Chair Notes

Dear ACS Members,

Summer is here and things are heating up in San Diego.  We have had a busy few months in the Section and appreciate everyone who has helped us make this all possible.  We have some really dedicated members and always looking for new ideas and volunteers to help us out.  With that said, we will have some openings on our Executing Committee this coming November during our annual election.  Most importantly, we are in need of a Chair-Elect.  This position is a 1-year training period and is followed by a 1-year term as Chair.  This position provides an opportunity to gain leadership skills and help make a difference in our chemistry group and the general public.  If this or other opportunities to make a difference are of interest to you please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me:

One of the signature events each year is our annual Local Section Family Picnic at San Dieguito County Park in Solana Beach. This year was no exception, there was plenty of food, desserts, and beverages to go around, and it was a great opportunity to relax with old friends, meet new folks, and watch kids play. Thank you to Jim Shih and crew for organizing another successful event on June 24th!

I would like to bring your attention to a couple of upcoming events in July.

July 17th – Annual 50-, 60-, and 70-Year ACS Member Luncheon at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. Register at

July 20th –  Annual Medicinal Chemistry Symposium at UCSD. Register at

Lastly, I wanted to let our members know about an event that will be hosted at UCSD on August 26-30.  The organizer is offering our members a special registration discount.  A flyer for the event will be on page 5 in this newsletter. Additional information can be obtained by emailing:

As always, you are welcome to join us – in person or remotely – at our next Executive Committee Meeting on Tuesday, July 12. Get involved and make your membership in the San Diego Local Section of the ACS a rewarding experience!


Jennifer Barber-Singh, Ph.D.
2018 Chair
San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society