Oct
19
Mon
2020
Healthy Workplaces During COVID-19 @ Online Zoom Event
Oct 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Stressed with Covid-19 and work life balance? Join our presentation by Dr. Cristina Banks, an expert on healthy workplaces. The presentation will discuss what has worked and what hasn’t, in the work from home environment. Professor Banks will also examine family complications with working from home, theories of human nature and motivation, and how we can be more effective. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

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Our Distinguished Panelist:

Cristina BanksCristina Banks, PhD
Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces
UC Berkeley

Presented by the California Section and the Silicon Valley Section of ACS.

The event is FREE and open to the community. More information: download the flier here or email aliciaataylor@gmail.com or jssheth@syr.edu.

 

 

 

Oct
21
Wed
2020
Lubricants and Glitter: Revolutionizing Sexual Assault Investigation @ Online Zoom Event
Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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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Candice Bridge - Associate Professor of Chemistry - University of Central Florida and the National Center for Forensic Science

Candice Bridge – Associate Professor of Chemistry – University of Central Florida and the National Center for Forensic Science

Sexual assaults are an unfortunate reality in modern society, which includes situations in which the assailant is known or unknown. While DNA is the go-to forensic evidence in sexual assault cases, the reality is that the use of condoms in sexual assault is increasing in an effort to minimize the type of DNA left at the crime scene, specifically sperm/semen. Therefore, in the absence of DNA, it is necessary to identify other type of forensic evidence (such as lubricants and cosmetic residues) that could be used in these types of cases to link the three points in the criminal triangle, e.g. victim, suspect and crime scene. This talk will discuss current efforts that we are conducting to understand the evidentiary value of lubricant and cosmetic evidence and appropriate analytical methods to analyze and characterize unknown samples collected in a sexual assault or physical assault cases.

Dr. Candice Bridge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the National Center for Forensic Science. She received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Bridge was a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Research and Education of Optics and Lasers at UCF before joining the Department of Chemistry faculty at Howard University. She then worked at the U.S. Army’s Defense Forensic Science Center as a Forensic Scientist and then a Research Scientist before joining UCF. Her current research focuses on the analysis of trace evidence forensic materials to understand the uniqueness of chemical features. Using a variety of mass spectrometry techniques, they look to develop analytical methods that can increase the validity and evidentiary value of forensic evidence, which is determined using chemometric statistical techniques.

 

Oct
27
Tue
2020
Science policy in California state government @ Online Zoom Event
Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Please join us for an event co-sponsored by ACS and CCST. We will hear from Sarah Brady, the Deputy Director of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), and Gabby Nepomuceno, an environmental scientist at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). Dr. Brady previously advised on policy issues in the Legislature and now provides science advice on a broad range of issues to both the California legislative and executive branches. Dr. Nepomuceno advises on hazardous materials policy for the California executive branch and was a CCST Science Fellow in the State Assembly.

The event will include brief presentations on their policy engagement, followed by a Q&A.

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Our Distinguished Panelists:

panelists

The event is FREE and open to the community. More information: download the flier or email
aliciaataylor@gmail.com

Nov
7
Sat
2020
My Journey in Life and Chemistry @ Online Zoom Event
Nov 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

About the speaker

Nancy Falk photo

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.

Abstract

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.

Time

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

Reservation

RSVP by November 5, 2020.
For more information visit our website at www.calacs.org or email office@calacs.org.
Here is the link for reservations starting September 28, 2020.
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4761928

Nov
18
Wed
2020
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.

Our Distinguished Panelist:

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

Jan
1
Fri
2021
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

Time:

Place: Mills College,5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland- Moore Natural Science Building, Room 215
Campus Map link https://www.mills.edu/docs/mills_college_campus_map.pdf

Cost: No Charge

Further Information: Please contact the CalACS office by email office@calacs.org.

ABSTRACT:
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.