Dr. Dorothy Phillips, Chair of the ACS Board Committee on Professional and Member Relations, sent out a plea for underrepresented groups to have more of a presence in the 2022 award nominations.
In particular, she notes “In 2020, about 41% of the ACS membership was employed in industry, only 5% of the nominees for the 44 technical awards for the 2021 award cycle were chemists or chemical engineers working in industry. Similarly, 32% of the employed membership is female, yet for the 2021 award cycle only 14% of the nominees for the technical awards for the 2021 award cycle were women. Of the nominees who provided demographic data for the 2021 award cycle’s technical awards, only 22% were from underrepresented racial and/or ethnic groups.”
See the full letter here.