1. Which ACS program do you think best helps the job-seeking ACS member? How would you improve it?Readers, what questions would you ask? I intend to keep #2 and #3 (or, at least, to have similar questions.) Knowing whether or not ACS presidential candidates buy into the "STEM shortage" is important to me, as well as what steps they actually will take.
2. Is it ACS policy to get more students to study in STEM fields, specifically chemistry? If so, how do we reconcile the fact that wages for chemists are stagnant or falling? Does this argue against the idea of a STEM shortage and the need for more STEM students?
3. Each ACS president candidate, for at least the past decade, knows the challenging job market facing ACS members and inevitably speaks of "growing jobs" in the US. Specifically, what tangible steps would you take to increase the number of chemistry jobs in the US, and is this something you think is really achievable?
4. How would you describe ACS' response to the Great Recession and the increase in unemployment amongst its members? How should ACS respond to similar situations in the future?
Monday, September 14, 2015
What would you ask an ACS presidential candidate?
Also in this week's C&EN, the presidential candidates make their statements:
Readers, I plan to send the candidates a 4-question questionnaire. In the past, we've asked the following 4 questions: