ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry


From the chair, Joel Harris

October 1, 2016

Dear ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Members,

I am honored and privileged to begin a year of service as the 2016-17 Chair of the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry. The Division is beginning an exciting year of programming and new initiatives that should help it grow and better serve its members.

Our future is built on the recent leadership of Doug Duckworth, who just completed a very successful year of service as Chair of the Division. Through an Innovative Program Grant (IPG) from the ACS, Doug led a strategic planning effort that included graduate-student participation and resulted in vision and mission statements for the Division, along with new strategies of organization for achieving our goals. With the guidance of a new Long-Range Program Planning Committee chaired by Lane Baker, the Division of Analytical Chemistry has expanded its technical program and impact at both the spring and fall National ACS Meetings. At the San Diego meeting in the spring, the division sponsored 367 papers in 27 oral sessions plus a Sunday evening poster session, representing a 63% increase in the program size compared to the previous year’s spring meeting. The fall meeting in Philadelphia was especially successful, where the Analytical Division hosted 43 oral sessions organized in 29 symposia. Of the 860 total symposia that the ACS hosted at this meeting, 32 received support from the ACS Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group (MPPG), and one-fourth of these, 8 of the 32, were sponsored by ANYL. Two of our symposia were among the 7 featured in C&E News as “Symposia You Shouldn't Miss.” One of symposia, organized by Ronda Grosse on Mobilizing Chemistry Expertise to Solve Humanitarian Problems, co-sponsored by Chemists without Borders, was the subject of a long follow-up article in C&E News: In addition to National ACS Meeting programming, the Analytical Division continues to partner with PittCon and SciX to cosponsor symposia at these important annual events for analytical chemists.

The up-coming year for the Division of Analytical Chemistry promises to be an active and exciting one. We have received two Innovative Program Grants from the ACS for next year; one is co-sponsored with the Chemical Education Division and the ACS International Activities Committee, to establish ties with Cuban analytical chemists and chemical educators through the Cuban Chemical Society. A second IPG will support graduate-student organized symposia at the fall 2017 National ACS Meeting in Washington, DC. This is a first-step toward a goal of involving graduate students in Analytical Division programming and organization, thereby incubating the next generation of ANYL leadership. Under the leadership of our Treasurer, Adam Wooley, we hope to increase the financial resources of the division by expanding our number of division patrons and securing sponsors for our division awards. Greater resources will allow more support for technical programming by the division at both national and regional meetings. We plan to grow stronger ties between the analytical division and the top ACS journals in our field, providing technical alerts and content links on expanded division web pages. The Executive Committee of the Analytical Division also has established a goal of improving connections, benefits, and opportunities for our many division members from industry.

I am looking forward to an exciting year for the division. If you have suggestions, ideas, or wish to volunteer to help the division, please make contact with me and let me know what you’re thinking.

With best regards,

Joel M. Harris

University of Utah

Chair, ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry