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AChemS Conflict of Interest Policy

A conflict of interest exists when an AChemS member is in a position to influence a society decision or policy in such a way that it could lead, or could be perceived to lead, to any manner or form of personal gain for the member or for his/her immediate colleagues or family. For example, a person would be in conflict if assessing students in his/her own graduate program while serving on an Awards Committee, or if choosing work from his/her laboratory to be highlighted while serving on the Program Committee. AChemS members are expected to be vigilant to these situations and to recuse themselves from discussions or decisions that put them in conflict.

Program Committee

John Boughter, Chair

Linda Barlow
Nirupa Chaudhari
Diego Bohorquez
Max Fletcher
David Gire
Steve Liberles
Weihong Lin
Lynnette McCluskey
Danielle Reed
Haiqing Zhao
Neil Vickers
Chris Lemon
Veronika Schoepf
Julian Meeks
Maria Veldhuizen
Hong Wang
Tim Gilbertson
Kathrin Ohla
Joost Maier
Robin Krimm
Marcus Rothermel
Bob Datta


The Program Committee shall be responsible for the development and implementation of all aspects of the Annual Meeting other than those related to the business sessions, while operating within the budget established by the Executive Committee. When developing the meeting's scientific and social programs, and selecting its time and place, the Program Committee shall solicit suggestions from the membership and work closely with the Executive Committee. The Program Committee shall oversee the selection of the participants in all scientific sessions. It shall be the further responsibility of the Program Committee to keep the membership informed of the meeting's development.

The Chair of the Program Committee shall preside over the proceedings of the Committee, and he/she shall keep the Executive Committee updated on the Program Committee's activities. He/she shall be the liaison between the Executive Committee and the Program Committee in the development and acceptance of programs for the scientific and social sessions of the meetings. He/she shall keep the Program Committee aware of fiscal constraints and other limitations, as interpreted by the Executive Committee, which may affect its program development. The Program Committee Chair shall oversee contractual arrangements for items already agreed to in principle by the Executive Committee, but all contractual arrangements involving a financial liability over an amount set by the Executive Committee and all contractual arrangements changing the previous practice or policy must be specifically approved by the Executive Committee. The Program Chair shall serve for a two-year term, the first year as Program Chair-Elect and the second year as Program Chair. There is no election of the Program Chair because the previous year's Program Chair-Elect shall assume this office.

PROGRAM CHAIR-ELECT: The Program Chair-Elect shall be elected by the Individual Members for a term of one year. In the following year, he/she assumes the office of Program Chair. The Program Chair-Elect shall assist the Program Chair and Program Committee in the development of the Annual Meeting at the behest of the Program Chair. In the event that the Program Chair is unable to fulfill his/her responsibilities, the Program Chair-Elect will complete the unfinished term of the Program Chair. In the event the Program Chair-Elect has to complete the term of the Program Chair, the Executive Committee shall decide, whether he/she will serve again as Program Chair the following year, or if a special election to fill both the Program Chair and Program Chair-Elect positions is necessary.

The Program Committee shall be comprised of at least 12 members, with three of the members being the Program Chair, Past Program Chair and Program Chair-Elect. Program Committee members will each serve a three-year term. The Program Chair, with the approval of the President, shall replace those committee members that are rotating off with members to be chosen to represent the diversity and different interests of the Society.

Finance Committee

Joel Mainland, Chair

Melissa Johnson
John-Paul Baird

The Finance Committee shall advise the Treasurer and the Executive Committee as to how the Society might improve its financial situation enabling it to more fully achieve its objectives. The Finance Committee shall also aid and advise the Treasurer in preparing the budget, managing the reserve funds, and any other financial matters. The Treasurer, as the Chair of the Finance Committee shall preside over all meetings of the Finance Committee and shall be the liaison between the Finance Committee and the Executive Committee. The Treasurer, with the approval of the President, shall replace those committee members who are rotating off with members who represent the diversity and different interest of the Society. Each committee members will serve a three-year term.

Public Information and Affairs Committee

Tom Mast, Chair

Cordelia Running
Ann-Marie Torregrossa

The Public Information and Affairs Committee acts as the contact for the Society and shall liaise with and assist with general inquiries from federal agencies, corporations, researchers, media outlets and the general public. The Public Information and Affairs Committee shall recommend to the Executive Committee activities that foster a better appreciation of the chemical senses, and implement those activities approved by the Executive Committee. The Chair of the Committee shall liaise with the Councilors regarding the educational outreach activities when one takes place at the Annual Meeting. The Public Information and Affairs Committee shall monitor governmental or public actions that could affect research or training in the chemical senses and shall bring such information to the attention of the Executive Committee and the Society's membership. The Chair of the Public Information and Affairs Committee shall be appointed by the President. The Chair and committee members shall serve a three-year term, eligible for renewal subject to approval by the Executive Committee.

Industry Liaison Committee

Beverly Tepper, Chair

Chris Simons
Carter Green
Bernadette Cortese
Yu Wang
Linda Flammer
John Boughter, Program Committee Chair

The Industry Liaison Committee shall keep in close contact with the Society's Corporate members and shall present their views on particular matters to the appropriate officers or committees. The Industry Liaison Committee shall be responsible for planning the Industry Symposium at the Annual Meeting and also for developing and implementing a sponsorship campaign and marketing plan to raise monies for the Annual Meeting. The Chair of the Industry Liaison Committee shall be appointed by the President after consultation with the members of the Society who are based in industrial organizations. The Chair will serve a three-year term. The Chair, with the approval of the President, shall replace those committee members who are rotating off with members who represent both the industrial and academic interests of the Society. The Chair and committee members shall serve a three-year term, eligible for renewal subject to approval by the Executive Committee.

Elections Committee

Steve Munger, Chair

Barry Green
Pat DiLorenzo
Craig Montell
Casey Trimmer

The Elections Committee shall be composed of three to five members. The Chair shall be either the Past-President or an individual appointed by the Executive Committee. The Chair shall serve a one-year term. The Past-President shall be the only member of the Executive Committee on the Elections Committee. The Chair of the Elections Committee is ineligible to stand for office in the Society during his/her tenure on the Elections Committee. The other members of the Elections Committee shall be nominated by the Past-President and approved by the Executive Committee. Committee members shall serve a one-year term.

Mentoring & Networking Committee

Jeremy McIntyre, Chair

Barbara Zielinski
Robin Tucker-Falconer
Valentina Parma

The Mentoring/Networking Committee shall increase visibility and participation of junior members in the Society as well as increase mentorship opportunities between junior and senior members. The Committee is also responsible for organizing activities during the Annual Meeting that may be of special interest to members. Junior members are generally defined as undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. The Chair of the Mentoring/Networking Committee shall be appointed by the President. He/she shall also serve on the Diversity Committee. The Chair and committee members shall serve a three-year term, eligible for renewal subject to the approval of the Executive Committee. The composition of the Committee should be reflective of members who are graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and more established investigators.

Bylaws Committee

Tom Finger, Chair

Minghong Ma
Steve Munger
Susan Travers
Theresa White

The Bylaws Committee shall be comprised of the President, President-Elect, Past President, Senior Advisor and a Councilor. The Committee will be called upon to make revisions to the bylaws and present changes to the membership as needed.

International Committee on Olfaction and Taste

Charles Greer, Chair

Tom Finger
Kevin Daly

AChemS representation on ICOT shall include a Chair and two committee members, appointed by the President. Terms of the Chair and members should be staggered to provide continuity over the 12 year rotation of the ISOT meeting between European Chemoreception Research Organization (ECRO), Japanese Association for the Study of Taste and Smell (JASTS) and AChemS The AChemS Chair and committee members will represent AChemS during meetings of ICOT held during their term, and shall be responsible for reporting back to the Executive Committee. During the three years leading up to the ISOT Meeting hosted by AChemS, the AChemS/ISOT Program Chair, once identified, will also represent AChemS on the ICOT.

Diversity Committee

Barbara Zielinski, Chair

Paul Breslin
Arie Mobley
Jeremy McIntyre, Mentoring/Networking Committee Chair
Ricardo Araneda

The Diversity Committee shall increase visibility and participation of underrepresented minorities in the sciences in the Society and at the Annual Meeting. The Committee shall oversee the Travel Fellowships for Diversity Awards, in compliance with any grants aims in effect and /or as directed by the Executive Committee. The Chair of the Diversity Committee shall be appointed by the President. He/she shall also serve on the Mentoring/Networking Committee. The Chair and committee members shall serve a three-year term, eligible for renewal subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.

AChemS Annual Meeting Strategic Planning Committee

Steve Munger
Linda Barlow

Matt Wachowiak Rachel Herz
Pat DiLorenzo
Robert Anholt

Archives Committee

Charlotte Mistretta
Rich Constanzo
Dave Hill
Robert Bradley
Claire Murphy

Awards Committee

Minghong Ma
Martha Bajec
Rona Delay
Barry Ache
Juyun Lim
David Gire
Jeannine Delwiche
Joost Maier
Wayne Silver
Robin Krimm
Ann-Marie Torregrossa

Clinical Relations Committee

Valerie Duffy
Don Leopold
Pam Dalton
Sanne Boesveldt
Thomas Hummal

Federal Liaison Committee

Alan Spector
Barry Green
Charlotte Mistretta
Randy Reed
Gary Beauchamp

Grants Committee

Diego Restrepo
John Hayes
Tom Finger, President
Minghong Ma, President - Elect
John Boughter, Program Chair
Nirupa Chaudhari, Program Chair - Elect
Barbara Zielinski, Diversity Committee Chair

Long-Range Planning Committee

Timothy McClintock
Minghong Ma
Matt Machowiak
Robin Dando
Christopher Simons
Joe Travers
Debi Fadool
Nirupa Chaudhari
John McGann
David Coppola
Trese Leinders-Zufall