Earth Day Celebration @ Online Zoom Event
Apr 24 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


The California Section Of  The American Chemical Society
Celebrates Earth Week Virtually

Cal ACS Celebrates Earth Day!

Our virtual event on April 24th will feature hands-on demonstrations combined with short talks to explain the activities. It will be exciting, engaging and informative, with topics ranging from insulation that keeps us warm (or cool) to plant aromas and the structures of their mysterious molecules).
There will be two sessions, at 11 AM and 1 PM, so join us LIVE for either (or both!)
Register HERE for either session.
A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants shortly before the event.
Learn more about Chemists Celebrate Earth Week and download instructions for safe, fun hands-on science activities and more!

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We hope to see you there!

Professor K. Birgitta Whaley – “Can we see Quantum Mechanics at Work Around Us?” @ YouTube Live Stream
Apr 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Professor K. Birgitta Whaley - “Can we see Quantum Mechanics at Work Around Us?” @ YouTube Live Stream

The Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate of the University of California invites you to attend the 108th annual Martin Meyerson Berkeley Faculty Research Lectures.

Tuesday, April 27, 4—5 p.m.

Free to the public – YouTube link to follow

Birgitta Whaley received her undergraduate degree from Oxford University. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago following a year as a Kennedy fellow at Harvard. Whaley joined the Berkeley faculty in 1986 after postdoctoral work at the Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University. While at Berkeley, she established a research program focused on understanding quantum phenomena at the interfaces of physics, chemistry, and eventually biology.

Whaley’s current research interests focus broadly on quantum information and quantum computation, control and simulation of complex quantum systems, and quantum effects in biological systems. Quantum information processing employs superposition, entanglement, and probabilistic measurement to encode and manipulate information in very different ways from the classical information processing underlying current electronic technology. Her research in quantum biology seeks to characterize and understand the role of quantum dynamical effects in biological systems, employing a perspective that combines detailed quantum simulation at the molecular scale with experimental investigations and insights using tools from quantum science and technology.

Whaley has been recognized with many awards for her scientific contributions in the course of her career. These include an American Physical Society Fellowship in 2002 and elections to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2018 and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science in 2019. Beginning in 2012, she spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. Whaley has also served on numerous advisory boards, including the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. From 2019 to 2020, she served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.


World’s Creativity & Innovation Day Celebration: A Conversation with Barbara Burger @ Online Zoom Event
Apr 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

ACS California & AWIS East Bay Joint Virtual Event

This Event is Free (with donation option) & Open to All!
More Details and Registration Here!

Barbara Burger

Barbara Burger, PhD
Vice President of Innovation
and President of Technology Ventures
Chevron Corporation

Barbara’s many civic and industry affiliations include a seat on the Board of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investment LLP and leadership positions with Houston Exponential, the Houston Symphony Society, and the Rice University Corporate Innovation Advisory Board.

Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Rochester, a doctoral degree in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, and an academic honor MBA in finance from the University of California, Berkeley. Barbara remains an active alumnus, serving on the University of Rochester’s Board of Trustees and the university’s River Campus Libraries National Council. She established the Barbara J. Burger Endowed Scholarship in the Sciences at the University of Rochester and founded the Barbara J. Burger iZone where students generate, refine, and communicate ideas for social, cultural, community, and economic impact.

At the California Institute of Technology, Barbara is active with Caltech Women in Chemistry, supporting the careers of graduate students in chemistry and related sciences. Barbara also serves on the Strategic Advisory Board for the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech.

Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Clathrate Hydrates @ Online Zoom Event
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Clathrate Hydrates @ Online Zoom Event

Thursday – May 6th, 2021 – 5:00 to 6:00 PM PDT
Online Zoom Event
Clathrate hydrates are ice-like inclusion compounds in which space-filling water cages encapsulate different molecular substances. Dr. Saman Alavi studies clathrate hydrate materials using molecular dynamics simulations. In this talk, an introduction to these substances will be given with examples of how molecular dynamics simulations can give insights into details of their behavior not easily accessible using experimental methods. The presentation will be followed by Q & A.
RSVP here!
Zoom link to be shared with attendees the day of the event.

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Embracing and advancing inclusion and equity across the American Chemical Society with ACS President-Elect Angela Wilson @ Online Zoom Event
May 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please join the California, Portland, and Puget Sound local sections as we build community along the West Coast by coming together for a virtual meeting. We are delighted to host Professor Angela Wilson who will speak about issues that bridge the Local and National levels of the ACS. Dr. Wilson will also focus on how science advocacy can be strengthened through diversity and inclusion. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

RSVP here!
Zoom link to be shared with attendees the day of the event.

Our Distinguished Speaker

Angela K Wilson
Professor Angela K. Wilson, PhD
John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in the
Department of Chemistry
Michigan State University
President-Elect of the American Chemical Society

The event is FREE and open to the community. More information at: calacs.org or email
aliciaataylor@gmail.com or abaggett@linfield.edu

From Water to Human Dynamics: Taking a Non-traditional path to make chemistry more inclusive @ Online Zoom Event
May 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

About the speaker

Dr. Chrissy Stachl (she/ella) graduated from the University of Washington in 2014 with dual B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Neuroscience. Prior to starting her Ph.D., she spent a post-baccalaureate research year at the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin, where she was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to study the structure of sugar polymers at ultracold temperatures. She began her graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 as a National Science Foundation and Ford Foundation Fellow, where she began using infrared photodissociation spectroscopy to probe the structure and energetics of hydrated ion clusters in the gas phase. Her desire to improve the quality of mentoring interactions that are so critical to graduate student success led her launch a longitudinal study of the Berkeley Chemistry academic climate. Shortly after, she switched the focus of her research to chemistry education and spent the rest of her Ph.D. working to understand the issues that negatively affect diversity, inclusion, and belonging within graduate communities, and designing interventions to directly combat these disparities. Chrissy earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2020 from UC Berkeley and is now the Director of Education, Outreach, and Diversity at the National Science Foundation Center for Genetically Encoded Materials (C-GEM). Outside of work, Chrissy loves spending time with her dog Rosie, indulging in photography, hiking, and camping. She recently also contributed to a Women in STEM all-ages coloring book, created by ColorMePhD (download it here: http://bit.ly/colormephdvol2 for free!)


Dr. Stachl’s journey to, and through, the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Chemistry contained many unexpected twists and turns. A trained chemist, she started out working in a physical chemistry lab, doing gas-phase research to understand how water molecules interact with each other and the ions they solvate. As one of only a few Latin women in her department of >400 graduate students, she quickly began to feel isolated and had trouble finding individuals that she could relate with. This motivated her to find ways to diversify her department and dedicate time outside of research to start a DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) initiative within Berkeley Chemistry. She eventually fell in love with the work she was doing to help ensure that younger generations of chemistry graduate students would not face the same hardships she had overcome, and switched fields to gain a more rigorous understanding of the issues responsible for the diminishing representation of marginalized individuals at the highest levels of academia. In this presentation, Dr. Stachl will talk about the experiences that ultimately motivated her doctoral research in both physical chemistry and chemistry education, as well as the unique path she paved to pursue a career as both a chemist and an educator.


10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Chatting
11:00 a.m. Talk and Discussion


Please register for this Zoom talk by email to office@calacs.org. We need your email address to send the meeting details no later than May 8, 2021 or RSVP.

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