ACS & YOU
It is a tremendous pleasure for me to help recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments ACS student
chapters and their faculty advisors have
made throughout the country. Over the
past year as the president of ACS, I have
had the wonderful opportunity to meet
and work with many undergraduate stu-
dents and their advisors. What you are
doing is incredibly important: introduc-
ing young students to the exciting world
of science, and educating non-scientists
about the fundamental importance of
chemistry in our daily lives.
I have personally witnessed your tremendous efforts, and I know you understand just how important they have been.
Unless we work together to increase pub-
lic interest and support of chemistry, there
will not be adequate funding to solve
fundamental health and societal issues
through chemical research. We must
enable chemists to contribute solutions
to global problems by doing such things
as continuing to discover new powerful
drugs to fight cancer, developing better
catalysts for converting biomass to fuels,
and creating solar-activated catalysts to
convert water to hydrogen and oxygen to
solve our global energy crisis — to name
just a few critical needs.
Over the past year, I have also noticed
how your efforts have helped you gain
valuable professional skills that will serve
you well throughout your career. Through
your student chapter activities, you have
started to develop and exercise your
leadership skills, build a strong network
of mentors, colleagues, and friends, and
broadly take advantage of all the development opportunities ACS has to offer.
Thank you for all you have done,
and for what you will continue to do to
advance the mission of ACS. No mat-
ter where the future takes you, you will
always have the experience of having
learned how chemistry can improve the
world we live in. I wish you continued
Congratulations, students and faculty
advisors! Well done!
Thomas J. Barton, distinguished
professor emeritus of chemistry at
Iowa State University and former
director of the U.S. Department of
Energy’s Ames Laboratory, is
president of ACS.
A Job Well Done!
BY THOMAS J. BARTON
Chapter president Dannajoe Galarza-Ramos accepts two awards on behalf of the Inter Ameri-
can University of Puerto Rico-San Germán student chapter at the Chapter Awards Ceremony
at the 247th ACS National Meeting in Dallas, TX.
The University of Texas at Dallas student chapter members pose with Nick L. Mole (mascot of the Fresno State, CA, student chapter) after the Stu-
dent Chapter Awards Ceremony at the 247th ACS National Meeting in Dallas, TX.
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