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February, 21, 2017; 7:30 PM “The Story of Light and Single Molecules, From Early Spectroscopy in Solids to Super-Resolution Nanoscopy in Cells and Beyond”

Prof. W.E. Moerner, Stanford University(2014 Nobel Prize),  Bird & Beckett Books & Records 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco

7:30pm – Networking, Cash Bar (beer, wine) 8:15pm – Lecture: 9:00 pm – Q&A Cost: $4.00- $10.00 YCC Sponsored

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March Section Meeting March 23  evening, Investigating Plant Terpene Metabolic Diversity for Agricultural and Bioproduct Applications Prof. Philipp Zerbe, UC Davis, at USDA Albany (details to follow)

Hye Kyung Timken, Ph.D.,  Introduction of Catalysis Used in Refining Processes and Next-Generation Alkylate Gasoline Manufacturing Technology Development;  Saturday, April 8, 2017, social  10:30am talk 11:00 AM, Chevron Building 10 Auditorium, 100 Chevron Way, Richmond, CA 94801

February 25Expanding Your Horizons at Diablo Valley College San Ramon Campus (WCC-CalACS) Contact Margareta Sequin,
Family Science Night returns to Helms Middle School in San Pablo, CA on Thursday, March 9th, 6 PM to 8 PM. The Scientific Jam band and Bryan Balazs will be there to open the show with music and some thrilling chemical demonstrations.  Students and their families will discover a dozen or more hands-on activities, and that’s where we could use your help.  Whether you’re an experience outreach volunteer, or curious to see one of these events for the first time, you can join the fun and also share your love of chemistry with the public.  To volunteer, please contact Alex Madonik at 510-872-0528 or

National Chemistry Olympiad is an annual competition among the top high school chemistry students in the United States.  The top twenty students taking the National Olympiad can attend the two-week Study Camp and from that group, four students will be selected to represent the United States at the International Olympiad.  For 2017, the Study Camp will be held June 6-21 and the International Olympiad will be held July 6-15 in Nakhom Pathon, Thailand

The California and Santa Clara Valley Sections will co-host the National Olympiad exam which will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.

John Muir Birthday–Earth Day Celebration; Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez, CA

In addition to our booth (opportunities for several hands on activities to understand chemical concepts), the event at the John Muir National Historic Site  features more than 50 exhibitors offering a host of Earth Day activities and environmental awareness information for children and adults, Scottish bagpipers and other live music, NPS Junior Ranger activities,
tours of the John Muir historic home, silent auctions, a recycled fashion show, birthday cake and guest speakers.

The California Section returns to the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA. for this year’s celebration of Earth Day (and John Muir’s birthday) on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 10 AM to 4 PM.  We will join dozens of other community groups to share ideas, souvenirs, and hands-on activities with hundreds of visitors.  At the Cal ACS canopy location, demonstrations and hands-on activities will relate to the ACS Earth Day 2017 theme, “Chemistry Helps Feed the World.”  We will have copies of Celebrating Chemistry (in English and Spanish) with activities that families can try at home, as well as Periodic Table wallet cards, UV-Detection cards and other cool souvenirs.

We are looking for volunteers for the April 22nd event. Preferred shifts are from 10-1 PM and 1-4 PM.  Please contact or

4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, CA 94553


Celebrate a free outdoor day with family and friends.  More at

Jennifer Doudna, UC Berkeley ¬ A New Cloning Technology called CRISPR/Cas9 (with SCV-ACS) Tuesday, September 26

Annual Events:

Earth Day: (April 22. 2017): Saturday

Solano Stroll: Sunday – September 20, 2017, 10am – 6pm

Mole Day: 6:02 AM – 6:02 PM on Monday, October 23, 2017

Bay Area Science Festival: (TBD, ~ late October – early November 2017):

  • North Bay at Sonoma County Fairgrounds – Saturday, TBD, 10:30am – 4pm
  • AT&T Park – Saturday, TBD, 10am – 4pm