Welcome to the North Jersey Section of ACS!

I am honored to be the Chair of the North Jersey Local Section! Our section is rich with opportunities to become an active member: our active topical groups, including Mass Spectrometry, NMR, Drug Metabolism, Teacher Affiliates, and Organic topical groups; committees, such as our Women Chemists, Younger Chemists, and Communications Committees; and outreach opportunities between Chemists Celebrate Earth Week, National Chemistry Week, Chemistry Olympiad, NJ Chemistry Olympics (NJCO), and Edison Day. The symposia, activities, lectures, poster sessions, outreach events, and meetings are all opportunities to network, learn, and engage with our scientific and non-scientific community. The success of our local section can be attributed to Justyna Sikorska, NJACS 2023 Chair and fearless leader, as well as our Executive Board! Thank you all for your hard work, your dedication, and amazing efforts!

Evidence of our success was supported by our several ChemLuminary nominations in 2023. NJACS was a finalist for 6 separate categories, including Best Activity or Program Stimulating Member Involvement, Outstanding AACT Support Award, Outstanding Engagement with K-8 Students, Outstanding Ongoing NCW event, Outstanding Project SEED Program Award, and Outstanding Performance by a Local Section. We were awarded the Outstanding AACT Support Award, and I’m looking forward to making our case for winning additional awards in the upcoming year!

As chair, I will continue to support and promote our topical groups and committees, as well as run the Baekeland Symposium in April 2024. I would also like to focus on the following goals in the upcoming year:

  • Promote membership and engagement in NJACS – with a new and elegant NJACS website that has been facilitated by Justyna and the Website Committee as well as Kathleen Gilbert’s excellent monthly newsletter, we have a platform for better communication with our membership. I look forward to supporting science cafes and new events to engross and deeply engage the ACS members who might not be involved at the local level.
  • Enhance the leadership pool across NJACS – the NJACS Executive Board meetings are open to the public, and we’ve brought in a significant number of fresh faces to our meetings in 2023. I’d like to continue to facilitate that new involvement, while also creating additional opportunities within the Executive Board for interested members. This can help develop a pipeline of leadership that will enrich our organization.
  • Collaborate and partner with other local sections – 7 different local sections divide up the state of New Jersey, and the opportunities to work with these other local sections are enhanced by our proximity. We should capitalize that geographic accessibility!

A decade ago, I was a non-tenure-track professor and volunteered for our section’s National Chemistry Week Event, ChemExpo. During the event, Marilyn “Bobbi” Gorman asked if I’d be interested in being more involved at the local section level – that question was a turning point and has since led to an abundance of committee work, judging students and events, and serving as an NJACS Councilor (thanks, Bobbi!). In 2020, I changed careers to become a safety professional in academia then industry. I have recently joined EHS at Merck, and the success of my career transition is due in no small part to this local section. The networking and leadership opportunities as well as the support and encouragement of my fellow NJACS Executive Board members catalyzed these momentous changes in my life. NJACS has changed my life for the better, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with and lead such an amazing community.


Sandra Keyser, Ph.D.
2024 Chair, North Jersey Section of ACS

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Current & Past Chairs North Jersey Section, ACS

  • 2023 Justyna Sikorska
  • 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