High School Chemistry Olympiad: Register by February 12
Feb10

High School Chemistry Olympiad: Register by February 12

The local High School Chemistry Olympiad will be held on March 12th at Sacramento City College. To qualify for the National Chemistry Olympiad and, potentially, the International Chemistry Olympiad. ACS provides more information here. To register a student or students, please contact Mako Masuno by February 12th. Planned Time: Exam Begins at 9:30am Exam Ends at 11:30am Ice Cream party until 12:30pm Back by popular demand, the...

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ACS Sacramento Sponsored Event: Sacramento Section ACS 67th Annual Meeting and Steak Barbecue
Feb09

ACS Sacramento Sponsored Event: Sacramento Section ACS 67th Annual Meeting and Steak Barbecue

ACS Sacramento Section is proud to once again help sponsor the ACS Sacramento Section 67th Annual Meeting and Steak Barbecue. The meeting and barbeque will occur on April 30th, 2016 at the University of the Pacific. Professor Tami Spector from the University of San Francisco will be the speaker. Title: Chemistry and Contemporary Visual Art Abstract: Modern and contemporary artists reveal material and conceptual aspects that are shared...

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ACS Sacramento Sponsored Event: R. Bryan Miller Symposium
Feb09

ACS Sacramento Sponsored Event: R. Bryan Miller Symposium

ACS Sacramento Section is proud to once again help sponsor the R. Bryan Miller Symposium. The Miller Symposium will occur on April 7th and 8th, 2016 at UC Davis. The list of speakers and their affiliations include: Plenary Speaker: Thomas Hoye, Merck Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Graduate Faculty Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota.  THOMAS R. HOYE grew up in New Wilmington, PA. He attended Bucknell...

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Help ACS Sacramento Plan for 2016
Feb09

Help ACS Sacramento Plan for 2016

The Executive Committee of our section has just submitted its 2015 annual report summarizing our activities from last year. We are happy to say that each year over the past few years, the number of activities sponsored by our section and the number of activities coordinated by our section have increased. We have an awards subcommittee formed in 2015 that coordinates the student travel award and our new high school teacher award. We...

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Earth Day Materials For Schools
Feb09

Earth Day Materials For Schools

It’s not too early to start planning for Chemists Celebrate Earth Day in April. The Sacramento Section can provide student publications with short articles, experiments, and puzzles based on this year’s theme:  “The Great Indoors – Your Home’s Ecosystem”. Take a peek at last year’s brochure to get a taste of what’s available. You, local ACS members, are the key to making the connection between the Sacramento Section and...

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Involvement In ACS To Help Your Career And Fellowship/Grant Applications
Feb09

Involvement In ACS To Help Your Career And Fellowship/Grant Applications

As a chemistry graduate student at UC Davis I am regularly applying for funding opportunities and fellowships within my field. Most applications typically have a component asking for information about your broader impacts on society, or in other words the application is asking, “If we are going to fund you, how are you going to benefit the general population?” My time volunteering with the ACS Sacramento Section has allowed me to talk...

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SCC Chem Club: Planning for the Semester
Feb09

SCC Chem Club: Planning for the Semester

On February 5, 2016, the Sacramento City Chemistry Club held their first general meeting of the spring 2016 semester. The club had an amazing turnout. Over 10 new members joined the Chemistry Club! In the first general meeting, the club officers gave a slideshow presentation of the Chemistry cluband what the club is about. Each officer present was able to introduce themselves to new members of the clubs. Topics that were discussed at...

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UC Davis Chem Club Activities
Feb09

UC Davis Chem Club Activities

The chemistry club at UCD had a very active fall quarter. We were involved in several chemistry demonstrations in collaboration with the chemistry department’s outreach committee. In honor of national chemistry week we helped host a two day event at the discovery museum science and space center in Sacramento during which we had table top demos for small children. We were even featured on Good Day Sacramento to advertise the event. We...

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New Award for High School Teachers
Feb09

New Award for High School Teachers

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Sacramento Section is establishing a new award for high school teachers in our section (map). The award will be $500 in cash and $500 for chemistry supplies. Our Sacramento Section winner will then be nominated to enter any regional and national competitions for High School Chemistry Teachers. The application is due March 31, 2016. The application can be downloaded...

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CRC Chem Club Keeps Active
Feb09

CRC Chem Club Keeps Active

Last semester, the CRC Chemistry Club was extremely busy. During the Club Activities Fair, we sold handmade chemistry-themed t-shirts and midterm survival kits in order to raise money for the club. The t-shirts were extremely popular and we were able to raise several hundred dollars for the Chemistry Club! Due to a spirit competition between clubs, a number of club members dressed up as mad scientists and impressed students with their...

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Gut bacteria make pomegranate metabolites that may protect against Alzheimer’s disease
Feb06

Gut bacteria make pomegranate metabolites that may protect against Alzheimer’s disease

from ACS Chemical Neuroscience In a quest to stay healthy, many people are seeking natural ways to prevent neurodegenerative diseases. Recent studies show that pomegranate extract, which is a rich source of disease-fighting polyphenols, can help protect against the development of Alzheimer’s disease. But researchers weren’t sure which molecules to thank. A team reports in ACS Chemical Neuroscience that the responsible...

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Fish-flavored cat food could contribute to feline hyperthyroidism
Feb06

Fish-flavored cat food could contribute to feline hyperthyroidism

from Environmental Science & Technology Over the past three decades, the number of cats diagnosed with hyperthyroidism has increased. According to research reports, many factors such as exposure to flame retardants could be responsible, and now a new study in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology points in another direction. It suggests that fish-flavored cat food could be among the culprits. Hyperthyroidism is...

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Sherbow and Frias Attend ACS Leadership Institute
Feb06

Sherbow and Frias Attend ACS Leadership Institute

Toby Sherbow, UC Davis graduate student, and Janice Frias, scientist at Novozymes, Inc., had the great opportunity to attend the ACS Leadership Institute in Dallas, TX from January 22-24. As relatively new members to the executive committee (Treasurer Toby Sherbow and Alternate Councilor Janice Frias), the ACS Sacramento section wanted to give us the opportunity to be able to help lead our section to success by sponsoring our...

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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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Oct. 20 Lab Safety Seminar and ACS Outreach to UCD Undergraduates
Oct01

Oct. 20 Lab Safety Seminar and ACS Outreach to UCD Undergraduates

The UC Davis Chemistry Department, in conjunction with ACS Fellow Debbie Decker, will present the ACS webinar, “Tales of Lab Safety: How to Avoid Rookie Accidents” at 4:00 pm. The webinar will be followed by a reception with food, games, prizes and the chance to meet local ACS members. “Tales of Lab Safety: How to Avoid Rookie Accidents” October 20, 4:00PM Chemistry Building Room 172 All are invited! There is a learning curve with...

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Walking in the Woods with Chemistry: Talk, Tour, And Continuing Exhibit
Oct01

Walking in the Woods with Chemistry: Talk, Tour, And Continuing Exhibit

Sunday, October 11 Walking in the Woods with Chemistry: Talk and Tour 1 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo, UC Davis campus (Rain location: 146 Environmental Horticulture) Have you ever wondered what makes up the flavor of your wine? Or how a plant can cure cancer? What the smell is in your perfume? Or how a tree defends itself? Join Chemistry Pro­fessor Dean Tantillo, Plant Biology professor Philipp Zerbe, and Chemistry Ph.D. candidate Nhu...

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Interesting Links: Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Toolkit
Oct01

Interesting Links: Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Toolkit

Taken from: https://crowdsourcing-toolkit.sites.usa.gov/ Welcome! Crowdsourcing and citizen science help federal agencies to innovate, collaborate and discover. In this toolkit, you will learn how to design and maintain projects. You can also read through case studies and access additional resources related to communities that practice crowdsourcing and citizen science. What Is Crowdsourcing? Crowdsourcing involves an open call for...

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Discoveries: Sniffing out cancer with improved ‘electronic nose’ sensors
Oct01

Discoveries: Sniffing out cancer with improved ‘electronic nose’ sensors

Nano Letters Scientists have been exploring new ways to “smell” signs of cancer by analyzing what’s in patients’ breath. In ACS’ journal Nano Letters, one team now reports new progress toward this goal. The researchers have developed a small array of flexible sensors, which accurately detect compounds in breath samples that are specific to ovarian cancer. Diagnosing cancer today usually involves various...

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CRC Chem Club: Field Trips and Outreach Planned
Oct01

CRC Chem Club: Field Trips and Outreach Planned

The Chemistry Club at Cosumnes River College held its first meeting of the semester on September 21st. We are currently planning trips to visit various labs in the area this year. So far, we are confirmed to visit both the UC Davis and Food and Agriculture labs. One of our main goals is to visit the Department of Justice’s Crime Lab in Sacramento, and hopefully with the help of Senator Galgiani’s office, we will make that happen! At...

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SCC Chem Club: A Volcano and A Liquid Nitrogen Demo
Oct01

SCC Chem Club: A Volcano and A Liquid Nitrogen Demo

On September 24, 2015, the SCC Chemistry Club amazed the students of Sacramento City College yet again with the SCC ACS Chemistry Club booth at SCC Student Club Day. The Chem Club had 2 demonstrations for display and a chemistry trivia corner where students answered science questions to win prizes of candy or chemistry moles. The main demonstration of the Chem Club booth was the Baking Soda Volcano, built by Ryan Johnson, one of our...

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