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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Share Your Chemistry Story with Middle/High School Students
Oct01

Share Your Chemistry Story with Middle/High School Students

The School of Engineering and Sciences (SES) in South Sacramento wants you to share your knowledge at its Friday Speaker series for the 2015-2016 school year. SES seeks professionals and college students to help inspire the next generation to consider science careers. The best speakers from last year brought hands-on materials and/or told their story of how they ended up in their field of interest. Visit the SES website for...

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Election for 2016 Executive Committee Officers
Oct01

Election for 2016 Executive Committee Officers

Have you thought about getting more involved in the Sacramento section, but not sure where to start? We are looking for nominees for 2016 Executive Committee to place on the fall 2015 ballot for the following Sacramento Section offices: Chair, Chair Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and Alternate Councilor. General duties for each office, as well as local section committees, are described here. Why not attend one of the upcoming Executive...

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2016 ACS Student Leadership Award
Oct01

2016 ACS Student Leadership Award

Gain management and leadership skills by applying for a 2016 ACS Student Leadership award! The award covers travel, accommodation, and registration expenses for the 2016 ACS Leadership Institute to be held January 2016, in Dallas, TX at the Dallas InterContinental Hotel. Visit the ACS Leadership Institute page to find out more and learn answers to frequently asked questions. Participation is limited to 15 undergraduate ACS student...

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ACS Sacramento Sponsored Events
May06

ACS Sacramento Sponsored Events

ACS Sacramento Sponsored Events ACS Sacramento Section sponsors a number of events each year, but two of the bigger events that we sponsor are in the Spring: The R. Bryan Miller Symposium at UC Davis and the ACS Sacramento Section 66th Annual Meeting and Steak Barbecue at the University of the Pacific. The Miller Symposium occurred last week. John Berg, Kate Gibson, and I were tabling for the section at the event. We got a couple of...

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A Hoppin Couple of Weeks
May06

A Hoppin Couple of Weeks

A Hoppin’ Couple of Weeks We have so many events happening over the next two weeks that we decided to start an events calendar. We’ve got the ACS Sacramento Section 66th Annual Meeting and Steak Barbecue, UCD Chemistry Magic Show, and the National Chemistry Olympiad all occurring this coming Saturday April 18th. Then, there are two Earth Day activities next week: one at CalEPA and another at Sacramento City College. Along with...

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CalEPA Celebrates Earth Day
Apr12

CalEPA Celebrates Earth Day

The ACS Sacramento Section will participate in the annual CalEPA Earth Day event on April 22, 2015 from 8:30 to noon.  If you’d like to volunteer, contact Cindy Castronovo at ccastron@comcast.net.

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Sacramento Section announces a program for AACT membership grants to local high school teachers of chemistry
Apr12

Sacramento Section announces a program for AACT membership grants to local high school teachers of chemistry

ACS members who are or know K-12 teachers, particularly with science emphasis, your Sacramento Local Section has introduced a new grant program to support these individuals in their crucial profession. Last month we introduced the new American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) program in support of K-12 teachers of chemistry. The grant will cover the annual membership fee of $50. Grants will be awarded to at least 5 high school...

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High School Students Participated in Chemistry Olympiad
Apr12

High School Students Participated in Chemistry Olympiad

Held at Sacramento City College, the local chemistry olympiad is complete and was a success.  There were 31 total students who participated: 19 from Sheldon High School 9 from Mira Loma High School 1 from Franklin High School 1 from Vista Del Lago High School 1 from Davis High School 1 from Woodland Christian School Please congratulate all of the students that attended. The following students qualified for the National Chemistry...

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Councilor Chubbic’s Report: Learning the ropes of being a councilor
Apr12

Councilor Chubbic’s Report: Learning the ropes of being a councilor

It was exciting to participate in my first meeting of the ACS Council. There were over 450 people attending! And all of them are people who care about chemistry. My thanks go to John Berg, who has been a Councilor for the Sacramento Local Section for many years. He showed me the ropes and saved me a seat in the best section of the auditorium. The Council meeting lasted for several hours. Most of the time was dedicated to reports from...

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Councilor Berg’s Report: Small dues increase, meeting fees unchanged
Apr12

Councilor Berg’s Report: Small dues increase, meeting fees unchanged

Overview – I attended the 249th National Meeting of the ACS in Denver from March 20 to 26. During this time I attended the meetings of the Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA), the CEPA Executive Committee Dinner, the CEPA Subcommittee on Public Policy (SPP), the Graduate Education Advisory Board (GEAB), and the ACS Council. I also attended the Region VI Caucus, the Presidential Town Hall, and the Western...

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UCD Chemistry Magic Show: A Day in the Life of a Chemist
Apr12

UCD Chemistry Magic Show: A Day in the Life of a Chemist

The Chemistry Club at UC Davis provides outreach shows and demonstrations to schools, community groups, and UC Davis students. The annual audience of Chemistry Club events exceeds 2000 participants, ranging from 5-year old kids to seniors. This year the popular Chemistry “Magic Show” will again be part of the annual Picnic Day tradition at UC Davis on April 18, 2015 with a theme titled “A Day in the Life of a Chemist”. Shows will take...

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Spring with SCC Chemistry Club!
Apr08

Spring with SCC Chemistry Club!

On Friday, March 20, Chem Club got together to celebrate spring and Easter by dyeing eggs. The wonderful rainbow of dyes served its double duty for the chem club members by giving them some insight into the chemistry of dyes as well as giving brilliant colors to the eggs. Egg dyeing is usually done with food coloring and vinegar: in this case, Chem club used egg dye that came in little tablets that were used to dissolve in the...

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ACS Sacramento Section 66th Annual Meeting and Steak Barbecue
Mar10

ACS Sacramento Section 66th Annual Meeting and Steak Barbecue

Co-sponsored by the Chemistry Department of University of the Pacific & the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Research Society SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015 Chemistry Department, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA Lecture topic: “Stellar Explosions and New Planets: Frontier Research at UC’s Lick Observatory” Presenter: Alex Filippenko Professor of Astronomy University of California, Berkeley About the Speaker: Alex...

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Earth Day Illustrated Poem Contest for Grades K-12
Mar10

Earth Day Illustrated Poem Contest for Grades K-12

Following the success of last year’s National Chemistry Week poem contest, we invite all young poets to enter our next illustrated poem contest celebrating Earth Day. The theme is “Climate Science – More than Just a Weather Report”. Please help us spread the word by sharing the attached flyer with a local school, or maybe one that your child or grandchild attends. Deadline for entries is April 20th. Contact Cindy Castronovo at...

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