Issue Date: May 19, 2008
China's Rise Is Not Risk-Free
In "Eyeing the Move Back to China" Yigong Shi states, "It's really important for people to realize that China's rise will not be at the sacrifice of other nations or people" (C&EN, March 24, page 20). Please tell that to the Tibetans; they will be happy to hear the news.
Harold B. Reisman
Survey on Global Scientific Challenges
In December 2007, the ACS Board of Directors adopted a new strategic plan with six major goals. The board is now asking members to help shape one of its goals, to "be a global leader in enlisting the world's scientific professionals to address, through chemistry, the challenges facing our world."
Chemistry can play a major role in finding solutions to far-reaching societal challenges such as providing sufficient energy, protecting the environment, ensuring the availability of safe food and water for all people, and improving global health care. Through its capacity to convene the chemistry-related scientific community in collaboration, and harnessing that community to bring to bear expertise on critical national and global issues, the American Chemical Society plans to play a leading role in applying the power of chemistry to improve people's lives.
Please take a few minutes to respond to three questions that will help to define the focus of this campaign to advance our vision of "Improving people's lives through the transforming power of chemistry. Please go to www.acs.org/strategicplan.
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