Second Annual Pride-Juneteenth Picnic Event
Jun 15 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Let’s come together as the California Section of the American Chemical Society (Cal ACS) community to honor our past, celebrate the present, and build a brighter future! This is our second year for this new annual celebration.

Activities and Highlights:

  • Trivia about Cal ACS, Juneteenth, and PRIDE (plus some other fun games)
  • Exciting prizes for trivia winners
  • Delicious food and refreshments
  • Networking opportunities with fellow participants
  • Scenic location surrounded by nature
  • Right across a swimming pool and beautiful fishing dock

Join us for a day filled with fun, learning, and community spirit!

This is a free event, but registration is required for all participants.

Register now to secure your spot.

Note: We have reserved Siesta Picnic Spot. The picnic area has reserved benches and tables for your convenience. However, you are welcome to bring your own chairs if you prefer. Dogs are allowed on a leash (park charges $2 per dog, service dogs are free).

Download the park map HERE.

Additional Important Information:

  • Located near the park entrance in a large lawn area with parking 300 ft away.
  • An ADA accessible chemical toilet is near the site.
  • The site is shady and near a fishing dock.
  • Paid parking available near the picnic site ($5 cash per car).
  • The picnic area is a few minutes’ walk from the parking area.
  • You can use the swimming lake, but our reservation does not grant access to it (Adults $3, Children and Seniors $2)
  • We will provide some beer and wine, but feel free to bring your own.
  • We have a permit for beer and/or wine; all other alcoholic beverages are NOT ALLOWED in the park at any time.
  • You are not allowed to take alcohol outside our picnic area, including to the swimming pool.
  • No hard alcohol is allowed at the park.

Feel free to express yourself and show your support for PRIDE! Dress in attire that represents PRIDE to you.

The wonders of a 400 MHz HTS magnet NMR system, how it works and our results at Amgen
Jun 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The wonders of a 400 MHz HTS magnet NMR system, how it works and our results at Amgen @ Zoom

Our Distinguished Panelist:

Maria Silva Elipe, Scientific Associate Director | NMR Technology | Amgen

Download the Event Flier HERE.


The discovery of new ceramic materials containing Ba-La-Cu oxides in 1986 exhibiting superconductive properties at high temperatures (35 K or higher), opened a new world of opportunities for NMRs and MRIs to move away from liquid cryogens, recognized with the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1987. A prototype 400 MHz high temperature superconducting (HTS) power-driven magnet NMR spectrometer was installed at Amgen’s chemistry laboratory to be tested for a variety of applications, structure analysis, reaction monitoring, and CASE-3D studies with RDCs. The HTS “cryofree” magnet does not required liquid cryogens refills and has a smaller footprint than a comparable low temperature superconducting (LTS) magnet, with stability as the unknown factor of this technology. Our evaluation of its performance was successful.

Speaker Bio:

María Victoria Silva Elipe, PhD, is a Process Development Scientific Associate Director who works at Amgen, Inc., since 2003 as NMR Leader at the Attribute Sciences department supporting drug development from early clinical stages to commercial for small molecules and hybrid modalities. Her work focuses on low and high field NMR on structure characterization, reaction monitoring, and quantitation for synthetic and hybrid modality programs, and TD-NMR applications for small and large molecules. Prior to that, she worked for Merck & Co., Inc., as NMR spectroscopist for the DMPK department on the structure of metabolites by NMR and LC-NMR and supported medicinal chemistry for synthetic small molecules and peptides. She obtained her Ph.D. in Natural Products Chemistry at the University of Málaga, Spain, in 1991, focused on isolation, synthesis, and structure characterization of natural products. After that, she worked in the field of marine natural products for Pharma Mar, S.A., in Madrid, Spain, and for Prof. Kenneth Rinehart at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Then she worked on protein and protein-DNA complex structures by NMR for Prof. David Kearns at the University of California, San Diego. Before she moved to industry, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of San Diego. Currently she is also a lecturer for the chemistry department at California State University, Channel Islands, since 2014.