Chair Notes

Dear ACS Members,

We’re rapidly approaching the half-way point in the year 2017. As per usual, I provide a summary of recent happenings in our Local Section:

On May 11, the Southern California Pharmaceutical Discussion Group (SCPDG) in collaboration with SDACS hosted David A. Tisi (Technical Director, Senopsys) at Knobbe Martens for his seminar entitled “Development Strategies for Age-Appropriate Pediatric Drug Products”. Thank you to SCPDG for connecting with us, and thank you to Knobbe Martens for hosting this event!

On May 31, Lyn Jones (VP Chemical Biology, Jnana Therapeutics) will deliver a seminar entitled “Drug-Target Engagement in Live Cells” at The Scripps Research Institute. Thank you to AviSyn Pharma for sponsoring this event!

Aside from these local seminar events, I’d like to make mention of a couple of notable achievements pertinent to the field of chemistry, and both of which should give us great pride in San Diego:

Of the fifteen local high school students who took the Chemistry Olympiad National Exam, three earned “High Honors” status and two earned “Honors” status. Furthermore, David Wu, a student from Westview High School, has earned a spot at the USNCO Study Camp at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. David will compete for a chance to represent the United States in the International Chemistry Olympiad. Hearty congratulations to all students involved!

It is also a great privilege for me to congratulate my PhD mentor, Professor Phil Baran, at The Scripps Research Institute, for his recent election to the National Academy of Sciences. This is a well-deserved achievement for a gifted and generous person!

Turning to June and July, there are two events I wish to put on your radar:

June 25 – San Diego ACS Family Picnic at San Dieguito County Park, Solana Beach. Register at

 July 14 – 20th Annual San Diego ACS Medicinal Chemistry Symposium at UCSD. Register at

As always, you are welcome to join us – in person or remotely – at our next Executive Committee Meeting on Tuesday, June 6. Get involved and make your membership in the San Diego Local Section of the ACS a rewarding experience!

Jonathan W. Lockner, Ph.D.
2017 Chair, San Diego Section
American Chemical Society