National Chemistry Week: Solving Mysteries through Chemistry
Date: Saturday October 15, 2016, 10 am – 1 pm
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose
Hands-on science experiments for children are among the many activities planned for area residents during this year’s celebration of National Chemistry Week, Oct. 16-22. This year’s theme is “Solving Mysteries through Chemistry.” The annual event is an outreach program hosted by the Santa Clara Valley section of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.
This year’s celebration will kick-off on Saturday October 15th, 10 am to 1 pm at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San Jose (150 E. San Fernando St.) with a day of hands-on science activities for elementary-school children and their parents. Area chemists will supervise and explain the importance of each activity. The Chemistry Wheel of Fortune will be spinning for all children to win a prize. Children will make colorful slime in the slime lab, experiment with boo bubbles and explore the fascinating and varied chemistry of fibers, forensics and more.
Click here for a PDF version of this flier which you can download, print and post on a bulletin board.
The Chemistry of Wine and Cheese
Date: Saturday October 1, 2016
Speakers: Professor Moshe Rosenberg and Professor Andrew Waterhouse
Location: Activities and Recreation Center, UC Davis Campus
We are pleased to announce the return of a very popular event from last year: our Flavors of Chemistry event. Professor Moshe Rosenberg, Professor and Specialist in Dairy Engineering and Technology in the Food Science and Technology Department at UC Davis, will speak on the topic of “The Chemistry of Cheese.” He will be followed by Professor Andrew Waterhouse, Professor of Enology in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, speaking about “The Chemistry of Wine.” Their talks will be followed by a selection of wine and cheese pairings. This event will bring together members of four ACS Local Sections: Santa Clara Valley, California, Sierra Nevada, and Sacramento. The District VI Director of ACS, Dr. Paul Jagodzinski, will attend and also briefly address the attendees.
||The Chemistry of Wine and Cheese
||Saturday October 1, 2016
||2 – 6 pm
||Activities and Recreation Center, UC Davis Campus
Parking is free on campus on weekends
||$25.00 ($26.87 w/service fee) ACS Member
$30.00 ($32.04 w/service fee) Non-ACS Member
$15.00 ($16.52 w/service fee) Student ACS member
Image from Pacific Institute, http://pacinst.org
The Information Landscape for Chemists at Work and Play
Date: Wednesday September 14, 2016
Speaker: Ms. Grace Baysinger
Location: Michael’s at Shoreline Park, Mountain View
[Click here for Grace’s presentation. – 8.41MB]
Most new chemical information is published digitally. Older years for journals and books by major publishers are being digitized too. Print reference books are now searchable as online databases. Major abstracting and indexing services continue to add “power tools” to help users find information more effectively and efficiently. While some resources are limited to current students, faculty, and staff at subscribing institutions, a growing number of resources are openly accessible to everyone. This presentation will provide an overview about key chemistry resources plus interesting and cool resources to explore for fun. It will also briefly cover opportunities and challenges facing 21st century research libraries. Finally, this talk will summarize opportunities for serving on committees or participating in Divisions in ACS that have a chemical information focus.
Ms. Grace Baysinger, has been the Head Librarian and Bibliographer at the Swain Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library in the Stanford University Libraries, for the past 26 years. Prior to moving to California, she worked in the University of Michigan Library. Grace’s interests include scholarly communication and publishing plus discovery methods and interfaces for finding information. On campus she is the project lead for providing federated search services called xSearch (searching multiple resources at one time), and for helping support publication feeds for Stanford Profiles. ACS contributions include serving and Chairing on the ACS Committee for Publications, ACS Committee for Chemical Abstracts Service, ACS Committee on Community Activities, and being Chair of the ACS Division for Chemical Information (CINF). Currently, she is a member of the CAS Committee and Chair of the CINF’s Education Committee. Other current professional activities include serving on the advisory boards for the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Journal of Chemical Education, and the Science of Synthesis database.
||The Information Landscape for Chemists at Work and Play
||Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
||6:00 Social Hour
||Michael’s at Shoreline
2960 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View
Our next event will be our summer wine tasting and picnic on Saturday, July 9, on the Stanford campus.
The wine tasting will be in the lobby of the Keck Science Building. The wines we’ll be tasting will be from the Donati Family Winery, located in Templeton, California, near Paso Robles.
The picnic will be in the general area around the Keck Science Building, and we’ll put up signs to direct you to the right place if necessary. Featured will be our usual catered picnic outside the nearby Mudd chemistry building.
Afterwards, ceremonies inside the Mudd building will honor our 50th- and 60th-year members, as well as other award winners.
The picnic will be a buffet catered by Armadillo Willy’s, as it has been for several years now, and the menu will include:
Smoked beef brisket
Grilled portobello mushrooms
Wine (both red and white), sodas, water
Enough dessert for all
SCVACS June 2016 Dinner Seminar
Joint with the Golden Gate Polymer Forum
“Redesigning the Interface Between Fresh Produce and the Environment for Sustainable Agriculture”
Dr. James Rogers, CEO Apeel Sciences
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Michael’s at Shoreline, Mountain View
Flyer for event
Apeel Sciences creates products from natural plant extracts that allow growers to reduce reliance on pesticides, increase produce quality, and provide superior shelf life even when optimal temperature control is not possible. As the world confronts the implications of an ever-expanding population, agriculture will need to evolve in order to improve the efficiency with which we use our natural resources. In the US, the majority of our fresh water is consumed for irrigation while 40% of our fresh produce is lost to spoilage before it can be used. This means that we are literally “throwing away” a portion of our available freshwater supply, not to mention the added negative environmental consequences of pesticide usage associated with growing the huge fraction of produce that ultimately ends up in landfills. Our innovative technologies protect crops and help to significantly reduce spoilage, which in turn reduces water use, lowers energy costs, and helps preserve natural ecosystems. Using agricultural byproducts – parts of the plant that are normally discarded – Apeel creates products that fortify the surfaces of fresh fruits and vegetables, forming an ultra-thin barrier that camouflages crops and shields produce from both biotic and abiotic stressors. Made from 100% plant material, Apeel’s protective formulas are invisible, tasteless, edible and durable.
James Rogers, Apeel’s Science Director & CEO, received dual undergraduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in Materials Science & Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and received his PhD in Materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara. For his PhD research, James was the recipient of the 2012 Frank J. Padden Jr. Award for polymer physics, the premier polymer physics prize in the United States. James is a graduate of the UC Santa Barbara Technology Management Program and also holds a Master’s degree in Economics.
Drawing from his research, James founded Apeel Sciences to help provide new organic technology solutions for sustainable agriculture. James guides corporate strategy and oversees the company’s research and development efforts.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
6:00 Social Hour
Michael’s at Shoreline
2960 N. Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, CA