2017-04-20: CSUDH Earth Day Celebration

At the California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), in Carson, the Science
Society of CSUDH will be hosting a presentation called “Hope for the Future?
Politics, Consumerism and Environmental Crisis,” to be given by Dr. Sheela Pawar of
the CSUDH Philosophy Department. The event will be at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 20
in room NSM B-252. It’s co-sponsored by CAMS and Sigma Pi. No RSVP is needed and
there is no charge to attend.

A day pass to the university’s parking lots costs $6. Cross streets are University
Drive to the south, Avalon Blvd to the west, Central Ave to the east, and Victoria
St. (continuation of 190th St.) to the north. The address is 1000 E. Victoria St.,
Carson CA 90747. See http://www4.csudh.edu/campus-map-directions/ for directions and
for a map of the campus.

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2017-05-24: Tolman Award Dinner honoring Prof. Paul Weiss, UCLA

Tolman Award Dinner Meeting

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

UCLA Faculty Center Main Dining Room
480 Charles E. Young Drive, East
Los Angeles, CA 90095

“Exploring the Ultimate Limits of Miniaturization”

Paul S. Weiss
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA

6:00 p.m. Check-in and Hosted Social Hour
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Presentation

The Award: The Richard C. Tolman Medal is awarded each year by the Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society in recognition of outstanding contributions to chemistry in Southern California. The Tolman Medal recognizes broad accomplishments in chemistry rather than a single fundamental discovery. These contributions may be of several kinds, including seminal research of widely regarded influence, achievements of broad impact in chemical technology, significant contributions to chemical education, and outstanding leadership in science on a national level. To be eligible for the Medal, the recipient must have accomplished a major portion of his or her work while a resident of Southern California.

Abstract: We use molecular design, tailored syntheses, intermolecular interactions, and selective chemistry to explore the ultimate limits of miniaturization. We direct molecules into desired positions to create nanostructures, to connect functional molecules to the outside world, and to serve as test structures for measuring single or bundled molecules. Interactions within and between molecules can be designed, directed, measured, understood, and exploited at unprecedented scales. Such interactions can be used to form precise molecular assemblies, nanostructures, and patterns, and to control and to stabilize function. We selectively test hypothesized mechanisms of function by varying molecular design, chemical environment, and measurement conditions to enable or to disable function and control using predictive and testable means. Critical to understanding these variations has been developing the means to make tens to hundreds of thousands of independent single-molecule/assembly measurements in order to develop sufficiently significant statistical distributions, while retaining the intrinsic heterogeneity in the measured function of the molecules and assemblies. We have likewise developed and applied the means to map buried chemical functionality and interactions. The next steps are to apply these ideas to biomolecular assemblies and larger biological systems to understand the variations in structure and function that have been inaccessible to study.

Cost: There is a choice of dinner entrees of Marinated Grilled Rib-Eye Steak w/ herbed polenta, veal demi glaze, and vegetables ($40) or Portobello Mushroom Ravioli w/ Swiss chard, porcini cream sauce and truffle oil drizzle ($40). Both options include a hosted social hour, salad, dessert, wine with dinner and tax and tip, payable at the door with cash or check. Please RSVP to Nancy in the Section Office at office@scalacs.org by Friday, May 5, 2017.

Directions: For directions to the campus, use this link: http://maps.ucla.edu/campus/?locid=83901. Parking is $12 for guest parking in Parking Lot 2 (just south of the Faculty Center).

*photo courtesy of Peter Cutts


Congratulations to our 2016
Richard C. Tolman Award Recipient
Paul S. Weiss

Paul S. Weiss holds a UC Presidential Chair and is a distinguished professor of chemistry & biochemistry and of materials science & engineering at UCLA. He received his S.B. and S.M. degrees in chemistry from MIT and his Ph.D. in chemistry from UC Berkeley. He was a postdoctoral member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories and a visiting scientist at IBM Almaden Research Center. He served as the director of the California NanoSystems Institute and held the Fred Kavli Chair in NanoSystems Sciences at UCLA from 2009-14. Before coming to UCLA, he was a distinguished professor of chemistry and physics at Penn State, where he began his academic career in 1989. His interdisciplinary research group includes chemists, physicists, biologists, materials scientists, mathematicians, electrical and mechanical engineers, computer scientists, clinicians, and physician scientists. They focus on the ultimate limits of miniaturization, exploring the atomic-scale chemical, physical, optical, mechanical, and electronic properties of surfaces, interfaces, and supramolecular assemblies.

Weiss has been awarded a NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the BF Goodrich Collegiate Inventors Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a NSF Creativity Award, and the ACS Award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry, among others. He was elected a fellow of: the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, the American Vacuum Society, the ACS, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and an honorary fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society. He has been a visiting professor at Caltech, Harvard, the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Kyoto University, and the University of Washington, He is the founding and current editor-in-chief of ACS Nano. At ACS Nano, he and his team won the Association of American Publishers, Professional Scholarly Publishing PROSE Award, Best New Journal in Science, Technology, and Medicine, and ISI’s Rising Star Award a record ten times.

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2017-04-30: UCLA Meteorite Gallery Tour

UCLA Meteorite Gallery Tour

Sunday, April 30, 2017
1:00 p.m.

UCLA Geology Building
595 Charles E. Young Dr. 
East, Los Angeles, CA, 90095

The UCLA Collection of Meteorites is the largest on the West Coast and contains over 2500 samples from about 1500 different meteorites. It is the fifth largest collection of meteorites in the United States and the second largest housed at a university.

RSVP: This is a free tour, but space is limited to 30 people, based on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to Nancy Paradiso in the Section Office at office@scalacs.org by April 24. Meet in the Court of Sciences, in front of the Geology Building.

Directions: Parking is available in Lot 2. For a map of the campus, plus directions, please go to http://www.meteorites.ucla.edu/visit/

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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.

We are pleased to announce that Professor Dianne Newman from Cal Tech is the keynote speaker for the 2017 ACS Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference, Saturday, April 29, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at UCLA. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided and registration is free of charge.

**Deadline for abstract registration has been extended until April 7**. For more information, please visit the conference website at http://www.chem.ucla.edu/scurc or contact Tom Calhoun at tcahoon@chem.ucla.edu. The registration link is included on the website.

All faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students are welcome to attend, but
only undergraduates will be participating in oral and poster presentations.

Students can submit their abstracts to edoutreach@chem.ucla.edu. The registration deadline for submitting abstracts is Friday, April 7, 2017. The registration deadline for all other attendees is Friday, April 7, 2017.

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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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