Standing Committees

ACA Standing Committees provide leadership for emerging issues in our changing discipline. The three committees (1) Communications Committee, (2) Education Committee and (3) Meeting Committee.  Each have four (4) members who serve four (4) year terms. Standing Committees are those whose functions are of a more permanent nature. These Committees shall report and, if necessary, make recommendations to the Council. While the investigative competence of the Standing Committees is unlimited, they are not to take actions involving the Association funds or prestige, nor use the Association name to solicit funds, nor commit the membership or the officers of the Association to a course of action without the approval of the Council.

Communications Committee

The duties of the Communications Standing Committee are to carryout public communications on behalf of the ACA and the structural science community and to review requests made to the ACA for outreach funding.  Communications Committee members are encouraged to manage social media posts (Facebook, X, LinkedIn) in conjunction with the Director of Administrative Services and the Chair of the YSIG. The Communications Committee shall also be in charge of reviewing requests made to the ACA for funds to support outreach activities on a regular basis and to make recommendations to council.  The committee shall meet at least once per year, and the chair of the committee is responsible for presenting a written report to Council during the Annual Meeting.

 

2024 Composition:

(C) Steven Kelley (21-24)

Veronica Carta (22-25)

Charles Bou-Nader (23-26)

Christina Bourne (24-27)

Past Committee Members:

Rajni Bhardwaj (20-23)

Louise Dawe (19-22)

Krystle McLaughlin (18-21)

     

Education Committee

The duties of the Education Committee are to review proposals for workshops held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting and make recommendations to ACA Council on which workshops to include in the program, to review proposals for the ACA Small Molecule Crystallography school and make recommendations to ACA Council, and to review the applications for Student Travel Awards for the Annual Meeting and make recommendations to ACA Council.  The committee shall meet at least once per year, and the chair of the committee is responsible for presenting a written report to Council during the Annual Meeting.

 

 2024 Composition:

(C) Karen Glass (21-24)

Matthew Brown (22-23)

Yinka Olatunji-Ojo (23-26)

Tiffany Kinnibrugh (24-27) 

Past Committee Members:

Christine Zardecki (20-23) 

Cassandra Eagle* (22-23)

Jennifer Aitken* (18-21)

Allen Oliver (19-22)

     

Meeting Committee

Established in 2018, the duties of the Meeting Committee will be as follows:

Act as program chairs for the Annual Meeting:

(a) collect session proposals from SIG chairs, including a priority ranking for inclusion in the program;

(b) arrange the program for the Annual Meeting, including session dates/times; special lectures, evening events, opening/closing ceremonies, and any other activities attached to the Annual Meeting and

(c) any other duties outlined in the Guidelines for Program Chairs document.
Contribute to meeting site selection by:

  • suggesting potential sites for consideration;
  • reviewing proposals negotiated by the Director of Administrative Services and CFO;
  • making recommendations to ACA Council.
  • Proposing themes for upcoming meetings.
  • Investigating additional methods for improving the Annual Meeting.
 

2024 Composition:

(C) Anna Gardberg (21-24)

Samantha Powell (22-25)

Stacey Smith (23-26)

Sarah Bowman (24-27)

Past Committee Members:

Brandon Mercado (20-23)

Carla Slebodnick 

Nozomi Ando

Stephen Ginell 

     

DEI Committee 

Established in 2024, the committee is responsibility for developing, implementing, and monitoring initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organization. This involves creating policies and practices that address systemic biases, advocating for equal opportunities, and ensuring a welcoming environment for individuals from diverse backgrounds. The DEI committee actively engages in assessing and improving organizational processes to mitigate barriers and enhance representation. Additionally, the committee can propose to council educational programs, training sessions, and awareness campaigns to foster understanding and sensitivity toward diversity issues. The committee shall meet at least once per year, and the chair of the committee is responsible for presenting a written report to Council during the Annual Meeting.

 

2024 Composition:

(C) Callie Saeher (24-27)

Alice Thwin (24-26)

Alexis Davidson (24-25)

Nichole Valdez (24-24)