ACS Senior Chemists Task Force Formed
The Senior Chemists Task Force is comprised of 19 members and is chaired by ACS Past-President Eli Pearce (see roster). It was created at the Spring 2009 ACS National Meeting in Salt Lake City from the Silver Circle Working Group, which was formed several years ago to determine and evaluate how ACS can best meet the needs of the 30% of its members who are 60 years of age or older.
The Task Force discussed its goals and objectives in the areas of education, financial and personal concerns, networking, and consultancy, with particular emphasis on counseling and guiding undergraduates and graduate students; working with school districts, high school chemistry clubs, and Project SEED students; organizing symposia, workshops, and social gatherings at ACS national and regional meetings (e.g., Silver Circle and Retiree Breakfast); providing expertise to ACS committees, technical divisions, and local sections, as well as outside organizations.
After three years, the ACS Committee on Committees (ConC) will evaluate the activities and programs of the Task Force toward the possibility of forming a Senior Chemists Committee, which would be analogous to the current Younger Chemists and Women Chemists Committees.