Dear esteemed members,
Spring is a time for renewal and growth; great things are happening in our Local Section.
I would express my gratitude to our April speaker, Dr. Xina Quan, for delivering an excellent presentation on how she started her medical device company, PyrAmes. Be on the lookout for PyrAmes wearable technologies. They have the potential to revolutionize blood pressure monitoring and may even become incorporated as a smartwatch sensor someday.
I am looking forward to Mary Virginia Orna’s upcoming presentation, “Fashion, Pharmaceuticals, Food, and Fun: How Color Changed the World”. Dr. Orna is a fantastic speaker, an acclaimed science writer, and chemical educator. She has also spoken to our local section on other topics in the past. You may recall Dr. Orna’s thought-provoking lecture in 2021, “Ladies-In-Waiting (and Still Waiting for the Nobel Prize).” You won’t want to miss this colorful presentation!
I had a great time with the Southwestern College and UCSD Student Affiliate Chapters doing our part for Earth Week. On April 23, we participated in the Creek to Bay Clean-Up organized by I Love a Clean San Diego. The Creek to Bay Clean-Up involved hundreds of volunteers across multiple sites in our beautiful city. We spent the entire morning cleaning up the Chollas Creek trails. In a few hours, we hauled away hundreds of pounds of trash!
Spring-Summer is the season for symposia. Over the next few months, the best and brightest in our chemical-minded community will showcase their work on the frontiers of modern chemistry. On May 12, UCSD will hold its 16th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in person. Please contact the UCSD Student Affiliate Chapter if you would like to volunteer to be a judge. The ACS National Organic Chemistry Symposium (NOCS) will be held from June 26 to June 30 at the La Jolla Marriot. This year marks the first time the NOCS will take place in Southern California. The annual Med Chem Symposium is planned as a virtual event in July. Details will be forthcoming.
Lastly, I would like to congratulate the Class of 2022 and recognize their perseverance despite the numerous challenges that the pandemic had on their education. A special shout-out goes out to our member-at-large, Christina Vialva, for receiving a Student of Distinction Award, the highest honor Southwestern College students can receive. I wish her lots of success in her next chemistry adventure.
I wish you all a prosperous and celebratory month of May.
2022 Chair, San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society