Pioneers in the Oil Field: Establishing LGBTQ Inclusion at Chevron in the 90’s @ Online Zoom Event
Sep 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pioneers in the Oil Field: Establishing LGBTQ Inclusion at Chevron in the 90’s @ Online Zoom Event

A co-sponsored online event between ACS California Section and AWIS East Bay

The event will include a presentation followed by a Q&A session.

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Zoom link to be shared with attendees the day of the event.
The event is FREE and open to all.

Dr. Kirk Nass earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle and is currently an R&D team leader at Chevron Oronite. Kirk has had a long and illustrious 31-year career at Chevron.

In 1991, Kirk was a founding Board member of the Chevron Lesbian and Gay Employees Association (CLGEA), now known as Chevron PRIDE, and has held multiple Board positions for the next 10 years, including Chair. During those 10 years, Chevron added sexual orientation to their non-discrimination and non-harassment policies, extended domestic partner benefits to employees, and officially established employee diversity networks.

Kirk and his husband Michael Gillespie, with the help of Chevron Humankind matching grants, established the first scholarship for LGBTQA+ students in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Kirk’s undergraduate alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign.

Cheryl Dembe, retired, on Persistence: Getting a PhD after 50 years @ TBD
Sep 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
To Be Rescheduled “Ethical Issues of Working Scientists”, Sandra C. Greer Professor Emerita of Chemistry, Mills College @ Mills College-Moore Natural Science Building, Room 215,
Jan 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

California Section, ACS

“Ethical Issues of Working Scientists”

Speaker: Sandra C. Greer
Professor Emerita of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
and of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Maryland College Park;
Professor Emerita of Chemistry, Mills College
Author of Elements of Ethics for Physical Scientists (MIT Press, 2017)

Date: To Be Rescheduled


Place: Mills College,5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland- Moore Natural Science Building, Room 215
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Cost: No Charge

Further Information: Please contact the CalACS office by email

Scientists encounter ethical issues while doing science, while working among other scientists, and while working within society. Today we will think about how to approach ethical issues in general. Then we will look at the ethical issues we encounter in dealing with other scientists. Scientists work daily with other scientists – as collaborators and coauthors, as supervisors and supervisees, as mentors and mentees, as referees and reviewers, as role models and advisors. All these activities have ethical components.

BIO: Sandra C. Greer
Sandra Greer received her B. S. in chemistry in 1966 from Furman University in her home town of Greenville, SC. She received her Ph. D. in chemical physics from the University of Chicago in 1969, then spent nine years as a research chemist at the National Institute for Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD.

In 1978, she accepted a professorship in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. She chaired that department in 1990-1993. In 1995, she accepted a joint appointment in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. In her research career, Dr. Greer was an experimental physical chemist focusing on the thermodynamic properties of solutions, including phase transitions and polymer solutions.

After 30 years at the University of Maryland, Sandra moved to Oakland, CA, to serve as Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Mills College — and to live near her twin sons and (later) her two grandsons. She retired in 2015 and is now writing and speaking. Her book “Elements of Ethics for Physical Scientists” was published by the MIT Press in 2017. She is at work on an undergraduate textbook on the chemistry of cooking

In 2004, she was awarded the American Chemical Society Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal, and in 2014 she was awarded the ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences.