Chair Notes

Dear ACS Members,

September has arrived and that means back to school time in San Diego!!  I remember, the most exciting part of going back to school was buying new school supplies – for those of you who were in school in the 80’s you’ll remember how cool it was to get a fancy TrapperKeeper with fun designs.  With fall approaching there’s also hope of a cool down in Southern California.  I hope that everyone is staying cool with the record heat we’ve had this year.

Locally the month of August was relaxed however, in Boston they hosted the National ACS meeting August 19th-23rd.  The theme for this year was Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Beyond.  All of the Section councilors were in attendance representing us at a number of events and meetings.  Most exciting of those events was the ChemLuminary Awards, given to local sections, technical divisions and regional meetings in recognition of their efforts in promoting chemistry.  We are honored to have received the award for Outstanding Performance by a Local Section!!!  Congratulations to Jonathan Lockner and the Section for all of their efforts and hard work last year!!

Looking forward to September, we have two events happening this month:

SAPBA/ACS Chemistry Symposium on September 6th, 6-8pm at Lily Biotechnology Center.  More information and registration (must be done in advance, no walk-ins) can be found using this link:

Fourth ACS – West Coast Analytical Chemistry Symposium, September 19th, 9am-2pm hosted at Knobbe Martens, advance registration is required, no walk-ins:

As I close out my notes for this month, I want to let you know that we have a very important event coming up next month on October 18th, the ACS – San Diego Section Awards Dinner. We will honor Dr. Floyd Romesberg for outstanding work and achievements in chemistry as well as a few additional awards for service and education.  We will be providing additional details on the Section website in the next few weeks.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Labor Day weekend and back to school!  As always, we have many opportunities for our members to get involved and support chemistry in the community.


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