Central PA Local Section

Committee Descriptions

Government Affairs Committee (GAC)

Description of position:

The GAC for each Local Section of the ACS is the leader for science policy awareness and activities in the Local Section.  These can range from writing letters about local issues for the Section to inviting policy makers to Local Section meetings to talk about how their work improves the condition of a science issue.  This type of interaction aims to foster respect and understanding between policy makers and scientists as well as to increase awareness of policy makers to issues which concern scientists, particularly those of the Local Section.  The training for this position is offered in November by the National ACS, and all expenses are paid by them for this training.


                Promote policy awareness to members of the Local Section

                Increase understanding of policy makers to science issues

                                Write letters to government leaders

                                Invite government leaders to local meetings

                Lead discussions of science issues with members of sections

                                Select issues relevant to members of Local Section

                                Report these thoughts to Local Section and policy makers

                Interaction with Pennsylvania State GAC

                                Conference calls

                                Attendance of statewide events and events at National Meetings

                Increase size of GAC by recruiting other members to participate

Time Commitment:

                2 hours per month – Executive Committee meetings

                1 hour every other month – Conference calls with National ACS

                1 – 10 hours per month – GAC activities and meetings


                Awareness of science issues and how they affect a scientist’s life

                Networking with National ACS and Pennsylvania State GAC

                Promoting understanding between policy makers and Local Section members