Ned D. Heindel, a chemistry professor at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., was voted president-elect of the American Chemical Society (ACS) by the society's membership through a mail ballot. He will serve as president-elect for one year before taking over the full presidency for two years, beginning in January 1994.
Heindel, whose field of study is medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry, says he wants to make the 144,000-member, 116-year-old organization more member-friendly. The focus of the society, according to Heindel, should be jobs.
"The interest of chemists today, young and old, is jobs. It's what got [President-elect Bill] Clinton elected--jobs, jobs, jobs," Heindel says. "In the sciences there appears to be less emphasis on `R' and more emphasis on `D' in the R&D equation. The shifting needs for scientists are a major concern for young folk coming out of the pipeline as well as for mid-career people changing jobs.