Chair Notes

Dear ACS Community,

Our November event, a virtual “Skin-Inspired Organic Electronics” presentation by Dr. Zhenan Bao, Ph.D.,
K.K. Lee Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering,
Stanford University was a great success! I had many emails asking for the recording. I am very pleased with
the number of members (82) who logged in to learn about the amazing research she has led! I would like to congratulate Mara Alonso, a Chemical Engineering undergraduate at Southwestern College, as
our National Chemistry Week Video Contest First Place Winner! She led on the scoring rubric for her “Intro to
Adhesives: StickyChemistry” video.

The votes are in and counted for our Executive Committee positions. I sincerely am grateful for the work of
the volunteers that are involved with the inner workings of our organization! Congratulations to the 2021
We still need speakers to participate in the biochemistry symposia for the ACS Las Vegas October 2022
Western Regional Meeting. Please send me your abstract or nominate someone you think would be a great
speaker. The symposia will likely be virtual. However, I have hope that the pandemic will be suppressed by

The final meeting of 2020 will be a year-end wrap up and 2021 preview meeting on December 3 rd . Our
2021 meetings will continue to be on the web platform “Zoom”. I can give you basic introductory training to
get you participating. All you need is a smartphone or computer, with microphone, speakers, and internet
service! As always, all members (this means you) who wish to become more involved or experienced with our
local section are invited to attend. You will need to contact me at for an invite.
Please RSVP so I may add you to the list of attendees.

Thank you,
James Caldwell Ph.D., 2020 Chair
San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society
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