Chair Notes

Dear ACS Members,

This year is starting off well – we’ve had two great events in January and February.  Our February monthly meeting was co-organized with SWIGS (Society for Women in Graduate Studies) at UCSD.  They invited Jyllian Kemsley, an editor for C&EN news.  A synopsis of the event can be found on page 4 in this newsletter.  She shared her science journey and what is involved in being a science journalist and editor.  March has two exciting events and opportunities for volunteering and community outreach.

We are having our next Executive Board meeting Thursday March 1st at 6pm.  Everyone is welcome to join, share your ideas for activities, hear about community outreach and volunteering opportunities.  If you are interested in joining us on Thursday please contact me for directions and details.

In March, there are two outreach events in need of volunteers: San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering EXPO DAY at PETCO Park, Saturday, March 3, 2018. 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!

Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair at Balboa Park, March 14-19, 2018. In particular, we need volunteer judges to help us on Wednesday, March 14, 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!

The last event I want to share with you is the upcoming National ACS meeting being held in New Orleans, March 18th – 22nd.  The theme for this meeting is Nexus of Food, Energy & Water.  These meetings are a great place to learn about all of the exciting work being done to further our understanding of chemistry and the impact that it has in our world.  The Local Section will send representatives to share what we as a Local Section are doing in our community and to get information from the National Office on policies and opportunities for us to make our Section better.

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