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Glorietta Elementary School Science Fair @ Glorietta Elementary School
Mar 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Cal ACS returns to the Glorietta Elementary School Science Fair on Wednesday, March 4th, with some more hands-on chemistry.  You can help us present old favorites as well as new activities connected “Sustainability: Protecting Our Planet Through Chemistry,” this year’s theme for Chemists Celebrate Earth Week.

What Did Chemistry Contribute to Our Every Day Life? @ Lawrence Hall of Science
Mar 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Four 15-20 minutes lectures will describe the role of chemistry on the areas of Transportation & Energy, Medicine, Food & Agriculture and Communications. The emphasis will be on WHAT not HOW!  The presentations will be done in layman language, no chemistry background is needed.

1.Transportation and Energy, Dr. Paul Jagodzinski,

      Northern Arizona University, ACS District Director

2. Medicine, Dr. Hannah Powers, Maze Therapeutics,

     Pharmaceutical Research Chemist

3. Food and Agriculture, Dr. Wally Yokoyama,

     WRCC- USDA, ACS Division of Food and Agriculture

4. Communications, Dr. Attila Pavlath,

     ACS President, 2001

It will be followed for leisurely viewing by the exhibit of 32 colorful posters with the chronology of developments and illustration of 75 special examples. The posters can be found on www.chemistryinyourlife.org in 32 languages. A contest will be held to find anything in your life, which has nothing to do with chemistry.

Please, call the Section’s Office, 510-351-9922 to register your and your guest’s attendance. Entrance to the Lawrence Hall of Science requires a fee of $16, but for those registered it will be free (though, you have to buy a parking ticket ($1/hour) at a kiosk). A special check-in desk will be set up at the entrance for those registered.

Golden Gate STEM Fair @ Bay Model Visitors Center
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Golden Gate STEM Fair continues the tradition of SF Bay Area science fairs in a fabulous new location, the US Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model Visitors Center in Sausalito. You can explore this working model of San Francisco Bay and its estuaries for FREE, while meeting hundreds of the Bay Area’s best and brightest high school science students.  Cal ACS will be there to promote STEM education with some fun hands-on activities, and you can help!

“Ethical Issues of Working Scientists”, Sandra C. Greer Professor Emerita of Chemistry, Mills College @ Mills College-Moore Natural Science Building, Room 215,
Apr 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

California Section, ACS
April Section Meeting

“Ethical Issues of Working Scientists”

Speaker: Sandra C. Greer
Professor Emerita of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
and of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Maryland College Park;
Professor Emerita of Chemistry, Mills College
Author of Elements of Ethics for Physical Scientists (MIT Press, 2017)

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Time: 10:30 am

Place: Mills College,5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland- Moore Natural Science Building, Room 215
Campus Map link https://www.mills.edu/docs/mills_college_campus_map.pdf

Cost: No Charge

Reservation: Please contact the CalACS office by email office@calacs.org or 510-351-9922 by Wednesday, April 1st, 2020.

Scientists encounter ethical issues while doing science, while working among other scientists, and while working within society. Today we will think about how to approach ethical issues in general. Then we will look at the ethical issues we encounter in dealing with other scientists. Scientists work daily with other scientists – as collaborators and coauthors, as supervisors and supervisees, as mentors and mentees, as referees and reviewers, as role models and advisors. All these activities have ethical components.

BIO: Sandra C. Greer
Sandra Greer received her B. S. in chemistry in 1966 from Furman University in her home town of Greenville, SC. She received her Ph. D. in chemical physics from the University of Chicago in 1969, then spent nine years as a research chemist at the National Institute for Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD.

In 1978, she accepted a professorship in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. She chaired that department in 1990-1993. In 1995, she accepted a joint appointment in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. In her research career, Dr. Greer was an experimental physical chemist focusing on the thermodynamic properties of solutions, including phase transitions and polymer solutions.

After 30 years at the University of Maryland, Sandra moved to Oakland, CA, to serve as Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Mills College — and to live near her twin sons and (later) her two grandsons. She retired in 2015 and is now writing and speaking. Her book “Elements of Ethics for Physical Scientists” was published by the MIT Press in 2017. She is at work on an undergraduate textbook on the chemistry of cooking

In 2004, she was awarded the American Chemical Society Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal, and in 2014 she was awarded the ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences.

Celebrate Earth Week with the California Section, ACS @ JOHN MUIR NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Week with the

California Section, ACS

We’re off to an early start this spring with public outreach in the California Section and you can enjoy as well as help with many of our outreach activities!

Please join us at 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 18th, 2020 from 10 AM to 4 PM. We will participate with dozens of other community groups to share ideas, souvenirs, and hands-on activities with hundreds of visitors.

This year’s CCEW (Chemists Celebrate Earth Week) theme is “Protecting Our Planet Through Chemistry.” At the Cal ACS canopy we will promote this theme with display and hands-on chemistry activities. Visitors can take home cool CCEW souvenirs and the Earth Week 2020 edition of Celebrating Chemistry (in English or Spanish) with instructions for more activities to do at home.

The John Muir Birthday Celebration opens with a parade and a dramatic presentation on the life of naturalist John Muir and continues throughout the day with a festival featuring over 50 exhibitors that showcase community organizations and conservation groups dedicated to preserving the environment.

We are looking for volunteers for the April 18 th event. Preferred shifts are from 10-1 PM and 1-4 PM. Please contact Earth Week Coordinator Sushila Kanodia at sushila.kanodia@gmail.com or office@calacs.org

4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, CA 94553

Jillian Sanzone of Merck on Pharmaceutical Chemistry @ TBD
May 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cheryl Dembe, retired, on Persistence: Getting a PhD after 50 years @ TBD
Sep 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm