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!)
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ZOOM ID and password will be available the day of the event.
A Conversation with Leland Jourdan
(Chief Diversity Officer, Chevron Corporation)
A co-sponsored online event between ACS and AWIS
The event will include a presentation followed by a Q&A session.
Zoom or Webex link to be shared with attendees the day of the event.
Leland (Lee) T. Jourdan graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1978. Serving his five-year post graduate military commitment, he reached the rank of Captain while serving as a logistics officer and paratrooper in the 18th Airborne Corps. He currently serves as Chief Diversity Officer, Global Diversity and Ombuds Center of Expertise with Chevron. Prior assignments in Chevron include Vice President, Commercial, Chevron IndoAsia Business Unit, which included commercial and business development covering Indonesia and the Philippines, and GM Commercial and Business Development for Chevron’s Asia South Business Unit which includes Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Jourdan has been in the energy industry since 1983, a career that spans the regulated and deregulated landscape of energy commodities, including US domestic trading, transportation and LNG, as well as energy acquisition and divestiture projects. After nine years living in Thailand and Indonesia, Jourdan now resides in Houston, TX, with Diane, his wife of 37 years. They have three children and two grandchildren. Jourdan is an avid golfer, a published author, and serves on the advisory board of SEARCH Homeless Services in Houston.
Online Zoom Event with Dr. Elisabeth Bik
The event is a seminar-style presentation followed by a Q&A.
Zoom link provided to attendees the day of the event.
Science builds upon science. Even after peer-review and publication, science papers could still contain images or other data of concern. If not addressed post-publication, papers containing incorrect or even falsified data could lead to wasted time and money spent by other researchers trying to reproduce those results. Several high-profile science misconduct cases have been described, but many cases are yet undetected. Dr. Elisabeth Bik is an image forensics detective who left her paid job in industry to search for and report duplicated and manipulated images in biomedical articles. She has done a systematic scan of 20,000 papers in 40 journals and found that about 4% of these contained inappropriately duplicated images. In her talk she will present her work and show several types of inappropriately duplicated images. In addition, she will show how to report scientific papers of concern, and how journals and institutions handle such allegations.
After receiving her PhD in Microbiology at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, Elisabeth Bik worked 15 years in the lab of David Relman in the School of Medicine at Stanford on the microbiomes of humans and marine mammals. In May 2014, she founded Microbiome Digest, an almost daily compilation of scientific papers in the rapidly growing microbiome field. From 2016-2019, she worked at two microbiome startup companies, uBiome and Astarte Medical. In March 2019, she left her job to become a science integrity volunteer and occasional consultant. She can often be found discussing science papers on Twitter at @MicrobiomDigest, writing for her blog ScienceIntegrityDigest or searching the biomedical literature for inappropriately duplicated or manipulated photographic images and plagiarized text. Her work has been recently featured in Nature.
Online Zoom Event
Zoom link provided to attendees the day of the event.
Reimagining liquid waste streams as resources can lead to recovery of valuable products and more efficient, less costly approaches to reducing harmful discharges to the environment. The nitrogen cycle has been drastically affected by humans via Haber Bosch fertilizer production, and results in net discharges of nitrogen that alter aquatic environments. The Tarpeh Lab develops and evaluates novel approaches to resource recovery from “waste” waters at several synergistic scales: molecular mechanisms of chemical transport and transformation; novel unit processes that increase resource efficiency; and systems-level assessments that identify optimization opportunities. We design and investigate selective separations to recover high-purity products from pollutants in wastewaters. Leveraging these molecular-scale insights can increase the sustainability of engineered processes in terms of energy, environmental impact, and cost. In this seminar, we will discuss two selective nitrogen separations: 1) ion exchange resins loaded with transition metals and 2) electrochemical nitrogen stripping. Integrating investigations of novel materials and processes can identify criteria for future materials and enable processes with unprecedented performance.
Professor William Tarpeh received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in environmental engineering. He completed an MS in environmental engineering at Berkeley and a BS in chemical engineering from Stanford University. He is currently an assistant professor at Stanford University in the Department of Chemical Engineering.