Bill Casey Named 2019 ACS Fellow
Aug18

Bill Casey Named 2019 ACS Fellow

UC Davis Distinguished Professor Bill Casey has been named a 2019 ACS Fellow. The announcement can be found here. Professor Casey’s research involves the study of reactions between water, rock, and minerals—work that recently led to a new mineral, caseyite, being named in his honor! See the UC Davis press release...

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Christopher Sousa Wins Student Scholarship
Aug18

Christopher Sousa Wins Student Scholarship

ACS Sacramento Section is happy to announce that Christopher Sousa has won the 2019 John Berg High School Chemistry Student Scholarship. He wins $1,000 towards his study of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UC Davis. While at Sheldon High School, he was ranked in the top 20 of his class of 580. He was an active and valued contributor to the Sheldon Biotechnology Academy and an award-winning member of the Sheldon Science Olympiad...

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70th ACS Annual Meeting and Steak Barbecue at the University of the Pacific
Jun30

70th ACS Annual Meeting and Steak Barbecue at the University of the Pacific

On Saturday, April 20th, 2019, the Chemistry Department hosted its 70th Annual Meeting and Steak Barbecue. The event was co‐sponsored by the Chemistry Department at the University of the Pacific, the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Research Society, and the Sacramento Section American Chemistry Society. The event began with an overview of recent activities and personnel updates of the Chemistry Department, and presenting...

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Winners Announced for ACS Student Travel Grants
Jun30

Winners Announced for ACS Student Travel Grants

The Sacramento Section of the American Chemical Society is proud to announce the winners of its Student Travel Grants. In the graduate category, Anna Lo of the UC Davis Department of Chemistry has won. In the undergraduate category, Mira Milic of the UC Davis Department of Chemistry won. Each winner receives $250 towards defraying their travel costs to the 2019 ACS National Meeting in San Diego. Ms. Lo will be presenting her work...

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Robert Fendall wins 2019 High School Teacher Award
Jun12

Robert Fendall wins 2019 High School Teacher Award

The Sacramento Section of the American Chemical Society is proud to announce Robert (Bob) Fendall as the winner of its 2019 Janan Hayes High School Teacher Award. He holds a B. S. in Biochemistry from CalPoly San Luis Obispo and a Single Subject Teaching Credential from Sacramento State. Mr. Fendall has taught chemistry at Sheldon High School since August of 2000. During that time, he has served as Department Chair of the Science...

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Ko Lecture on Solar Fuels by R. David Britt
Apr18

Ko Lecture on Solar Fuels by R. David Britt

Join UC Davis for the announcement of the Winston Ko Professorship in Science Leadership as well as a lecture from the inagural recipient, Distinguished Professor R. David Britt. Solar Fuels: Nature’s Approach Although enormous, mankind’s total consumption of energy is dwarfed by nature’s global utilization of solar energy by photosynthesis, a process by which visible light is used to convert carbon dioxide and water to sugar and...

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James Hill Running for AACT High School Ambassador
Apr18

James Hill Running for AACT High School Ambassador

Mira Loma High School chemistry teacher and former ACS Sacramento Section High School Teacher of the Year James Hill is running for High School Ambassador of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers. If you are a member of AACT, please consider voting for him before the April 30th deadline!...

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Save the Date: Flavors of Chemistry
Mar26

Save the Date: Flavors of Chemistry

Flavors of Chemistry 2019 will occur on September 7, 2019 at the ARC Ballroom on the UC Davis campus. The speakers will be Hoby Wedler and Stephanie Doan. Wedler is co-founder of SENSPOINT-a company focused on opening the doors to sensory awareness and will speak about the chemistry of olive oil. Doan is a Senior Food Scientist in Food Innovation with Blue Diamond Growers and will speak about the chemistry of almond oil.

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Student Travel Award Opportunity: Fall ACS in San Diego
Mar26

Student Travel Award Opportunity: Fall ACS in San Diego

ACS Sacramento Section is proud to offer two $250 student travel awards to the ACS meeting in San Diego. The application is due May 1st to Dean Tantillo. For details, click here. In 2018, the winners went to New Orleans. In 2017, the winners went to San...

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Cate Simmermaker Won Student International Travel Award
Mar26

Cate Simmermaker Won Student International Travel Award

Cate Simmermaker of the University of the Pacific won the inaugural Student International Travel Award. She will travel to Paris in May to give a talk about her research. To help offset her travel costs, she will receive $1,000. Cate Simmermaker is a second year graduate student at UOP. Originally from the Midwest, she received her B.S. in biochemistry from Earlham College and M.S. in chemistry from San Francisco State University. In...

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High School Student Scholarship: Due May 1
Feb21

High School Student Scholarship: Due May 1

The John Berg High School Chemistry Student Scholarship is presented annually to a high school student with a declared major in the chemical sciences who attends high school (including being homeschooled) within the boundaries of the Sacramento Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Sacramento Section of the ACS will award a scholarship for $1,000 payable to the financial aid department of the student’s college or...

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2019 Janan Hayes High School Teacher Award
Feb21

2019 Janan Hayes High School Teacher Award

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Sacramento Section (map) is proud to announce the Fourth Annual award for high school teachers in our section, named for a Jan Hayes, a councilor, educator and ACS Fellow with over 40 years of involvement with the Sacramento Section. The 2019 Janan Hayes High School Teacher Award will be $500 in cash and $500 for chemistry supplies. Our Sacramento Section winner will then be nominated to enter any...

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Science Innovation Pipeline Program Application is Live
Feb12

Science Innovation Pipeline Program Application is Live

The Science Innovation Pipeline Program (SIPP) at Sacramento City College is a mentoring and summer research program that is designed to provide low income and minority high school students with early hands-on experience to help them develop a clearer understanding of what it is like to study science. The students who are selected for this program will: Get the opportunity to be mentored on interesting chemistry research projects Get...

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A Successful Western Regional Meeting
Dec03

A Successful Western Regional Meeting

On October 27th 2018, Southern California Section and California Los Padres Section joined forces in organizing the Western Regional ACS meeting at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. A highly successful event, the meeting had 250 attendees, including many students from the local colleges and universities, as well as scientists from Jet Propulsion Lab, professors and teachers, and members of the chemistry industry. The...

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SCIENCE FAIR JUDGES NEEDED!!!
Dec02

SCIENCE FAIR JUDGES NEEDED!!!

The Sacramento School of Engineering and Sciences (SES) has scheduled its science and engineering fair for Wednesday, December 19th from 2:30 PM-6:15 PM and they need YOU to judge student science fair projects! Interested individuals can sign up or get more information by contacting Pat Wong (pat.wong@arb.ca.gov). SES is located in the Pocket Area of Sacramento (7345 Gloria Drive). However its students are from a cross section...

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Student International Travel Award
Nov24

Student International Travel Award

ACS Sacramento Section is announcing a new award: $1,000 for a student to travel internationally. The due date is February 1, 2019 at 5:00PM and all materials must be submitted to Dean Tantillo, member of our awards subcommittee. One award will be given in the amount of $1000 to support travel to an international chemistry conference/meeting/internship. Both undergraduates and graduate students are eligible to apply.  The application...

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ACS Sacramento Donates to SIPP
Nov24

ACS Sacramento Donates to SIPP

At its November meeting, the Sacramento Section voted to donate $1,000 to the Science Innovation Pipeline Program (SIPP). SIPP is a mentoring and summer research program that is designed to provide low-income minority high school students with early hands-on experience to help them develop a clearer understanding of what it is like to study science.

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Register for High School Chemistry Olympiad
Nov24

Register for High School Chemistry Olympiad

The Sacramento Section of the ACS is proud to organize the 2019 High School Chemistry Olympiad. The Olympiad witll be held at Sacramento City College. Last year’s Olympiad was a big success! For more information, please click here. To register or if you have questions, please contact Mako Masuno.  Students taking the local exam for the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad on March 24th at Sacramento City...

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Arlene Laurison Wins Regional Teacher Award
Oct20

Arlene Laurison Wins Regional Teacher Award

Arlene Laurison has won the 2018 Western Regional Excellence in High School Teaching Award. Laurison wins $1,000 and will travel to receive her award at the Western Region Meeting on October 27th in Pasadena.  Arlene Laurison Laurison previously won the 2018 Jan Hayes High School Teachers Award for the Sacramento Section. Our section will now be nominating her for the James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching, a...

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Flavors of Chemistry 2018: Beer and Cheese
Oct20

Flavors of Chemistry 2018: Beer and Cheese

On September 29th we held our 4th annual Flavors of Chemistry event, with great success, with nearly 90 attendees. Members from several sections came together to honor award winners and learn about the chemistry of beer and cheese flavor. ACS Sacramento Section Chair Marc Foster opened the event by presenting awards to the Sacramento Section honorees. Three of the section’s long-time members were in attendance. Each long-time member...

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