Chair’s Message, August 2016

With autumn a month away, we enter 2016’s homestretch.   What does this mean for your Santa Clara Valley ACS section?

Some roles on our leadership team are beginning to shift toward next year’s responsibilities. For example, monthly events are now arranged by our chair-elect, Todd Eberspacher.   Todd is preparing a varied slate of events, including:

  • The Information Landscape for Chemists, a dinner talk by Stanford’s head chemistry librarian, Grace Baysinger, on September 14.   Register here.
  • Wine and cheese tasting at UC Davis with two other Northern California ACS sections on Saturday, October 1st. Keep an eye on our website for registration details.
  • The newly opened Silicon Valley branch of the US Patent & Trademark Office.
    Retired patent lawyer, Howard Peters, provides us the benefit of his USPTO experience by arranging this event in the novel setting of the patent office itself, in San Jose City Hall.
    The Silicon Valley USPTO is a West Coast regional office serving California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Alaska, and Hawaii. Registration details to appear on our website.

Another shift is underway in preparations for SCVACS’s 2016 election of members for its 2017 leadership team. We are excited to have a ballot this year with multiple candidates for our leadership positions. A number of members and newcomers to SCVACS have stepped up to fuel a surge of interest in rejuvenating our section. Step up and contact us if you would like to take part in this transformation. Open positions include Secretary, Chair-elect, Councilors and Alternate Councilors, described on our website.


  • Our May dinner-lecture with founder Pat Brown of Impossible Foods
    The Impossible Foods website has been updated and now posts locations where you can taste their products.
  • Monterey Bay area ACS activity
    The success of our kick-off event in April at Cabrillo College in Aptos has catalyzed the planning of a second event in September at the Moss Landing Marine Labs.       The topic is the distribution and speciation of mercury in the California Current from sea to land via fog …backwards as most pollutants flow from land to sea. Monterey Bay area events – geared to serve those who live in the southern half of our SCVACS local section from Santa Cruz to Monterey and Salinas – are open to all. Keep an eye on our website as the details emerge.
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