Message from Jefferson Tilley, 2013 Chair
My fellow members of the ACS,
As life in Northern New Jersey returns toward normal after Sandy, I want to thank you for providing me the opportunity to serve as Chair of the North Jersey Section (NJ ACS) for 2013. Like any successful volunteer organization, we depend on a dedicated core of officers and active participants who give selflessly for the benefit of all. I look forward to working with all of you to continue to support the ACS mission; “Improving people's lives through the transforming power of chemistry.”
The North Jersey Section represents a dynamic and diverse group of scientists as reflected in the many topical groups and committees. These include the Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group, Chromatography Group, Organic Topical Group, Teacher Affiliates, NMR Topical Group, MetroWomen Chemists Committee, Younger Chemists Committee, Careers in Transition Committee and the NJ Regulatory CMC and Quality Topical Group. These groups offer programs throughout the year and I encourage each of you to regularly check the website (legacy.njacs.org) schedule of the groups of interest to you and attend their meetings. They provide a great opportunity for continuous education and networking, so important in today's environment. Participation will be facilitated by the introduction of our new website (legacy.njacs.org), which is scheduled to go live in early next year and will provide up to date information on NJ ACS related activities. Looking forward to the coming year, we will be presenting the Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award and symposium; look to the calendar for the date. In addition, we will be continuing with our many public outreach activities including Project SEED, National Chemistry Week, and the Chemistry Olympiad.
As a new part of our public outreach, NJACS is partnering with Students 2 Science, a non-profit corporation that inspires, motivates, and educates Middle School Students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM subjects). There are many opportunities for members to volunteer, work with students, and network. To learn more, please go to: www.students2science.org.
As Chair of the Section, I will work to increase awareness of the benefits of ACS membership and NJ ACS participation to a wider audience and will continue our efforts to keep the varied and exciting activities of the Section in the national spotlight, so that we get the recognition we deserve for the efforts of our wonderfully dedicated members and volunteers.
As we move into 2013, I hope that many of you will become more involved in one or more activities of the North Jersey ACS section; I further encourage you to contact me with any thoughts, ideas and/or suggestions you may have for the section. I look forward to meeting and working with many of you during the coming year.
2013 Chair, North Jersey Section ACS
Message from Amber Charlebois, 2012 Chair
My fellow members of the NJ ACS,
I am truly honored to serve as the Chair of the North Jersey Section (NJ ACS) for 2012. It amazes me how the officers and volunteers in North Jersey have made our Section one of the most dynamic within the ACS and I look forward to working with this dedicated and creative group to continue in our support of the ACS mission: “Improving people's lives through the transforming power of chemistry.”
The North Jersey Section is lucky to have so many active topical groups and committees, including the Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group, Chromatography Group, Organic Topical Group, Teacher Affiliates, NMR Topical Group, MetroWomen Chemists Committee, Younger Chemists Committee, and the most recent addition, the NJ Regulatory CMC and Quality Topical Group. Because these groups offer top-notch programming throughout the year, the section has numerous unique events being planned for 2012. In addition, the section will host the Chemistry as a Life Science Symposium XV in March 2012 at Rutgers. In response to the economic downturn, our Careers In Transition Committee will continue their monthly meetings, in order to assist our members with their employment needs. Finally, we will continue our public outreach activities such as Project SEED, National Chemistry Week, and the Chemistry Olympiad.
As Chair of the Section, I will forge a stronger bond between industrial and academic chemists so that we can develop ways of better preparing future chemists for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. I will also try to keep the wide-ranging and valuable activities of the Section in the national spotlight, so that we get the recognition we deserve for the efforts of our wonderfully dedicated members and volunteers. In addition, I will reach out to undergraduate student members at all North Jersey colleges and universities and encourage them to take advantage of the local section's topical groups and other programs, and the activities of the ACS as a whole.
As we move into 2012, I ask that you consider getting more involved in the North Jersey ACS and I encourage you to contact me with any thoughts, ideas and/or suggestions you may have for the section.
Amber Flynn Charlebois, PhD
2012 Chair, North Jersey Section ACS
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