Election Results for Director-at-Large and By-Laws

The elec­tronic elec­tion for six Director-at-Large posi­tions and for the mod­i­fi­ca­tions of by-laws pre­vi­ously approved by the NACS Board is now complete.

I am pleased to announce that

  • Jing­guang Chen (Colum­bia University)
  • Robert J. Davis (Uni­ver­sity of Virginia)
  • Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos (Tufts University)
  • Bruce C. Gates (Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Davis)
  • Fabio H. Ribeiro (Pur­due University
  • Stu­art L. Soled (ExxonMobil)

 
were elected to four-year terms as Directors-at-Large from 11 can­di­dates. They will be seated as NACS Board mem­bers at the start of the NAM23 meet­ing on June 2, 2013. Umit Ozkan (The Ohio State Uni­ver­sity), as the can­di­date with the next higher voter count, will be serv­ing as Alter­nate Director-at-Large. This is not a Board posi­tion, but the Alter­nate would suc­ceed a DAL in case any of the elected DAL is unable to serve.

The pro­posed mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the by-laws were approved by a vote of 338 to 7.

Votes were recorded from 590 of 1954 mem­bers of the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Society.

The elec­tronic bal­lots were col­lected, recorded, and cer­ti­fied by Cre­ative Scan­ning Solu­tions, Inc. an inde­pen­dent orga­ni­za­tion con­tracted by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety for this pur­pose.
 
Enrique Igle­sia
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Society

2013 SWCS Spring Symposium

The Spring Sym­po­sium for the South­west Catal­y­sis Soci­ety will be help on April 26th on the Rice cam­pus (Grand Hall in the Memo­r­ial Cen­ter). The cir­cu­lar is attached. Reg­is­tra­tion will begin at 7:30 AM with the tech­ni­cal pro­gram begin­ning at 8:25. We antic­i­pate the meet­ing con­clud­ing by 3:30 PM. There is plenty of park­ing on the Rice cam­pus: rice.edu/maps/maps.html.

There’s vis­i­tor park­ing all over cam­pus (shaded yel­low), and the one lot clos­est to our meet­ing site is “Cen­tral Cam­pus Garage” under­neath the Jones Busi­ness School (#51).
 

SOUTHWEST CATALYSIS SOCIETY
2013 SPRING SYMPOSIUM

 
Fri­day, April 26th, 2013
Grand Hall of the Rice Memo­r­ial Cen­ter
Rice Uni­ver­sity
Hous­ton, TX

Invited Speak­ers (alpha­bet­i­cal order)

 
Devel­op­ing HDS under­stand­ing based on real feed-stocks
Tushar V. Choud­hary, Phillips 66, Bartlesville, OK
 
From Hydrodesul­fu­r­iza­tion to Hydrodeoxy­gena­tion: What are the sim­i­lar­i­ties at the atomic-scale?
Lars C. Grabow, Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton, TX
 
Shell Alter­na­tive Trans­port Fuels,
Kim John­son, Shell Chem­i­cal Co., Hous­ton, TX
 
Advances in Hydropro­cess­ing Cat­a­lyst Tech­nol­ogy: The Dis­cov­ery of ExxonMobil/Albemarle’s Neb­ula Cat­a­lyst
Doron Levin, Exxon­Mo­bil, Annan­dale, NJ
 
Nanos­truc­tured Gold Model Cat­a­lysts on Oxygen-free Sub­strates
Li Liu, Depart­ment of Chem­istry, Texas A&M Uni­ver­sity
 
Nat­ural Gas to Syn­gas using Rh-substituted pyrochlore (La2Zr2O7) cat­a­lysts
Jerry Spivey (LSU), D. Pakhare (LSU), D. Haynes (DoE/NETL), D. Shekhawat (DoE/NETL), V. Abdel­sayed (DoE/NETL)
 
2013 South­west Catal­y­sis Soci­ety Applied Catal­y­sis Awardee: Prof. Jerry Spivey, Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA.

Elections for Directors-at-Large

This year, for the sec­ond time, the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (NACS) will be using on-line bal­lot­ing as the only way to vote for Directors-at-Large. We have con­tracted with a firm that is expe­ri­enced in on-line vot­ing to ensure the accu­racy and con­fi­den­tial­ity of the process. The elec­tions are sched­uled for March 18th to April 5th. You will be receiv­ing an email mes­sage on March 17th with your user­name, unique pass­word and a link to a restricted vot­ing web­page. The sub­ject head­line is “NACS Elec­tions for Directors-at-Large”. Please don’t delete this email until you cast your vote. If you have a prob­lem receiv­ing this email, then you need to con­tact Edrick Morales at edrickmorales@live.com.

The web log-in page will have instruc­tions on how to use your elec­tronic bal­lot with links to tech­ni­cal assis­tance in case you have dif­fi­culty with the log-in and PDF doc­u­ments with the pro­posed amend­ments and revised ver­sion of the by-laws.

You can cast your vote start­ing on March 18th at 12:01 am. The vot­ing web­page will be held open to those mem­bers of NACS (includ­ing stu­dents) who reside within North Amer­ica. Back­ground infor­ma­tion for each can­di­date will be avail­able on the bal­lot site with a hyper­link asso­ci­ated to each candidate’s name. On the bal­lot web­site, you will be select­ing only six (6) or less mem­bers from the slate of 11 can­di­dates for the office of Director-at-Large and one vote to approve or not approve the amend­ments to the by-laws. The top six can­di­dates will be elected to office if the amend­ments to the by-laws are approved; oth­er­wise, the top four (4) can­di­dates will be elected.

Vot­ers will need to log back in and com­plete the bal­lot from scratch if they log-out or close the browser win­dow with­out sub­mit­ting their bal­lot. Your pass­word will be deac­ti­vated after you record your vote.

Deadlines Extended for Awards Sponsored by the European Federation of the Catalytic Societies

The Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion of the Cat­alytic Soci­eties (EFCATS) Board announces the exten­sion of the dead­line for the appli­ca­tions of two EFCATS awards: the Young Researchers Award and the Applied Catal­y­sis Award. The new dead­line is April 15th 2013.

Young Researchers Award

 
The EFCATS Award aims to rec­og­nize indi­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions in the field of het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis with empha­sis on the­o­ret­i­cal or exper­i­men­tal dis­cov­ery and under­stand­ing of new cat­a­lysts and cat­alytic processes, syn­the­sis and cat­alytic func­tion of novel inor­ganic solids and com­plexes, mech­a­nisms of reac­tions, deac­ti­va­tion phenomena.

The can­di­dates for the award must have already shown the poten­tial for research inde­pen­dence and evi­dence of matu­rity. Appli­cants should also be able to demon­strate a promis­ing track-record of early achieve­ments appro­pri­ate to their spe­cific research field and career stage, includ­ing sig­nif­i­cant pub­li­ca­tions (as main author) in major inter­na­tional peer-reviewed mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary sci­en­tific jour­nals, or in the lead­ing inter­na­tional peer-reviewed jour­nals of catal­y­sis field. They may also demon­strate a record of invited pre­sen­ta­tions in well-established inter­na­tional con­fer­ences, granted patents, awards, prizes etc.

Selec­tion of the Award win­ner will be made by a com­mit­tee of renowned sci­en­tists appointed by the Pres­i­dent and vice-president of The Euro­pean fed­er­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Soci­eties. Selec­tion shall be made on the basis of excel­lence. The award win­ner must not have turned 41, March 1st of the award year. Thus, nom­i­na­tion doc­u­ments should indi­cate the date of birth of the nominee.

Nom­i­na­tions for the Award should prove the candidate’s excel­lence and will include:

  • A pre­sen­ta­tion let­ter in which the mer­its of the can­di­date are detailed. The pre­sen­ta­tion let­ter should be pre­pared by the per­son propos­ing the candidate.
  • Two fur­ther rec­om­men­da­tion letters.
  • The candidate’s CV (high­light­ing a date of birth).

Nom­i­na­tion doc­u­ments should be sub­mit­ted in one com­plete pack­age to the Pres­i­dent of EFCATS (Avelino Corma at corma@itq.upv.es) before April 15, 2013.

Applied Catal­y­sis Award

 
Selec­tion of the Award win­ner will be made by a com­mit­tee of renowned sci­en­tists includ­ing a major­ity of cur­rent or pre­vi­ous indus­trial sci­en­tists appointed by the Pres­i­dent and vice-president of The Euro­pean fed­er­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Soci­eties from names sug­gested by mem­bers of the EFCATS board. Com­mit­tee mem­bers who are cur­rent or recent employ­ees of the com­pany of any nom­i­nee shall abstain from vot­ing on that pro­posal. Selec­tion shall be made on the basis of excel­lence sci­en­tific nov­elty, tech­ni­cal achieve­ments in devel­op­ment and scale-up, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team­work between sci­en­tists and engi­neers, with empha­sis on actual or poten­tial com­mer­cial application.

Nom­i­na­tions for the Award should prove the candidate’s excel­lence and will include:

  • A pre­sen­ta­tion let­ter in which the mer­its of the candidate(s) are indi­cated (pre­pared by the per­son propos­ing the candidate(s)),
  • A list of the achieve­ments of the candidate(s) con­firmed by the com­pany apply­ing the new con­tri­bu­tion within a sup­port­ing letter.
  • A detailed CV of the candidate(s).

Nom­i­na­tion doc­u­ments should be sub­mit­ted in one com­plete pack­age to the Pres­i­dent of EFCATS (Avelino Corma at corma@itq.upv.es) before April 15, 2013.

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos is the winner of the 2013 Michigan Catalysis Award

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, Pro­fes­sor of Chem­i­cal and Bio­log­i­cal Engi­neeringat Tufts Uni­ver­sity, has been selected as the win­ner of the 2013 Michi­gan Catal­y­sis Soci­ety Guiseppe Par­ra­vano Memo­r­ial Award for Excel­lence in Catal­y­sis Research. Pro­fes­sor Stephanopou­los will give an Award Keynote Lec­ture at the 34th Annual Michi­gan Catal­y­sis Soci­ety Spring Sym­po­sium, which will be held at the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan-Dearborn on May 7, 2013 in Dear­born, MI.

Pro­fes­sor Stephanopou­los was cho­sen for dis­tin­guished con­tri­bu­tions to the field of catal­y­sis, par­tic­u­larly new insights into the activ­ity of atomic-scale met­als as cat­a­lysts for fuel con­ver­sion processes and “green” pro­duc­tion of chemicals.

The Michi­gan Catal­y­sis Soci­ety has two awards to rec­og­nize indi­vid­u­als who have made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to catal­y­sis research and devel­op­ment. Both awards are spon­sored by the Memo­r­ial Trust Fund for Pro­fes­sor Giuseppe Par­ra­vano, which has been estab­lished at the Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing, The Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan. The Michi­gan Catal­y­sis Soci­ety admin­is­ters both awards which are pre­sented in alter­nat­ing years. Both awards con­sist of a medal and a prize of $1,000. The two awards dif­fer only in the eli­gi­bil­ity rules. The recip­i­ent of the award is selected by a com­mit­tee that is appointed by the offi­cers of the Michi­gan Catal­y­sis Society.

  1. The Michi­gan Catal­y­sis Soci­ety Guiseppe Par­ra­vano Memo­r­ial Award for Excel­lence in Catal­y­sis Research
    • The award is given bien­ni­ally in odd num­bered years to an indi­vid­ual from North Amer­ica to for­mally rec­og­nize out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to cat­alytic sci­ence and technology.
  2. The Michi­gan Catal­y­sis Soci­ety Par­ra­vano Award for Excel­lence in Catal­y­sis Research and Devel­op­ment
    • The award is given bien­ni­ally in even num­bered years to for­mally rec­og­nize out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to cat­alytic sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy by researchers in the greater Michi­gan area. To be eli­gi­ble, a per­son must be a res­i­dent of Michi­gan or a neigh­bor­ing area such as west­ern Ontario/northern Ohio and be nom­i­nated by a mem­ber of the Michi­gan Catal­y­sis Society.

Candidates for Director-at-Large

John N. Armor

John N. Armor

John N. Armor
Semi-retired con­sul­tant
 
Founder of a per­sonal, global con­sult­ing busi­ness, GlobalCatalysis.com. My ded­i­cated inter­ests in catal­y­sis con­tinue through occa­sional tech­ni­cal pub­li­ca­tions (such as Catal­y­sis Today 178 (2011) 8), invited lec­tures, and atten­dance at major national and inter­na­tional catal­y­sis focused meet­ings. I bring over 40 years of expe­ri­ence in catal­y­sis begin­ning with my under­grad­u­ate research at Penn State Uni­ver­sity and my PhD work at Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity. After receiv­ing my doc­tor­ate degree, I spent 4 years as an assis­tant pro­fes­sor at Boston Uni­ver­sity, then joined Allied Chem­i­cal Corporation’s cen­tral research cen­ter for 11 years, and moved to Air Prod­ucts & Chem­i­cals to lead a catal­y­sis research cen­ter before retirement.

My past role with the NACS (8 years as Pres­i­dent and 7 years as Trea­surer) focused on bring­ing vis­i­bil­ity to the catal­y­sis com­mu­nity at large, estab­lish­ing our pop­u­lar web­site, return­ing excess pro­ceeds from our NAM meet­ings to the mem­ber­ship, strength­en­ing the finan­cial posi­tion of the NACS as well as the indi­vid­ual clubs, build­ing up the cor­pus to the Keith Hall Edu­ca­tional Fund, estab­lish­ing new ways to pro­vide edu­ca­tional assis­tance to the mem­ber­ship, and enhanc­ing the num­ber and iden­tity of our pro­fes­sional Awards program.

Hav­ing stepped aside from a lead­er­ship role in the NACS for the last 4 years, I would like to rejoin the Board of Direc­tors and again work for the mem­ber­ship at large. I would like to con­tinue to serve as a resource to the Soci­ety by par­tic­i­pa­tion in Board activ­i­ties while men­tor­ing new gen­er­a­tions of our lead­ers, because I believe there is more that I can still con­tribute.
 

Jingguang Chen

Jing­guang Chen

Jing­guang Chen
Thayer Lind­s­ley Pro­fes­sor of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing
Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity
 
Jing­guang Chen started his career at the Exxon Cor­po­rate Research Lab­o­ra­to­ries before join­ing the fac­ulty at the Uni­ver­sity of Delaware, serv­ing as the Claire LeClaire Pro­fes­sor of chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing and Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Cat­alytic Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy. In the past two decades he has been actively serv­ing the catal­y­sis com­mu­nity, includ­ing the Catal­y­sis Sec­re­tariat of ACS, Chair of the Gor­don Research Con­fer­ence on Catal­y­sis, Kokes Chair for the Philadel­phia NAM, and co-founder and team leader of the Syn­chro­tron Catal­y­sis Con­sor­tium. He has served as the Director-at-Large of NACS since 2005. His recent con­tri­bu­tions as DAL included the appli­ca­tion and dis­tri­b­u­tion of travel grants to grad­u­ate stu­dents and young fac­ulty to the ICC meeting.

If re-elected he would like to help estab­lish a more for­mal process in NACS in apply­ing and grant­ing travel assis­tance to catal­y­sis con­fer­ences.
 

Abhaya Datye

Abhaya Datye

Abhaya Datye
Dis­tin­guished Regents Pro­fes­sor
Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal & Nuclear Engi­neer­ing
Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico
 
Abhaya Datye has been on the fac­ulty at the Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico since 1984 and presently serves as the under­grad­u­ate advi­sor for chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing and for­merly served as Asso­ciate Chair. He serves as Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Micro­engi­neered Mate­ri­als, a strate­gic research cen­ter at UNM that reports to the Vice Pres­i­dent for Research.

Abhaya received his Ph.D. in chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing from the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan in 1984. He has authored over 240 pub­li­ca­tions, 3 patents and has pre­sented 120 invited lec­tures around the world. He was the Chair of the Gor­don Research Con­fer­ence on Catal­y­sis in 2010. He served as the pro­gram co-chair for the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety meet­ing at Snow­bird, UT. He has been actively involved in the West­ern States Catal­y­sis Club, where he has served as pres­i­dent and as the Club rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the NAM board. As a Direc­tor at large for the Soci­ety, he plans to enhance the vis­i­bil­ity of catal­y­sis and to get new stu­dents, espe­cially grad­u­ate and under­grad­u­ate stu­dents into the field.

His research group has pio­neered the devel­op­ment of elec­tron microscopy tools for the study of cat­a­lysts. Using model cat­a­lysts, his group has shown metal/support inter­faces can be stud­ied at near atomic res­o­lu­tion. His cur­rent work involves the syn­the­sis of biore­new­able chem­i­cals, fun­da­men­tal stud­ies of cat­a­lyst sin­ter­ing, alco­hol reform­ing into H2 and syn­the­sis of novel nanos­truc­tured het­ero­ge­neous cat­a­lysts, espe­cially the sta­bi­liza­tion of iso­lated sin­gle atoms on sup­ports. He leads the NSF Part­ner­ship for Inter­na­tional Research and Edu­ca­tion (PIRE) on Con­ver­sion of Bio­mass derived reac­tants into Fuels, Chem­i­cals and Mate­ri­als (a col­lab­o­ra­tion between fac­ulty and researchers in the US, Den­mark, Ger­many, Nether­lands and Fin­land).
 

Proposed Amendments to the By-laws

Below is an overview of the pro­posed amend­ments, as well as a ratio­nale for each one of them, fol­lowed by the full text of the by-laws. The ratio­nal to amend the by-laws was coded using a blue-italic font, dele­tions were strike-through and amend­ments were coded using an italic font high­lighted in yel­low. View the Let­ter form the Pres­i­dent for more infor­ma­tion. A PDF ver­sion of this doc­u­ment is avail­able at Pro­posed By-laws — Feb­ru­ary 2013.
 

AMENDMENTS

ARTICLE V

Sec­tion 2. No one per­son shall be enti­tled to hold two office posi­tions at any one time.
Pro­posal: Extend the exclu­sion from hold­ing two office posi­tions to all such posi­tions
Ratio­nale: Apply this con­sis­tently to all offi­cers, not just to the Pres­i­dent and Sec­re­tary, as cur­rently stated.

ARTICLE VIII

Sec­tion 1. The Board of Direc­tors shall con­sist of mem­bers elected by the affil­i­ated catal­y­sis society(ies), one from each, six (6) mem­bers elected from the mem­bers elected at large by the mem­ber­ship of the (NACS), and any offi­cers (elected by the Board) who are not already mem­bers of the Board.

ARTICLE XIII

Sec­tion 1. The at-large mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors to be elected by the mem­ber­ship at large shall be elected from a slate of not fewer than ten (10) nom­i­nees selected by the Nom­i­na­tions Com­mit­tee, appointed by the Pres­i­dent. Elec­tion shall be by elec­tronic bal­lot of the mem­ber­ship of the NACS. Any mem­ber of the NACS shall be added to the slate upon receipt by the Pres­i­dent of the (NACS), no more than one-half of whom shall be mem­bers of any one affil­i­ated catal­y­sis society(ies), pro­vided that the peti­tion shall be received by the Pres­i­dent prior to the first of Jan­u­ary of the year in which new mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors are to be elected. Elec­tion shall be by plu­ral­ity vote. The elected at-large mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors will be seated at the next meet­ing of the Board of Direc­tors and will be the at-large mem­bers who vote for the elec­tion of new offi­cers.
Pro­posal: Increase num­ber of Directors-at-Large from 4 to 6 and the required num­ber of can­di­dates from 7 to 10.
Ratio­nale:

  1. The cur­rent num­ber of DAL date to a time when mem­ber­ship and local clubs were fewer than today and they rep­re­sent a smaller frac­tion of the Board than in ear­lier times.
  2. The “at-large” mem­bers rep­re­sent the com­mu­nity at the national level and they are the only mem­bers of the Board elected by the entire mem­ber­ship of NACS.
  3. DAL are more per­ma­nent mem­bers of the Board than the local rep­re­sen­ta­tives, which often change between meet­ings due to rota­tions and local elec­tions; DAL also tend to attend these meet­ings with fewer instances of sub­sti­tu­tions. In doing so, DAL rep­re­sent a cadre of expe­ri­enced board mem­bers and pro­vide meeting-to-meeting con­ti­nu­ity, as well as a pool from which to draw in case of unex­pected or planned rota­tions of officers.

ARTICLE XV

Sec­tion 2: The act of the major­ity of the mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors present at a meet­ing of the direc­tors at which a quo­rum is present shall be the act of the Board. Mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors may par­tic­i­pate in a meet­ing of the Board by means of con­fer­ence tele­phone or sim­i­lar com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment whereby all per­sons par­tic­i­pat­ing in the meet­ing can hear each other, and par­tic­i­pa­tion in a meet­ing in this man­ner shall con­sti­tute pres­ence in per­son at the meet­ing. In the absence of a meet­ing by a major­ity of the mem­bers of the Board, res­o­lu­tions can be enacted by a major­ity writ­ten con­sent of all the mem­bers of the Board.
Pro­posal: Change from “unan­i­mous” to “a major­ity”
Ratio­nale: “Unan­i­mous writ­ten con­sent” as in cur­rent bylaws is not con­sis­tent with our oper­at­ing rules, by which all motions are approved by a major­ity of the votes cast.

ARTICLE XVII

Sec­tion 3. The Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee shall com­prise of elected offi­cers and key func­tional posi­tions within the NACS. Mem­bers of the Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee shall be des­ig­nated by the Pres­i­dent, but should include: the Pres­i­dent, Vice-President, Sec­re­tary, Trea­surer, Lead Trustee of the Keith Hall Edu­ca­tional Fund, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Direc­tor, Archivist, and the most recent liv­ing past Pres­i­dent.
Pro­posal: Update the by-laws to reflect pre­vi­ous votes of the Board in which Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Direc­tor and Lead Trustee were made Offi­cer posi­tions and the posi­tion of Archivist was cre­ated. Note that the Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee dif­fers from Offi­cers and the mem­bers of the for­mer are appointed by the Pres­i­dent; the Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee is advi­sory and non-voting (although some mem­bers may hold vot­ing rights as Offi­cers). The pro­posed changes also clar­ify as “most recent liv­ing” the spe­cific iden­tity of the “past Pres­i­dent”
Ratio­nale: The mod­i­fi­ca­tion of Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee mem­bers reflect the changes of Offi­cers approved by the Board in the past meet­ings. The orig­i­nal bylaws were unclear about which past-President was meant.

ARTICLE XIX

Sec­tion 1. These Bylaws may be amended by a major­ity vote of the mem­bers vot­ing either (a) in per­son, by proxy or by bal­lot receive at a duly con­vened mem­ber­ship meet­ing of the (NACS), or (b) by elec­tronic bal­lot cir­cu­lated at the instance of the Board of Direc­tors, pro­vided that notice of the pro­posed amend­ment shall be con­tained in the notice of such duly con­vened meet­ing or in such elec­tronic bal­lot so cir­cu­lated.
Pro­posal: Replace mail bal­lots with elec­tronic vot­ing man­aged by inde­pen­dent con­trac­tor to ensure accu­racy and con­fi­den­tial­ity
Ratio­nale: Pre­vi­ous NACS postal mail bal­lots have led to <20% vote yields and included many returned bal­lots because of out­dated postal addresses. A shift to elec­tronic vot­ing has led to nearly 50% responses, while ensur­ing the con­fi­den­tial­ity, integrity, and accu­racy of the process. Elec­tronic bal­lots have become the norm for all learned soci­eties, as well as for cor­po­rate share­holder votes more generally.

ARTICLE XX

Sec­tion 1. These Bylaws shall be adopted by a major­ity of votes cast of the gen­eral mem­ber­ship as herein pro­vided, and shall become effec­tive imme­di­ately there­after.
Pro­posal: Clar­ify the word­ing by adding “of votes cast”
Ratio­nale: The cur­rent word­ing is unclear and the inter­pre­ta­tion could be equiv­o­cal. A major­ity of votes of the gen­eral mem­ber­ship, as in any elec­tion, is not cer­tain to be achieved because not all mem­bers may choose to par­tic­i­pate in the voting.

BYLAWS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN CATALYSIS SOCIETY

 
Revi­sion — Feb­ru­ary 2013

 
We, the mem­bers hereof, asso­ciate our­selves for these pur­poses: to pro­mote and encour­age the growth and devel­op­ment of the sci­ence of catal­y­sis and those sci­en­tific dis­ci­plines ancil­lary thereto; to orga­nize and par­tic­i­pate in pro­fes­sional meet­ings of sci­en­tists; to report, dis­cuss and exchange infor­ma­tion and view­points in the field of catal­y­sis; to serve as a cen­tral exchange for the sev­eral catal­y­sis club(s)/society(ies) (here­after referred to as soci­eties) con­cern­ing infor­ma­tion on their activ­i­ties; and to pro­vide liai­son with for­eign catal­y­sis soci­eties, with the Inter­na­tional Asso­ci­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Soci­eties, and with other sci­en­tific orga­ni­za­tions and individuals

ARTICLE I — Name

  • Sec­tion 1. The name of this cor­po­ra­tion shall be: The North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety, (NACS).

ARTICLE II — Membership

  • Sec­tion 1. Any per­son from North Amer­ica asso­ci­ated, directly or indi­rectly, with the fields of endeavor referred to in the pur­pose clause of these Bylaws, shall be eli­gi­ble for full membership.
  • Sec­tion 2. All mem­bers of any affil­i­ated North Amer­i­can catal­y­sis society(ies) shall become indi­vid­ual mem­bers of the NACS in the event of an appro­pri­ate res­o­lu­tion of affil­i­a­tion enacted by the Exec­u­tive Board of sim­i­lar gov­ern­ing body of such catal­y­sis society(ies), as here­inafter provided.
  • Sec­tion 3. Any North Amer­i­can catal­y­sis society(ies) in exis­tence at the time of the adop­tion of these Bylaws may there­after affil­i­ate with the NACS by res­o­lu­tion of its Exec­u­tive board or sim­i­lar gov­ern­ing body.
  • Sec­tion 4. Any North Amer­i­can catal­y­sis society(ies) founded after the adop­tion of these Bylaws may affil­i­ate with the NACS by res­o­lu­tion of its Exec­u­tive Board or sim­i­lar gov­ern­ing body, but only after being invited to do so by the Board of Direc­tors of the NACS.
  • Sec­tion 5. Noth­ing herein shall pre­clude mem­bers of any catal­y­sis society(ies) from becom­ing indi­vid­ual mem­bers of the (NACS), notwith­stand­ing that such catal­y­sis society(ies) may not have been invited to affil­i­ate with the NACS.
  • Sec­tion 6. Per­sons from out­side North Amer­ica may indi­cate their inter­ests in join­ing NACS as Asso­ciate Mem­bers. As Asso­ciate Mem­bers they do not have to pay dues, and they are not eli­gi­ble to vote on elec­tions and other mat­ters per­tain­ing to the NACS.
  • Sec­tion 7. The local clubs shall be enti­ties that are sep­a­rate from the NACS.

ARTICLE III — Dues, Finances and Compensation

  • Sec­tion 1. Mem­ber­ship fees shall be paid in such amounts and for such peri­ods as shall be deter­mined by the Board of Directors.
  • Sec­tion 2. The fis­cal year of the NACS shall end on Decem­ber 31.
  • Sec­tion 3. No com­pen­sa­tion shall be paid to any offi­cers or direc­tors for their ser­vices ren­dered to the NACS in such capac­i­ties; pro­vided, how­ever, that this shall not pre­clude such offi­cers and direc­tors from being reim­bursed for expenses incurred by them in the con­duct of their activ­i­ties in such capac­i­ties, at the dis­cre­tion of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE IV — Location

  • Sec­tion 1. The reg­is­tered office of the NACS shall be located within the Com­mon­wealth of Penn­syl­va­nia, at such place as shall be deter­mined by the Board of Direc­tors. The prin­ci­pal office of the NACS shall be located at such place as shall be deter­mined by the Board of Direc­tors with­out restric­tion as to jurisdiction.

ARTICLE V — Officers

  • Sec­tion 1. The offi­cers of the NACS shall con­sist of a Pres­i­dent, Vice-President, Sec­re­tary, Trea­surer, Lead Trustee and For­eign Sec­re­tary Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Direc­tor.
  • Sec­tion 2. No one per­son shall be enti­tled to hold the office of Pres­i­dent and Sec­re­tary two office posi­tions at any one time.
  • Sec­tion 3. Only mem­bers of the NACS shall be eli­gi­ble for elec­tion to office.

ARTICLE VI — Duties of Officers

  • Sec­tion 1. The Pres­i­dent shall be the chief exec­u­tive offi­cer of the NACS and shall pre­side at all meet­ings of the mem­ber­ship and/or the direc­tors; he/she shall call all meet­ings of the direc­tors; he/she shall have gen­eral and active man­age­ment of the busi­ness of the NACS and shall, either directly or by del­e­ga­tion, see that all orders and res­o­lu­tions of the Board of Direc­tors and that all duties of the offi­cers are prop­erly per­formed; he/she shall sub­mit interim reports of the oper­a­tion of the NACS to the mem­ber­ship as and when meet­ings of the mem­ber­ship shall be held and to the Board of Direc­tors at their var­i­ous meet­ings as here­inafter pro­vided; he/she shall appoint all com­mit­tees except as herein oth­er­wise pro­vided, and he/she shall be an ex-officio mem­ber of all com­mit­tees so appointed; he/she may del­e­gate the per­for­mance of any of the fore­go­ing; he/she shall exe­cute any and all con­tracts and other doc­u­ments in behalf of the NACS pur­suant to author­ity del­e­gated to him/her for such pur­poses by res­o­lu­tion duly adopted by the Board of Direc­tors, and he/she shall per­form such other duties as may be pre­scribed by the Board of Direc­tors from time to time.
  • Sec­tion 2. The Vice-President shall per­form all duties of the office of Pres­i­dent in the latter’s absence, inca­pac­ity or arbi­trary refusal to act, and, when so act­ing, shall have all pow­ers of and be sub­ject to all restric­tions upon the office of Pres­i­dent. Fur­ther, he/she shall per­form such other duties as may be pre­scribed by the Board of Direc­tors or by the Pres­i­dent, from time to time.
  • Sec­tion 3. The Sec­re­tary shall attend all meet­ings of the Board of Direc­tors and of the mem­ber­ship and shall per­form the fol­low­ing var­i­ous duties: he/she shall main­tain a list of the mem­ber­ship and their addresses; he/she shall record min­utes of all meet­ings in a book to be main­tained for that pur­pose and, when required, shall per­form a sim­i­lar ser­vice for all stand­ing com­mit­tees; he/she shall send to the Board of Direc­tors and/or to the mem­ber­ship all notices as to the busi­ness of the NACS and as to the time, date and place of all meet­ings to be held of the Board of Direc­tors and/or of the mem­ber­ship, respec­tively; he/she shall engage in, and main­tain records of, all cor­re­spon­dence as required by the busi­ness of the NACS; he/she shall be the cus­to­dian of the cor­po­rate seal and of all books and records of the (NACS), except as herein oth­er­wise pro­vided; he/she shall attest any and all con­tracts and other doc­u­ments, and shall affix the cor­po­rate seal as nec­es­sary, in behalf of the NACS pur­suant to author­ity del­e­gated to him/her for such pur­poses by res­o­lu­tion duly adopted by the Board of Direc­tors or by the Pres­i­dent, from time to time. In the event of the Secretary’s absence, inca­pac­ity of arbi­trary refusal to act, his/her duties shall be per­formed by a Sec­re­tary Pro Tem appointed by the Board of Direc­tors or by the President.
  • Sec­tion 4. The Trea­surer shall be the cus­to­dian of all funds as well as finan­cial books and records of the NACS and shall deposit all such funds in the name of the NACS in such depos­i­tory or depos­i­to­ries as shall be des­ig­nated by the Board of Direc­tors; he/she shall col­lect and receive all fees, con­tri­bu­tions and grants paid to the NACS; he/she shall pay all vouch­ers and oblig­a­tions pur­suant to author­ity duly granted to him/her by the Pres­i­dent and Sec­re­tary or be res­o­lu­tion of the Board of Direc­tors; he/she shall pre­pare and sub­mit com­plete an accu­rate interim finan­cial reports of the finances of the NACS as and when meet­ings may be held, as well as to the Board of Direc­tors at any time upon request there­from, and he/she shall per­form such other duties as may be pre­scribed by the Board of Direc­tors or by the Pres­i­dent, from time to time.
  • Sec­tion 5. The For­eign Sec­re­tary shall attend all meet­ings of the Board of Direc­tors and per­form the fol­low­ing duties: main­tain con­tact with other catal­y­sis soci­eties out­side North Amer­ica and main­tain records of cor­re­spon­dence with these soci­eties, dis­trib­ute the NACS Newslet­ter to other catal­y­sis soci­eties and serve those func­tions of the Sec­re­tary with for­eign mem­bers, serve as one of the two NACS rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the Coun­cil of the Inter­na­tional Asso­ci­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Soci­eties, and per­form such other duties as may be pre­scribed by the Board of Direc­tors or by the Pres­i­dent, from time to time. The Lead Trustee shall mon­i­tor and assign vari­ety of invest­ment vehi­cles with input from trustees; lead sub-committee (of trustees, Pres­i­dent and Trea­surer) that reviews invest­ment deci­sions; review invest­ment strat­egy (bian­nual); gen­er­ate annual finan­cial report by March 15 for IRS report­ing; and with accoun­tant pre­pare 990 tax form and sub­mit to IRS by May 15 of each year.
  • Sec­tion 6. The Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Direc­tion shall main­tain and add new con­tent in the NACS web­site; renew web­site domain name as sched­uled by pay­ments in register.com; pub­lish a Newslet­ters with a tar­get of four issues per year; main­tain a list of cur­rent mem­bers from local Clubs; main­tain an email dis­tri­b­u­tion list of mem­bers; update dis­tri­b­u­tion list in mail server as needed; pro­vide mail­ing list for rental on a fee per use basis to cus­tomers; admin­is­ter elec­tronic elec­tions for Director-at-Large every 4 years or other events as needed; and arrange con­tract for elec­tronic web­site for vot­ing and gen­er­ate user­names and pass­words for elec­tronic bal­lots.

ARTICLE VII — Bonds

  • Sec­tion 1. The Board of Direc­tors may require any of the offi­cers to be bonded at such times and for such amounts as it shall deem necessary.
  • Sec­tion 2. The Board of Direc­tors may require the administrators(trustees) of the Keith Hall Edu­ca­tional Fund and any out­side pro­fes­sional who assumes an active role in admin­is­ter­ing the pro­ceeds of the Fund to be bonded.

ARTICLE VIII — Board of Directors

  • Sec­tion 1. The Board of Direc­tors shall con­sist of mem­bers elected by the affil­i­ated catal­y­sis society(ies), one from each, four (4) six (6) mem­bers elected from the mem­bers elected at large by the mem­ber­ship of the (NACS), and any offi­cers (elected by the Board) who are not already mem­bers of the Board.
  • Sec­tion 2. Only mem­bers of the NACS shall be eli­gi­ble for elec­tion to the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE IX — Duties and Pow­ers of the Board of Directors

  • Sec­tion 1. The prop­erty and busi­ness of the NACS shall be man­aged by the Board of Directors.
  • Sec­tion 2. In addi­tion to the gen­eral pow­ers of the Board of Direc­tors exist­ing by virtue of their office, the pow­ers and author­ity expressly given by law, by the terms of the Arti­cles of Incor­po­ra­tion of the (NACS), and else­where in these Bylaws, the fol­low­ing spe­cific pow­ers are expressly con­ferred on the Board of Directors.

    To appoint and/or remove any and all agents, ser­vants or employ­ees of the (NACS), other than the mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors and the offi­cers, and to deter­mine their duties and salaries, as well as to del­e­gate such pow­ers to an offi­cer of the NACS; to autho­rize the nego­ti­at­ing and exe­cut­ing of all con­tracts, doc­u­ments and instru­ments appro­pri­ate for the proper oper­a­tion of the NACS; to del­e­gate any pow­ers of the Board of Direc­tors to any com­mit­tee of Board mem­bers, not less than two (2) in num­ber, for so long and under such terms as the Board may deter­mine; to estab­lish poli­cies of the NACS and to direct the exe­cu­tion of the same, pur­suant to the pur­poses of the (NACS), and gen­er­ally to do all law­ful acts and things as are not herein oth­er­wise del­e­gated or directed to be done by the mem­ber­ship or offi­cers of the NACS.

ARTICLE X — Meet­ings of the Board of Directors

  • Sec­tion 1. The Board of Direc­tors shall meet at least annu­ally at the call of the Pres­i­dent. In addi­tion, the Board of Direc­tors shall meet inter­mit­tently at such times and places as may be set by res­o­lu­tion duly adopted at duly con­vened meet­ings of the Board of Directors.
  • Sec­tion 2. Spe­cial meet­ings of the Board of Direc­tors shall be called by the Pres­i­dent and/or Sec­re­tary as and when they or either of them shall deem it nec­es­sary, or upon the signed writ­ten request of any three (3) mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors, the times and places of such spe­cial meet­ings to be deter­mined by the offi­cer call­ing the same.
  • Sec­tion 3. The Sec­re­tary shall send to each mem­ber of the Board of Direc­tors, at least one (1) week’s prior writ­ten notice of any spe­cial meet­ing and at least ten (10) days prior writ­ten notice of any annual or inter­mit­tent meeting.
  • Sec­tion 4. Not with­stand­ing Arti­cle 20, the Pro­vi­sions of the ARTICLE may be amended at any reg­u­lar duly con­vened meet­ing by a major­ity vote of the mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors present and vot­ing at such meeting.

ARTICLE XI — Meet­ings of the Membership

  • Sec­tion 1. Meet­ings of the mem­ber­ship in gen­eral shall be held at such times and places as shall be deter­mined by the Board of Directors.
  • Sec­tion 2. Notices of the meet­ings of the mem­ber­ship in gen­eral shall be given to each mem­ber at least thirty (30) days in advance of the date of such meet­ing, pro­vided that the pay­ment of such member’s mem­ber­ship fee is not then in default.
  • Sec­tion 3. Loca­tion of national bien­nial tech­ni­cal meet­ings of the NACS shall rotate around the mem­ber­ship clubs. For this pur­pose these meet­ings shall be oper­ated by the local soci­ety. For these meet­ings the NACS shall be respon­si­ble for the selec­tion of the meet­ing orga­niz­ers. For this meet­ing, the oper­at­ing local soci­ety has an “agency” (as defined by the US IRS in 2000) rela­tion­ship with the NACS for the orga­ni­za­tion and oper­a­tion of the meeting.

ARTICLE XII — Notices

  • Sec­tion 1. Notices of all meet­ings of the mem­ber­ship and of the Board of Direc­tors shall be mailed to each mem­ber of the NACS or of the Board of Direc­tors, addressed to such mem­bers or direc­tors lat­est addresses, as recorded in the books of the NACS.
  • Sec­tion 2. Atten­dance by a mem­ber or by a Direc­tor at any meet­ing shall con­sti­tute a waiver of notice of such meet­ing, except where atten­dance at such meet­ing is for the express pur­pose of object­ing to the trans­ac­tion of busi­ness because said meet­ing was allegedly not law­fully or duly called or con­vened, and where such objec­tion is made imme­di­ately fol­low­ing the con­ven­ing of such meeting.
  • Sec­tion 3. Any notice may be waived in writ­ing, signed by the per­son or per­sons enti­tled thereto, either before or after the time and date stated therein, and such waiver shall be entered into the min­utes of the meet­ing held pur­suant to such waiver of notice.
  • Sec­tion 4. Nei­ther the busi­ness to be trans­acted at, nor the pur­pose of any mem­ber­ship meet­ing, or any annual or inter­mit­tent meet­ing of the Board of Direc­tors, need be stated in any notice or waiver of notice of such meet­ing unless oth­er­wise specif­i­cally required by law or by these Bylaws. Notice of any spe­cial meet­ing of the Board of Direc­tors shall con­tain the pur­pose of, and a brief descrip­tion of the busi­ness to be trans­acted by such meeting.

ARTICLE XIII — Nom­i­na­tions, Elec­tions and Terms of Office

  • Sec­tion 1. The mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors to be elected by the mem­ber­ship at large shall be elected from a slate of not fewer than seven (7) ten (10) nom­i­nees selected by the Nom­i­na­tions Com­mit­tee, appointed by the Pres­i­dent. Elec­tion shall be by mail elec­tronic bal­lot of the mem­ber­ship of the NACS. Any mem­ber of the NACS shall be added to the slate upon receipt by the Pres­i­dent of the (NACS), no more than one-half of whom shall be mem­bers of any one affil­i­ated catal­y­sis society(ies), pro­vided that the peti­tion shall be received by the Pres­i­dent prior to the first of Jan­u­ary of the year in which new mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors are to be elected. Elec­tion shall be by plu­ral­ity vote. The elected at-large mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors will be seated at the next meet­ing of the Board of Direc­tors and will be the at-large mem­bers who vote for the elec­tion of new officers.
  • Sec­tion 2. The one (1) mem­ber of the Board of Direc­tors from each affil­i­ated catal­y­sis society(ies) shall be elected by the respec­tive catal­y­sis society(ies) in accor­dance with its inter­nal procedures.
  • Sec­tion 3. Nom­i­na­tions for the offi­cers shall be made at a Board meet­ing and elected by the Board of Direc­tors at a meet­ing of such Board con­vened with rea­son­able dis­patch after the elec­tion of such Board. The offi­cers shall take office on July 1, 2001, and every four years thereafter.
  • Sec­tion 4. The term of office for all offi­cers and mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors shall be four (4) years. All offi­cers and mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors shall con­tinue in their respec­tive capac­i­ties until their suc­ces­sors are elected.
  • Sec­tion 5. Any vacan­cies in the Board of Direc­tors or among the offi­cers aris­ing by rea­son of death or res­ig­na­tion, shall be filled for the unex­pired term by a major­ity vote of the remain­ing mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors present and vot­ing at the first meet­ing held after such death or res­ig­na­tion. In the event that the Pres­i­dent is no longer able to serve (for rea­sons of death or res­ig­na­tion), the Vice-President shall assume his/her duties until a meet­ing of the Board of Direc­tors within 2 months of the loss of the elected Pres­i­dent. In the event that nei­ther the Pres­i­dent nor the Vice Pres­i­dent is able to serve, the Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee shall elect one of its mem­bers to serve as the oper­at­ing offi­cer (by major­ity vot­ing) until an emer­gency meet­ing of the Board of Direc­tors can be con­vened (within 2 months of the vacancies).
  • Sec­tion 6. Elec­tion of offi­cers and of mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors shall be by closed, writ­ten bal­lot, whether sub­mit­ted at a meet­ing or by mail.
  • Sec­tion 7. Any mem­ber who shall have paid his/her dues shall be eli­gi­ble to hold office in the (NACS), whether as an offi­cer or as a mem­ber of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE XIV — Quorum

  • Sec­tion 1. A quo­rum for the pur­pose of hold­ing a meet­ing of the mem­ber­ship gen­er­ally shall con­sist of such mem­bers as shall be in atten­dance at the time and place when such meet­ing is to convene.
  • Sec­tion 2. A quo­rum for the pur­pose of hold­ing any meet­ing of the Board of Direc­tors shall con­sist of a major­ity of all of the mem­bers of the Board, exclu­sive of any mem­ber who may have resigned or died. If a quo­rum is unavail­able for any meet­ing of the Board of Direc­tors, that meet­ing shall be adjourned to a new time and place, due notice of which shall be given to the mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors, in which event a quo­rum, for pur­poses of the said adjourned meet­ing, shall con­sist of such mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors as shall be in atten­dance at the time and place when such adjourned meet­ing is to convene.

ARTICLE XV — Voting

  • Sec­tion 1. All mat­ters to be voted upon by the gen­eral mem­ber­ship, other than elec­tion to the Board of Direc­tors, shall be deter­mined by major­ity vote of the mem­bers voting.
  • Sec­tion 2. The act of the major­ity of the mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors present at a meet­ing of the direc­tors at which a quo­rum is present shall be the act of the Board. Mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors may par­tic­i­pate in a meet­ing of the Board by means of con­fer­ence tele­phone or sim­i­lar communica­tions equip­ment whereby all per­sons par­tic­i­pat­ing in the meet­ing can hear each other, and par­tic­i­pa­tion in a meet­ing in this man­ner shall con­sti­tute pres­ence in per­son at the meet­ing. In the absence of a meet­ing by a major­ity of the mem­bers of the Board, res­o­lu­tions can be enacted by unan­i­mous a major­ity writ­ten con­sent of all the mem­bers of the Board.
  • Sec­tion 3. Each mem­ber of the Board of Direc­tors shall be enti­tled to one (1) vote in such capac­ity at the meet­ing of the Board, and each mem­ber of the NACS shall be enti­tled to one (1) vote in such capacity.
  • Sec­tion 4. Proxy vot­ing at mem­ber­ship shall be per­mit­ted, pro­vided that such proxy is exe­cuted in writ­ing by the indi­vid­ual enti­tled to cast such vote and pro­vided such proxy spec­i­fies the meet­ing at, or the dura­tion for which, such proxy shall be effective.
  • Sec­tion 5. Mail bal­lot­ing at mem­ber­ship meet­ings shall be per­mit­ted, pro­vided that such mail bal­lot is signed by the mem­ber enti­tled to cast such vote. If the mat­ter being voted upon is to be the sub­ject of a mem­ber­ship meet­ing, such mail bal­lot shall be valid only if received no later than the con­ven­ing of such meet­ing. If the mat­ter being voted upon is the sub­ject of a gen­eral mail bal­lot only, such mail bal­lot shall be valid only if received no later than the date spec­i­fied for such pur­pose in the mate­r­ial pro­mul­gat­ing to the mem­ber­ship the sub­ject to be voted upon.

ARTICLE XVI — Inspec­tion of Books, Accounts and Records

  • Sec­tion 1. The books, accounts and records of the NACS shall be open for inspec­tion at any time by any offi­cer or mem­ber of the Board of Directors.
  • Sec­tion 2. The books, accounts and records of the NACS shall be open for inspec­tion by any mem­ber of the NACS at such rea­son­able times and places as may be des­ig­nated by res­o­lu­tion duly adopted by the Board of Direc­tors; pro­vided, how­ever, that the Board of Direc­tors shall des­ig­nate a time and place for the exam­i­na­tion of such books, accounts and records by the mem­ber­ship imme­di­ately prior to, dur­ing, or imme­di­ately fol­low­ing any mem­ber­ship meet­ing which may be held.

ARTICLE XVII — Committees

  • Sec­tion 1. The Pres­i­dent shall appoint the Nom­i­na­tions Com­mit­tee to sug­gest can­di­dates for offi­cers of the NACS; at the time of elec­tions of the offi­cers, addi­tional nom­i­na­tions may be received from those attend­ing the Board meeting.
  • Sec­tion 2. In addi­tion to such com­mit­tees as the Pres­i­dent may appoint pur­suant to these Bylaws, the Board of Direc­tors may estab­lish and appoint, from time to time, such addi­tional stand­ing and/or spe­cial com­mit­tees as it may deem appropriate.
  • Sec­tion 3. The Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee shall be com­prised of elected offi­cers and key func­tional posi­tions within the NACS. Mem­bers of the Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee shall be des­ig­nated by the Pres­i­dent, but should include: the Pres­i­dent, Vice-President, Sec­re­tary, Trea­surer, For­eign Sec­re­tary, Lead Trustee of the Keith Hall Edu­ca­tional Fund, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Direc­tor, Archivist and the most recent liv­ing past President.
  • Sec­tion 4. The Pres­i­dent may call a meet­ing of the Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee to seek its advice.
  • Sec­tion 5. An Awards Com­mit­tee shall be appointed by the Pres­i­dent and led by the Vice Pres­i­dent, for the pur­pose of solic­it­ing sug­ges­tions for nom­i­na­tions for the pro­fes­sional award. This com­mit­tee should be selected in a man­ner to avoid con­flict of inter­ests in the award process.

ARTICLE XVIII — Cor­po­rate Seal

  • Sec­tion 1. The Sec­re­tary shall hold the Cor­po­rate Seal.

ARTICLE XIX — Amend­ments to Bylaws

  • Sec­tion 1. These Bylaws may be amended by a major­ity vote of the mem­bers vot­ing either (a) in per­son, by proxy or by mail bal­lot receive at a duly con­vened mem­ber­ship meet­ing of the (NACS), or (b) by mail elec­tronic bal­lot cir­cu­lated at the instance of the Board of Direc­tors, pro­vided that notice of the pro­posed amend­ment shall be con­tained in the notice of such duly con­vened meet­ing or in such mail elec­tronic bal­lot so circulated.

ARTICLE XX — Adop­tion of Bylaws

  • Sec­tion 1. These Bylaws shall be adopted by a major­ity vote of votes cast the gen­eral mem­ber­ship as herein pro­vided, and shall become effec­tive imme­di­ately thereafter.

ARTICLE XXI — Pro­ce­dural Requirements

  • Sec­tion 1. All meet­ings of the Board of Direc­tors and all meet­ings of the mem­ber­ship of the NACS shall be con­ducted pur­suant to Roberts’ Rules of Order, these Bylaws, and to any addi­tional rules adopted by such meet­ings not incon­sis­tent with either of the foregoing.

ARTICLE XXII — Pro­fes­sional Awards

  • Sec­tion 1. The NACS has estab­lished a series of pro­fes­sional awards for dis­tinc­tion in catal­y­sis. The Pres­i­dent is respon­si­ble for the selec­tion of a jury for each award, which shall be made up of estab­lished tech­nol­o­gists in catal­y­sis with­out hav­ing any con­flicts of inter­est in the nom­i­na­tions or award process. Each jury shall be made up of at least 3 per­sons appointed by the Pres­i­dent. Their deci­sions shall be con­fi­den­tial and reported only to the Pres­i­dent, who then tal­lies the vot­ing, and noti­fies the winner.

ARTICLE XXIII — Keith Hall Edu­ca­tional Fund

  • Sec­tion 1. Within NACS shall be the Keith Hall Edu­ca­tional Fund (Fund), dis­burse­ments from only the net income of which shall be made for the sup­port and main­te­nance of the tax-exempt activ­i­ties of (NACS), includ­ing but not lim­ited to national lec­ture­ships, sem­i­nars and sym­posia, assis­tance for atten­dance at national meet­ings of NACS for grad­u­ate stu­dents or post-doctoral fel­lows, and award rec­og­niz­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the fur­ther­ance of the field of catal­y­sis. Although the Fund shall be sub­ject to the ulti­mate admin­is­tra­tion of the Board of Direc­tors of (NACS), it may be admin­is­tered on a day-to-day basis by “trustees,” who shall be appointed by the Pres­i­dent of NACS for stag­gered 6 year terms, with the con­cur­rence of the Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of NACS. One of these trustees shall be des­ig­nated by the Pres­i­dent as the Lead Trustee, who shall be respon­si­ble for report­ing the sta­tus of the Fund on a quar­terly basis to the Pres­i­dent and to the Board on an annual basis. These trustees shall receive, hold, invest, and rein­vest the assets of the Fund.
  • Sec­tion 2. The Pres­i­dent is empow­ered to replace an appointed trustee for due cause sub­ject to the approval of a major­ity of the Exec­u­tive com­mit­tee and con­fir­ma­tion by the Board of Direc­tors.

ARTICLE XXIV — Restric­tions and Interpretation

  • Sec­tion 1. No part of the net earn­ings of NACS shall inure to the ben­e­fit of, or be dis­trib­utable to, its mem­bers, direc­tors, offi­cers, or other pri­vate per­sons, except that NACS shall be autho­rized and empow­ered to pay out of pocket expenses for ser­vices ren­dered and to make pay­ments and dis­tri­b­u­tions in fur­ther­ance of the pur­poses of NACS. Approval of the Pres­i­dent is required for such expenses, which are to be reported to the Board at its annual meeting.
  • Sec­tion 2. No sub­stan­tial part of the activ­i­ties of NACS shall be the car­ry­ing on of pro­pa­ganda, or oth­er­wise attempt­ing to influ­ence leg­is­la­tion. NACS shall be empow­ered to make the elec­tion pro­vided by IRC § 501(h). NACS shall not par­tic­i­pate in, or inter­vene in (includ­ing the pub­lish­ing or dis­tri­b­u­tion of state­ments) any polit­i­cal cam­paign on behalf of or in oppo­si­tion to any can­di­date for pub­lic office.
  • Sec­tion 3. Notwith­stand­ing any other pro­vi­sions of these Bylaws or the Arti­cles of Incor­po­ra­tion, NACS shall not carry on any activ­i­ties not per­mit­ted to be car­ried on (i) by a cor­po­ra­tion exempt from fed­eral income tax under IRC § 501(a) by rea­son of descrip­tion in IRC §501©(3), or (ii) by a cor­po­ra­tion, con­tri­bu­tions to which are deductible under IRC § 170©(2).

ARTICLE XXV — Dissolution

  • Sec­tion 1. Upon the dis­so­lu­tion of (NACS), the Board of Direc­tors shall, after pay­ing or mak­ing pro­vi­sions for the pay­ment of all of the lia­bil­i­ties of (NACS), dis­pose of all of the assets of NACS exclu­sively for one or more of the pur­poses of NACS which may include dis­tri­b­u­tion to an orga­ni­za­tion or orga­ni­za­tions orga­nized and oper­ated exclu­sively for one or more of such pur­poses, or shall dis­trib­ute all of the assets of NACS to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, or to a state or local gov­ern­ment, for a pub­lic pur­pose. Any assets not so dis­posed of shall be dis­posed of by the Cir­cuit Court of the county in which the prin­ci­pal office of NACS is then located, exclu­sively for such pur­poses or to such orga­ni­za­tion or orga­ni­za­tions, as said court shall deter­mine, which are orga­nized and oper­ated exclu­sively for one or more of the pur­poses of NACS.

Approval of Modifications of By-Laws and Director-at-Large Elections North American Catalysis Society

In the next few weeks, all mem­bers of the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (NACS) will receive a bal­lot via elec­tronic means. This bal­lot will request your vote for six of the eleven can­di­dates for the posi­tion of Director-at-Large and also your vote regard­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions of the by-laws of the Soci­ety. I encour­age you to exer­cise your vot­ing rights within the spec­i­fied vot­ing period.

Directors-at-large (DAL) serve four-year terms and are elected by the entire mem­ber­ship. Their new term will start dur­ing the NAM23 in Louisville. Elected DAL rep­re­sent the entire mem­ber­ship by attend­ing annual NACS Board meet­ings. The Board con­sists of the NACS offi­cers, one rep­re­sen­ta­tive from each local or affil­i­ated soci­ety, and the DAL. The bal­lot will con­cur­rently ask for your approval of mod­i­fi­ca­tions of the by-laws, includ­ing one to increase the num­ber of DAL from four to six; if the mod­i­fied by-laws are not approved, the four DAL can­di­dates with the largest vote count will serve.

The mod­i­fi­ca­tions of the by-laws that are sub­mit­ted for your approval con­sist of a series of motions already approved by the Board in the inter­ven­ing years since the 2003 ver­sion. The elec­tronic bal­lot will include a detailed descrip­tion of such changes as well as a ratio­nale for each one of them. These mate­ri­als were posted into a sin­gle doc­u­ment that shows an overview of the pro­posed changes fol­lowed by the full text of the by-laws at Pro­posed By-laws — Feb­ru­ary 2013.

NACS con­sists of 14 affil­i­ate local clubs and soci­eties in Canada, Mex­ico, and the United States and well over 1,500 mem­bers. It was founded in 1956 and its mis­sion includes the stew­ard­ship and sup­port of NAM and logis­ti­cal sup­port and seed finan­cial fund­ing to the local orga­niz­ing com­mit­tees. NACS also pro­vides joint fund­ing for Kokes awards, pre­sented to stu­dents to attend NAM, and finan­cial sup­port for stu­dents to attend the reg­u­lar meet­ings of the local clubs and societies.

On behalf of the NACS lead­er­ship and its gov­ern­ing board, I encour­age you to vote and I look for­ward to see­ing you at NAM23 in Louisville (June 2–7, 2013; www.nam23.org/).
 
With regards,
 
Enrique Igle­sia
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety
 
 
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Professor Johannes Lercher receives the 2013 Tanabe Prize in Acid-Base Catalysis

The 2013 Tan­abe Prize for Acid-Base Catal­y­sis will be awarded to Johannes A. Lercher, who receives the prize in recog­ni­tion of his sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tions to the field of acid-base catal­y­sis.

The award cer­e­mony will take place at the 7th Inter­na­tional Sym­po­sium on Acid-Base Catal­y­sis in Tokyo, Japan May 12–15, 2013.

Johannes A. Lercher stud­ied Chem­istry and received his PhD at TU Wien. After a vis­it­ing lec­ture­ship at Yale, he joined TU Wien as lec­turer and later Assoc. Pro­fes­sor. 1993 he was appointed Pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity Twente, Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal Tech­nol­ogy, and moved in 1998 to his cur­rent posi­tion as Pro­fes­sor of Chem­i­cal Tech­nol­ogy at TU Munchen. Since 2011 he is also Direc­tor of the Insti­tute for Inte­grated Catal­y­sis at the Pacific North­west National Laboratory.

He is exter­nal mem­ber of the Aus­trian Acad­emy of Sci­ences and Mem­ber of the Acad­e­mia Europaea, and holds sev­eral Hon­orary Pro­fes­sor­ships. He serves cur­rently as Editor-in-Chief of the Jour­nal of Catalysis.

Research is focussed on fun­da­men­tal aspects of oxide and mol­e­c­u­lar sieve based sorp­tion and catal­y­sis, new routes to acti­vate and func­tion­al­ize hydro­car­bons, decon­struc­tion and defunc­tion­al­iza­tion of bio­mass, the mech­a­nis­tic under­stand­ing of hydrotreat­ing cat­a­lysts, and the in situ char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of cat­alytic processes.
 
Source: www.shokubai.org/abc/tanabe.html