Application for Kolthoff Award
Applications are invited for the 2017 I. M. Kolthoff Award for undergraduate research in analytical chemistry. The Kolthoff awards provide travel funding up to $750 for students to present a poster on their research at Pittcon or the Spring ACS National Meeting. The deadline for applications for 2017 awards is October 1, 2016. Please direct questions to Kim Frederick.

Division Election results
Congratulations to Lane Baker of Indiana University, who has been elected Chair of the Division, Adam Woolley of Brigham Young Universitry, who has been re-elected as Treasurer, Kimberly Agnew-Heard of the Food & Drug Administration, who has been re-elected as Councilor, and Anis Rahman of Applied Research & Photonics, Inc., who has been elected an Alternate Councilor!

Special symposium in Philadelphia with Chemists Without Borders
Chemists Without Borders will be hosting an all-day symposium on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Fall ACS meeting in Philadelphia, "Mobilizing Chemistry Expertise to Solve Humanitarian Problems". Full information is available here.

The Division's new web site
Our new web site is in a beta-test version. Please visit it and let us know what you think! This site will remain active for some time to come.

Division Award Winners for 2016
The recipients of the Division's awards for 2016 have been announced. The awards will be presented at the Philadelphia ACS National Meeting. The winners are:

  • Award in Chemical Instrumentation - Nancy Allbritton, UNC/NC State
  • J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education - David Harvey, DePauw University
  • Award in Spectrochemical Analysis - Richard Russo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Award in Electrochemistry - Reginald Penner, University of California Irvine
  • Arthur F. Findeis Award for Achievements by a Young Analytical Scientist - Peter Nemes, The George Washington University
  • Award for Distinguished Service in Analytical Chemistry - M. Bonner Denton, University of Arizona

ACS National Awards to Division Members
The Division of Analytical Chemistry has been selected by the recipients to present their award address for (1) ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences by Luis A. Colón, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, (2) ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry sponsored by Battelle Memorial Institute by William R. Heineman, University of Cincinnati, and (3) ACS Award in Chromatography sponsored by Supelco/Sigma-Aldrich by Harold M. McNair, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Long Range Program Planning Committee
The Division now has a long range program planning committee. The members are:

  • Joel Harris (University of Utah) co-Chair;
  • Lane Baker (Indiana University) co-Chair
  • Doug Duckworth (PNNL) ex-Officio
  • Cindy Larive (University of California-Riverside)
  • Michael Heien (University of Arizona)
  • Alexandra Ros (Arizona State University)
  • Matthew Bush (University of Washington)
  • Yong Zeng (University of Kansas)
  • Karen Phinney (NIST)


From the chair, Doug Duckworth

Division of Analytical Chemistry Members,

It is an honor and privilege to serve as the chair of the Division of Analytical Chemistry (DAC) this year. I appreciate the opportunity to serve alongside you in what I think will be an exciting year for the division.

I want to give my sincere thanks to Susan Olesik for her service as Chair of the division and her support as I have transitioned into the role. Beyond the routine division support activities, Susan has had a strong commitment and vision for strengthening our technical programs at National ACS meetings and Co-Sponsored Pittcon Symposia. Through her leadership, we have established a Long Range Program Planning Committee that is led by Joel Harris (2016 Technical Program Chair) and Lane Baker (LRPP Committee Chair). I think the impact of this change will be evident in upcoming technical programs and will be an ongoing legacy of Susan's leadership.

Moving forward and following on Susan's efforts, I want to continue to improve the DAC membership experience. At the Fall ACS meeting we began to develop an updated Strategic Plan for the Analytical Division. Already, we have revised our Vision and Mission Statements as follows:

Vision: To shape the future through advancing the science of chemical characterization and measurement.

Mission: To promote the science of analytical chemistry and the careers of its practitioners by providing enhanced professional opportunities, educating members and society, and building bridges between scientific fields.

From this Mission Statement several overarching Goals of the DAC emerge — Professional Development, Advocacy and Outreach, Communication, and Programming. I envision a Strategic Planning Committee and sub-structure being commissioned that will include Focus Teams for each of these goals. This represents a lot of work and the need for volunteers. It will also give members a great opportunity to engage in and shape the future of the DAC.

In my role as DAC Technical Program Chair, I was very impressed with the number and quality of our volunteers, and I am greatly appreciative of your contributions. As we move forward, the DAC seeks to engage even more volunteers to support our strategic planning and activities. If you are interested in participating, please let us know. We will address specific needs as they arise.

I look forward to a great year. Thank you for supporting the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry.

Doug Duckworth, Chair

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