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Feb
14
Thu
2019
East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Leila
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Doors at 6:00 PM, Talk starts at 7:00 PM
We have changed our regular time to the second Thursday of the month.
1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Feb
16
Sat
2019
Women Chemists Committee (WCC) Meeting; “Sugar-derived Lubricants: a High-performance, Ecofriendly Alternative to Petroleum-derived Lubricants”,  @ CHEVRON ENERGY & TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Feb 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Women Chemists Committee (WCC) Meeting – Sat., February 16, 2019

Topic: “Sugar-derived Lubricants: a High-performance, Ecofriendly Alternative to Petroleum-derived Lubricants”, Speakers: Dr. Paula Vettel, Technical Director, Formulations and Regulatory at Novvi LLC and Lynn Rice, Formulations Engineer at Novvi LLC

Time: 10:30-11:00 am Snacks & Coffee, 11:00 am Discussion & Lunch

Cost: $15.00 ($7.00 for students and unemployed). Technical discussion is free.

LocationUSDA, 800 Buchanan Street, Albany.  CHEVRON ENERGY & TECHNOLOGY CENTER, 100 Chevron Way, Richmond CA.

Feb
19
Tue
2019
Planetary Exploration with ChemCam, SuperCam, SHERLOC and VEMCam @ Chevron Auditorium
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm

Time: Tuesday, February 19, 2019; 6-7 pm Social with Refreshments; 7 pm: talk

Cost: NO CHARGE -Social with Refreshments

Place: Chevron Research Auditorium, 100 Chevron Way, Richmond.

Reservations: Please contact the California Section ACS office by email office “at” calacs.org or

510-351-9922 by Tuesday, February 19, 2019, before noon. Please indicate if you will be

attending the Social and Presentation or the Presentation only.

 

Speaker: Samuel M. Clegg

Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group, Chemistry Division

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Remote laser-based spectroscopic techniques have made significant impacts on the future of planetary investigations. The ChemCam instrument on the NASA Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars since landing on August 5, 2012. The ChemCam instrument is the integration of a remote Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectrometer (LIBS) and a Remote Micro-Imager (RMI). The ChemCam LIBS instrument focuses a 1064 nm laser on rocks and soils up to 7 m from the rover mast. This focused laser ablates material from these targets generating a plasma containing electronically excited atoms, ions and small molecules. A telescope is used to collect some of the emission as these excited species relax to lower electronic states. The ChemCam laser has been fired over 600,000 time, each laser shot produces a quantifiable LIBS spectrum.

The Mars 2020 rover is currently under construction and will start to explore Jezero crater in February 2021. The Mars 2020 rover includes several instruments capable of microscale geologic analysis including SuperCam and Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC). SuperCam contains an integrated suite of remote LIBS, 532 nm (green) Raman Spectroscopy, Time-Resolved Luminescence Spectroscopy (TRLS), Visible and Infrared Spectroscopy (VISIR), color RMI, and a microphone. The SHERLOC instrument is an arm mounted ultraviolet Raman and Fluorescence Spectrometer designed to detect organic and biological materials in Jezero crater.

Finally, the Venus Elemental and Mineralogical Camera (VEMCam) is currently under development as a potential instrument for future explorations of the Venus surface. VEMCam is the integration of LIBS, 532 nm Raman Spectroscopy, Time-Resolved Luminescence Spectroscopy (TRLS), and color imagers. The Venus atmosphere at the surface consists of approximately 92 atm of supercritical CO 2 at approximately 740 K. Landers tend to survive in this atmosphere for only hours and rapid analyses are required. The VEMCam instrument is capable of recording more than 1000 LIBS, Raman, and TRLS spectra within the first hour on the surface from within the safety of the lander.

This presentation will focus on the ChemCam, SuperCam, SHERLOC, and VEMCam instrument physics. There will also be a discussion on the Curiosity and Mars 2020 mission goals and the contributions these instruments make to realize these goals.

Feb
20
Wed
2019
Vision+Light: Processing Perception – An Exhibition of Art & Science @ Worth Ryder Art Gallery
Feb 20 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Vision+Light: Processing Perception - An Exhibition of Art & Science @ Worth Ryder Art Gallery

Presented by Science at Cal & the Department of Art Practice

Worth Ryder Art Gallery 116 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, Feb 20 4 – 7pm 

This acclaimed program returns for its sixth, and to date most varied and provocative exhibition of the convergence of science and art. Presenting artwork and installations across a range of media and technologies, Vision + Light: Processing Perception offers stunning visual, mind-bending virtual, and intriguing tactile experiences to spark thought and inspiration. Meet and share ideas with the scientists and artists whose work is on display. Join us for conversations on science, image, connections and creativity.

February 20 – March 14, 2019

Gallery Hours: Mondays – Thursdays, 12 – 5pm

Extended hours Tuesdays, 5 – 7pm

Feb
22
Fri
2019
Covalent Connections 2019 – a networking event @ 775 Tan Hall
Feb 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

ACS @ Berkeley and Alpha Chi Sigma presents:

COVALENT CONNECTIONS

Speed networking and dinner with professionals in chemistry, biotech, chemical engineering, and more!

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/m7hsCXK6maLGEEKB3

Feb
23
Sat
2019
Expanding Your Horizons @ Diablo Valley College - San Ramon Campus
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Encourage young women in STEM career paths.  Cal ACS volunteers will present hands-on chemistry activities from 11 AM to 1 PM.  Come inspire the next generation of scientists!

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Feb
26
Tue
2019
The Evolving Periodic Table and Its Amazing Elements @ College of Alameda
Feb 26 @ 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

The countdown has begun to our next free ACS Program-in-a-Box!
It’s the International Year of the Periodic Table! One-hundred and fifty years ago, Dmitri Mendeleev first presented his periodic system to the Russian Chemical Society, forever shaping the way we look at the elements. Join hundreds of groups from around the U.S. and the globe for this live celebration of one of chemistry’s greatest achievements!
Explore the early efforts of scientists to organize the elements, be the first online to answer elemental “Table Trivia,” and learn how the Table continues to grow with the addition of new super heavy elements.
Join us in the MESA Center at the College of Alameda Science Annex for fun and refreshments at 3:45 PM, followed by the ACS live webinar at 4 PM, complete with Periodic Table trivia and prizes.
Mar
14
Thu
2019
East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Leila
Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Doors at 6:00 PM, Talk starts at 7:00 PM
We have changed our regular time to the second Thursday of the month.
1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Mar
15
Fri
2019
Women in STEM – Emerging Environmental Issues @ Los Medanos College
Mar 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mar
16
Sat
2019
Spring Field Trip for Teachers and Science and Environmental Education Resource Fair @ Chabot Space & Science Center
Mar 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Spring Field Trip for Teachers and Science and Environmental Education Resource Fair @ Chabot Space & Science Center

Question: Wouldn’t it be great if there was a “farmers market” style event where teachers could talk with people from a wide range of science education programs, for FREE, while noshing and networking with fellow teachers, all at an amazing science playground? Plus, prizes?!

Answer: We think so! And that’s why Community Resources for Science has teamed up with Chabot Space and Science Center to present our Spring Field Trip for Teacher event! Come join us on Saturday March 16th. You’ll receive free admission to the science center, delicious breakfast nibbles, and have the opportunity to peruse offerings from about two dozen science providers. Discover great science resources – from field trips, to in-class programs, to lesson plans, to professional development and more – all under one roof. Chabot will provide behind the scene access to their displays, classroom programs, field trip offerings, and more!

*Registration required: www.surveymonkey.com/r/ResourceFair2019 .

Even if you can’t attend, we would love to have you share out about this free teacher event with your teacher community.

Karen Fong