Chair Notes

Dear ACS Members,

I’m thoroughly heartened by the activity of our Local Section! So far this year we have enjoyed a couple of outstanding seminars (Robert Blackledge in January, Jie Jack Li in February), and we are gearing up for two phenomenal outreach events during the month of March. I’ll have more to say about these – read on!

I want to remind you that the SDACS Executive Committee meets monthly. Guests are always welcome! Whether you have an event proposal or you simply want to lend a hand, please join us! And, if you prefer, you may join us remotely via a web-based videoconferencing tool we have begun using. Contact me for details!

As I mentioned last month, one of my priorities is to increase member engagement. I have found that involvement breeds commitment. It has been exciting for me to involve new volunteers in recent events. With just a little direction, a rookie volunteer can make a valuable contribution. Would you like to join our team? We’ll be happy to find a role or responsibility that suits you!

In March, there are two outreach events for which you should consider volunteering:

San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering EXPO DAY at PETCO Park, Saturday, March 4, 2017. Booth volunteers needed! This event runs from 10AM to 5PM. If you would like to help with science demos and interact with kids, contact Laleña Janke ( Come out for an hour or two! No need to commit your whole day to this! (Although you can if you like!)

Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair at Balboa Park, March 14-19, 2017. In particular, we need volunteer judges to help us on Wednesday, March 15, from 11:30AM to 3PM. Help us identify the best and brightest young student scientists by judging at this science fair! Contact Ken Poggenburg ( to get involved!

Finally, while I’m on the theme of outreach, it is appropriate that I highlight Dr. Rebecca Bowers-Gentry, our 2017 Outreach Volunteer of the Year. On page 6 in this newsletter, you can read how much of an impact Becca has been making in the San Diego community, and agree with me that this award is very well deserved indeed!

Our next Executive Committee Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 7. You are welcome to join us – either in person or remotely. Let’s make 2017 a memorable year for the San Diego Local Section of the ACS!

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