My Journey in Life and Chemistry @ Online Zoom Event
Nov 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

About the speaker

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Nancy Falk is a Research Fellow in Cleaning R&D at the Clorox Company, based in Pleasanton, where she develops and leads strategic technology platforms. Previously, she worked in Laundry R&D at Unilever in Edgewater, NJ, where she developed a number of laundry products. Nancy is an inventor on 17 granted US patents. She recently authored a chapter on “Chlorine and Chlorine Compounds” in the just-released 6th edition of “Block’s Disinfection, Sterilization, and Disinfection.” Last year, she presented and published a short review on surfactants as antimicrobials for the Surfactants in Solution conference. She’s also Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, and served a term as Member At Large for the Colloid and Surface Science Division at ACS.


Nancy will talk about her journey from her childhood in a rural Washington state community through her education and her technical career in the cleaning products industry, touching on some relevant technologies used in the industry. She will also reflect on work-life balance, technical society roles, outreach, and mentoring.


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


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Improving stormwater and wastewater removal of contaminants using low-cost composites @ Online Zoom Meeting
Nov 18 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Improving stormwater and wastewater removal of contaminants using low-cost composites @ Online Zoom Event
Nov 18 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

A co-sponsored online event between ACS California Section and ACS Puget Sound.

Professor Jessica Ray designs, characterizes and applies low-cost composite media (e.g., adsorbents, functionalized polymers and nanomaterials) to remove contaminants from waste streams such as wastewater and urban stormwater. Dr. Ray is also investigating development of novel materials to selectively remove and recover contaminants in water. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

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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.