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March Section Meeting March 23 , Social 6 pm – 6:50 pm; Talk 7: 00 pm to 8:00 pm, Investigating Plant Terpene Metabolic Diversity for Agricultural and Bioproduct Applications Prof. Philipp Zerbe, UC Davis, at USDA Albany , Cost: $10.00 ($5.00 for students) for light refreshments

May Section Meeting May 4, 2017, Time  To be Announced,  “Biological Design: Implications of Nanomaterials and Programmable Matter“, Carlos Olguin, Chabot College, Room 804, parking passes will be available.

Science Cafe Wednesday, April 5, 2017 7 PMEarthquake Early Warning System, What does it take to build an Earthquake Early Warning system (EEW)”, Speaker: Dr. Robert De Groot, US Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center and ACS Fellow; Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA 94549 Tickets: $10 Students FREE Purchase tickets at: For $5 LLLCF donor tickets call 925-283-6513 x102 )

 Northern California Society for Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) section   Education Day Lubricant Fundamentals and Fluid Management,  Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Red Lion Hotel near the Oakland airport.   Please contact Paula Vettel at 510-597-5512 if you have any questions. Register by sending your information to
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
Chemists Celebrating Earth Day Contests
California Section deadline April 14, 2017

Prizes: Gift certificate for Andy Brunning’s book or other such books

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Winners of the California Local Section’s Illustrated Poem Contest will advance to the ACS National Illustrated Poem Contest for a chance to be featured on the ACS website and to win prizes!

K-12 students are invited to participate in the Illustrated Poem Contest and ACS Student Chapters are encouraged to submit a video to the new Look & Learn Video Contest!

Write and illustrate a poem using the CCED theme, “Chemistry Helps Feed the World.” Your poem must be no more than 40 words and in the following styles to be considered:


Possible topics related to agriculture and chemistry include:

Crops               Starch               Sugars

Protein              Fertilizer            Carbohydrate


Relevance to and incorporation of the theme

Word choice and imagery

Colorful artwork
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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