2017-01-18: Chemical Rainbows and Liquid Crystal Souls: The Spirit of Alchemy at the Getty Center

January Section Meeting

Chemical Rainbows and Liquid Crystal Souls:
The Spirit of Alchemy in the History of Art Lecture
by David Brafman

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
7:00 p.m.

Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Art of Alchemy @ The Getty: Long shrouded in secrecy, alchemy is now recognized as the ancestor of modern chemistry. Alchemists were notorious for attempting to make synthetic gold, but their goals were far more ambitious: to transform and bend nature to the will of an industrious human imagination. For scientists, philosophers, and artists alike, alchemy seemed to hold the key to unlocking the secrets of creation. Alchemists efforts to discover the way the world is made have had an enduring impact on artistic practice and expression around the globe. Inventions born from alchemical laboratories include metal alloys for sculpture and ornament, oil paints, effects in glassmaking, and even the chemical baths of photography. The mysterious art of alchemy transformed visual culture from antiquity to the Industrial Age, and its legacy still permeates the world we make today.

Reservations: This event is free, but tickets are required. We have 30 tickets available for this exciting lecture. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Nancy Paradiso in the Section Office via email at office@scalacs.org by Monday, January 16th. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Election Results

Thanks to everyone who voted in our electronic election and congratulations to our newly elected members. Their terms of office begin January 1, 2017.

Chair-elect: Bob de Groot
Secretary: Barbara Belmont
Members of the Executive Committee: Alexander Alschuler, Morgan McCarthy and Edye Udell
Councilors: Barbara Sitzman and Sofia Pappatheodorou
Alternate Councilors: Ana Gamboa and Ralf Haiges

Congratulations to those who won the election and thanks to those who were willing to serve as candidates.

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SCALACS on Facebook and Twitter!

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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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