Dear Members of the North Jersey Section,

Qi Gao

Happy New Year! My heartfelt greetings to all the members of North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society on the start of a promising 2022. It’s my great honor to serve as the Chair of this distinguished section this year. I wish to thank all the section members for providing me this opportunity to represent you as the Chair, and I wish to thank Mirlinda Biba for her excellent leadership in the past year.

I joined NJACS Section in the year of 2017, and over the past 5 years I have come to know the committee members, topical group organizers, as well as our volunteers through seminars, committee meetings and outreach activities. The NJACS Section consists of a group of hardworking individuals who are truly devoted to serve the Section and the community. My goal is to work with you all to make the NJACS Section develop with significant accomplishments in this year. I will seek to engage in topical group growth as well as members~R career development; to increase interactions with other local sections, educational institutes, and industry partners to promote education support, network connections, and membership; and to expand efforts for public outreach programs to foster our community mission.

Our Section is lucky to have 10 Topical Groups that focus on various disciplines. They include: Mass Spectrometry, Chromatography, NMR Spectroscopy, Organic Chemistry, Drug Metabolism, Minority Affairs, Women Chemists Committee, Senior Chemists, Younger Chemists and Teacher Affiliates. I encourage you to take advantage of the many activities that are planned by these groups throughout the year, and to network and to share continued education in the region. Bookmark the section website (https://www.njacs.org), follow us on social media (https://LinkedIn.com/company/njacs), or join the Newsletter and Topical Group mailing lists to get up-to-date information on all kinds of activities planned by the section and the topical groups.

In addition to the topical group activities, multiple other events may be of your interests. Baekeland Award Symposium, MARM, Project SEED, National Chemistry Week, Chemistry Olympiad, Earth Day, Community Nights at Liberty Science Center, Science Cafes, and partnership with Students 2 Science etc. We welcome everyone, no matter who you are — new to the Section, students, postdoctoral fellows, and professionals — with interests to participate and/or volunteer in these events.

We are exiting a year where the global pandemic has affected everyone~Rs normal life. I hope you and your beloved ones stays well and healthy. With the dedication, creativity and optimism of our membership, we look forward to continuing the excellence that our Section is known for throughout the year!

Qi Gao
2022 Chair, NJACS Section
qgao@www.njacs.org

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