Chair Notes

Dear ACS Members,

Happy New Year Again! – This time for the Lunar New Year (the Year of the Metal Ox) which occurred on Feb. 12th. May the Year of the Metal Ox bring you prosperity and happiness. We had our second Executive Committee Meeting of 2021 virtually on Zoom on Tuesday, February 2nd. We had a great turnout to discuss upcoming events, exciting seminars planned, as well as outreach activities including the first, virtual Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair (GSDSEF), Mad Science programs, National Chemistry Olympiad, and some new opportunities. We are actively looking for volunteers to judge the GSDSEF and proctor the exams for the Chemistry Olympiad. If you are interested please contact me at for further details.

On Thursday, February 4th, we were joined by Dr. Ajay Nirula, MD, PhD, Vice President of Immunology at Eli Lilly & Co., who presented “SARS-CoV-2 Neutralizing Antibodies for the Treatment of COVID-19”.  He gave an in-depth look of the development and clinical trial results of the two anti-CoVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments that have been issued Emergency Use Authorizations by the FDA, and discussed other treatment strategies, including vaccines. We had over 120 online registrations and over 80 attendees.

On Thursday, March 8th at 7PM, we will have Ainissa Ramirez, PhD, an award-winning materials scientist and science communicator, to discuss “How Materials Shape Us.” In addition to being a TED Talk presenter who has explained science on CNN, NPR, and CBS, she is also the author of “The Alchemy of US”. This should be an exciting and interesting talk.

Here are some upcoming, community-wide, large-scale events (held virtually):

  • Chemistry Olympiad Digital Local Section Exam (LSE) administered by the ACS on March 27, 2021 (one day only proctored by the Local Section) from 12:00 PM – 1:50 PM PST (3:00 PM – 4:50 PM ET).
  • ACS Spring National Meeting & Exposition, April 5 – 16, 2021

Our next Executive Committee meeting will take place on Thursday, March 4th, at 6 pm on Zoom. I invite all members who wish to become more involved in the Sction 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