Elected Officials

Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division

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Chair

Gordon Selling

United States Department of Agriculture
National Centre for Agricultural Utilization Research

Gordon.Selling@ars.usda.gov

Term: Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2020

The Chair of the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division is elected to a two-year term, by the Division membership, by ballot in the fall. Commencing January 1, the Chair serves as Chair-Elect for two years, then as chair for two years. Following on from the two years as Chair, the position transitions to the Immediate Past Chair for a further two years. Thus the Chair position is a 6-year commitment, although the Immediate Past Chair has relatively few assigned duties. Continued participation is expected, however, to maintain and transmit institutional knowledge.

Responsibilities

  1. The Division Chair is the division representative at the following functions; where the Chair is unable to attend, then the Chair will appoint a representative for the Division:
    1. All official ACS-sponsored functions that invite or require a representative of the Division.
    2. Division Officers and Councilors Caucus (ACS National Meeting)
    3. The U.S. Advisory Committee for International Carbohydrate Symposia during term in office
    4. Any other meetings sponsored or co-sponsored by the Division
      1. The Division Chair is responsible for obtaining a Memorandum of Agreement between CELL and any other organization with which the Division wishes to participate in a co-hosted, cosponsored or joint technical meetings, see ACS website
  2. The Division Chair is responsible for the following communications:
    1. With ACS Headquarters to keep them informed of Divisional activities.
    2. Submission of the annual report to the ACS by the official deadline.
      1. Deadline is 15 February for submission of the administrative and financial reports in FORMS
    3. Redirecting Divisional enquiries to the appropriate Executive committee members.
    4. Informing in writing the Anselme Payen winner of their selection, and announcing at the Spring National ACS meeting.
    5. Serving as Master of Ceremonies at the annual banquet at the Spring National ACS meeting
    6. Contributions to the Divisional newsletter, the Fibril Angle
    7. Certification of nominations by the Division, such as for ACS Fellow Innovative Grant Proposal (IGP)
  3. The Division Chair appoints the following Divisional positions, as directed by the Division Bylaws:
    1. All non-elective officers, committee chairs and committee members
      1. Program Chair/Designate (2-year term)
      2. Membership Chair (3-year term)
      3. Publicity Chair (3-year term)
      4. Awards Chair (3-year term)
      5. Nominations Chair (to be in place by January 15)
      6. Divisional Representative to the U.S. Advisory Committee for International Carbohydrate Symposia
    2. A “temporary alternate councilor” to represent the Division at Council Meetings when the Division would not have full representation because of the inability of Councilor(s) and Alternate Councilor(s) to attend the Council Meeting.
      1. The ACS must be informed of temporary alternate representatives 15 days ahead of the council meeting.
      2. The Secretary provides suitable certification (Alternate Councilor Credential Form) for an Alternate Councilor to attend
  4. The Division Chair annually reviews and updates the equivalent of  “Division Officer’s Handbook” on the CELL website which provides an outline of job descriptions and responsibilities of all offices.
  5. The Division Chair chairs the following Committees and Meetings, either on-site or by conference call, with no less than one meeting a year held at the Spring ACS National Meeting
    1. Executive Committee Meetings
    2. The Annual Division Business Meeting

Responsibilities for these two meetings include:

  1. Preparation of the agendas
  2. Arrangement for necessary meeting rooms and/or conference call lines

In summary, the Chair coordinates all Divisional activities and will perform these duties in collaboration with the Chair-Elect for information and continuity. The Chair is responsible for ensuring all Executive Committee jobs are performed. The Chair is the person who carries the sign “The buck stops here."

 

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Chair-Elect

Scott Renneckar
Faculty of Forestry

University of British Columbia


scott.renneckar@ubc.ca

Term: Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2020

The Chair-Elect of the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division is elected to a two-year term by the Division membership by ballot in the fall. Commencing January 1, the Chair-Elect serves two years, then assumes the role of Chair for a further two years.

Responsibilities

  1. The Chair-Elect is responsible for the following appointments and nominations:
    1. Program Chair Designate (2-year term) - The Program Chair Designate serves concurrently with the Chair As Program Chair with overall responsibility for the Spring meeting of the first year as Chair, i.e., responsibility for the program commences in the fall of the final year as Program Chair Designate.
    2. Program Committee
      1. In collaboration with the Program Chair, the appointment of new members of the Program Committee. The Chair-Elect is an ex-officio member of the Program Committee.
    3. Anselme Payen Judges
      1. The Chair-Elect nominates to the Award Chair three Judges to serve for three years each on the Anselme Payen award panel.
  2. ACS Leadership
    1. The Chair-Elect will attend the ACS's Leadership Institute meeting held in January or February of each year.
      1. Attendance in the year immediately prior to assuming the role of Divisional Chair is desirable; expenses are reimbursable by the ACS and the Division.
Prof.-Stephen-Eichhorn

Immediate Past Chair

Stephen J Eichhorn

Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS)
University of Bristol


s.j.eichhorn@bristol.ac.uk 

Term: Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2020

The Immediate Past Chair of the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division is a two-year term of office commencing January 1, following the completion of the term of office of the Chair.

Responsibilities 

  1. In the absence of the Chair, the Immediate Past Chair is responsible for all duties of the Chair.
    1. The Chair-Elect shall serve as back-up for the Immediate Past Chair in this regard.
Tatiana Budtova​

Secretary

Tatiana Budtova
Centre for Material Forming (CEMEF)
MINES ParisTech
 
Tatiana.Budtova@mines-paristech.fr

Term: Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2020

The Secretary of the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division is elected to a two-year term of office by the Division membership in a fall ballot following nomination by the Nominating Committee of the Division. The Secretary performs the following functions:

Overall Responsibilities:

  1. Recording of the minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting held at each National meeting, and at such other times, as deemed appropriate by the Chair, and distribution of the minutes to the Executive Committee in a timely manner.
  2. Recording of the Business Meeting held annually at the Spring National Meeting, and distribution of the minutes to all officers of the Division in a timely manner.
  3. Conducting and certifying mail or electronic ballot elections for Chair Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Councilor(s) and Alternate Councilor(s).  Certifying election results prior to November 15th of each year.
  4. Coordinating and honoring requests from other officers and ACS headquarters with regard to membership, symposia, Divisional activities and other related matters.
  5. Performing other functions, as listed in detail under Specific Duties, prior to, during, and after national meetings.
  6. The Secretary shall be the Assistant Treasurer.  If the Treasurer is incapacitated, or absent, or if the Treasurer's office is vacant, the Secretary shall fulfill the duties of the Treasurer.

Specific Functions:

  1. List of Officials: Ensure an up-to-date list of elected officials and nominated Executive Committee members is retained. The list should include start date and term of office.  This list should be supplied to the Publicity Chair for inclusion on the CELL website.
  2. Letterheads: Ensure the CELL letterhead is consistent with the society recommendations and current in regard to any Divisional information included. Should the names of new officers be placed on a Division letterhead, ensure timely updates are made for newly elected officers and certified Alternate Councilors and Councilors. Distribute the letterhead electronic format to all Division officers.
  3. Division Annual Report: An Annual Report (both narrative and financial) is required, no later than February 15th, by ACS Divisional Activities Office. It should adhere to the format and forms required by that office. The financial report is the responsibility of the Treasurer. The narrative report is prepared by the Secretary, working cooperatively with the Program Chair who is more familiar with many of the program details requested, and with the Chair. A copy of the report should be retained by the secretary and issued to all Executive Committee members. It is acceptable to issue the report in the Spring Executive Meeting minutes.
  4. National Meetings.
    1. Ahead of the meeting:
      1. Determine if Councilors will be attending the Council Meeting.  Where substitutes (Alternate Councilor or other Officer approved by the Chair) are required, provide certification for the substitute Council attendee.
    2. For the meeting the following items need to be ready for distribution at the Executive Committee Meeting:
      1. Copies of the minutes of the last Executive Committee meeting
      2. The Divisional banner – the secretary is responsible for keeping track of the banner and ensuring a reminder is issued to the person retaining the banner between Meetings.
      3. Agenda of the Executive Committee Meeting, including any attachments, reports, or other material provided by committee members, and in agreement with the Division Chair.  The Technical Program Administer may assist in collating the information for electronic distribution to the Executive Committee.
      4. A copy of the Annual Report (Narrative) that was submitted to the Divisional Activities Committee of ACS.
  1. Ballot Election: Conduct a ballot election for those nominated for vacant positions and certify the results to ACS Divisional Activities office no later than November 15. Mail and electronic ballots are both permissible, provided that procedures for electronic ballots provide reasonable assurance that only members vote and that "one person, one vote" is observed.
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Treasurer

World Nieh
United States Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
 
wnieh@fs.fed.us

Term: Jan. 1, 2018 – Dec. 31, 2020

The Treasurer of the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division is nominated by the Nominating Committee of the Division, then is elected in the fall by membership ballot to a two-year term. The Treasurer performs the following functions:

Responsibilities 

  1. Prepare a financial report (details given below) to be distributed to the Executive Committee at each national meeting and submit an annual financial report no later than March 15th of each year to the ACS Office of Divisional Activities.
  2. Prepare a proposed Budget to be distributed at the Fall meeting for the following calendar year. Approval of said Budget as provided or amended by the Executive Committee provides spending authority to the Treasurer.
  3. Collect funds earned through Divisional dues and other allotments, book royalties, savings and checking accounts, and other investments (approved by the Executive Committee) in which the Division is involved.
  4. Maintain approved checking/savings/investment accounts in the Division's name. Both the Treasurer and Secretary, in the Treasurer's absence, have the authority to conduct financial transactions such as signing checks. The Treasurer is responsible for having the appropriate signatures on record at the financial institutions.
  5. Disburse funds from separate Operational (Divisional), APA and Graduate Student Award accounts for various expenses incurred in postage, printing, social and guest registration meeting expenses, publicity, membership awards, and other expenses.
  6. Maintaining accurate sub-accounts for funds being held in general checking/saving accounts. Examples are funds from industry dedicated to a specific symposium, funds for programming allocated by the Executive Committee, and disbursements delegated to the Program Chair.
  7. Invest Division funds in accordance with current guidelines approved by the Executive Committee to achieve the best yield and interest of assets. 

Specific Functions

  1. Dues Status and Change. Respond to requests from ACS with regard to fees for affiliates, members, students, and other categories (requested usually February-March of calendar year)
  2. Division Annual Report. An Annual Report (both narrative and financial) is required no later than March 15th by the ACS Divisional Activities Office. The financial report is the responsibility of the Treasurer. It should adhere to the format and forms prescribed by that office. This report should cover the preceding calendar year.
  3. National Meetings. The following items need to be ready for distribution at the Executive Committee Meeting:
    1. Treasurer's Report (covering the past four 6-month periods) including
      • Status of Funds
      • Income and expenditures
    2. Annual Report that was submitted to the ACS Office of Divisional Activities (Spring Meeting only).
    3. checkbook containing sufficient APA, Graduate Student Award, and Divisional funds to cover any expenses needed or requested by officers
    4. Checks ready for the appropriate amount to be given to the APA and Graduate Student Awardees (Spring meeting only)
    5. Copies of the last three years' Treasurer's reports.
  4. Tax Returns. The Treasurer will file a 990 or 990EZ return with the Internal Revenue Service, along with the accompanying Schedule A. This is due May 15 of each year. The Treasurer will also file the appropriate state return.
  5. Acknowledgement of contributions. The Treasurer will acknowledge each contribution with a letter that includes the following statement:

"Under the Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1993 and Internal Revenue Code Section 170, this letter acknowledges the above mentioned contribution and confirms that no goods or services are being given to you in return for this contribution. You should maintain this letter for tax purposes."

  1. Tax Consequences of Awards. The Treasurer shall not disburse any award funds of $600 or more to recipients without first having received from the recipient his or her social security number and home address. The Treasurer then must issue a completed 1099-MISC form to the recipient and then file all 1099-MISC forms (along with cover Form 1096) with the Internal Revenue Service by February 15 of the following year. Alternatively, the Treasurer must withhold a portion of the award funds, as specified by Tax Code.
  2. The duties of submitting the ACS Annual Report and all tax filings are the responsibility of the Treasurer who served during the reportable year.

Specific Financial Profile 

  1. Maintain separate assets, expenses and revenues in the Operational, APA and Graduate Student Award accounts. The following types of expenses will be incurred: APA (APA Award itself and associated expenses such as corsages, centerpieces, etc.); Division (separates, printing, postage, guest registrations, social functions at meeting, plaques and certificates).
  2. The following revenues will be accrued from interest and dividends from placement of the funds in accordance with the mandate of the Executive Committee as stated in 3.
  3. The Division and APA assets are to be invested as approved by the Executive Committee.

 

 

Councilors

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Sheila Murphy
Ashland Speciality Ingredients (retired)
Jacksonville, FL
 
murphysheilam@gmail.com

Term: Jan. 1, 2018 – Dec. 31, 2020

Councilors of the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division are nominated by the Nominations Committee of the Division, elected in the Fall by membership ballot to a three-year term, and then commence their term of office the following January.  Councilors are representatives of the Division at the ACS Council Meetings and are encouraged to participate in Council activities. Council is one of the most important governance bodies of the ACS, so Councilors are influential and the position is one whose responsibilities must be taken seriously. The responsibilities of Councilors include:

  1. Participation in Council meetings. These are held Wednesday morning of the each National Meeting, beginning at 8 am (typically coffee and light breakfast fare is available from ca. 7:15 onwards) and typically ending before noon. Travel/accommodation for attendance to the meetings is reimbursable against receipts. There are also meetings of divisional councilors as well as town hall meetings to introduce candidates for ACS national office (Council has a role in reducing a slate of nominees for these offices to two for member elections); these are important for councilors to attend as well.
  2. Members of the Council:
    1. Act as the voice of the Division to Council
    2. Vote in Council elections and other matters that come before Council for vote, including items like continuing committees, renaming divisions, setting dues and other fees for the Society, and many other weighty matters that are decided at a Society Council level
    3. Vote on recommendations from committees
    4. Act as the voice of Council to the Division
    5. May run for certain elected offices; for example some committees are made up of members elected by Council (e.g. Nominations & Elections), and some governance positions are filled by councilors (e.g., members of the Board that represent particular Society geographic regions)
  3. Participate in committees or activities open to Councilors. Most Society committees that play very important roles in making the Society run well and in effecting needed change are staffed by Councilors.
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Lucian Lucia
Department of Forest Biomaterials
North Carolina State University
 

lucian.lucia@ncsu.edu

Term: Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2021
kevin edgar
Kevin Edgar
Department of Sustainable Biomaterials
Virginia Tech
 
kjedgar@vt.edu

T
erm: Jan. 1, 2008 – Dec. 31, 2019

Alternate Councilors

Orlando Rojas​
Orlando Rojas
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
Aalto University
 
orlando.rojas@aalto.fi

Term: Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2021

Alternate Councilors of the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division are nominated by the Nominations Committee of the Division, then elected in the Fall by membership ballot to a three-year term and commence their term of office the following January. Alternate Councilors are representatives of the Division at the ACS Council Meetings when a Councilor cannot attend. Alternate Councilors are encouraged to participate in Council activities. The responsibilities of Alternate Councilors include:

  1. Participation in Council meetings in the place of a Councilor, when requested by the Chair or Councilor.  The Council meetings are held Wednesday morning of the each National Meeting and travel/accommodation for attendance to the meetings is reimbursable against receipts.
  2. Members of the Council:
    1. Act as the voice of the Division to Council
    2. Elect committee members
    3. Vote on recommendations from committees
    4. Act as the voice of Council to the Division
  3. Participate in committees that are open to Alternate Councilors.
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Noureddine Abidi
Department of Plant and Soil Science
Texas Tech University
 
Term: Jan. 1, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2020
Dr. Nicole Labbe poses in the Center for Renewable Carbon Bioenergy Science and Technology Unit lab at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture in Knoxville, Tenn., Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Adam Brimer / University of Tennessee)
Nicole Labbe
Center for Renewable Carbon
University of Tennessee
 

nlabbe@utk.edu 

Term: Jan. 1, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2019

Members at Large

Ulrica Edlund​
Ulrica Edlund
Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
 
Term: Jan. 1, 2018 – Dec. 31, 2020

Members at Large (MAL) are nominated by the Nominating Committee of the Division, then elected in the Fall by membership ballot to a three-year term commencing January of the following year. This position is a voting member of the Executive Committee.

There are three MAL and their chief duty is to participate in the activities of the Executive Committee. Typically, MAL are new to the Executive Committee and this position provides a platform to participate in the activities and deliberations of the committee without an assigned responsibility.

Responsibilities

  1. Participate in Executive Committee Meetings
    1. The principal Executive Meeting occurs late afternoon on the Saturday before the Spring National Meeting
    2. A Fall meeting will be arranged on, or around, the Fall National Meeting. Depending on whether CELL is programming this meeting may be either face-to-face or by conference call
    3. Other Executive Committee meetings may be arranged by the Chair as required
  2. Be prepared to participate in other CELL activities
    1. Open Business Meeting
    2. Long Range Planning Meeting
    3. Membership of a CELL standing committee, task forces or other projects, as requested by the Chair of the Executive Committee.
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Casey Elkins
Eastman Chemical Company
 
 
Term: Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2021 
Dr.-Maria-Lujan-Auad
Maria Auad
Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
Auburn University
 
auad@auburn.edu

Term: Jan. 1, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2019

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