Chair Notes – February 2023

Dear esteemed members,

I loved meeting many of you at the January meeting at Novo Brazil Brewery. To my knowledge, this event was the first Local Section event ever held in my neighborhood of Otay Ranch. My deepest gratitude goes out to my colleague, David Hecht who presented a fascinating lecture on the history and chemistry of beer. He was followed by the brilliant brewmaster, Guilherme Hoffman who discussed the techniques and processes employed by Novo Brazil to craft their award-winning beers and kombucha. Attendees enjoyed an exquisite spread of food while networking with fellow ACS members.

I would also like to thank the National ACS for inviting me to present at this year’s Leadership Institute. There, I had the honor to meet two inspirational ladies, ACS President, Judy Giordan and our past president, Angela Wilson. I am pleased to report that our Local Section impressed the socks off many of the other delegates. So much so that our Local Section even trended on social media!

Our February event highlights why our Section has struck a chord with so many of our chemistry-minded colleagues throughout the country. On the evening of Thursday, February, 9, we will feature Prof. Robyn Araiza and her husband, Chef Victor Araiza for what is shaping up to be one of our most popular events, “Now You’re Cooking with Chemistry!”. In this event, you will have the opportunity to learn to make delectable Rocky Road candy from scratch from the comfort of your own kitchen, all while learning some fascinating food chemistry. The first thirty members who reserved their spot received a complimentary ingredients kit. Even if you did not score a free kit, all the ingredients are easily accessible. Click here to register for the event and see the ingredient list, so you (and your valentine) can follow along!

Looking for a great event to inspire your little scientist or engineer? Super STEM Saturday returns on March 11 at CSU San Marcos! Come enjoy a plethora of exhibits and activities that are sure to be a memorable experience for the whole family. This event is free for the public and there is plenty of parking. Last year, about 10,000 people attended and we are expecting a huge turnout as well. Please email Robyn Araiza ( if you would like to help make this the best Super STEM Saturday yet!

I wish you all a prosperous and chemistry-filled month of February.

With gratitude,

Juan Gonzalez