Flavors of Chemistry a Big Success
Oct15

Flavors of Chemistry a Big Success

The Flavors of Chemistry event was a success on several levels: it honored members of the Sacramento Section, it brought together members of three different sections, and everyone learned about and tasted coffee, olive oil, and chocolate. Dean Tantillo, chair of the Sacramento Section introduced the Sacramento Section honorees. Dr. Jonathan Alspach, a 50-year member of ACS,  spent the majority of his career at the Registration Branch...

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Flavors of Chemistry 2017 Photo Gallery
Oct15

Flavors of Chemistry 2017 Photo Gallery

Pictures from the Flavors of Chemistry 2017 event on September 30, 2017 at the ACR Ballroom on the UC Davis campus....

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The Passing of Donald Just, 60-year Member of ACS
Sep09

The Passing of Donald Just, 60-year Member of ACS

Donald Just, 60-year member of ACS in 2017, passed away on August 15th, 2017.

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Charles Matuszak, 60-year Member of ACS
Sep09

Charles Matuszak, 60-year Member of ACS

In Charles’ own words: When I was starting out my chemical career in the 1950’s, I was mainly interested in the journals and attending national, regional, and local meetings.  Now retired for 17 years, I depend on C&EN news articles to try to keep abreast of the many developments which seem ever more and more amazing as time goes by. As I look back over the past 60 years, I wish I had joined ACS five years earlier when I got...

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Flavors of Chemistry Details Set
Sep07

Flavors of Chemistry Details Set

We are pleased to announce that our 3rd Annual Flavors of Chemistry will be occurring on Saturday September 30th at the UC Davis Activities and Recreation Center, the same location as last year) from 1-5pm. Click on the link below to order tickets: Tentative Schedule:  1-1:45pm Registration and Coffee Tasting The coffee tasting will feature Chocolate Fish Roastery’s well-known nitro brew tasted with a cold brewed coffee- both...

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Jonathan Alspach: 50 Year Member of ACS
Jul29

Jonathan Alspach: 50 Year Member of ACS

Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Alspach, a 50 year member of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Alspach is a native of New York City, where he attended the Bronx High School of Science.  He received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a master’s in Organic Chemistry from M.I.T., where he worked on the synthesis of the peptide antibiotic Bacitracin A, and a doctorate in Biochemistry from U.C. Davis,...

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Joyce Takahashi: 60 Year Member of ACS
Jun26

Joyce Takahashi: 60 Year Member of ACS

Joyce Nao Takahashi  (a.k.a. Joyce T. Doi) has been a member of the ACS for 60 years. We are pleased to be able to honor her at our 2017 Flavors of Chemistry event. We asked Joyce to write a summary of her years with ACS: I joined the student affiliates of ACS when I was an undergraduate at UC Berkeley.  Initially I was planning to be a high school science teacher, but my fascination with chemistry led me to graduate school at UCLA...

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Flavors of Chemistry 2016 Brings Together ACS Local Sections
Nov17

Flavors of Chemistry 2016 Brings Together ACS Local Sections

The 2016 Flavors of Chemistry: Wine and Cheese event brought together members of three local ACS sections to learn about and taste wine and cheese. District VI Director Paul David Jagodzinski gave introductory comments to open the event. Several members of the Sacramento section were also honored, including Steve Hummel, the inaugural winner of the Jan Hayes High School Teacher Award. Dr. Moshe Rosenberg, Professor and Specialist,...

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Flavors of Chemistry 2016 Photo Gallery
Oct10

Flavors of Chemistry 2016 Photo Gallery

A variety of pictures of the Flavors of Chemistry event on October 1st at the ARC Ballroom on the UC Davis campus. All pictures were taken by Dan Gruber....

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Back by Popular Demand: Flavors of Chemistry
Sep25

Back by Popular Demand: Flavors of Chemistry

Flavors of Chemistry: The Chemistry of Wine and Cheese including wine and cheese tastings October 1, 2016  2-6pm Activities and Recreation Center UC Davis Campus Tickets on Sale Now! This is a popular event so get your tickets soon! We are pleased to announce the return of a very popular event from last year: our Flavors of Chemistry event. Professor Moshe Rosenberg, Professor and Specialist in Dairy Engineering and Technology in the...

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60 Year ACS Member Rodney Sime
Sep15

60 Year ACS Member Rodney Sime

Rodney Sime was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1931, and entered the University of Wisconsin in 1949, majoring in Chemistry. Interrupted by two years in the US Air Force, he graduated in 1955 and became an ACS member. He then began grad school at the University of Washington (Seattle) and got his PhD in physical chemistry in 1959. His doctoral research was in high temperature thermodynamics. At Washington, he began a long love of...

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60 Year Member Donald Frankel
Sep09

60 Year Member Donald Frankel

Donald Frankel was born in 1928. He served in the US Army 1946-67. During this time he received a BS in Chemistry in 1952 from Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve). Frnakel’s first job was in Cleveland with a fiber company doing methods development and QC management. He moved to California in 1955 to work for a large chemical company in a small pesticide research lab as an analytical chemist using IR & GC....

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50 Year Member Ken Stoub
Sep08

50 Year Member Ken Stoub

Ken Stoub has been a Senior Lead Assessor for the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) in the Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology, Environmental, Environmental Lead, Chemical, Biological, Radiochemistry, Animal Drug Testing Fields, World Anti-Doping Association – Human Drug Testing, as well as for PT Provider and Reference Material Provider Accreditation since 1994. He holds an ISO 9000 Lead Auditor training...

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50 Year Member Kewal Dhami
Sep07

50 Year Member Kewal Dhami

Dr. Kewal Dhami is being honored for his 50 years of ACS membership. During this time, he has made a number of significant contributions to the chemical sciences. Dhami received his B.S.(1954), M.S. (1956) and Ph.D. (1965) from the University of Western Ontario. His Ph.D. work involved early carbon-13 studies on a variety of compounds including acetophenones, anisoles, and styrenes. His Ph.D. work resulted in six publications in the...

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Save the Date 10/01/16: The Flavors of Chemistry
Apr21

Save the Date 10/01/16: The Flavors of Chemistry

Last year, our Flavors of Chemistry event was so popular that we decided to bring it back again this year except this time twice as many people will be able to attend. We have just reserved space on the UC Davis campus for this event. More information will be coming, but we know the date: 10/01/16. The event will bring together the Sacramento, Santa Clara Valley, and California sections to learn about the chemistry of wine and...

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Wine, Cheese, and Olive Oil at the Mondavi Center
Oct01

Wine, Cheese, and Olive Oil at the Mondavi Center

“There is life after cheddar.” That was the working title of Prof. Moshe Rosenberg’s talk about the chemistry of cheese at “The Flavors of Chemistry” event September 12th at the Mondavi Center. Rosenberg, Prof. Andrew Waterhouse, and Dr. Selina Wang spoke about the chemistry of cheese, wine, and olive oil, respectively, at the event. Rosenberg, Professor and Specialist in Dairy Engineering and Technology...

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John Berg’s Life and Career
Sep11

John Berg’s Life and Career

John first got interested in chemistry in sixth grade when he had a chemistry set. Back then they were legitimate chemistry sets with real chemicals allowing one to occasionally blow things up. He was inspired by an excellent high school chemistry teacher who, unfortunately, became the Boy’s Dean a couple of years later.  The fascination with chemistry remained, though. John majored in chemistry at UC Berkeley where he did...

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Joseph DiGiorgio’s Life and Career
Sep06

Joseph DiGiorgio’s Life and Career

Joe’s interest in chemistry first started when he got a chemistry craft kit. While sin high school he developed a hobby and keen interest for pyrotechnics. He would enjoy making homemade explosives and gun powder and then setting them off. One of these was gun powder and magnesium which was taken near a lake and blown up there. The government noticed this and assigned a team from the University of Washington to investigate. However,...

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Jerry Wilson’s Life and Career
Aug26

Jerry Wilson’s Life and Career

Jerry Wilson started his career at Oklahoma A&M (now called Oklahoma State University) where he worked in a Biochemistry lab for two years and got his B.S. in Chemistry in 1961. After his bachelors, he was in the army ROTC for two years at Fort Bragg where he supported immediate response groups, specifically the eighteenth core. After leaving the army, he worked on his PhD at the University of Oklahoma from 1963-1967. He worked...

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Sterling Chaykin’s Life and Career
Aug13

Sterling Chaykin’s Life and Career

Sterling Chaykin’s career first started blooming when he did a double major in Chemistry and Biology at New York University. After receiving these two degrees, and not quite sure of his next step, he encountered a professor who recommended Sterling to go to graduate school in an emerging field called Biochemistry. Sounding like a good idea, he applied to fifty graduate schools, looking for a teaching assistantship to insure enough...

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