ACS Sacramento 70th Annual Meeting and Steak Barbecue
Mar26

ACS Sacramento 70th Annual Meeting and Steak Barbecue

The 70th Annual Meeting and Steak Barbecue for the Sacramento Section of ACS will occur on April 20th. Dr. James Marshall will speak about “Rediscovery of the Elements – Tracking down the original discovery sites of the mines and laboratories for all of the elements.” For more information or to register, click...

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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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Volunteer Opportunities in April
Mar26

Volunteer Opportunities in April

ACS Sacramento plans to host a table at the College and Career Expo which takes place the afternoon of April 6 at the STEM Fair.  We are hoping to offer a hands-on activity, but we need volunteers to make this happen!  If you can help, contact Cindy Castronovo at ccastron@comcast.net. We need volunteers the morning of Wednesday, April 24 to help kids and parents learn about global warming and ocean acidification (see photo below). ...

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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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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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Vote for Your Sacramento Section Officers
Nov19

Vote for Your Sacramento Section Officers

Your Sacramento Section of the ACS is currently in the midst of its election for 2019 officers. Please vote! Your vote tells us that you approve of the direction that your officers are taking the section. You should have already received your election ballot via email. The subject of the email is “Vote now: American Chemical Society – Sacramento Section – Election for 2019 ACS Sacramento Section...

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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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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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