Chair Notes

Dear ACS Community,

I hope everyone who is reading this newsletter is healthy and safe. I am writing this Chair’s message from my office at work while wearing a face mask as the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic changes us all forever. As our State continues to gradually reopen, more than 60 days have passed since Governor Newsom issued a stay at home order for Californians, and while many of our members continue to work remotely, there are many who are working hard to research and develop therapeutics and vaccines for the pandemic. I would like to thank all the researchers, doctors, nurses, police, other first responders and essential workers for their heroic efforts!

I urge you to continue to follow the stay-at-home order from the Governor, keeping you and your loved ones safe and healthy as possible by avoiding gatherings. In the past several weeks, we have watched the implementation of mass COVID-19 testing, for which the need still outstrips the demand.

I must say, GOOD JOB EVERYONE! We have been staying at home flattening the curve of infections and lowering the rate of hospitalizations to stay within the San Diego hospital system capacity. During this stay-at-home time much has changed. It is now required and no longer feels strange to wear a face mask in public or that many items are still out of stock in the stores. Now, online shopping and food delivery are commonplace. Please remember when it is absolutely necessary to go out, wear a mask and wash your hands frequently.

The Executive Committee of the American Chemical Society San Diego Local Section decided to cancel all in-person meetings and events for June, with the future events to be determined as we see how things play out. We are using Zoom online meetings successfully for our monthly Executive Committee Meeting. For June 18th, we decided to try a Zoom member meeting presenting the County of San Diego Regional Hazardous Incident Response Team (HIRT); watch for the flyer!

Now for some great news! I would like to congratulate our long-time member and Councilor, Tom Beattie! Tom recently was awarded the 2020 Shirley B. Radding Award. This award requires an individual to be a member (and volunteer) for 20 years minimum, provide leadership to the ACS and contribute to the field of Chemistry. Tom was presented the award by the Silicon Valley Section of the American Chemical Society.

Our next Executive Committee Meeting will take place on Thursday, June 4th, 6 PM, online as a Zoom meeting. As always, all members (this means you) who wish to become more involved or experienced with our Local Section are invited to attend. You will need to contact me at for an invite. Please RSVP so I may add you to the list of attendees.


Thank you,

James Caldwell Ph.D., 2020 Chair
San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society
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