Chair Notes

Dear ACS Members,

Spring has sprung! I challenge readers to spring into action and take advantage of the many opportunities available in our Local Section of the ACS. Symposia, seminars, networking, and more – please join us! With your participation, we can really make 2017 a year to remember!

Last month, the theme was outreach. On March 4, at the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Expo Day at Petco Park, we provided a fun demo for kids of all ages. Special thanks go to students and staff of Southwestern College, notably Laleña Janke and Joann Um!

On March 15, at the Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair at Balboa Park, our team of judges identified outstanding projects by middle and high school students. Special thanks go to Ken Poggenburg and Jim Shih for rallying the troops!

On March 18 and 19, local high school students took the Chemistry Olympiad Local Exam. Ninety students participated, and fifteen students qualified for the National Exam on April 23. Special thanks go to Joan Schellinger at University of San Diego for organizing and hosting!

Each of these events rely on volunteers. Would you like to help next year? Contact me or the individuals named above! Turning to April, there are three events I wish to put on your radar:

April 10 – West Coast Analytical Chemistry Symposium at
Dart NeuroScience
April 23 – Chemists Celebrate Earth Day at Balboa Park.
April 24 – SWIGS-SDACS Social Hour at White Labs

Finally, please know that you are welcome to join us – in person or remotely – at our next Executive Committee Meeting on Tuesday, April 11. Help 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