Queer in STEM: One Person’s Journey by Barbara Belmont, MS, ACSF 2013 @ Online Zoom Meeting
Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Barbara Belmont is an analytical chemistry faculty at CSU Dominguez Hills

Barbara Belmont is an analytical chemistry faculty member at CSU Dominguez Hills

A co-sponsored online event between Chevron PRIDE, ACS California Section, and AWIS East Bay
The event will include a presentation followed by a Q&A session.

Barbara Belmont takes us through her journey from shy and humble beginnings, to her decisions about education and career, to her quest to find and support queer people like herself in STEM.

Barbara Belmont is an analytical chemistry faculty at CSU Dominguez Hills, where she teaches Quantitative Analysis and mentors undergraduate research in natural products analysis, electroanalytical chemistry, organic chemical analysis, and laboratory curriculum development. She also runs an independent testing laboratory that offers analytical services for manufactured product quality evaluation.
With over 40 years of experience at the bench in industry, Barbara has become an expert in analysis of and consulting about Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) used in consumer products and coatings/adhesives. Barbara is an advocate and champion for STEM education, public understanding of science, and broadening participation in STEM, and has worked for decades to help LGBTQ+ people in STEM get a seat at the table in the Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Respect movement.

How to Network Virtually @ Online Event
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

From in-person to virtually

A CALACS career event for undergrads, graduate students, Post-docs and recently graduated professionals. Learn how to network virtually. Then get to virtually network with professionals and participants.

10-10:50am Lecture and Q&A
11-12pm Networking

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.

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

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.


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
Campus Map link

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.