Volunteers for Friday Speaker Series
Oct20

Volunteers for Friday Speaker Series

The School of Engineering and Sciences (SES) is looking for volunteers to mentor students as they prepare their science projects and senior projects, serve as judges at science fairs, and speak or sponsor a Friday lunch talk.  The school is a combination middle/high school which accepts students within the Sacramento School District and is located in the Pocket area in South Sacramento.  Please contact Patrick Wong at...

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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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Sharing Chemistry with Kids in Honduras
Jul11

Sharing Chemistry with Kids in Honduras

If you google “Chispa”, which means “spark” in Spanish, you would learn that it is the name of a Latino dating app, but the Chispa Project is a volunteer effort to provide books to Honduran students.  Our section had a couple hundred extra Earth Day booklets in Spanish that we donated to this cause.  As you can see by the smiles below, the booklets were much...

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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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Awards Subcommittee
Apr09

Awards Subcommittee

The members of the awards subcommittee review applications for the Jan Hayes High School Teacher’s Award, the John Berg High School Chemistry Student Scholarship, and the Student Travel Award. These members are: Dean Tantillo, Professor of Chemistry at UC Davis Liang Xue, Professor of Chemistry at the University of the Pacific Marisa Alviar-Agnew, Professor of Chemistry at Sacramento City College Veronica Wheaton, Professor of...

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Local Chemistry Olympiad Draws 60 Students
Mar27

Local Chemistry Olympiad Draws 60 Students

It was another great showing at this year’s High School Chemistry Olympiad with 60 students chowing up from 14 area high schools. These included Sheldon, Folsom, Davis, Pioneer, Mira Loma, Sacramento Country Day, Tracy, Oak Ridge, Rocklin, Lodi, Oakmont, Franklin, Vista de Lago, and John Adams Academy High Schools. The Olympiad was hosted by Mako Masuno and Varnell Crankfield at Sacramento City College (SCC) and sponsored by ACS...

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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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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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New Section Members for December
Dec14

New Section Members for December

Welcome to the Sacramento Section! Rosemary Effiong Desiree Garza Amy Gilson Rebecca Hernandez Andrew Karman Mary Laing Leanna Monteleone Johnny Pan Devin Rippner Ryan Rutter Edward Scollon Ismaeel Siddiqui Sterling Smith Annie...

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Volunteer to Judge a High School Science Fair!
Nov16

Volunteer to Judge a High School Science Fair!

The Sacramento School and Engineering Sciences (SES) will be having their high school science fair on Wednesday, December 20th starting at 2:45 PM. All science and engineering professionals as well as students of upper division status are invited to volunteer for this annual event. No previous experience is necessary.  Members of PECG and CAPS are eligible to claim one hour of mentoring leave credit for every two hours volunteered....

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Looking for Mentors: School of Engineering and Sciences
Oct15

Looking for Mentors: School of Engineering and Sciences

The School of Engineering and Sciences (SES) is looking for volunteers to mentor students as they prepare their science projects and senior projects, serve as judges at science fairs, and speak or sponsor a Friday lunch talk.  The school is a combination middle/high school which accepts students within the Sacramento School District and is located in the Pocket area in South Sacramento.  Please contact Patrick Wong at...

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Next Executive Committee Meeting: August 27th
Jul30

Next Executive Committee Meeting: August 27th

The next meeting of the ACS Sacramento Section Executive Committee will be on August 27th at 7pm in room 204 of Lillard Hall. For more information, contact Cindy Castronovo or Bill Miller.

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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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SACACS Outreach
Jul29

SACACS Outreach

The section is committed to outreach and welcomes proposals for events. We will consider any event, no matter how crazy!  Feel free to contact Dean Tantillo (djtantillo@ucdavis.edu) with your ideas.

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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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ACS at CalEPA Earth Day/Take Your Child to Work Day
May09

ACS at CalEPA Earth Day/Take Your Child to Work Day

By Cindy Castronovo Many children (and their parents) learned about healthy chemicals in their food (vitamins and minerals) by playing a matching game. Prizes included Earth Day moles, as well as copies of Celebrating Chemistry – Chemistry Helps Feed the World! Special thanks to CalEPA ACS members Mariela Paz Carpio-Obeso, Suzanne Davis and Allysen Calalang for their...

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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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Sacramento Holds First Social at a National Meeting: Picture Gallery
May04
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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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