ACS Sacramento Volunteer of the Year: Cindy Castronovo
Feb04

ACS Sacramento Volunteer of the Year: Cindy Castronovo

Congratulations to Cindy Castronovo for winning the ACS Sacramento Section Volunteer of the year! Cindy Castronovo has been a long time contributor to the Sacramento local section, serving on the Executive Committee and spearheading the section’s involvement in various outreach activities in the Sacramento area. Cindy has served and currently serves as the Secretary for the section. Thank you, Cindy! Previous winners were Mako...

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Call for Proposals: California Sea Grant College Program
Feb04

Call for Proposals: California Sea Grant College Program

New Faculty: Call for Proposals 2019  Application Deadline: April 10, 2018 Special Focus Awards The California Sea Grant College Program is now soliciting full proposals for projects to begin on/after February 1, 2019. New faculty* from universities throughout California are invited to apply. California Sea Grant continues to focus on the following integrated themes (or Strategic Focus Areas): Healthy Coastal Ecosystems Sustainable...

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW 2018 SECTION OFFICERS!!
Feb04

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW 2018 SECTION OFFICERS!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW 2018 SECTION OFFICERS!! Thanks to all of you who voted in our last election, though we did have a response rate of only 4%, perhaps as all candidates ran unopposed. Here are the terms of the current section officers and councilors: 2018 Chair Marc Foster 2018 Chair-Elect Carla Saunders 2018-2019 Secretary Cindy Castronovo 2018 Treasurer Terry O’Brien 2017-2019 Councilor John Berg 2018-2020 Councilor...

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ACS Historic Chemistry Landmarks
Feb04

ACS Historic Chemistry Landmarks

The ACS National Historic Chemistry Landmarks program grants Landmark status to sites associated with seminal achievements in the history of the chemical sciences. These landmarks provide a record of important contributions to chemistry and society in the U.S. As a local section, we can nominate locations for Landmark status. If you would like any site identified as a Chemistry Landmark, please send the address or name of the site and...

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ACS Needs Volunteers: National Awards Canvassing and Selection Committees
Dec13

ACS Needs Volunteers: National Awards Canvassing and Selection Committees

Would you like to help nominate and select ACS National award winners ? ACS is seeking self-nominations for the 2019-2020 National Awards Canvassing and Selection Committees. Here is a link to the self-nominating form: Self Committee Nomination Form ACS is committed to recognizing excellence in people who represent groups not commonly identified as recipients of ACS awards, such as women and minorities, chemists from industry and the...

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2018 Janan Hayes High School Teacher Applications Due March 31st
Nov16

2018 Janan Hayes High School Teacher Applications Due March 31st

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Sacramento Section (map) is proud to announce the thirdannual award for high school teachers in our section, named for Jan Hayes, a councilor, educator and ACS Fellow with over 40 years of involvement with the Sacramento Section. The 2017 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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Student Travel Grant to the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans
Nov16

Student Travel Grant to the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans

The Sacramento Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce the fourth year of travel grants to support undergraduate and graduate students presenting their work at national and regional meetings. Last year’s winners presented their work at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco. Award Information: Two awards will be given in the amount of $250 each (one to a graduate student and one to an undergraduate). These...

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UCD Chem Club Wins Awards!
Oct15

UCD Chem Club Wins Awards!

What is the Chemistry Club up to now? From presentations during orientation to watching Guardians of the Galaxy while bonding with fellow transfer students, your ACS Chemistry Club was busy even before the fall quarter started. Now that school has started once again , we are excited to have you join us and be part of the fun. Perhaps you saw us during the Major Resource Fair or the Fall Open House. Maybe you came to our movie date...

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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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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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UC Davis Student Wins Merck Award
Sep06

UC Davis Student Wins Merck Award

Stephanie Hare, graduate student with Prof. Dean Tantillo at UC Davis, was one of eight women to receive the Merck Research award to the 254th ACS National Meeting. Awardees present their research at a WCC/Merck half-day symposium. More information about the award can be...

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2017 Volunteer of the Year: Mako Masuno
Jul29

2017 Volunteer of the Year: Mako Masuno

In the Sacramento Local Section, Mako has been the person responsible for running all aspects of the local and national U.S. Chemistry Olympiad for the last six years. Under his guidance, participation has grown each year due to the relationships he has built with the students and high school teachers and the very tasty liquid nitrogen ice cream he makes after the...

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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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Two ACS Fellows from Sacramento Section for 2017
Jun25

Two ACS Fellows from Sacramento Section for 2017

The American Chemical Society announced its 2017 ACS Fellows in the June 19th issue of CHemical and Engineering News. We were pleased to see two Sacramento Section members receive this honor: Dean Tantillo Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for applying the tools of theoretical chemistry to solve important mechanistic and structural problems in the areas of chemical biology, natural products biosynthesis, and organic...

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2017 Chemistry Olympiad a Huge Success!
May09

2017 Chemistry Olympiad a Huge Success!

By Mako Masuno The National Chemistry Olympiad was held, 4/22/2017 at Sacramento City College. A special thanks to the supporting parents, administrators and teachers, and a special thanks to Varnell Crankfield, who each year, tirelessly supports the lab portion of the exam.  Please congratulate Fouab Alameddine (Folsom), Anish Adoni (Folsom), Zach Bergevin (Davis), Pranav Kodali (Mira Loma), James Yoon (Oak Ridge), Ethan Liu (Tracy),...

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ACS Sacramento Section Special Awards at Regional STEM Fair
May09

ACS Sacramento Section Special Awards at Regional STEM Fair

By Cindy Castronovo Although Sacramento Section ACS members have participated as judges for many years at the Regional Science Fairs, this year our section offered cash prizes for three projects which demonstrated exemplary use of the scientific method in a subject relating to chemistry.  Here are the winners! First Place ($75) – Vishalakshi Arun – “Comparative Analysis of Current Sunscreens to Develop a More Efficient...

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68th Annual ACS-BBQ at University of the Pacific
May04

68th Annual ACS-BBQ at University of the Pacific

By Andy Franz On April 22, 2017, the Department of Chemistry at the University of the Pacific held its 68th Annual ACS-BBQ for approximately 110 alumni and friends in attendance. The Sacramento Section of the ACS generously supported the event, which featured Nirmal Saini, chief of the Center for Analytical Chemistry at the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). His talk was titled “The Role Science Plays at the CDFA”....

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Travel Award Winners
May04

Travel Award Winners

SACACS is happy to announce the winners of our most recent travel awards: Jamieson Thom, an undergraduate from Sacramento City College, Benjamin Wigman, an undergraduate student from UC Davis, and Sven Hackbusch, a graduate student from University of the Pacific. The awards were presented at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, where each winner presented their research.

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