Nicholas Delgass is the Winner of the 2013 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

The Catal­y­sis Club of Chica­go is pleased to announce that Prof. W. Nicholas Del­gass (Max­ine Spencer Nichols Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at Pur­due Uni­ver­si­ty) is the recip­i­ent of the 2013 Her­man Pines Award in Catal­y­sis. This Award is giv­en to rec­og­nize Prof. Del­gass’ out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to cat­a­lyst char­ac­ter­i­za­tion, reac­tion and cat­a­lyst chem­istry, and advanced cat­a­lyst design. Prof. Del­gass first intro­duced the appli­ca­tions of Möss­bauer spec­tra and XPS to the catal­y­sis com­mu­ni­ty.

Prof. Del­gass has served on the edi­to­r­i­al boards of lead­ing catal­y­sis jour­nals such as Jour­nal of Catal­y­sis and as chairs for inter­na­tion­al catal­y­sis con­fer­ences. He is a gift­ed teacher, win­ning the Pur­due School of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing Teach­ing Award­ing for sev­en times. Prof. Del­gass has been invit­ed to give more than 190 lec­tures on nation­al and inter­na­tion­al sci­en­tif­ic meet­ings. He has pub­lished over 160 pub­li­ca­tions.

The award includes an hon­o­rar­i­um ($1,000) and a plaque. Prof. Del­gass will receive this Award dur­ing the Catal­y­sis Club of Chica­go Spring Sym­po­sium on May 7, 2013 at BP Research Cen­ter (Naperville, IL). Prof. Del­gass will deliv­er the Award address at the Sym­po­sium.
 
Pre­vi­ous recip­i­ents of the Her­man Pines Award
1999 Harold Kung (North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty)
2000 John Mon­nier (East­man Chem­i­cal)
2001 Lan­ny Schmidt (Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­neso­ta)
2002 James Brazdil (BP)
2003 James Dumesic (Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin)
2004 Alak Bhat­tacharyya (BP)
2005 Israel Wachs (Lehigh Uni­ver­si­ty)
2006 Jef­frey Miller (BP)
2007 Chun­shan Song (Penn­syl­va­nia State Uni­ver­si­ty)
2008 Alek­sey Yez­erets (Cum­mins)
2009 Tobin Marks (North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty)
2010 James Rekoske (UOP)
2011 Jing­guang Chen (Uni­ver­si­ty Delaware)
2012 Stu­art Soled (Exxon­Mo­bil)

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(c)(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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