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C&EN Spotlight on Service Article about Chemists in the Community: Outreach in San Francisco, the first of its kind for ACS.







































     "Marinda Wu's wonderful vision for Family Science Night has brought hands-on science with real scientists to the families of our local community. This goes beyond improving our science curriculum for students in the classroom. Due to popular demand, our school district has continued the Family Science Night tradition since its first success in 1997. The excitement of science now reaches the entire community!"


     Sue Severson

     School Board Past President

     Orinda Union School District



Orinda Family Science Night 2002 OFSN 2002 surpassed all expectations drawing a record crowd estimated between 1500- 2000+!

See More Pictures from Orinda Family Science Night 2002 A wonderful collage of a myriad of science demos and hands-on experiments for kids and parents of all ages. (may take a few minutes to download, but worth it!)

Orinda Family Science Night 1997 Described as a joyous "chemistry carnival" in a front cover news story with the headline "Science Takes Center Stage in Hands-on Experiments" - Orinda's first FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT on November 3 was a wildly successful celebration of the Tenth Anniversary of National Chemistry Week and certainly the "talk of the town" for the month prior to the event.

Seaborg Tribute 1999  The California Section was proud to present as part of the halftime show at the CAL football stadium on the campus of UC Berkeley before an estimated crowd of 50,000.
































































WRRC is Historical Chemical Landmark On December 11, 2002, the Western Regional Research Center (WRRC), Albany, CA, was designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society. This prestigious designation recognizes WRRC s pioneering research on frozen foods including the freezing protocols, analytical techniques, and food handling and storage recommendations from the Western Regional Research Center studies which led to the superior flavor, texture, and appearance of today’s frozen foods.











Business Startup Considerations for Scientists Dr. Sadiq Shah was invited by Marinda Wu and the California Career Assistance & Transition (CAT) Employment Committee to give a condensed version of his two-day workshop on entrepreneurship for scientists.






Career Workshop Day The Career Assistance and Transition Group (CAT) and the Employment Committee along with the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) of the California Section co-sponsored a Career Workshop Day with the St. Mary’s College, School of Economics and Business Administration.  The interactive career workshop was led by veteran presenter Dorothy Rodmann from the ACS Department of Career Services of Washington, D.C., and Marinda Wu, the California Section Local Section Career Program Coordinator.  This Negotiations Workshop, which is usually offered only at the National ACS Meetings, was brought to our local section for the first time. 









     "The ACS needs to be an inclusive organization, if it hopes to attract and retain members.  Dr. Marinda Wu has always promoted that theme from her early work as Chair of the California Section’s WCC.  She has retained her strong interest in encouraging the less represented members of our Society (women, unemployed chemists) by working with the California Section’s CAT (Career Assistance &Transition) Team.  In addition, she has continued to support the WCC, now led by Drs. Debbie Scott and Elaine Yamaguchi, by organizing the very successful WCC symposium on “Thriving in the Workplace,” sponsored by PROGRESS of ACS for the 40th Western Regional Meeting, held in January 2006.  Going forward, the ACS needs the activism exemplified by Dr. Marinda Wu as Director-at-Large."


    Elaine Yamaguchi

    Women Chemists Committee

    Councilor, California Section

































How to Start and Grow a Successful Local WCC Some useful tips on developing a successful local WCC program, presented at the ACS Western Regional Meeting in Anaheim, January 2006.


































































California Chemists Centennial Celebration The California Section celebrated its 100th anniversary with gala performances, presentations, awards and poster sessions.













































ACS Salute to Excellence The California Section's Salute to Excellence was presented to Professor Frechet in recognition of his outstanding research in organic, polymer and materials chemistry that has led to new materials for microlithography, separation and nanoscale technologies. His excellent interdisciplinary research, both fundamental and applied, has resulted in the discovery, development, and engineering of new materials for various applications ranging from the electronics industry to targeted drug delivery.











Contact Congress!

2006 Legislative Summit

Lobby Congress  

ChemLuminary Award  










     "I have known Marinda for several years and admire her unwavering commitment to promote technology and innovation. Through Marinda and her activities with the American Chemical Society, I get a great perspective on issues facing our nation's scientific community."


        Congressman Mike Honda

        House Science Committee




































































































U.S. Visit of Chinese Deans and Department Heads An ACS-organized visiting delegation of five deans from leading Chinese universities toured the U.S. from Jan. 26 to Feb. 4, 2008. 




























2005 Petersen Award Winner The 2005 Petersen Award presented to Marinda Wu honors the memory of Walter B. Petersen by recognizing a person who has made significant contributions over a period of years to the well being of the California Section.  



ChemLuminary Award 


Other Awards







































     "While chair of CEPA, Dr. Wu was instrumental in encouraging and supporting several innovative new programs while enhancing existing programs to help ACS members better prepare for the 21st century job market.I know that Dr. Wu has a keen interest and an understanding of the member needs, and a visionary insight to help members better prepare for the 21st century challenging economy. I believe that she would serve member interests very well as a member of the ACS Board, and I strongly support her candidacy."


      Sadiq Shah

      Councilor, St. Louis Section


   Chemists in the Community

Marinda Wu with California and Santa Clara Section members and other volunteers wear ACS Vision t-shirts in preparation for Chemists in the Community service project at ACS 232nd National Meeting in San Francisco, September 9, 2006. Photo by ACS volunteer.


Marinda Wu and fellow ACS Chemists in the Community volunteers dig and plant at Heron's Head Park on San Francisco Bay as part of the Literacy for Environmental Justice program to improve the environment, September 9, 2006. Photo by ACS volunteer.


As Mark Twain once said, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." Despite the weather, we Chemists in the Community are a dedicated group! Photo by ACS volunteer.


National Chemistry Week

(CA Section NCW Coordinator 1996-99)

 Marinda Li Wu , Professor Sam Markowitz, Will and Norm Wu, and other NCW volunteers just before marching out on the field to help celebrate National Chemistry Week at the UC Berkeley football game, November 1999.


ACS National Historic Chemical Landmark

(National Historic Chemical Landmark Committee,

California Section Representative, 2001-02)


 Career Programs

(CA Section Career Coordinator 2000-to date, Career Assistance & Transition Group Founder and Co-Chair 2000-to date, Employment Commitee 1994-to date, ACS Career Workshop Presenter 2000-to date)




Women Chemists Committee, CA Section

(Chair 1994, Co-Chair 1997 & 1999,

Execuitive Committee 1993-to date)


Marinda Li Wu introduces panel speakers for a WCC symposium she organized on "Thriving in the Workplace" for the Western Regional Meeting in Anaheim, CA in January 2006. Photo by WCC member.


Western Regional Meeting 2006 WCC Symposium Speakers on "Thriving in the Workplace". Photo by WCC member.

CA Section WCC members with ACS President Ann Nalley, President-Elect Catherine Hunt and National WCC Chair Amber Hinkle at the 232nd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, September 2006. Photo by WCC member.


California Section

Centennial Celebration

(California Section Chair 2001,

Centennial Celebration Committee Chair 2001)

California Section Chair Marinda Li Wu kicks off section's Centennial Celebration, 2001.


Presenting Salute to Excellence Award

Marinda Li Wu presents A Salute to Excellence ACS Award to Professor Jean Frechet of UC Berkeley, 2002.

Government Affairs

 Congressional Visits Day inteview with ACS Board Member and CA Section Government Affairs Committee Chair Marinda Wu by Brad Smith, ACS Office of Legislative and Government Affairs, March 6, 2008


 Marinda Li Wu speaks again with now retired Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), immediate past Chair of House Science Committee, on Committee on Chemistry & Public Affairs Congressional Visits Day, March 5, 2008 on Capitol Hill. Photo by Caroline Trupp-Gil, ACS Office of Legislative & 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.


 CEPA Chair Marinda Li Wu visits Capitol Hill with CEPA Public Policy Subcommittee members John Bingham (Sacramento Section) and Sonja Strah-Pleynet (San Diego Section). Photo by Joy Titus-Young, ACS Office of Legislative and Government Affairs.


CEPA Chair Marinda Li Wu visiting Capitol Hill with CEPA Public Policy Subcommittee members . Photo by ACS Office of Legislative and Government Affairs.


 Global Collaboration

 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.)


Petersen Award Winner



Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs

CEPA Chair Marinda Li Wu accepts CEPA Appreciation Award from Ron D'Amelia (New York Section) with ACS staff liason Ena Castro, August 2005. Photo by Sonja Strah-Pleynet.


CEPA Chair Marinda Li Wu presents CEPA Appreciation Award to Mary Jordan, ACS staff with H.N. Cheng, CEPA Surveys Subcommittee Chair and Jim Visintainer, CEPA Standards and Ethics Subcommittee Chair, August 2005. Photo by Sonja Strah-Pleynet.


All photos on this page by Alex Madonik unless otherwise credited.