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Local Section Election Results
The 2016 Section elections and ballot were conducted online from November 1 – November 27, 2016. The turnout was around 11%, which was comparable to the results of 2015’s election. The voting members also approved the change of section name by a wide margin: 80% of 284 votes cast.

Congratulations to the re-elected and newly-elected Section officers, Councilors, and Alternate Councilors:
Chair-elect: Melody Esfandiari
Treasurer: Ihab Darwish
Secretary: Richard Bone
Councilor: George Lechner, Matt Greaney, and Charlie Cox
(Charlie Cox will serve a one-year term.)
Alternate councilor: Elizabeth Pollom, Slava Bekker, and Howard Peters
(Howard Peters will serve a one-year term.)

Thanks to all who stood for election.

Mosher Award Seminar and Dinner
Dr. John Warner, Award winner

Innovation and Sustainability: Designing the Future
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017, 6 – 9PM
Location: Biltmore Hotel and Suites Santa Clara Hotel

Executive Committee Meeting
The next Executive Committee meeting will be at Stanford Mudd 239 on January 5, 2017 at 7:30PM. Please contact us for more information. The Executive Committee’s monthly meetings are open to the public – all are welcome.

Free Membership in the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT)
The Section supports local educators and volunteers by paying half of their $50 membership fee, or all of their $50 membership fee for recruiting two others. The AACT is not just for chemistry teachers. It is full of resources for anyone interested in sharing the wonders of science. Find instructions here for reimbursement of membership fees. Click here for a pdf to share with friends and colleagues.

Congressional Chemistry Caucus
A new bipartisan Congressional Chemistry Caucus endorsed by the ACS and other chemistry organizations was launched on April 27, 2016, The Chemistry Caucus will provide a direct pipeline from ACS scientists to Congress and ultimately to the Senate to answer scientific questions about pressing issues relating to chemistry. Find out more information and how to participate at the Chemistry Caucus page.