CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF RADIO SCIENCE
Article I. Purpose
The purpose of the National Committee is to effect appropriate participation by radio scientists and engineers of the United States in the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) through the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council (NAS-NRC), which adheres to the URSI on behalf of the radio scientists of the United States. The NRC is the operating arm of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering (NAS and NAE).
Article II. Functions
The duties and functions of the National Committee are (a) to advise the President of the NAS on all matters concerning United States participation in the URSI; (b) to promote the objectives of the URSI in the United States; (c) to promote radio science and allied research in the United States with special emphasis on aspects that require international cooperation; (d) to promote public awareness of, and education in, radio science; (e) to nominate delegates or representatives of the United States to URSI general assemblies; (f) to organize technical meetings in the United States in consonance with the objectives of the URSI; and (g) to deal with scientific radio questions in general involving the participation in the URSI of the United States through the NAS-NRC as the adhering body.
Article III. Membership
The National Committee shall consist of its officers (see Article V) and members and liaison representatives in the following categories:
1. National Society Members
Six representatives from national societies and groups in the United States. Membership to rotate among appropriate societies and groups as recommended by the USNC/URSI. Other members of the USNC/URSI may also be designated as representatives of the six societies or groups as an additional responsibility, provided the number of societies and groups represented not exceed six. No individual representing a society or group shall serve more than two consecutive full (3-year) terms in that capacity unless specifically requested by the society or group and approved by the USNC/URSI.
Six members-at-large selected from among scientists and engineers by the National Committee as provided in Article IV. A member-at-large normally serves one 3-year term and shall in no case serve more than two consecutive full (3-year) terms in that capacity.
3. Ex-Officio Members
A. Immediate past chair of the National Committee.
B. Chairs of commissions established by the National Committee.
C. Officers of the URSI resident in the United States, including honorary presidents who serve without vote.
D. Chairs and vice chairs of commissions of the URSI resident in the United States.
E. Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences, who serves without vote.
4. Honorary Members
Honorary members selected by the National Committee as provided in Article IV.
5. Liaison Representatives from Government Agencies (nonvoting)
One representative from the National Science Foundation and two representatives from other agencies of the U.S. Government, with the latter two rotating among appropriate agencies as recommended by the USNC/URSI. Other members of the USNC/URSI may also be designated as representatives of the two agencies as an additional responsibility. No scientist representing an agency (other than the National Science Foundation) shall serve more than two consecutive full (3-year) terms in that capacity.
Article IV. Selection and Appointment of Members
Members from national societies and liaison representatives from government agencies shall be nominated by the societies and agencies (see Articles III-1 and III-5).
Two members-at-large shall be nominated by the National Committee at each annual meeting or by mail ballot after the meeting, thereby ensuring the presence of six members-at-large on the National Committee at all times.
Honorary members may be nominated for life membership on the National Committee. Nominations shall be by two-thirds vote of the quorum present at the meeting of the National Committee. The number of honorary members on the National Committee at any one time shall not be greater than four.
In accordance with established NRC procedures, all members shall be appointed by the Chair of the NRC upon the recommendation of the National Committee.
All appointments unless otherwise specified shall be for a period of three years commencing January 1. There shall be restrictions with respect to reappointment, as specified in Articles III and V. In particular, a member, except in unusual circumstances, shall not serve more than two full (3-year) terms in any one capacity. A member serving an extended term because of his or her appointment or election as an officer (see Article V) shall be considered to have vacated his or her original appointment and a new member shall be nominated and appointed to complete the original term.
Article V. Officers
The officers of the National Committee shall be a chair and a secretary. They shall be selected from among the present and past members of the Committee.
In accordance with established NRC procedures, the officers shall be appointed by the Chair of the NRC upon recommendation of the National Committee.
Nomination of candidates for offices shall take place at the annual meeting of the National Committee preceding each general assembly of the URSI. All officers shall serve from January 1 after a general assembly of the URSI through December 31 following the next general assembly. An officer is not eligible to serve more than one full term in the same office.
Article VI. Meetings
The National Committee shall meet once a year at a designated annual meeting. Additional meetings may be held upon the call of the chair.
The annual meeting of the USNC/URSI is usually held in conjunction with a National Radio Science Meeting (or Symposium) comprising technical sessions, which are open to the public (subject to payment of any registration fee that may be charged), and business sessions of the commissions (see Article IX).
Quorum: One third of the full voting membership of the National Committee shall constitute a quorum.
Article VII. Voting
Each member of the National Committee, except as may be specified otherwise in Article III, shall have one vote. No member serving on the National Committee in more than one capacity shall have more than one vote because of such occurrence.
Article VIII. Executive Committee
There shall be an executive committee of the National Committee to do such planning, preparation, and executive work as may be necessary in the intervals between meetings of the National Committee. The executive committee shall be composed of the chair, secretary, immediate past chair of the National Committee, and any others appointed by the chair.
All members of the executive committee shall serve terms from January 1 following a general assembly of the URSI through December 31 after the next general assembly.
The executive committee may establish subcommittees as required. It may also, in the name of the National Committee, take such other action consistent with articles of this constitution, as may be necessary to accomplish the work of the National Committee.
Article IX. Commissions
The National Committee may establish technical bodies serving as national commissions corresponding in general to the international commissions of the URSI. It may decline to establish a commission corresponding to an international commission or it may, consistent with the overall field of interest of the URSI, establish commissions for which no corresponding international commissions exist. All commissions shall participate in the annual meeting (see Article VI).
The chairs and vice chairs of national commissions are elected by the National Committee on the recommendation of the respective commissions. They shall serve terms from January 1 after a general assembly through December 31 after the next general assembly. Either can be replaced by a vote of the National Committee. Except in unusual circumstances, the vice chair succeeds automatically as chair.
New members of a national commission are normally elected by their commission at regular business meetings upon a favorable vote by two-thirds of the members of the commission present. Commission members may also be elected by the National Committee.
National commission members shall serve from the time of their election until December 31 following the next general assembly. They shall be eligible for immediate re-appointment on nomination by their commission chair.
Article X. Finances
All funds, contributions, registration fees, contracts and grants, shall be solicited, received and disbursed in accordance with prevailing policies and practices of the NAS-NRC.
It is the responsibility of NAS-NRC to assure payment of the annual URSI dues and the USNC/URSI shall abide by guidelines with respect to the fulfillment of dues obligations. In particular, the USNC/URSI shall seek NAS-NRC agreement on any increase of dues.
Article XI. Amendment to this Constitution
This constitution may be amended by a majority vote of the National Committee subject to the approval of the Governing Board of the NRC.
Proposals for amendments shall be voted upon at a regular meeting of the National Committee.
Article XII. General Provisions
This constitution shall come into force following its adoption by the National Committee and subsequent approval by the Governing Board of the NRC.
Approved by the USNC/URSI, August, 1999.
Approved by the NRC Governing Board, December, 1999
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