North Jersey Section
American Chemical Society

Message from 2021 Chair Mirlinda Biba

Dear Members of the North Jersey Section,

Mirlinda BibaIt is a great honor to serve as the 2021 Chair of the North Jersey Section. I would like to thank the officers, members, and volunteers of the North Jersey Section for giving me this opportunity to serve as the chair and for all they do to continue the impactful work of this section within our chemistry community. This year has been particularly challenging for all of us with the Covid-19 pandemic, but I am very proud of our members and volunteers who despite these challenges they continued to drive the mission of this section by organizing virtual events and Zoom meetings.

Our members and volunteers contribute to our section through many activities, such as topical groups and various outreach events. I encourage all our members to visit the section’s website www.njacs.org to learn more and consider volunteering in the various topical groups, including Mass Spectrometry, Chromatography, NMR Spectroscopy, Organic Chemistry, Drug Metabolism, Minority Affairs, Women Chemists Committee, Senior Chemists, Younger Chemists and Teacher Affiliates. These groups organize meetings and symposia throughout the year which provide excellent opportunities for continued education and networking. This section will also host the Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award and symposium in late 2021.

The North Jersey Section will also continue its important mission through numerous outreach programs including Project SEED, National Chemistry Week, Chemistry Olympiad, Earth Day, Community Nights at Liberty Science Center, Science Cafes, and partnership with Students 2 Science. Through these outreach activities, the section strives to deliver on its mission for “advancing the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners by providing resources, programs, and outreach for the benefit of all communities.”

As Chair of the Section, I will continue to support and promote the various topical groups and public outreach activities. Some of my main goals are the following: I will focus on increasing membership and participation of chemists from industry and local chemical companies by connecting through the different topical groups, find ways to increase participation by local college chemistry groups and reach out to more students, and encourage increased participation for next generation of volunteers to continue the excellent work, service and dedication from our previous chairs and executive committee members.

As we look ahead into 2021, first and foremost I hope everyone stays safe and healthy! I encourage all our members to participate and become more involved in different activities of the North Jersey Section. I also encourage you all to contact me with any thoughts, ideas and suggestions. Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to connecting with you during the coming year.

2021 Chair, Mirlinda Biba
mirlinda_biba@merck.com

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

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