Challenges with and for Chemistry – Being Prepared
Dr. Peter K. Dorhout, ACS President
As I have been getting prepared for my year as ACS President, I have been reminded by the many challenges facing our members and the discipline of chemistry today. In keeping with my Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared, I wanted to highlight a few challenges that I’ve heard the past few years and present some opportunities for ACS and its members to work together to address those challenges. It begins with re-establishing our credibility as scientists in the eyes of the public, which starts with educating the next generations of chemists. In particular, promoting the responsible conduct of research, advocating for enhancements to safety training, and enriching our communications with the public will continue to be part of my activities over my three years in the Presidential succession. Being prepared for global challenges in chemistry includes developing skills for life-long learning, building a portfolio of global experiences and perspectives, and learning to work on teams with diverse members. How we infuse these skills and perspectives into our undergraduate, graduate, early-career, and mid-career members will depend on us and our creativity to work as a broader Society to enhance our members and their professional experiences.