Chair Notes

Dear ACS Members,

I hope the start of spring is treating everyone well. We had our third Executive Committee Meeting of 2021 virtually on Zoom on Thursday, March 4th. We had a great turnout to discuss upcoming events, including exciting seminars as well as outreach activities and Mad Science programs.

On Thursday, March 8th, Ainissa Ramirez, PhD, an award-winning materials scientist and science communicator, joined us and presented “How Materials Shape Us”. During her talk, which was based on stories in her book “The Alchemy of Us”, she detailed how the invention & development of items such as the telegraph cable & the actual copper cable, the light bulb, the clock & the accuracy of it, and the Polaroid film shaped how we behaved and experienced, both positive and negative. She highlighted some of the lesser-known inventors whose accomplishments may have been overshadowed by the more well-known inventors who received much of the credit. We had over 220 online registrations and over 130 attendees.

On Thursday, April 22nd, at 7PM, we will have Amy Marschilok, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University, to discuss “Electrochemical Energy Storage: Progress and Opportunities“. This talk will highlight progress and opportunities for employing electrochemical energy storage to build a green energy future.

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

Our next Executive Committee meeting will take place on Thursday, April 1st, 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 log in details.

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