At the ACS National Meeting in San Diego next March, my Task Force on Employment in the Chemical Sciences is having a symposium on its activities. One session in that symposium will be contributed posters. Each ACS member is invited to submit a poster to that symposium.
If you have ideas or experiences to contribute, please submit your poster in MAPS at http://maps.acs.org/ The deadline for submission is Oct 31st.
You are welcome to speak on any aspect of the problems related to employment. Some topics being addressed by the Task Force are:
- What factors determine the balance between supply and demand?
- What is the employment situation for technicians?
- What are benefits and handicaps of possible certification, licensing, and registration of chemical professionals?
- Do we prepare our graduates for jobs offered by industry?
- What causes young graduate and mid-career chemical professional unemployment, and how can we help?
- What is needed to increase underrepresented groups in the workforce?
- What global factors influence the US employment situation? Problems of outsourcing and immigration?
If you have questions about submissions to this poster session, please contact the TF Co-chair, Attila Pavlath (attilapavlath -at- yahoo.com), or the Program Co-organizer, Debbie Crans (debbie.crans -at- colostate.edu). (CJ's note: addresses spamproofed) Please submit your poster by Oct 31st.
Additional potential ACS member concerns will be addressed in contributed poster sessions on “Diversity – Quantification – Success” (the use of data to help diversify the chemical sciences with respect to race, ethnicity, and gender) and “Is there a Crisis in Organic Chemistry” (the anticipated reduction of enrollment in traditional organic chemistry classes).Best wishes to those interested in attending.
Please take advantage of these sessions via your attendance, ideas, and participation; they are intended to be opportunities for discussion and member contributions.