Marinda Li Wu, Science is Fun! Orinda, CA

     Diversity. Experience. Passion. Commitment.




Background and Experience

"Scientist and Diplomat- Marinda Wu"

"Ambassador for Science, Technology, and Education"



Photos and Stories

Contact Me 


Contact Congress!

Global Outsourcing

Job Loss? ACS Help

How Can CEPA Help?

Ambassadors for Science, Technology & Education in the 21st Century

Global Collaboration and Challenges


About CEPA

Globalization Issues

Reports to Council

Capitol Hill Visit, 8/05


Contact Congress!

2006 Legislative Summit

Lobby Congress  

ChemLuminary Award


Job Loss? ACS Help

Thriving in the Workplace

CAT Support Group

Career Workshop Day

Career Workshop Presenter


How to Start and Grow a Successful Local WCC

National Chemistry Week and Other Local Section Activities 

Biographical Information:

WU, MARINDA LI  California Section.  Science is Fun!, Orinda, California.


Academic Record:  Ohio State University, B.S. cum laude with Distinction in Chemistry, 1971; University of Illinois, Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry, 1976.

Honors:  Walter Petersen Award for Outstanding Service, California Section, ACS, 2005; ACS Legislative Action Network Honor Roll, 2003; ACS President’s Award for Outstanding Work to Promote the Public Image of Chemistry, 2002; ACS President’s Award for Outstanding Local Section Government Affairs, 2001; ACS President’s Award for Leadership of the California Section as its Centennial Chair, 2001; California Section, ACS, Women Chemists Committee, Outstanding Service Award, 2001; National Women’s History Month Woman in Science Invited Lecturer, Women in STEM Center, Middle Tennessee State University, 2011;  Award for Contributions to Excellence in Education, Orinda Union School District, 2003; Special Recognition Award, Dow Chemical Central Research, 1989; Chemistry Department Outstanding Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois, 1975; National Defense Education Act Predoctoral Fellow, 1971-74; National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellow, 1970-71; Ohio State University Undergraduate Research Fellow, 1969-70; Mirrors Honorary Society, Ohio State University; Iota Sigma Pi (Vice President, 1970-71); Phi Lambda Upsilon (Vice President, 1970-71); Kappa Kappa Gamma (Treasurer, 1968-71), Outstanding Senior Award, 1971, Senior Most Dedicated to Her Field Award, 1971; Phi Beta Kappa, 1971.


Professional Positions (for past ten years):  Science is Fun!, Founder and President, 1993 to date.


Service in ACS National Offices:  Board of Directors, Director-at-Large, 2007-11; Councilor ex officio, 2007-11; Committee on Grants and Awards, 2007-11, Awards Review Committee, Chair, 2008-09, 2011, Consultant, 2010, ACS AWARDS Action Group, 2010-11; Committee on Professional and Member Relations, 2007-11; Committee on Public Affairs and Public Relations, 2009; Council Policy Committee (Nonvoting), 2003-05; Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs, Committee Associate, 2006-09, Consultant, 2010-11; Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, 2001-05, Chair, 2003-05, Committee Associate, 1997-98, Consultant, 1999; Committee on Public Relations 1998-99, Committee Associate, 1997-98; Committee on Local Section Activities, Committee Associate, 1999-2000; Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, Employment Services Advisory Board, 1997-99; Committee on Local Section Activities, Task Force on New Awards, Chair, 1999-2000; Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, Task Force on Globalization Issues, 2004-05; Chemistry Enterprise 2015 Governance Advisory Team, 2005.

Service in ACS Offices:  Member of ACS since 1971.  California Section:  Councilor, 1996-2006, Chair, 2001; Chair-Elect and Program Chair, 2000; Board of Directors, Director, 2000-08; Executive Committee, 1994 to date; Government Affairs Committee Chair, 2006 to date; Science Cafe Program Co-chair, 2007 to date; Awards Committee Chair, 2006; Long-Range Planning Committee, 2001-06, Chair, 2002;  Centennial Celebration Committee Chair, 2001; National Historic Chemical Landmark Committee, 2001-02; Nominations and Elections Committee Chair, 2002; Local Section Career Program Coordinator, 2000 to date; Career Assistance and Transition Group, Founder and Co-chair, 2000 to date; Public Relations Co-Chair, 1996-2004; National Chemistry Week Coordinator, 1996-99;  Employment Committee, 1994 to date;  Women Chemists Committee, 1993 to date, Chair, 1994, Co-Chair, 1999, 1997, 2009. Western Regional Meeting: Women Chemists Symposium Chair, 2006.
Member:  Association for Women in Science; Chinese-American Chemical Society (Board of Directors).  ACS Divisions:  Business Development & Management; Professional Relations; Small Chemical Businesses.
Related Activities: California Government & Legislative Affairs (CA-GALA), 2008 to date; Chinese-American Chemical Society Communications Advisory Board, 2007 to date; ACS Ambassador to Chinese-American Chemical Society, 2007-08; ACS Communications Plan Advisory Group, 2008; ACS Career Workshop Presenter, 2000 to date; Local Section Activities Committee, Liaison to NCW Task Force, contributor to NCW Handbook “Guaranteed to Succeed,” 1999-2000; ACS Legislative Action Network, 1999 to date; Dow Chemical Company, Dow Plastics, Central Research Laboratory,  1976-92; 7 U.S. patents; numerous publications; polymer textbook chapter; keynote speaker.