Chair Notes

Dear esteemed members,

I hope that your 2022 is off to a great start. Despite the impacts from the latest wave of COVID, I am optimistic that this year will be fantastic for the San Diego Section. We have demonstrated again and again that the local section members are a resilient and dynamic community.

We held our first Executive Committee meeting of 2022 on Thursday, January 6. I want to express my gratitude and confidence in Tammy Dwyer, Barbara Sawry, and Dave Wallace to keep the Distinguished Scientist Award Committee going in light of Tom Beattie’s passing. They invite you to reach out to them if you would like to help pick our next home-grown honoree.

I am excited for our February events! On the evening of February 16, we will host an impactful lecture over Zoom by Prof. Charles Weiss, called “Steering Science and Technology to ensure Human Survival.” The following link will take you to the registration page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steering-science-and-technology- to-ensure-human-survival-tickets-250560371817.

Looking for a fun date idea? Then join us on February 18 for The Chemistry and Art of Glass. The Local Section has partnered with renowned local artist, Kathleen Mitchell, who will take us on an educational and entertaining journey into the world of glass working. I invite you to see some of her work at https://www.kathleenmitchellglass.com/ . At The Chemistry and Art of Glass, Ms. Mitchell will demonstrate the techniques and equipment that turn raw material into works of art. I am looking forward to giving an introduction on the chemistry of glass before Ms. Mitchell works her magic. I hope I will see you there! You may reserve a spot through our Eventbrite page https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-art-and- chemistry-of-glass-social-mixer-at-mujeres-brew-house-tickets-241242441637. Please note that The Chemistry and Art of Glass is an in-person event. Attendees will be required to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask while in Ms. Mitchell’s studio. After the seminar, I hope you will join us next door at the Mujeres Brew House outdoor patio https://mujeresbrewhouse.com/ for a social mixer.

As we look beyond February, we have an exciting month of March. As you know, the ACS National Meeting will be taking place March 20-24 in our beautiful city, so go register if you haven’t already. I hope I will see you there! Other events to mark on your calendars in March are the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering, which will run from March 5th to the 12th. Also, the local Chemistry Olympiad is on March 26th. Registration for the Olympiad opens on January 17th.

Our next Executive Committee Meeting will take place on Thursday, February 3rd, at 6:30 pm over Zoom https://american-chemical-society.zoom.com/j/81830600405 . I invite all members who wish to become more involved to please join us. Bring your enthusiasm, ideas, and unique talents to help make 2022 outstanding for the San Diego Local Section of the ACS!

With gratitude,

Juan Pablo Gonzalez
2022 Chair, San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society
E-mail: jpgg@sandiegoacs.org

Web: www.sandiegoacs.org