2017 LVACS Chair

Celia Williams

   " Improving people's lives through the transforming power of chemistry!"


Dear Lehigh Valley ACS members,

As your new Chair, I would like to welcome you to the year 2017.  Happy New Year!   I wish you a year filled with health, happiness and success. Thank you for electing me as chair and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with you to move the LVACS into a year filled with renewed vigor, enthusiasm and excitement.  My goals for the section include partnering and collaborating with other local sections, developing active committees in the section executing relevant programs and increasing participation from our members at our meetings and events. 
To the past executive team I thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the mission of the section.  Congratulations to the new elected officers and I welcome you to the executive board.  The names and associated positions are:

Chair Elect – John Freeman
Secretary – Seiji Inaoka
Treasurer – Lindsey Welch
Alternate Councilor – Carol Stein

I am thrilled to announce four new Committee Chairs and would like to thank them for volunteering their service.

Awards Committee: Ian Rhile
Safety Committee: Caroline Multari
Younger Chemist Committee:  William Leon
Women Chemist Committee:  Alison Holliday

To the past committee chairs, I am deeply appreciative of all you did for the section, and to the current Committee Chairs I look forward to your continued hard work and support.   

Please join us for our February’s meeting at Avantor Performance Materials on Monday, February 20, 2017.   We will conduct An ACS PROGRAM-IN-A-BOX meeting with the title: Chemistry of Sports, Smarter, Safer, Faster.  What You Will Learn:
•    How Shear Thickening Fluids can be used for impact protection an concussion mitigation
•    Textile Innovation within the sports performance categories
•    How fiber formulation and materials innovation will make or break a brand
•    How analytical science can help deter drug misuse
•    How mass spectrometry provides the optimum tool for the job
•    Why analytical chemists should remain vigilant and use state-of- art analytical tools to detect newly-emerged doping agents.

Thank you to those who attended the excellent meeting on January 19, 2017 where we celebrated the 100th volume of the Octagon and Chip Nataro, Professor of Chemistry at Lafayette College presented “Lessons from an Online Community of Practice.” 

Details of all meetings will be available in publications of the Octagon, Facebook page and on our website.  Also we regularly send out email blasts so if you are not receiving them please let us know.

I cordially invite you to get involved in the section; volunteer your time, attend monthly meetings and share your ideas and suggestions.  Please feel free to contact me at lvacscma@gmail.com.  I believe we can make 2017 an extraordinary year.

Celia Williams
Chair, Lehigh Valley ACS

Duties of the Section Chair:

The supervision, coordination, and overall direction of section activities are the primary and ongoing functions of the section chair. A chair should provide leadership for the section officers and committee chairs and delegate authority and responsibility as broadly as possible.
The chair presides at all section meetings and, in most cases, at all sessions of the executive committee, which should be convened frequently to monitor and assess the progress of current activities.  Assuring the timely filing of the section's annual report is another important duty of the office.
In most cases, the chair makes all section standing committee appointments, preferably in advance of taking office.  From the chair the appointees should receive guidance, supervision, and assistance, especially with respect to specific committee assignments.