Chair Notes

Dear ACS Members,

Happy Labor Day! We had our eighth Executive Committee Meeting of 2021 virtually on Zoom on Thursday, August 5th, where we planned several future events and discussed the many activities that occurred in May

August was a quiet month at the Section, as we slowed down in the heat of the summer to enjoy the weather, while also busily planning for a busy September.

Speaking of September, we have TWO virtual seminars this month. The first seminar, on Thursday, September 9th at 7PM by Professor Mary Virginia Orna of College of New Rochelle, to discuss “Ladies in Waiting and Still Waiting for The Nobel Prize.” Professor Orna will discuss the gender imbalance in the roster of Nobel laureates, and highlight 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. Registration for the talk is via Eventbrite In the second talk, on Wednesday, September 22nd at 7PM, Professor Oscar Vazquez-Mena of the Department of NanoEngineering at UCSD, to discuss “Improved Energy and Information Collection from Light with Nanomaterials.” Professor Vasquez will present a novel architecture based on two important nanomaterials to improve both energy extraction and information collection from light beyond the visible range. Registration for the talk is also via Eventbrite –

Our next Executive Committee meeting will take place on Thursday, September 2nd 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