Chair Notes

Dear ACS Members,

Welcome to autumn, football and the World Series! We had our ninth Executive Committee Meeting of 2021 virtually on Zoom on Thursday, September 2nd, where we planned several future events and discussed the many activities that occurred in August.

In September, we had TWO outstanding virtual seminars. The first seminar, on Thursday, September 9th at 7PM by Professor Mary Virginia Orna of College of New Rochelle, presented “Ladies in Waiting and Still Waiting for The Nobel Prize”. In her talk, Professor Orna detailed the gender imbalance in the roster of Nobel laureates, and highlighted an outstanding group of women, some of whom were nominated unsuccessfully for the prize many times, and some who were never nominated at all, but perhaps should have been. In the second talk on Wednesday, September 22nd at 7PM by Professor Oscar Vazquez-Mena of the Department of NanoEngineering at UCSD, presented “Improved Energy and Information Collection from Light with Nanomaterials”. Professor Vasquez discussed a novel architecture based on two important nanomaterials to improve both energy extraction and information collection from light beyond the visible range.

We have an upcoming virtual seminar in October on Wednesday, October 13th at 7PM by Professor Paul Jagodzinski, Dean, College of Engineering, Forestry & Natural Sciences at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, to discuss “Making STEM Fields Equitable, Inclusive, and Respectful”. You can register via Eventbrite:

Our next Executive Committee meeting will take place on Thursday, October 7th at 6:30pm on Zoom. I invite all members who wish to become more involved in the Section to join us. Bring your ideas, your suggestions, and your unique talents to help make 2021 a wonderful year. Please contact me at to receive Zoom log-in details.


James J. Shih, 2021 Chair
San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society