Minutes of Sensor Division Executive Committee Meeting

May 3, 1998, Sheraton Hotel San Diego.


Present at meeting: Petr Vanýsek, Antonio Ricco, Henry Hughes, Dennis Turner, John Dismukes, Richard Buck, Peter Hesketh.


(*Starred items in brackets are relevant to the Executive Committee meeting but not discussed at the Sunday night meeting. They arose later that week during the 193rd Society meeting.)


Meeting called to order at 8:55 p.m.


  1. Minutes were approved from the Montreal Meeting

Minutes were approved from the Paris Meeting

Note that the Electrochemical Sensors in Medicine Symposium planned for Boston Meeting was cancelled.


2. The Sensor Division News Letter is currently distributed by mail and for the future the committee discussed the benefits of electronic distribution via e-mail. Benefits are saving the Division money and convenience of having electronic format that can be easily forwarded to colleagues interested in the activities of the Sensor Division. A paper copy will also be maintained for members who do not care to use the electronic format. The option of making it available as a PDF file at the ECS web site was also discussed.


3. Review of Paris Meeting

We had a single symposium spread over 5 days which was very successful. About 150 papers were scheduled, with 130 included in the proceedings volume. Thanks Tony for doing such a great job in bringing in the majority of the papers, particularly from ISE participants who were not accustomed to preparing a proceedings volume paper. Total attendance in Paris 2700.

Reminder: The requirements for a proceedings volume printing are at least 20 papers and greater than 80 % of the papers included from the symposium. (*Posters are considered regular papers and are included in the 80% requirement.)


4. Present Meeting (San Diego):


Ceramic Sensors IV - 14 papers.

Sensors for environmental monitoring and occupational safety - 16 papers.

Liquid - liquid Interfaces - 34 papers. Terrific program Petr !


5. Future Symposia:


Symposia already included in the schedule for Fall 98 Boston Meeting include:

F1 Corrosion Sensors - Moran/Smyrl/Sorensen

X2 Sensors for Polymer Manufacturing Process Monitoring - Stokes/Guy

Y1 Microstructures and Microfabricated Systems IV - Hesketh/Hughes/Bailey

Z1 Acoustic Wave Based Sensors V - Ricco/Martin/Gordon

Also two workshops are planned. One on Chemical Sensors and Micro Instrumentation (Ricco and Harrison). An additional workshop on Microfabrication Techniques was proposed by Hesketh which was discussed and approved by the Executive Committee. Petr will forward these proposal to the Education Committee. (*Both workshops were approved on Thursday by the Board of Directors.)


Spring 99 Seattle:

Transportation Sensors - Cernosek/Soltis/Balco

New Directions in Electroanalytical Chemistry - Leddy/Porter/Vanýsek

Single Crystal and Nanostructured Electrodes - Lipkowski/Adzic/Stuve

Solid State Ionic Devices - Wachman


Fall 99 Hawaii:

Chemical Sensors IV - Butler/Vanýsek/Aizawa/Yamazoe

Biosensors and Biomolecular Electronics - Aizawa/Greenbaum/Matsunaga/Vanýsek/Hesketh

Electroorganic and Electroanalytical Aspects of Environmental Chemistry Johnson/Porter/Shimazu/Stetter


Spring 00 Toronto:

Impedance Spectroscopy - Buck/Vanýsek/Hesketh

Sensors for Energy Technology - Kinoshita/Vanýsek


Fall 00 Phoenix:

Microstructures and Microfabricated Systems V - Hesketh/Hughes/Bailey

Ceramic Sensors V - Anderson/Liu/Allendorf

Hybrid Sensors - Heinemann


Spring 01 Washington DC

Industrial Process Monitoring Sensors V

Transportation Sensors


Fall 01 San Francisco [Joint ECS/ISE meeting] - Sensors V


Spring 02 Philadelphia


New Topics for Sensor Symposia:

Physical Sensors, Scanning Probe Sensors, Lab on a Chip.


There was discussion of holding the majority of our symposia at either the Fall or Spring Meetings, which would help to include international participation rather than asking Division members to attend twice a year. (*Since the business meeting of the Division is traditionally held in fall, we may want to concentrate our symposia efforts to fall. It can be expected that the Society may wish in the future limit the number of symposia scheduled.)

 There are many scientists and researchers in Europe involved in Sensors and they may like to participate in the future Symposia of the ECS. The next joint meeting with ISE will be in San Francisco, Fall 2001. The International Meeting on Chemical Sensors (IMCS) is being held in Beijing, PRC, August 1998, and the next meeting will be in Europe in 2000, followed by USA in 2002. Bob Hughes will be attending the IMCS meeting and can explore the possibility of a joint meeting in the USA in 2002. (*The next joint meeting with ECSI and JSAP is tentatively set for Fall 2004 and the next joint meeting with ISE is planned for Spring 2003 in Paris or Vienna.) American Chemical Society, Analytical Chemistry Division and Colloids Division hold chemical sensors meetings also.


6. Sensor Division Award:

 Art Janata was the Chair of the award nomination committee, which has selected Ingemar Lundstrom. As the recipient. Thanks to the committee for their effort. Award will be given and award presentation delivered at the fall Boston meeting. Prof. Lundstrom has also offered to write an article for Sensor Division issue of Interface.


Procedure for selecting the recipient of the Sensor Division Award

The following is a recommendation for future selection of an award nominee. It arose from the experience of the past committee.


a. Establish a 5-member Award Committee. (*This is done by the Chairman of the Division.) It makes sense to put on it past recipients of the Award or somebody who is not likely to be nominated. Make sure that it is international.

b. Chairman of the Committee solicits three names from each member and asks them to be ranked. Points are given according to the rank: 3 for 1st, 2 for 2nd, and 1 point for the third nomination.

c. The Secretary of the Sensor Division announces open nominations from the general membership (through Interface, Bulletin and at the Divisional meetings). Each nominee from the floor receives one point.

d. The list is compiled, points are added and only the nominees with minimum of three points are placed on the short list.

e. The short list is presented to the Awards Committee and the members are asked to vote again in a 3-2-1 scheme. At this point the winner (maximum number of points) should emerge. If not, a run-off selection is repeated among the top two or three nominees.

Prepared by Jiri (Art) Janata


7. Financial Statement for the past year


We have a balance of $14,727.85 as of 12/31/97 in the general fund [up from $13,303 a year earlier]. We have a balance of $6,672.08 as of 12/31/97 up from $6,231.62 a year earlier in the award fund.

 These numbers are according to the ECS Headquarters.

 We had about $5195 in Paris Meeting Travel grants to pay but this was offset by about $6,000 from abstracts [$2,334], exhibits [$1,146], and proceedings volume [$2,929] income. Note that at big meetings we spend more on speakers but receive more income to offset this based upon sales of the proceedings volume. Additional expenses were $83.47 for labels, $132.50 for artwork to print 100 certificates of appreciation $685.59 for Microsensors and Microstructures III expenses $185 for immuno and biosensors, $111.37 Paris meeting expenses $5,195 travel grants and symposium expenses at the Paris meeting

 Note that the increase in the award fund from interest was $440.46 and since we are now awarding $1,000 every other year, we need to increase the principal to sustain the fund. Discussion of increasing fund by $1,200 from either Industrial Sponsors or the General Fund. Hesketh offered to contact possible industrial sponsors before the Boston Meeting.


8. Membership status

 Primary 427 Primary and Secondary 779

 (*The growth in the Primary and Secondary was as follows: 1992-326, 1993-411, 1994-463, 1995-564, 1996-689, 1997-666, 1998-779.)

Committee memberships should recruit additional members to members at large and include international representation on the committee.


9. Approval of financial support requests:

  1. Boston Meeting request from the Polymer Symposium. The organizers are bringing $1,000 of their own support and request support for registration of two keynote speakers at $670. As our guidelines allow the support of only one speaker registration per day of conference we have offered support at a level of $335.

Support of $335 was unanimously approved by committee.

b. Seattle Meeting, request from the Physical Chemistry (the lead division) for the New Directions in Physical Chemistry was for $1,000 but we can only offer $500. Note that John Leddy that last time the Symposium ran there were 50 papers over about 3 days and a proceedings volume with about 40 papers was generated.

Support of $500 was unanimously approved by committee.


c. Ceramic Sensors IV meeting. They had planned 4 days and have only a one day meeting therefore according to our guidelines the support for one speaker is $335.

Support of $335 was unanimously approved by committee.


d. Boston Meeting, request for increased support for invited and keynote speakers of additional $400 [from $600 approved at Paris meeting to $1,000 total] There are eleven keynote/invited speakers and a three day symposium is planned for publication at the meeting.

Support of additional $400 was unanimously approved by committee.


Recommendation to verify the number of papers submitted prior to the meeting. (*In few instances the symposium for which funding was requested may turn to be much shorter than expected. In such case it would be reasonable to reevaluate the amount of funding provided, to bring it closer to our one registration per day rule)


10. Slate of officers for Fall election for the term 1998-2000:

Chair: Peter Hesketh (U. of Illinois at Chicago)

Vice Chairman: Joseph Stetter (IIT)

Treasurer/Secretary: Richard M. Crooks (Texas A&M)

Members at Large:

Served Previous Term:

Cindy Bruckner-Lea (also newsletter editor, PNL)

Jay W. Grate (PNL)

D. Jed Harrison (University of Alberta)

A. Rob Hillman (University of Leicester)

Henry G. Hughes (Motorola)

Frederick Yamagishi (HRL Laboratories)

Noboru Yamazoe (Kyushu University)

New Additions:

Jiri (Art) Janata (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Diane Smith (San Diego State University)

Mike Sailor (UC San Diego)

Ted Zellers (Univ. Michigan)

George Horvai (Technical University of Budapest)

(*All the nominees agreed to serve when elected.)

Slate of officers will be published in next issue of Interface. The publication deadline is May 15th.


  1. Items of Interest

Physical Electrochemistry has voted to include a $5 membership fee. Is enacting membership fee appropriate for the Sensor Division as we are financially solvent and have not planned major expenses other than sponsoring Symposia? The committee felt that we should not collect fees.

2nd International Symposium of Electrochemical Microsystem Technologies will be held September 9-11th at Wasada University, Tokyo.

 Motion to adjourn 11:05 p.m.

 Respectfully submitted Peter Hesketh, May 4th 1998.

Web version prepared 11 May, 1998 by Petr Vanýsek. No new electrons were used in this transaction.

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