2015-02-07: Employment Workshop at Occidental College

Attention Job Seekers!

One-Day Employment Workshop

Saturday, February 7, 2014

Occidental College
Norris Chemistry 110
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041

9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

The Employment Committee of SCALACS is presenting a one-day workshop on job search strategies and tips on resume writing, personal branding, and networking. Discussion of the use of social media (e.g, Linkedin) will also be presented. The workshop will be interactive, so bring several copies of your resume and plenty of questions.

Reservations: Lunch is not provided, so a brown bag is suggested. Water and soda will be provided. Seating is limited to 20 attendees, so please sign-up with Nancy Paradiso at office@scalacs.org by Monday, February 2nd.

Directions: For directions and a map of the campus, please go to http://www.oxy.edu/page/maps-directions. There is free parking on campus on the weekend.

We are looking forward to seeing you there and we hope it will be beneficial in your job search.

Brian Sullivan
Chair, Employment Committee

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2015-02-12: Dinner Meeting with Dr. David Crisp at PCC

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February Dinner Meeting

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Pasadena City College
Creveling Lounge

1570 E Colorado Blvd.,
Pasadena, CA 91106

Measuring Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide from Space – NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2)

David Crisp, Sr. Research Scientist
Jet Propulsion Laboratory/
California Institute of Technology

6:00 p.m. check-in
7:00 p.m. dinner
8:00 p.m. Presentation

Abstract: Fossil fuel combustion, deforestation, and other human activities are now adding almost 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere each year. Interestingly, less than half of this CO2 stays airborne. The rest is apparently being absorbed by natural processes at the surface, whose identity and location are poorly understood. Ground-based CO2 measurements accurately record the global atmospheric CO2 budget and its trends but do not have the resolution or coverage needed to identify the “sources” emitting CO2 into the atmosphere or the natural “sinks” absorbing this gas. One way to improve the resolution and coverage of these measurements is to collect precise observations of CO2 from an orbiting satellite. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory – 2 (OCO-2) is NASA’s first satellite designed to measure atmospheric CO2 with the accuracy, resolution, and coverage needed to identify its sources and sinks. OCO-2 was successfully launched on July 2, 2014. In early August, its instrument began recording more than 100,000 CO2 measurements over Earth’s sunlit hemisphere each day. Over the next two years, these measurements are expected to revolutionize our understanding of the processes controlling the atmospheric CO2 buildup. This talk will describe the OCO-2 mission, summarize its measurement approach, and present some of its earliest results.

Biography: Dr. David Crisp is an atmospheric physicist at the California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Since receiving his Ph.D. from the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program at Princeton University in 1984, his basic research has focused primarily on the development of radiative transfer methods for remote sensing algorithms and climate models of Venus, Earth, Mars, and more recently, a few exoplanets. Dr. Crisp has served as an instrument provider and science team member for several NASA missions and was the Chief Scientist of the New Millennium Program, NASA’s space flight technology program from 1997 to 2001. More recently, he was the Principal Investigator of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) mission, NASA’s first mission designed specifically to measure atmospheric carbon dioxide. Dr. Crisp is currently the leader of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) Science Team.

Reservations: The dinner is Cheese Ravioli with Pesto-Alfredo cream sauce, fresh rolls, Strawberry Walnut Salad and dessert. The cost is $25. Please RSVP to Nancy Paradiso at office-at-scalacs.org or 310 327-1216 by Monday, February 9th. The presentation is open to everyone for free at 7:00.

Directions & Parking: Please visit http://www.pasadena.edu/maps/ for directions and a map of the campus. Parking is $2 in Lot Numbers 3 or 4.

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Missing Issues of SCALACS

Missing Issues of SCALACS

The Southern California Section Office is looking for specific copies of SCALACS to be included in an archival book. We are looking for:

January and November 1980
February 1982
September 1984
March, April and May, 1994
January, September, October and November/December 1995

If anyone has these copies and doesn’t mind parting with them, please contact Nancy Paradiso in the Section Office at 310 327-1216 or office@scalasc.org. We appreciate your help!

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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 dinner meetings each month throughout the academic year where you can hobnob with other chemists (interesting speakers and great food!). 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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