Chair Notes

Dear ACS Members,

Boy, time sure flies by fast! Unbelievably, June is already upon us, and I hope everyone is well. We had our fifth Executive Committee Meeting of 2021 virtually on Zoom on Thursday, May 6th, where we planned several future events and discussed the many activities that occurred in April.

On Thursday, May 13th, Valerie Kuck, one of our Section councilors who retired from Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs, presented “A Close Examination of the Training and Academic Hiring of Women in STEM Fields“. Based on surveys, interviews and onsite discussions, Val presented the obstacles women in STEM fields have faced in graduate school and beyond. We had over 80 online registrations and over 60 virtual attendees.

On Thursday, June 15th, at 7PM, Professor Ryan Shenvi, Department of Chemistry at Scripps Research, La Jolla, will discuss “Navigating Chemical Space, Career and Family”. He will discuss how the beauty and challenges of natural products inspired discoveries at the interface of chemistry, biology, catalysis and mechanism. He will also examine the challenges faced by US faculty in the 21st century in mobility, family, housing, and other career choices.  Registration for the talk is via Eventbrite –

Our next Executive Committee meeting will take place on Thursday, June 3rd, at 6pm 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 login details.

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