Chair Notes

Dear ACS community,
First and foremost, I urge you to follow the stay at home order from the Governor, keeping you and your loved ones safe and healthy as possible at this unprecedented time. In the past few weeks, we have watched the COVID-19 develop into global pandemic and panic buying response. We have been ordered to stay at home to flatten the curve of infections in order to lower the rate of hospitalizations to within the hospital system’s capacity. So please, stay home except for essential reasons when it is absolutely necessary to go out.

The Executive Committee of the American Chemical Society San Diego Local Section has decided that we will cancel all in person meetings and events for April, May, June and July, with the future events to be determined as we see how things play out. We are planning to use Zoom meeting for video meetings in the upcoming months.

Now for some good news. In March, we had several great events happen. On March 7th, The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering Expo day at Petco Park was a great success. We had a great time educating children and their parents about the chemistry of making “foam monsters” by mixing two-part polyurethane foam and then letting the kids create their monster by decorating it with arts and crafts supplies. On March 11, the 66th Annual Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair had a judging day for the science presentations for which local section volunteers judged the event. I would like to thank the judges Jerry Albert, Ken Poggenburg, Jim Shih, and Mark Glassy for their time and thoughtful evaluations. On March 12th, our monthly seminar was presented by Ernie Simpson, “The Chemistry of Wine”. The event was held at Elijah’s Restaurant which provided excellent dinner choices for the attendees. The dozen types of wine brought by Ernie were readily swirled, smelled and tasted! We had a very nice evening. Thank you, Ernie, and those who volunteered their time!

I have been made aware of several online learning resources for our time spent at home. Many providers have made their services low or at no cost. First is the American Chemical Society’s YouTube channel with the “Reactions” channel being my favorite and has always been free. Please go online and check it out there are many hours of chemistry educational entertainment there!

Our next Executive Committee Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 2nd, 6 PM online as a Zoom meeting. As always, all members (this means you) who wish to become more involved or experienced are invited to attend. We can never have too many idea generators and event organizers donating their time. Please RSVP to my email below so I may add you to the list of attendees.

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