ACS Blog: Gulf Coast Hurricanes

On this blog, we will post information regarding the safety of our members and their friends and family, assistance offers or requests, and any other relevant information.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Hurricane Katrina has damaged the basic communications infrastructure in the affected areas. ACS has created this blog to help link those within and outside the region affected by the hurricane. We will post information regarding the safety of our members and their friends and family, assistance offers or requests, and any other relevant information.

This blog was created because our members have informed us of their inability to contact friends and family members. You can post information by clicking on the comments link below.

We have created a separate blog to collect observations related to Hurricane Katrina from our members, their families, and friends. We encourage you to use that blog to describe/express what you have seen.

ACS has taken a number of additional steps to respond to the devastation wrought by the hurricane. ACS members were urged in the September 5 issue of Chemical & Engineering News to donate to relief organizations; both the Publications Division and Chemical Abstracts Service have taken steps to assist institutions and individual customers of their products in the afflicted regions, and a number of ACS divisions and local sections are providing services or offering the expertise of their members to assist students, faculty, or others in need. ACS is making additional use of its volunteers and staff to review ways to assist with the more long-term issues facing the affected colleges and universities, and other institutions, in the region.


  • At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Bill Carroll said…

    I'd like to start the conversation by thanking the members who have written to me in response to my letter in C&EN. We have assembled a diverse group from Board, Divisions, Local Sections and Committees to sift the needs now and for the mid- to long-term. I expect to report back to C&EN with a progress letter in about 10 days.

    Please feel free to post ideas, and particularly those where you can identify a specific need. For example, we know that students are looking for temporary schools for first semester, but many seem to be having success. If you know of a group of chemists that is having difficulty, please be specific, including contacts if possible.

    If you are uncomfortable posting a message here, you can always get right to me through .

    Our goal as ACS is to do what no one else can or would do for our members and stakeholders.

    Thanks again for your help.

    Bill Carroll
    ACS President, 2005

  • At 1:03 PM, Blogger Michelle said…

    Students still looking for courses can check out the Sloan Semester ( to find free courses, including some chemistry courses. ACS members and divisions have been working to help Sloan locate chemistry courses offered on line.

    If you have such a course, you can contact Sloan about the possibility of including it in the Sloan semester. Students can search the database for the courses starting September 15.

    Michelle Francl
    Bryn Mawr College
    Past-Chair, ACS Computers in Chemistry Division

  • At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anne T. O'Brien said…

    Thanks to Bill Carroll/ACS for this opportunity.

    Would it be be valuable to have members share their observations -- what they've seen, been through -- either here or on a separate sight? I think so; what do you think?

    Anne T. O'Brien
    ACS Board of Directors


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