North Jersey Section
American Chemical Society

Message from 2018 Chair Miriam Gulotta

To members of the North Jersey Section:

Miriam Gulotta

Becoming the 2018 Chair of the North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society (NJACS) is an immense honor as well as a daunting responsibility. First, I want to thank all the people who participate in NJACS topical groups, symposia, SEED mentors/mentees, College Chapters, the Chemistry Olympiad, the Chemistry Olympics, ChemExpo and all the other NJACS involved events. It’s you who are both the face and the strength of our section.

As a teacher, I view the world as a field of educational opportunities and being the chair of the NJ-ACS gives me the opportunity to encourage our over 4000 members to take full advantage of their NJ-ACS membership. I encourage you to

  • Increase and update your knowledge by participating in technical topical groups including chromatography, mass spectroscopy, drug metabolism and organic chemistry and by attending scientific symposia like the upcoming Baekeland Symposium on December 8.
  • Learn new ideas and discuss implementing the new standards by Interacting with other high school teachers by joining the teacher affiliates group, the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) and attending ChemTag meetings.
  • Join a College level student chapter or high school club or agree to speak at one of their events or become a chemistry coach with a teacher.
  • Bring your kids or someone else’s to ChemExpo to celebrate National Chemistry Week (October).
  • Mentor an economically disadvantaged high school student in your lab through project SEED or introduce younger kids from economically disadvantaged school districts to science through Community Nights at the Liberty Science Center.
  • Become a judge and advise some great high school students at the NJIT Chemistry Olympics or become involved with the International Chemistry Olympiad.

My background with the ACS and my goals have always been and continue to be for greater outreach. I have two goals for my time as your chair:

  1. Outreach from within. There were 4317 eligible voters in this year’s NJACS election but only 11.7% or 507 people took the time to vote. Only a fraction of that group are members of topical groups and/or are participants in other 2017 events. If every active member could bring one nonactive member to an event we could vastly increase our ability to fulfill our mission: to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of our communities. In 2018 I want to see increases in both active members and voters.
  2. Outreach to economically disadvantaged communities: My involvement in education and outreach indicates that these kids lack opportunities and mentors but not enthusiasm or aptitude for science. In 2018, I want to initiate a relationship between NJACS and a Boys and Girls Club in one of these areas and to hold at least 1 lesson there.

Thanks to everyone in NJACS for giving me this amazing opportunity to serve. If you are interested in the NJACS and want direction on how to proceed or if you have any ideas or suggestions for us please contact me at

Dr. Miriam Gulotta
2018 Chair, North Jersey Section ACS

Current & Past Chairs North Jersey Section, ACS

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