My fellow members of the ACS,

Dr Ronald KongIt is a great pleasure and honor for me to serve as the Chair of the North Jersey Section of the ACS for 2015. I would like to thank the officers and volunteers in North Jersey who have made our section one of the most dynamic sections within the ACS. I look forward to working with this dedicated and creative group to continue to promote the ACS mission of “Improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry”.

The North Jersey Section is the home of many dynamic and diverse topical groups and committees that are comprised of talented scientists in the interdisciplinary fields of chemistry, including the Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group, Drug Metabolism Discussion Group, Chromatography Group, NMR Discussion Group, Organic Topical Group, Teacher Affiliates, MetroWomen Chemists Committee, Younger Chemists Committee, and Careers in Transition Committee. These groups offer exciting seminars, symposia, and events throughout the year, which provide unique opportunities for continuous education and networking. The section will also host the Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award Symposium in late 2015.

The North Jersey Section will continue with its numerous public outreach programs including Project SEED, National Chemistry Week, and the Chemistry Olympiad. Additionally, this section has strengthened its partnership 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).

As Chair of the North Jersey Section, I will work hard to promote awareness of the national ACS benefits and section resources for our members in career development or change. I will also work with the section officers and volunteers to continue our wide-ranging and exciting events that have gained the national spotlight, and to ensure that NJACS receives national recognitions for events organized by our dedicated volunteers and members.

As we move into 2015, I encourage our members to participate and volunteer in NJACS activities. I also encourage our members to contact me with any thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. I look forward to an exciting and promising year in 2015.

Ronald Kong
2015 Chair, North Jersey Section ACS

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