A Look Back, A Glimpse Ahead

In 2005, we opened our Annual Report with these words:

The power of chemistry to improve people’s lives is extraordinary. We see its transforming power everywhere, from pharmaceuticals that cure diseases and enhance the quality of life, to plastics and electronics in our homes and workplaces, to new sources of energy. Yet as we move deeper into the 21st century, chemistry itself is being transformed. The distinct edges that have traditionally separated chemistry from other scientific disciplines are melting away. And as chemistry changes, so does the American Chemical Society.

In the past five years, we have changed in ways that are truly helping our members improve people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry. In the years ahead, we will continue to adapt and grow. We will continue to mirror our members’ aspirations. Like them, we will continue to collaborate, innovate and make a difference in the world.

Finally, we wanted to note that in 2010 we laid the groundwork for the International Year of Chemistry 2011. This exciting global celebration, as declared by the United Nations, focuses on the achievements of chemistry and the many positive ways that chemists and chemical engineers have improved people’s lives. We have posted a toolkit online and even have a daily web feature titled 365 Chemistry for Life. As we experience 2011, we hope our members will take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity opportunity to share their passion for our science with others.

It will be our year! Our time to shine and showcase the wonders of chemistry!

  • Joseph S. Francisco
  • Bonnie A. Charpentier 
    Chair, Board of Directors
  • Madeleine Jacobs
    Executive Director & CEO