React! The New Organic Chemistry Game/Study Tool
May05

React! The New Organic Chemistry Game/Study Tool

By Daniel Rosenthal Organic chemistry is a leading reason students avoid STEM careers – from medicine to bioengineering to chemistry. Nationally, an estimated 30,000 would-be doctors do not get accepted to medical school, many because of organic chemistry. In fact, at UC Berkeley, organic chemistry has twice the fail rate compared to other courses.   In their organic chemistry classes, UC Berkeley undergraduates Prerak Juthani and...

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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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SCC ACS Chemistry Club: A Strong Year Coming to a Close
May04

SCC ACS Chemistry Club: A Strong Year Coming to a Close

By Avalon Miller and Ifrah Qureshi Ifrah Qureshi, Club President, and Avalon Miller, Club Vice President, and advisor William Miller, exhibited the club poster at the American Chemical Society National Convention in San Francisco. The poster showcased some of the events and trips the club participated in this year, as well as goals achieved and future plans and aspirations for the club. The privilege to attend such a convention was...

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Spring Update for UC Davis Chemistry Club
May04

Spring Update for UC Davis Chemistry Club

By Ben Wigman The Chemistry Club at UC Davis has been busy preparing for one of its biggest events of the year, Picnic Day! This year the Educational Outreach committee and the Chemistry Club combined had nearly 50 volunteers help put together our “It’s not Magic it’s Chemistry” shows and a variety of hands-on demonstrations. In total it’s estimated that over 2,000 people attended the shows or were able to stop by the table...

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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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ACS Sacramento Section Button Design Contest
Mar26

ACS Sacramento Section Button Design Contest

The ACS Sacramento section is excited to announce our second Button Design Contest! This competition is open to all members of the ACS Sacramento Section. The winning design will become the official button for the ACS Sacramento Section and win $100. All designs must be emailed to cmsaunders@ucdavis.edu with the subject line “ACS Button Design” by 5:00pm on June 1st. Please also include a description of the image or the story behind...

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UCD Chem Club Keeps Busy
Mar26

UCD Chem Club Keeps Busy

This past Winter quarter the Chemistry Club at UC Davis has been busy! We’ve helped out with many chemical demonstrations and Q&A panels for Pleasant Hill High School, St. Charles Borromeo School, and several other schools. Along with this we also helped organize an ACS-funded project to give local elementary school teachers demonstration kits to use in their own classrooms. Outside of outreach, we held our second annual...

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Sacramento City Chemistry Club Fall to Spring
Mar26

Sacramento City Chemistry Club Fall to Spring

From Fall to Spring, the Sacramento City Chemistry Club has continued its tradition of bringing together students who love science through events and experiments. The club hosts bi-weekly meetings where the team comes together to talk chemistry and hold demo experiments, like the Black Snake at the end of each meeting. Early October 2016 many club members and chemistry students volunteered at an ACS Flavors of Chemistry event that had...

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ADSE Young Researcher Conference
Feb26

ADSE Young Researcher Conference

Hosted by the Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE) on April 1st at UC Davis Join ADSE for a day of mentoring and supporting young researchers through graduate student-focused programs targeting professional development, fostering research interests through talks and posters, career panels and a working lunch. There will also be a networking reception and featured keynote speaker soon to be announced! Do not miss...

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American Chemical Society Student Chapter of San Joaquin Delta College
Feb26

American Chemical Society Student Chapter of San Joaquin Delta College

Our motive is to promote professional development, mentoring, and peer-support mechanisms for undergraduates majoring in chemical sciences. We organize programs, events, and activities in the Chemistry department, reach out to local schools in the community, and initiated a scholarship program for our student members.  Our operation is to visit local schools and demonstrate chemical reactions and phase changes to entice our youth in...

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Sacramento State Chemistry Club
Feb26

Sacramento State Chemistry Club

As the spring semester begins at Sacramento State University, the Chemistry Club takes time to reflect back on a productive fall semester and is poised to take advantage of opportunities in the spring semester. October began with our club hosting a workshop for the Expanding Your Horizons conference at Sacramento State.  It has become an annual tradition for the Chemistry Club to participate in this conference; we take great pride in...

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Student Travel Grant to the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco
Jan27

Student Travel Grant to the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco

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

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Three Student Chapters Win Awards in Sacramento Section
Dec15

Three Student Chapters Win Awards in Sacramento Section

Congratulations to the ACS Chartered Chemistry Clubs at Sacramento State, UC Davis, and Sacramento City College (SCC)! Both Sacramento State and UC Davis received “Commendable” awards for the 2015-2016 academic year. SCC received an Honorable Mention and was also recognized for being a “Green Chemistry Student Chapter”. A full list of winning chapters is available here. For the 2015-2016 academic year, there...

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UCD Chem Club Plans for New Year
Nov17

UCD Chem Club Plans for New Year

The Chemistry Club at UC Davis continues to regularly participate in chemical demonstrations as a part of educational outreach, such as at the annual Picnic Day event where over 2,000 people watch several shows and interact with hands-on demos. The club has also focused on outreach other than chemical demonstrations. We try to aid in the formation of new chemistry clubs at community colleges in the area. We have answered many...

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$250 Student Chapter Grant Program
Nov17

$250 Student Chapter Grant Program

ACS Sacramento Section is announcing a new grant opportunity. Student chapters within the section may apply for up to $250 to engage in outreach to K-12 schools. Contact Bill Miller for more information.

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SCC ACS Chemistry Club: Furthering Fall’s Fun
Nov15

SCC ACS Chemistry Club: Furthering Fall’s Fun

The Fall 2016 Semester is nearly starting to wrap up at Sacramento City College (SCC), and the SCC ACS Chemistry Club has done its best to use the semester for finding a number of engaging activities for student members to take part in. Continuing from the Chemistry Club’s previous events, a few more special endeavors worth pointing out included many members participating in the SCC Centennial Chemistry Magic Show, hosting its first...

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SCC ACS Chemistry Club: The New Academic Year Brings New Members and New Opportunities
Sep25

SCC ACS Chemistry Club: The New Academic Year Brings New Members and New Opportunities

The Fall 2016 Semester has begun at Sacramento City College, bringing in many new students to the college campus. The summer recess provided the club’s officers with plenty of time to plan for the current academic year. With the summer now over, these plans have begun to set in motion, giving the SCC ACS Chemistry Club an opportunity to invite many new members and partake in student activities. So far this year, the Chemistry Club has...

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Upcoming Events at Modesto Junior College
Sep14

Upcoming Events at Modesto Junior College

by Steve Murov Modesto Junior College will host a Halloween Chemistry Show on Friday October 21st from 7-8:30pm. Tickets are available here. In addition, Modesto Junior College and Stanislaus County have many interesting science events scheduled for this academic year. Please note that the MJC Great Valley Museum has just opened a new exhibit called Exploring Matter: An Interactive, Inexpensive Chemistry Exhibit for Museums. Rarely do...

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1st Annual UCD Career Fair In Chemistry
Apr22

1st Annual UCD Career Fair In Chemistry

1ST ANNUAL UCD CAREER FAIR in CHEMISTRY Saturday, April 23, 2016 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room The Ambassadors of Mathematical & Physical Sciences would like to invite you to attend the 1st Annual Career Fair in Chemistry. This half-day event will be composed of a panel discussion with representatives from chemical companies and governmental organizations followed by individual or small...

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UCD Chem Club: Several Successful Events
Apr21

UCD Chem Club: Several Successful Events

The Chemistry Club at UC Davis had a lot of fun over winter quarter. We were able to include fifteen members in our first ever soap project that included a procedure and wet lab synthesis designed by our vice president Ben Wigman and one of our most active members Matthew Cheung. The event allowed for a hands-on experience with the process of saponification. The excess soap has been packaged and is now being sold in order to raise...

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