North Jersey Section
American Chemical Society

Message from 2014 Chair Monica Sekharan

Dear North Jersey Section Members,

Monica SekharanI would like to welcome new members, and thank all continuing members for your ongoing involvement with our section. Because of your dedication and enthusiasm, we are heading into 2014 with a great deal of positive momentum.

Our section?s new vision statement is “The North Jersey community of chemistry professionals will improve people?s lives.” For 88 years, our section has built a legacy of providing value to its members and giving back to our local communities. NJ-ACS provides opportunities to stay involved and advance in our profession, networks of members that share similar interests, and services to chemists and the community at large.

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The NJ Section has an exciting program planned for 2014:

  • Our nationally recognized Careers in Transition group will continue to help those in transition and others seeking to enhance their careers.
  • Our award-winning outreach activities like the Project SEED program and the National Chemistry Week event at Liberty Science Center will be expanded as we collaborate with Turtleback Zoo for a new Earth Day event.
  • Leading edge speakers bring the latest developments and work saving ideas to the section?s vibrant topical group meetings.
  • Our next ACS Leadership Development session provides training for professional development with communication skills.
  • NJ-ACS will present the Award for Creativity in Molecular Design and Synthesis.
  • The section is planning a celebration to commemorate the Thomas Edison Laboratory as a National Historic Chemical Landmark. I am excited to be a part of our new strategic planning committee, which is dedicated to identifying section interests and addressing members? evolving needs.

As Chair, I will focus on the following strategic priorities and initiatives:

  • Broaden our value to meet a wider range of interests among scientists and attract new members with a focus on increasing younger membership.
  • Become a key resource for career information and guidance to help members with their professional growth.
  • Increase North Jersey Section member participation and community involvement to help promote the sciences.
  • Enhance NJ-ACS visibility by promoting the public recognition and appreciation of chemists and chemistry.

Thank you for the opportunity, honor, and privilege of serving the section as the 2014 Chair. I look forward to seeing you at upcoming NJACS events. Your ideas are welcome, feel free to contact me at

Monica Sekharan, Ph.D.
2014 Chair, North Jersey Section ACS

Current & Past Chairs North Jersey Section, ACS

2023 Justyna Sikorska

2022 Qi Gao

2021 Mirlinda Biba

2020 Cecilia Marzabadi

2019 Amjad Ali

2018 Miriam Gulotta

2017 Landon Greene

2016 Luciano Mueller

2015 Ron Kong

2014 Monica Sekharan

2013 Jefferson Tilley

2012 Amber Flynn Charlebois

2011 Jiwen Chen

2010 Ambarish Singh

2009 Joseph Potenza

2008 Michael Miller

2007 Diane Krone

2006 Stephen Waller

2005 Jacqueline Erickson

2004 Anne Kelly

2003 Ratna Shekhar

2002 John Penna

2001 Bill Suits

2000 Les McQuire

1999 Susan Fahrenholtz

1998 Alan Cooper

1997 Anita J. Brandolini

1996 Michael P. Ferro

1995 Joe Stoner

1994 Malcolm Sturchio

1993 Ann Grant Geoetz

1992 Valerie J. Kuck

1991 George E. Heinze

1990 Jeannette E. Brown

1989 Dorothy S. Lehmkuhl

1988 Richard W.J. Carney

1987 Raymond Baylouny

1986 Maureen G. Chan

1985 Dorit L. Noether

1984 Stan S. Hall

1983 George Luther III

1982 Sister Marian José Smith

1981 Arthur D. Dawson

1980 Shalaby W. Shalaby

1979 Roland F. Hirsch

1978 Frederick W. Bollinger

1977 Heinz D. Roth

1976 Benjamin J. Luberoff

1975 Galen W. Ewing

1974 Arnold D. Lewis

1973 Richard W.J. Carney

1972 Gerald Smolinsky

1971 George E. Heinze

1970 Howard H. Heller

1969 Neil M. Mackenzie

1968 Julian J. Leavitt

1967 Samuel M. Gerber

1966 W. Lincoln Hawkins

1965 Paul V. Smith

1964 John L. Lundberg

1963 Albert W. Meyer

1962 Lawrence T. Eby

1961 E.T. Theimer

1960 William Rieman, III

1959 H.Herbert Fox

1958 Ellis V. Brown

1957 Oskar P. Wintersteiner

1956 V.N. Morris

1955 Karl A. Folkers

1954 Cecil L. Brown

1953 John Lee

1951-52 Burnard S. Biggs & John Lee

1950-51 George L. Royer

1949-50 F.R. Mayo

1948-49 H.F. Wakefield

1947-48 I.D. Gerard

1946-47 W.J. Sparks

1945-46 R.E. Waterman

1944-45 H.E. Riley

1943-44 E.R. Allen

1942-43 C.S. Fuller

1941-42 D.L. Cottle

1940-41 R.T. Major

1939-40 R.J. Moore

1939 R.H. Gerke

1938 M.L. Crossley & R.H. Gerke

1937 M.L. Crossley

1936-37 R.B. Sosman

1936 W.T. Read

1934-35 P.K. Frolich & W.T. Read

1933-34 J.H. Schmidt

1932 G.M. Maverick & A.F. Odell

1931 G.M. Maverick

1930-31 L.V. Redman