ACS & YOU
It is a wonderful honor and my distin- guished privilege to close out my ACS presidency by taking this opportunity to
congratulate 284 ACS student chapters for
their amazing achievements during the
2015-2016 academic year! I am inspired
by the thousands of unique, innovative,
and valuable activities that you and your
peers across the country organized, building on the 80-year legacy of chemistry
undergraduate students who chose the
same special path you are now on.
From Honorable Mention to Commendable to Outstanding, you all have
made important strides in improving
people’s lives through the transforming
power of chemistry. More than that, you
have created a buzz about chemistry,
bringing excitement and inspiration to
your classmates, young children, and the
general public. You are making a serious
impact on how people perceive chemistry
while educating them on how chemical
research affects their everyday lives. You
are also building bonds with peers that
will last a lifetime. And you are developing
exceptional professional skills that will
take you far in your future careers.
Those of you who serve as officers or
coordinate activities face unique challenges. You set goals and develop strategies to achieve them — making your chapter’s mission and vision become a reality.
You take on the responsibility of organizing the many details that go into putting
on special events. While maintaining
chapter pride and momentum, you build
strong relationships with fellow members,
faculty, your institution, and the community. You network, communicate, and
navigate challenges and obstacles that
can sometimes threaten chapter morale.
Your sincere dedication, staunch work
ethic, and clear passion for chemistry work
together to make possible the numerous
successes to which we are thrilled to bear
As you continue to grow as a chapter
member and a professional, I encourage
you to take advantage of attending an ACS
national meeting. It is the perfect place
to hone presentation skills, network with
other peers and professionals in various
areas of chemistry, and take advantage of
career services, such as résumé review.
Examining Science in Hollywood
I would like to especially invite you to the
upcoming spring national meeting in San
Francisco, where I am organizing a symposium called “Hollyweird Chemistry.”
During three half-day sessions, writers,
producers, and others who study film and
television will discuss the challenges of
portraying science and scientists on the
screen and the influence that science has
on students and the public. And do we
as real-life scientists have any influence
over how accurately we are portrayed?
Actually, that’s a question we should all
be interested in, and there will be time for
conversations like this during the panel
discussions that follow each session. There
will be opportunities for photos and autographs with those behind the science in
your favorite TV shows and movies.
Your commitment to your future is
already well under way as members of an
ACS student chapter. I encourage you to
expand the scope of your knowledge by
making every effort to experience a technical scientific meeting, and joining the
conversation about communicating science responsibly to the public.
Donna J. Nelson, a chemistry
professor at the University of
Oklahoma, is president of ACS.
She is a fellow of ACS and the
American Association for the
Advancement of Science. Her
other honors include a Guggenheim Fellow-
ship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and a woman of
Courage Award from the National Organiza-
tion of Women.
Yields Extraordinary Results
BY DONNA J. NELSON