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Livermore Happy Hour

We’re having our first Young Professional’s happy hour in Livermore February 2 at 8 Bridges Brewing.  Registration is $5, and includes pizza. We hope you can join us!

Careers Away From the Bench

Join us for a joint event with the Women Chemist Committee.  This is a FREE event  February 14 at 7:00 pm on campus at Berkeley
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A Night with Professor WE Moerner: 2014 Nobel Laureate

Join us while Professor Moerner tells  us about his journey to the Nobel Prize.  February 21 at Bird and Beckett Bookstores in San Francisco.  7:00 pm social hour, 8:00 pm talk.  $7.50 registration, cash bar (beer and wine).  Must be 21+.  Early bird pricing end February 15.
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Young Professionals Event: HostedBy CalACS YCC and NorCal AIChE YP

“Properties and Applications of Bioinspired Adhesive Polymers”,

Speaker: Prof. Phillip Messersmith, Departments of Bioengineering and Materials Science & Engineering, University of California, Berkeley.

Location: Two Mile Wines, 477 25th St. Oakland, CA 94612

Thursday June 30,

6:00 pm  Networking (Tickets include 2 drinks and appetizers)

7:30 pm Lecture Begins

8:30 Q&A

Career and Motherhood: How does it affect Women Chemical Professionals?

April 16, 2016

10:30 am: Meet and Greet

10:45 am: Panel

12:30 pm: Lunch (Lunch tickets must be purchased by 4/8/16)

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February 29, 2016

Speed Networking for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

February 29, 2016 at UC Berkeley: Register soon to reserve your place!

This is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the Bay Area network of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering professionals. The California Younger Chemists Committee (YCC), part of the American Chemical Society, is hosting a “speed dating” networking session. The YCC has recruited professionals who are interested in meeting with students. We guarantee individual interaction with at least ten professionals eager to connect with Berkeley undergraduates. There will be advice about internships and scholarships, as well as an insider perspective on careers in industry.

There will be both one-on-one time interactions, as well as a mixer for group interactions, to make sure everyone can meet with the people whose careers most interest them. This event is specifically for you: it is a chance to meet professionals in your field and make a lasting impression in a situation more comfortable than an interview or phone call. Get your business cards ready, and we hope you will join us for an evening of new friendships, intriguing discussions, and boundless possibilities.

Nov 30, 2015

YCC-sponsored career panel at UC Berkeley

Toby Astill PhD, Sr. Sales Specialist, PerkinElmer Inc

Janet Schunck, Siemens Clinical Laboratory

Jessica Siu, Research Technician, Chevron Hayden Taylor PhD, Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley,

Yaya Zhu, Research Technician, Chevron,

Xiaoxi Wei, PhD, Co-founder and CEO of X-Therma Inc.

See the event summary in the January Vortex!

Engineering Brandy:A high level walkthrough of the brandy making process, from receiving grapes to distillation

July 20, 2015

ACS Younger Chemist Committee and AICHE Young Professionals’ joint event “Engineering Brandy” was a huge success, with 80 attendees. The event took place on Monday July 20th at Two Mile Winery in Oakland, CA. It began with social time during which students, young professionals, and seasoned professionals from various industries mingled over delicious wine, appetizers, and even an assortment of cupcakes labeled and organized as a periodic table of the elements. Following social time, Konrad Miller of E&J Gallo gave an elaborate and interesting presentation of the brandy-making process. During Konrad’s presentation the audience was able to ask questions concerning Gallo’s brandy, the process, and even his favorite wine. It was a fascinating inside look into the brandy-making process.

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ACS/AIChE Young Professionals Mixer May 19

We had a great time at the ThirstyBear Brewery! About 30 people from both ACS and AIChE came to socialize and learn what was going on in the field. We hope to see more of you at our next event. Sign up directly for the YCC mailing list to hear about events like this!

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One of the goals of California ACS is to become more relevant to younger chemists and to dramatically increase the involvement of younger chemists in all levels of the ACS, including integrating young chemists into the profession. Please, contact us at to make any suggestions.

Chair: Stephanie M. Malone, PhD