Celebrating 50 Years of ACS Membership: Jan Hayes
Sep16

Celebrating 50 Years of ACS Membership: Jan Hayes

Jan Hayes (center) with Mariela Carpio-Obeso (left) and Bill Miller at the 2018 Fall ACS meeting Janan (Jan) Hayes first joined ACS during her Ph.D. program at Brigham Young University.  She had already gotten her B.A. and M.S. in Physical Science Education from Oregon State University and taught high school chemistry at Fortuna CA High School.  She came to Sacramento as a faculty member at American River College in 1971 after...

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No Belles: Women Scientists and the Nobel Prize
Aug23

No Belles: Women Scientists and the Nobel Prize

Marie Curie No Belles is a dramatic production about women scientists and the Nobel Prize. Portal Theatre is a theater company based in Portland, OR, whose play “No Belles” focuses on the lives of women scientists who won Nobel Prizes and some who did not. It was performed at the Fall 2017 ACS meeting in Washington, DC, and the CA Section WCC have arranged for it to be shown in the San Francisco Bay Area to benefit and...

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Space and beyond!
Aug23

Space and beyond!

Space and beyond: 2018 ACS Nano-Western Regional Meeting Saturday, October 27, 2018 California Institute of Technology, Pasadena “Chemistry is Out of this World” Speakers will talk on space/chemistry-related themes with a poster session for undergraduates and graduate students. Contact:...

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Flavors of Chemistry: Beer and Cheese!
Aug20

Flavors of Chemistry: Beer and Cheese!

ACS Sacramento Section is proud to present the 2018 Flavors of Chemistry event. The event will feature Prof. Charlie Bamforth speaking about the flavors of beer and  Prof. David Everett talking about the flavors of cheese. The event will occur on Saturday September 29th from 1-4pm in the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) Ballroom on the UC Davis campus.  Prof. Bamforth is the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and...

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New High School Student Scholarship
Jul11

New High School Student Scholarship

ACS Sacramento is very pleased to announce the John Berg High School Chemistry Student Scholarship, a new scholarship for high school students who intend to major in chemistry or a chemistry-related field. This scholarship will be for $1,000 and has a May 1, 2019 deadline. The scholarship is named for John Berg. John has served the Sacramento Section for a long time and in many ways. When he became a 50 year member of ACS, there was...

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Western Regional Meeting October 27th at CalTech
Jul10

Western Regional Meeting October 27th at CalTech

There will be a one-day Western Regional Meeting (WRM) on October 27th at CalTech. The theme of the meeting is “Chemistry is Out of this World.” Speakers will talk on space/ chemistry-related themes with a poster session for undergraduate and graduate students. Three awards will be announced at the WRM: 1. E. Ann Nalley Western Region Award for Volunteer Service 2. Stanley Israel Western Region Award for Advancing...

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Arlene Laurison Wins Chemistry High School Teacher Award
May17

Arlene Laurison Wins Chemistry High School Teacher Award

The Sacramento Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is pleased to announce that Arlene Laurison won the Janan Hayes High School Teacher Award (HSTA) for 2018. Ms. Laurison teaches at Sheldon High School. Ms. Laurison wins a $500 cash prize and $500 for classroom supplies. Additionally, she will be honored at the Sacramento Section’s awards ceremony on September 29th, 2018 that is part of the section’s “Flavors of Chemistry”...

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2018 Cal EPA Earth Day Celebration
May17

2018 Cal EPA Earth Day Celebration

The Sacramento Section invited over 150 attendees at the annual CalEPA Earth Day Celebration to participate in an experiment demonstrating how CO2 absorption can increase acidity of the oceans. Kids and adults alike were amazed at the color change indicating a lower pH after blowing bubbles in a neutral solution with red cabbage pH indicator.  The budding scientists were awarded stickers, mini-moles, tattoos and booklets with more...

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Update from the ACS Chapter at Delta College
Apr15

Update from the ACS Chapter at Delta College

By Sandra Hernandez The ACS Organization has been an empowering tool for future scientists through the influence of Chemistry. Our goal as an organization is to prepare our students to handle technical materials, be able to present before an audience and grow as professionals. Unexpectedly, it has done so much more for many of our students. Our ACS Chapter at San Joaquin Delta College has been a bridge between connecting our students...

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69th Annual Meeting and Steak Barbecue at University of the Pacific
Apr09

69th Annual Meeting and Steak Barbecue at University of the Pacific

Dr. Susan Ebeler will be the featured speaker at the 69th 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 on Saturday, April 21 at the Department of Chemistry, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. Abstract: Wines are a complex mixture of volatile and nonvolatile compounds that combine to give unique...

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Save the Date: Flavors of Chemistry 2018
Mar11

Save the Date: Flavors of Chemistry 2018

Save the date! Flavors of chemistry is scheduled for September 29th at the ARC ballroom at UC Davis. This year, Charlie Bamforth will be speaking on the flavor of beer, with more speakers to come. See you there! by Carla...

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Potty Talk: California Cannabis Chemistry
Mar10

Potty Talk: California Cannabis Chemistry

The Sacramento Section of the American Chemical Society is proud to host a talk by the section Chair, Marc Foster, discussing the requirements for analysis of cannabis recently implemented by the State of California. Marc will discuss tests needed along with instrumentation and validation requirements. Food will be provided. North Natomas Public Library | 4660 Via Ingoglia | Sacramento, CA 95835 Friday, May 4, 2018 from 6:00 PM to...

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SACRAMENTO MARCH FOR SCIENCE
Mar10

SACRAMENTO MARCH FOR SCIENCE

Did you march last year?  If you did, you probably plan to join the 2018 March for Science to be held April 14th in downtown Sacramento.  If not, now is your chance!  Mark your calendars and we’ll provide information on a meet-up location before the event if you’d like to walk with other Sacramento Section members.  Last year, the route was from Southside Park to the state capitol, which is about a mile.  For more info, check out the...

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JOIN THE ACS SACRAMENTO SECTION FOR A KINGS GAME!
Mar10

JOIN THE ACS SACRAMENTO SECTION FOR A KINGS GAME!

We have tickets (lower level this year!) to the Kings vs. Dallas Mavericks game on Tuesday, March 27 at the Golden1 Arena.  Cost to you is only $25 per ticket and includes a special halftime bonus!  Contact Cindy Castronovo at ccastron@comcast.net to make your reservation. Details on the special half-time bonus: Group Name: American Chemical Society Date: March 27, 2018 Doors Open @ 5:30 p.m. Tip-off @ 7:00 p.m. This experience begins...

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Needed: Science Olympiad Event Coordinators for March 3rd
Feb04

Needed: Science Olympiad Event Coordinators for March 3rd

The 2018 Sacramento Regional Science Olympiad will be held at Mira Loma High School on Saturday, March 3, 2018.  Four events are looking for coordinators for this year: FORENSICS, OPTICS, HERPETOLOGY and REMOTE SENSING.  James Hill, our Sacramento Section High School Teacher of the year, is looking for a qualified, interested person who would be willing to be the Event Coordinator for each of these topics at the event.  The Event...

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Steam Coffin: Steamships from a Chemist’s Perspective
Feb04

Steam Coffin: Steamships from a Chemist’s Perspective

ACS Sacramento Section is proud to host John Laurence Busch, the author of the book “Steam Coffin”, at 6pm on Thursday February 15th at the North Natomas Library. The address is: 4660 Via Ingoglia, Sacramento, CA 95835. John is a chemist and will speak about his book from the chemist’s perspective. More about his book: In 1807, a brilliant, creative, and controversial American by the name of Robert Fulton declared...

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ACS Sacramento Executive Committee Holiday Party
Dec14

ACS Sacramento Executive Committee Holiday Party

On Sunday December 10th, the Executive Committee of the Sacramento Section got together for its annual holiday party/dinner. Marc Foster, Chair Elect, delighted everyone with his new light-up sweater which he graciously turned off while we ate. The secret Santa gift exchange was also a big success. Overall, 2017 was a year of slowly growing the number of activities sponsored and organized by our section. Look over our web site to see...

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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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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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