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Bay Area Chemistry Symposium @ Merck Auditorium
Nov 8 all-day

This event is SOLD OUT!

Introducing the Bay Area Chemistry Symposium, a Silicon Valley and California  ACS-sponsored symposium on Synthesis and Design in Medicinal and Process Chemistry

Friday, November 8th, 2019

This symposium, unique in the Bay, will provide an ideal forum to meet and exchange ideas covering themes in chemical biology, synthesis, and computational chemistry among students, postdocs, and industrial chemists.

The symposium will feature:

  • Keynote seminars from Stanford Professor Carolyn Bertozzi, UCSF Professor Bill DeGrado, and UC Berkeley Professor Richmond Sarpong
  • Industrial chemistry seminars from AbbVie, Gilead, Merck, and Novartis
  • Eight graduate student and postdoc short talks
  • Poster presentations by graduate students, postdocs, and industrial chemists from renowned institutions and companies around the Bay Area

Please join us to network with local chemists and learn about cutting-edge chemistry happening across the Bay Area’s outstanding academic institutions and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

The first Bay Area Chemistry Symposium is being hosted by the Merck Research Labs at 213 East Grand Avenue in South San Francisco.

For more information and to apply, visit: svacs.org/BACS

For questions, please e-mail us: bacs@scvacs.org

AI and Chemistry: Protein Engineering and East Bay Biotech – “Event at full capacity – email office@calacs.org to be added to the wait-list.” @ Amyris
Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

California Section
AI and Chemistry: Protein Engineering and East Bay
Tuesday – November 19, 2019 – 6:00 to 9:00 PM
5885 Hollis St.
Suite 100
Emeryville, CA 94608
6:00 PM Networking (Refreshments provided)
7:00 PM Welcome, Panel, and Q&A
7:45 PM Concluding Remarks
7:50 PM Networking and Refreshments
Discussion on East Bay research – Come join us to learn more about the future of chemistry, protein
engineering, and artificial intelligence within the biotech industry.

“Event at full capacity – email office@calacs.org to be added to the wait-list.”

RSVP here!

Guests will sign a non-disclosure upon sign-in at the event. Event access is through the
general access door facing Hollis Street.
Our Distinguished Panelists:
Yue Yang, PhD
Director, Program
Loren Perelman, PhD
Vice President, Scientific
Louis Metzger, PhD
Tierra Biosciences
Chief Scientific Officer
The event is FREE and open to the community. More information at: calacs.org or email

California ACS Holiday Party 2019 @ Scott's Seafood Walnut Creek
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us at Scott’s Seafood Walnut Creek for our annual holiday party!

Please RSVP: office@calacs.org.

“Imminent Shaking”: What Kind of Earthquake Warning is Possible? – S. Minson; WCC Event 2/15/2020 @ USDA - Albany
Feb 15 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Sarah Minson is a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Science Center.  Her research interests include using probabilistic inference for seismological problems such as determining the physics of earthquake ruptures, and estimating the slip distribution and predicting the ground motion from earthquakes in real-time for earthquake early warning.  She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to her current position, she was a Mendenhall post-doctoral fellow with the U.S. Geological Survey as well as a post-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology.  She is a winner of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and a Kavli Fellow (National Academy of Sciences and The Kavli Foundation).  More info: https://www.usgs.gov/staff-profiles/sarah-minson
“Imminent Shaking”: What Kind of Earthquake Warning is Possible?
The United States is developing ShakeAlert, an earthquake early warning system that
will provide California, Oregon, and Washington with advanced warning of potentially
damaging shaking. The hopes for early warning systems are high, but the reality of what
can be expected from earthquake early warning is nuanced. Earthquakes don’t happen
in an instant and don’t tell us how big they will become. This means that any forecasts
that we make will be imperfect, and the amount of warning will be short: in many cases,
only a few seconds of warning will be possible. In spite of these limitations, there could
still be significant value to earthquake early warning, especially for people who are
willing to adopt a “better safe than sorry” strategy of taking protective action for
earthquakes that have only a small chance of causing damage. What kind of warning
system would you prefer? One that issues alerts for weak shaking, but also sends alerts
for many events that do not go on to produce strong shaking? Or an earthquake early
warning system that issues alerts only once ground shaking is expected to be
damaging, but there is an increased chance that the alerts could be issued too late?
During this talk, you will discover how an earthquake early warning system works, how
warnings are issued and how much warning is possible.