2017-03-11: Expanding Your Horizons Conference

The Expanding Your Horizons Conference for Young Women will be held on
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Chalon Campus

Expanding Your Horizons is a career day organized by the Math/Science Interchange that is intended to inform young women about careers in math- and science-related fields. The conference is for girls in grades 5-8. Girls participate in hands-on workshops such as dissecting pig hearts, isolating DNA, and making colors with chemistry. There are also workshops for parents, teachers and counselors about making math and science a career option for girls.

There is a $15 fee for each participant to cover lunch and materials. Note that only paid registered participants may attend the conference. Please register online at www.expandingyourhorizonsla.org; there is no on-site registration.

We are in need of volunteers to help with the conference. Since this is a conference for girls, women volunteers to help out for the day are very welcome. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Dr. Eleanor Siebert at esiebert@msmu.edu.

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2017-03-07: Brewery Tour of Firestone Walker Restaurant and Brewery

Beer Chemistry – Brewery Tour Meetup

Join us on March 7th at the Venice Beach Firestone Walker restaurant and brewery. The tour will start promptly at 6:00 p.m., so please arrive early! Learn a little about beer, the chemistry behind it, tour the brew house, and network with fellow Los Angeles based chemists! This event is open to members, students, and significant others. Food and drinks are available for purchase. You can see the menu on their website: www.firestonebeer.com – choose the Venice location.

Please RSVP to Nancy in the Section Office at office@scalacs.org by Wednesday, March 1st.

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2017-04-29: Undergraduate Research Conference at UCLA

The Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference in Chemistry and Biochemistry is an annual event, held in the spring, to afford undergraduates in chemistry the opportunity to present their research results. The presentations can be either oral or a poster presentation.

This year, the event will be held at UCLA on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The first call for abstracts is February 15th and the second call will be on March 8th. The deadline for all abstracts is Friday, March 31, 2017. For more information, please visit the conference website at http://www.chemistry.ucla.edu/southern-california-undergraduate-research-conference-scurc or contact Tom Calhoun at tcahoon@chem.ucla.edu.

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2017-02-17: Tour of the Gem and Mineral Hall at the Natural History Museum

Join Us for a Tour of the Gem and Mineral Hall at the Natural History Museum
of Los Angeles County!
Friday, February 17, 2017
3-5 pm

Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Exposition Park
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of National Chemistry Week and this year’s theme is “Chemistry Rocks!” This event kicks off a yearlong celebration so look out for other NCW themed events and programs throughout 2017!

The Gem and Mineral Hall displays more than 2,000 spectacular specimens within two large galleries that comprise what is considered to be one of the finest exhibits of gems and minerals in the world. Overall, the exhibit features an incredible array of gems and minerals from all over the globe as well as an extensive collection of California specimens.

Our tour will be lead by Collections Manager, Allyssa Morgan. Alyssa began collecting rocks and meteorites as a child, which was the beginning of a life-long passion for science. She received her bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Washington and her master’s degree in Geological Sciences from Brown University. Her specialties were experimental igneous petrology and planetary geology and her research focused on the petrogenesis of lunar volcanic rocks and the composition and evolution of the lunar mantle.

Learn more about the exhibit at: http://www.nhm.org/site/explore-exhibits/permanent-exhibits/gems-minerals

Reservations: There are only 25 spaces available for this tour. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of admission will be covered by the museum. You will only need to pay for your own parking. Please RSVP to office@scalacs.org no later than Wednesday February 15th. Meeting place: In front of south entrance.

Directions/Parking Information: http://www.nhm.org/site/plan-your-visit/directions-parking

If you have any questions about this event please contact Bob de Groot at: rdegroot@oxy.edu or at 626-826-1157.

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SCALACS on Facebook and Twitter!

Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

SCALACS has joined the Social Media world with an account on Facebook: www.facebook.com/scalacs
And on Twitter: @SCALACS1.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Welcome to the Southern California Section!

This is the website of the Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society. Throughout the year, we have lots of activities posted on this website (see the side bar for upcoming events!) and also printed in our monthly magazine, SCALACS. Please browse our website and see the kinds of events we have for chemists from all walks of life – from academia to industrial chemists.

We have events each month throughout the academic year where you can hobnob with other chemists (dinner meetings, interesting speakers, tours, and pizza nights are some of the fare!). Students can attend the dinner meetings for half the published price with valid ID. If you would like to hear the speaker at a dinner meeting without attending the dinner, just let Nancy Paradiso in the Section Office (310 327-1216 or office-at-scalacs-dot-org) know so we can reserve you a seat.

We also have great outreach programs such as National Chemistry Week, Chemists Celebrate Earth Day and the High School Olympiad to share chemistry with upcoming students. We’re always looking for volunteers to help with these important programs.

Members are also invited to attend our Executive Committee Meetings. This is a great way to see our Section governance in action! The Executive Committee Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (excluding December, June, July and August) at 7:30 p.m. The meetings are held at the Mount St. Mary’s Doheny campus. Please call Nancy at the Section Office for directions and to let her know that you are attending.

We hope to see you soon at an upcoming meeting or volunteering at an outreach event!

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