect?”

  1. Chemjobber Says:

    What one specific item would you, as ACS President, make your first priority to improve academic laboratory safety?

  2. See Arr Oh Says:

    How does the ACS look – dues, member demographics, public role – in five years? In ten years?

  3. Curious Wavefunction Says:

    What do you think is the primary function of the ACS?

  4. Richard Apodaca Says:

    Paul, great idea. Here would be my picks:

    1) As ACS President, would you be willing to make public all annual costs associated with maintaining CAS and ACS Publications? If not, why not? (see: http://depth-first.com/articles/2012/03/14/why-acs-must-come-clean-on-journal-publication-costs/ )

    2) Annual proceeds from “Electronic Services” accounted for over 80% of ACS income in 2011, yet proceeds from dues and donations totalled less than 8%. What conflicts of interest, if any, do you perceive in ACS’ current business activities? (see: http://depth-first.com/articles/2012/09/20/follow-the-money-american-chemical-society-income-at-a-glance/ )

  5. Hap Says:

    What one thing should the public understand about chemistry? How could use your position to improve its understanding?

  6. Nick Says:

    Explain why I should renew my ACS membership.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    How will you improve the value of being an ACS member for young chemists in industry and academia?

    What do you think are the grand challenges in chemistry?

    What changes do you expect to see in the field in the next ten years?

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