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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.
Women in STEM – Emerging Environmental Issues @ Los Medanos College
Mar 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
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

Glorietta Elementary School Family Science Night @ Glorietta Elementary School
Mar 20 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Bancroft Middle School Family Science Night @ Bancroft Middle School
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cal ACS returns to Bancroft Middle School for Family Science Night fun.  The science faculty have invited the Lawrence Hall of Science to fill the Multipurpose Room with activities and a show, and our own Bryan Balazs will bring his show as well.

Please join our volunteer team as we present a variety of hands-on chemistry activities in the science classrooms.  Along with old favorites, there will be paper-making and other activities related to this year’s Earth Week theme, “Take Note: The Chemistry of Paper.”

Please contact Alex Madonik for more information or to volunteer.

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.

For tickets, please go to this site: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4066056 

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.

Download the event flier

Visit the John Muir Association web site for more information.

Chemistry & AI @ 44 Montgomery WeWork
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Event is FULL – taking wait-list registrations only

Discussion on Bay Area research…Come join us to learn more about the future of chemistry and artificial intelligence. Our panelists will discuss current research on using A.I. to help develop the future of medicine, small molecule discovery, quantum computing, and opportunities for collaboration. First event out of a series of events on this topic!

Confirmed speakers:

Eric Martin – Director of Computational Chemistry at Novartis

Gavin Jones – Research Staff at IBM

Michael Keiser – Assistant Professor at UCSF


6pm Network & Refreshments

6:30pm Introduction, Panel, and Q&A

7:45pm Concluding Remarks

7:50pm Network & Refreshments


Although this is a free event, space is limited so please RSVP: office@calacs.org


ACS – Chem and AI event flyer – 2019-03-04

 “Snakebite in Rural Tropical Regions of Developing Countries and Potential Novel Therapies” @ USDA
Apr 27 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

WCC Meeting – Sat., April 27, 2019, all are invited

Topic“Snakebite in Rural Tropical Regions of Developing Countries and Potential Novel Therapies”, Speaker: Dr. Claire Komives

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

Cost: $15.00 ($7.00 for students and unemployed).

Location: USDA 800 Buchanan Street, Albany.

For reservations to the WCC meeting, please contact the Cal. Section office at office@calacs.org or (510) 351-9922

May 7 @ 10:00 am – May 8 @ 4:30 pm

GOLDEN GATE POLYMER FORUM- SHORT COURSE- MAY 7 & 8, 2019- Early registration ends Monday, April 8th, 2019


The Golden Gate Polymer Forum (GGPF) of the San Francisco Bay Area announces a two-day short course:  an overview/survey on Microscopy of Polymers, with application examples in medical devices and pharmaceuticals, presented by Dr. Steven Goodman, an expert in the field.  The short course will  be May 7 and 8, 2019, in Mountain View, CA.   Attendees will gain an understanding of the basic principles of a diverse range of microscopy techniques and materials with case studies where a variety of microscopy instruments and characterization techniques were utilized to solve real problems in R&D, quality assessment and control, and patent litigation.  Materials that will be addressed include polyurethanes, block copolymers, hydrogels, polyethylenes, fluoropolymers, and polymer-like materials including pyrolytic carbon and biologicals. This course will benefit engineers and scientists, especially those working with biomedical devices and pharmaceuticals, who wish to understand the broad range of imaging instruments that can be applied to polymer characterization.  Full course details and registration information can be found on the web page, www.GGPF.org.  Please note that discounted advance registration ends April 8, and final registration ends April 22.