ACS Experience

ACS Experience

“Proud to be a Chemist” -- as an ACS member for 40 years, I have served in various leadership roles at local, regional, and national levels.  Some examples include:

For more information, please see my background, my ACS bio, as well as pictures and articles highlighting some of the ACS activities I've been involved with over the last few years.

To improve public perception of chemistry and maintain competitiveness in innovation, I have worked to increase awareness amongst legislators and the general public of the importance of science literacy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.  Science Cafés are just one among many effective ways to connect the general public with scientists and attract positive media attention.



Marinda Li Wu emcees Family Science Night program at local intermediate school for National Chemistry Week 2002. Photo by Alex Madonik.


Learn what you can do through the Legislative Action Network and  Our collective advocacy efforts to increase funding for research, education, and job creation are more critical than ever to re-invigorate our economy and the chemistry enterprise.




Marinda Li Wu meets Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) during visit to Capitol Hill in April 2006.

Photo by Brad Smith, ACS Office of Legislative and Government Affairs.





Marinda Li Wu meets Congressman George Miller (D-CA) at his Town Hall meeting in Pleasant Hill, CA on May 16, 2008.

Photo by Dr. Deborah Scott, ACS California Section.




Marinda Li Wu meets again on Capitol Hill with now retired Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), immediate past Chair of House Science Committee,

on Congressional Visits Day with the Committee on Chemistry & Public Affairs, March 5, 2008.

Photo by Caroline Trupp-Gil, ACS Office of Legislative & Government Affairs.



My C&EN Comments on Global Collaboration and Challengesl (Feb. 18, 2008) and Chemistry Ambassadors Go Global (Sept. 13, 2010) highlight potential opportunities abroad for ACS to leverage and explore. Chemistry is global, and ACS must keep pace and lead the global chemistry enterprise.  ACS should value needs and concerns of domestic members as a top priority.  However, to remain competitive, ACS must take a leadership role in collaborating with sister societies worldwide to meet global challenges.  As the first Asian American elected to the ACS Board with relatives in Asia, Europe and South America, I hope to help ACS make more connections in its international endeavors.



Marinda Li Wu represents California Section ACS at USDA Western Regional

Research Center for ACS National Historic Chemical Landmark dedication

(World Journal December 12, 2002)




Marinda Li Wu with delegation of chemistry deans from major Chinese universities visiting Stanford University on February 1, 2008.

Front row (left to right): Hongjie Dai (Stanford U.), Marinda Wu (ACS), Sherry Higdon (ACS),  Ziling Xue (U.TN);

Back row (left to right): Xinrong Zhang (Tsinghua U.), Zijian Guo (Nanjing U.), Song Gao (Peking U.), Peiqiang Huang (Xiamen U.), Peng Cheng (Nankai U.)