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
mbiba@njacs.org

Current & Past Chairs North Jersey Section, ACS

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


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