Society for Applied Spectroscopy

Society for Applied Spectroscopy

Society for Applied Spectroscopy

The SAS is a non-profit membership organization representing scientists in all areas of spectroscopy. We are the publishers of the internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journal Applied Spectroscopy. Visit us at our booth to learn how membership can benefit you.

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Non-governmental organization (NGO)
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The Society for Applied Spectroscopy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of information related to spectroscopy. In business for over 50 years, the Society is committed to education and to providing quality benefits to members worldwide. The objective of this Society is to advance and disseminate knowledge and information concerning the art and science of spectroscopy and other allied sciences. We are pleased to be the publishers of the internationally recognized, peer reviewed journal Applied Spectroscopy.

Our SAS governing body consists of a member elected Executive Committee and Governing Board. Both meet regularly to ensure the Society is functioning at the highest level possible providing our members with the most for their membership dollars.

Supporting our Executive Committee and Governing Board are a host of working committees and sections that implement the ideas and projects that will help our members become better scientists. Any member is eligible to serve on the Governing Board and committees and we welcome any and all volunteers. This is a member driven society and your input is crucial.

Our corporate sponsors and your donations enable SAS to help build spectroscopy’s future. Your tax deductible contribution is greatly appreciated. Numerous donor levels are available to suit any budget from SAS Friend to Lifetime Donor.

SAS’ annual meeting is held in conjunction with the SciX Meeting presented by the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) each Fall. We host numerous events and symposia at SciX and your SAS membership gets you a discount to attend. In addition to Scix, SAS supports several other meetings including PITTCON where we also host a number of events for our members. Please visit us on the exhibit floor at these meetings.

The Society has long and rich history as the premier spectroscopic information source for scientists. Please join us and become active in your professional membership society.

The Society for Applied Spectroscopy is a nonprofit organization formed to advance and disseminate knowledge and information concerning the art and science of spectroscopy, and other allied sciences, to advance the professional standing and growth of the Society and its members, to coordinate cooperative endeavors of its individual members and sections, and to promote and maintain a close bond among its members.

In 1954 a number of spectroscopists, recognizing the existence of several regional societies of spectroscopists, organized a committee to promote a stronger exchange of information among these societies. The efforts of this committee resulted in the formation of the Federation of Spectroscopic Societies on March 1, 1956 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The temporary officers at this meeting were Dr. Eugene Rosenbaum, Chairman, and Mrs. Sarah Degenkolb, Secretary. The Societies adopted a Constitution at this meeting. Five other societies were represented at this meeting including the Canadian Association of Applied Spectroscopy.

The officers elected for one year were Mr. Edwin Jaycox, Chairman; Miss Grace Marsh, Vice Chairman; and Rev. James J. Devlin, S.J., Secretary-Treasurer.

On March 7, 1957, the Federation held a meeting of the representatives of the member societies in Pittsburgh. The officers elected were Mr. William J. Poehlman, President; Mrs. Sarah Degenkolb, Vice President; and Rev. James J. Devlin, S.J., Secretary-Treasurer. The major business of that meeting was the appointment of a fact finding committee to consider the advisability of founding a National Society of Applied Spectroscopy. After due inquiry, this committee reported a widespread interest in forming a national society and proceeded to draft a constitution.

The enthusiastic response to the proposal of a national society and the expressed willingness of the New York area group to relinquish its name and journal, culminated in the foundation of a National Society for Applied Spectroscopy at a meeting of the Federation of Spectroscopic Societies in New York on November 4, 1958. On November 7, 1960, the Society was incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania with its legal residence at Mellon Institute, 4400 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a nonprofit corporation.