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ELEMENTS at the Marin Society of Artists – Reception and Award Presentation @ Marin Society of Artists
Jan 11 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
ELEMENTS at the Marin Society of Artists - Reception and Award Presentation @ Marin Society of Artists

San Rafael –What do paintings, sculpture, photographs – in fact, all matter –have in common? Elements! Whether created in the Big Bang or in modern science labs, everything we experience as matter is made up of Elements, substances consisting of a single type of atom.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2019 to be the International Year of the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements, in honor of the Table’s 150th anniversary. https://www.iypt2019.org/ELEMENTS, a national fine arts exhibition at the Marin Society of Artists in San Rafael, is one of the first events of this worldwide celebration! We have invited artists to interpret the theme of Elements in whatever way brings it to life for them – from alchemy to particle physics to wacky whimsy, an Element’s mystique, mythology, discovery, uses throughout history, use in art, the magical areas between the particles of the atoms, philosophical or mystical flights of fancy.

The exhibition opens on January 10, 2019, and continues through February 2, 2019. The public is invited to come explore what artists have to say about the Elements. Each artwork will be accompanied by a label explaining its connection to the theme. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. All are welcome to join us for the reception for the artists on Friday, January 11, 2019; this is in conjunction with the San Rafael 2nd Friday Art Walk. Chemists are especially welcome to attend!

The Marin Society of Artists is a non-profit organization promoting the arts in the community since 1927. In partnership with non-profit organizations and others it provides a broad array of arts opportunities, encouraging artists at all stages of development and the general public to explore and incorporate art in their lives. The Main Gallery showcases a new display of original art every month, most available for purchase.

Science Café- CSU-CHICO  Thursday, January 31, 2019 “Harnessing the Power of Evolution to do Chemistry: A Presentation About the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry”, Speaker: Dr. Dan Edwards, Professor of Biochemistry at California State University, Chico @ Room: ARTS 112 (Arts and Humanities Building)
Jan 31 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

01-31-2019-Science Cafe - Nobel Prize- CSU-Chico

Time: 5:00 pm 

Cost:  No Charge

Location: 400 W. 1st Street, Chico CA, Room: ARTS 112 (Arts and Humanities Building)

Please RSVP to chem@csuchico.edu if you plan to attend.

Korematsu Middle School Science Night @ Korematsu Middle School
Feb 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Korematsu Middle School Science Night @ Korematsu Middle School

The California Section will bring some hands-on chemistry plus a colorful chemistry show to Korematsu Middle School’s Science Night.  You can help us encourage STEM students – please contact Alex Madonik if you would like to volunteer.

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
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.

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.

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

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

ACS @ Berkeley and Alpha Chi Sigma presents:


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

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

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!


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.