Donations Towards Awards!
Jul19

Donations Towards Awards!

ACS Sacramento Section is happy to announce two donations towards funding its awards: $50 Anonymous: Student Travel Awards $50 Bill Miller:...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Next Executive Committee Meeting November 5th
Oct18

Next Executive Committee Meeting November 5th

The next Executive Committee meeting of the ACS Sacramento Section will be on November 8th from 7-8:30pm in Sacramento. For more details, please email Cindy Castronovo.

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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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Ideas for Senior Chemist Events?
Jun25

Ideas for Senior Chemist Events?

The Senior Chemists Committee (SCC) of the ACS is offering small grants to local sections to sponsor events/activities that increases engagement of senior local section members and that will benefit the local community, schools or legislative government. We welcome suggestions for events from all members. These will be discussed with the local section leadership for possible incorporation into a proposal for SCC funding. All...

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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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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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Next ACS Sacramento Executive Committee Meeting: June 14th
May05

Next ACS Sacramento Executive Committee Meeting: June 14th

The next ACS Sacramento Executive Committee meeting will be on June 14th at 7pm. It will be held at Sacramento City College in Lillard Hall room 204. The Executive Committee plans, organizes, and sponsors events for chemists in the Sacramento region. Interested in finding out more? Contact Cindy Castronovo.

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Next ACS Sacramento Section ExCom Meeting
Mar25

Next ACS Sacramento Section ExCom Meeting

The next ACS Sacramento Section Executive Committee meeting will be 7pm on Sunday April 23rd in Davis at the SCC Davis Center. The Executive Committee plans, organizes, and sponsors events for chemists in the Sacramento region. Interested in finding out more? Contact Cindy Castronovo.  

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