“Imminent Shaking”: What Kind of Earthquake Warning is Possible? – S. Minson; WCC Event 2/15/2020 @ USDA - Albany
Feb 15 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Sarah Minson is a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Science Center.  Her research interests include using probabilistic inference for seismological problems such as determining the physics of earthquake ruptures, and estimating the slip distribution and predicting the ground motion from earthquakes in real-time for earthquake early warning.  She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to her current position, she was a Mendenhall post-doctoral fellow with the U.S. Geological Survey as well as a post-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology.  She is a winner of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and a Kavli Fellow (National Academy of Sciences and The Kavli Foundation).  More info: https://www.usgs.gov/staff-profiles/sarah-minson
“Imminent Shaking”: What Kind of Earthquake Warning is Possible?
The United States is developing ShakeAlert, an earthquake early warning system that
will provide California, Oregon, and Washington with advanced warning of potentially
damaging shaking. The hopes for early warning systems are high, but the reality of what
can be expected from earthquake early warning is nuanced. Earthquakes don’t happen
in an instant and don’t tell us how big they will become. This means that any forecasts
that we make will be imperfect, and the amount of warning will be short: in many cases,
only a few seconds of warning will be possible. In spite of these limitations, there could
still be significant value to earthquake early warning, especially for people who are
willing to adopt a “better safe than sorry” strategy of taking protective action for
earthquakes that have only a small chance of causing damage. What kind of warning
system would you prefer? One that issues alerts for weak shaking, but also sends alerts
for many events that do not go on to produce strong shaking? Or an earthquake early
warning system that issues alerts only once ground shaking is expected to be
damaging, but there is an increased chance that the alerts could be issued too late?
During this talk, you will discover how an earthquake early warning system works, how
warnings are issued and how much warning is possible.
Expanding Your Horizons – a career conference for young women in grades 6 – 9 @ Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts & Education
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Expanding Your Horizons – a career conference for young women in grades 6 – 9

Cal ACS will present hands-on chemistry activities from 11 AM to 1 PM.  Please contact Dr. Margareta Séquin if you would like to join our volunteer team.

To register a student for the conference: http://tveyh.org

Event Flier

The Future of Food – ACS Webinar @ Science Annex, College of Alameda
Feb 25 @ 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

The Future of Food graphic - food and earth

Join us for refreshments, door prizes, and some chemistry fun with this FREE webinar from the American Chemical Society and a panel of food chemistry experts.

Glorietta Elementary School Science Fair @ Glorietta Elementary School
Mar 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Cal ACS returns to the Glorietta Elementary School Science Fair on Wednesday, March 4th, with some more hands-on chemistry.  You can help us present old favorites as well as new activities connected “Sustainability: Protecting Our Planet Through Chemistry,” this year’s theme for Chemists Celebrate Earth Week.

Science Day at CSU Stanislaus @ Naraghi Hall of Science, Science 1 Building, Greenhouse and Sustainable Garden, CSU Stanislaus
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Free Admission &
Open to the Public

Snacks will be sold for cash only

  • Labs and Guided Tours
  • Skeletons, Skulls, Fossils
  • Everyday Chemistry
  • Snakes and six-legged zoo
  • Trans-California Pathway
  • Enochs High School
  • Dutcher Middle School
  • Explore the fields of biology, chemistry, mathematics, nursing, physics, child development, geography and geology

Presented by: Turlock Irrigation District, PG&E, Warrior Chemistry Club, Biology Student Association, Math Club, Nursing Students Association, Pre-Health Society, Society of Physics Students, Geography Club, Psychology Club, and Stan State STEM Ambassadors.

The open-house environment will feature activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Naraghi Hall of Science, the Science 1 Building and the greenhouse. There will also be tours of the Trans-California Pathway, an outdoor arboretum featuring plant communities native to a transect of California from the Central Valley to the High Sierra. With more than 20 activities available, students and their families will be provided with a “Passport to Science” booklet to track their activities throughout the day.

Organized by faculty and staff in the College of Science with support from the Office of Service Learning and students in the college, the event typically brings more than 2,000 visitors to campus. Science Day was established and has been principally directed by Mark A. Grobner, a professor in the Department of Biology. One of the fundamental goals of the event is to expose young students to new fields of science, and especially to spark an interest in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

What Did Chemistry Contribute to Our Every Day Life? @ Lawrence Hall of Science
Mar 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Four 15-20 minutes lectures will describe the role of chemistry on the areas of Transportation & Energy, Medicine, Food & Agriculture and Communications. The emphasis will be on WHAT not HOW!  The presentations will be done in layman language, no chemistry background is needed.

1.Transportation and Energy, Dr. Paul Jagodzinski,

      Northern Arizona University, ACS District Director

2. Medicine, Dr. Hannah Powers, Maze Therapeutics,

     Pharmaceutical Research Chemist

3. Food and Agriculture, Dr. Wally Yokoyama,

     WRCC- USDA, ACS Division of Food and Agriculture

4. Communications, Dr. Attila Pavlath,

     ACS President, 2001

It will be followed for leisurely viewing by the exhibit of 32 colorful posters with the chronology of developments and illustration of 75 special examples. The posters can be found on www.chemistryinyourlife.org in 32 languages. A contest will be held to find anything in your life, which has nothing to do with chemistry.

Please, call the Section’s Office, 510-351-9922 to register your and your guest’s attendance. Entrance to the Lawrence Hall of Science requires a fee of $16, but for those registered it will be free (though, you have to buy a parking ticket ($1/hour) at a kiosk). A special check-in desk will be set up at the entrance for those registered.

Golden Gate STEM Fair – CANCELLED @ Bay Model Visitors Center
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Another casualty of the Corona Virus:


The Golden Gate STEM Fair continues the tradition of SF Bay Area science fairs in a fabulous new location, the US Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model Visitors Center in Sausalito. You can explore this working model of San Francisco Bay and its estuaries for FREE, while meeting hundreds of the Bay Area’s best and brightest high school science students.  Cal ACS will be there to promote STEM education with some fun hands-on activities, and you can help!

Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Week with the

California Section, ACS

We’re off to an early start this spring with public outreach in the California Section and you can enjoy as well as help with many of our outreach activities!

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, this year’s celebration of Earth Day and John Muir’s birthday on Saturday, April 18th, 2020 at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA, has been CANCELED.

This year’s CCEW (Chemists Celebrate Earth Week) theme is “Protecting Our Planet Through Chemistry.” You can go online to access the Earth Week 2020 edition of Celebrating Chemistry (in English or Spanish) with instructions for activities to do at home.

And, all students K-12 are invited to participate in the Illustrated Poem Contest — the deadline for electronic submissions to the California Section is April 22nd (Earth Day!)

Illustrated Poem Contest Contest Rules

Illustrated Poem Contest Entry Form


Women in AI Career Panel – Online Zoom Event
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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

The event is FREE and open to the community.

Jillian Sanzone of Merck on Pharmaceutical Chemistry – cancelled @ TBD
May 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm