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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.

Annual Awards Lunch: 50, 60 & 70 Year Members, Walter Petersen Award, Lloyd Ryland High School Teacher and P3 Award @ Scott's Seafood Restaurant
May 18 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
“Health of Coral Reefs”, Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Albright @ Chevron. Energy and Technology Center, Building 10, Auditorium. 100 Chevron Way, Richmond CA
Jun 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

WCC Meeting – Sat., June 1st, 2019, all are invited

Topic: “Health of Coral Reefs”, Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Albright06-01-2019 WCC flyer-Health of Coral Reefs

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

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

Location: Chevron. Energy and Technology Center, Building 10, Auditorium. 100 Chevron Way, Richmond CA

June 13 Science Cafe – Building New Elements Beyond the Periodic Table @ Cafe Leila
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Building New Elements Beyond the Periodic Table

with Dr. Jacklyn Gates

Thursday June 13, 2019

Doors at 6:00 PM, Talk at 7:00 PM

Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley, CA
Space is limited!
Audience will be admitted until the venue reaches capacity.
Chemistry Trivia Night @ Freewheel Brewing
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
International Year of the Periodic Table; Rededication of the National Chemistry Landmark on the discovery of the transuranium elements by the scientists of LBNL @ Lawrence Hall of Science, 
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

A special meeting of the California Section combining the celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table with the rededication of the National Chemistry Landmark on the discovery of the transuranium elements by the scientists of LBNL followed by a reception. It will be on August 11, Sunday 2:00 p.m. at the Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720 Berkeley.

RSVP- Capacity is limited to 100 guests. Please, send a message to Julie at office@calacs.org if you are going to attend, as soon as possible, no later than Wednesday, August 7th.  Reservations are required to avoid paying the $16 of entrance fee to LHS.  You may bring a guest.

We will have a special table set up at the entrance to check you in. There is parking for the visitors, but you have to buy a parking ticket at the kiosk $1/hour.  We hope to finish the meeting by 4:30 p.m.

08-11-2019 Program- Celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table