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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 @ 7:00 pm

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
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
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

Apr
11
Thu
2019
East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Leila
Apr 11 @ 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
Apr
18
Thu
2019
Bonnie Charpentier – ACS President @ Basque Cultural Center
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A Conversation with ACS President, Bonnie Charpentier: the ACS Community and Priorities for 2019

The over-arching theme for the ACS presidential year of 2019 is collaboration. In keeping with that theme, this presentation is meant to be an interactive discussion of ACS priorities and programs. The presentation will include an introduction to ACS Presidential areas of focus for 2019, including Advocacy for chemistry and science education, safety and the environment, and plans for the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT). Ideas for collaborations across ACS, and with other societies in this country and internationally will be explored for the benefit of our members, and for the world. The input, ideas, and suggestions from section members will be solicited.

Tentative schedule:
Reception     6-7pm
Dinner           7-8pm
Talk & Q&A  8-9pm

(co-sponsored by Silicon Valley section)

Bonnie Charpentier is President of the American Chemical Society. She previously served on the ACS Board of Directors, including as the Chair of the Board.  She has served on and chaired a variety of Society committees and task forces at national levels, as well as being active in local sections, divisions and regional meetings. At the local level, she has been instrumental in establishing chemistry workshops for teachers, workshops on interviewing skills for students, and an outreach program for hands-on chemistry with children in homeless shelters.

She is currently Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Compliance at Cytokinetics, Inc., in South San Francisco, California, a company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel small molecule therapeutics that modulate muscle function. In that role she is responsible for Regulatory, Quality and Drug Safety Departments. Prior to Cytokinetics, Bonnie worked in drug research and development at other companies, including Syntex and Roche, and as an analytical chemist at the Procter and Gamble Co. She holds a B.S. degree in anthropology and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology.

In her ACS work, Bonnie has emphasized the importance of communicating the value of chemistry through public outreach and education. She is a strong advocate for high quality services for members including career services and continuing education. She supports ACS programs that focus on expanding ACS’s legislative advocacy through member involvement, and on increasing effective collaboration between industry and academia, and between ACS and other professional societies.  She is passionate about the importance of public service, and about turning molecules into medicines.

Apr
20
Sat
2019
John Muir Birthday – Earth Week Celebration @ John Muir National Historic Site
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Week with the

California Section, ACS

Have fun with the Chemistry of PAPER. Join us for fun demonstrations and free hands-on activities for the whole family.

Take home cool CCEW souvenirs and the Celebrating Chemistry brochure (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.

Visit the John Muir Association web site for more information.