Chair Notes

Dear ACS Community,

Our October event, a virtual cheese science presentation by Dr. Rachel Dutton, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, UCSD, and Robert Graff, Venissimo’s Academy of Cheese, was a great success! I had many emails thanking us for the cheese plate and the chance to learn the chemistry of cheese.

On November 25th the chance to vote for our Executive Committee positions ends. I encourage you to vote or consider being involved with the inner working of our organization and self-nominate for a position (please send a short biography to Renate Valois, Please email me if you have any questions.

We 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 then.

Upcoming events include: Designing Artificial Electronic Skin seminar on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST) and our year end wrap up meeting/holiday party on December 3rd. The Holiday Party may still happen but there is a very good chance we will make it virtual (we are planning something special for those who attend), still to be announced.

Our next Executive Committee Meeting will take place on Thursday, November 5th, 6 PM, online. Our meetings are 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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