Chair Notes

Dear ACS Members,

2020 is off to a great start! We had our first Executive Committee Meeting on Thursday, January 9. We discussed our 2020 budget, upcoming events, as well as outreach activities like Project SEED, Mad Science, and new volunteer opportunities.

Our January outreach event on January 11 was the Pure Water Demonstration Facility Tour: the process of reusing toilet water and making purified water. We learned this purified water is pumped into Miramar reservoir as a safety buffer before entering the process to make tap water. We were reminded that we are “downstream” of 399 other water treatment plants that our drinking water may consist of.  We are currently scheduling more water facilities tours in the coming months – let us know if you are interested.

Our February 13 event is a seminar by Dr. Brett Goldsmith, Co-Founder and CTO of Cardea, a local company that produces graphene transistors. These are used to produce Field Effect Biosensing (FEB), which combines the capabilities of Graphene Field Effect Transistors (GFETs) and Biological Field Effect Transistors (BioFETs) into one. Come to the talk to learn more about this technology!

We are in need of ACS volunteers for some upcoming, community-wide, large-scale events:

  1. San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering’s EXPO DAY at PETCO Park, Saturday, March 7, 10 AM – 5 PM
  2. Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair at Balboa Park, Judging Day, Wednesday, March 11, 12:15 PM
  3. San Diego EarthWorks’ 30th Anniversary EarthFair 2020, Balboa Park (the world’s largest free Environmental Fair and Earth Day Celebration), Sunday, April 19, 10 AM – 5 PM
  4. Chemistry Olympiad at The University of San Diego, Shiley Center for Science and Technology, March 21 and 22 (Sat. and Sun.) from 9-11 AM

Our next Executive Committee Meeting will take place on Thursday, February 6, at 6 PM. I invite all members who wish to become more involved to please join us. Bring your enthusiasm, your ideas, and your unique talents to help make 2020 an outstanding year for the San Diego Local Section of the ACS!


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