SCALACS Electronic Election

The Southern California Section is holding their first electronic election this year! The goal is to increase participation in our election process. By next week, Southern California members will receive an email from that will have your ballot information. We ask that you either turn off your spam filter or look for the ballot in case it ends up in your junk mail.

You will be voting for one Chair, one Secretary/Treasurer, three Members at Large and two Councilors. The electronic ballot will prompt you through all sections. There will be a link to the biographies and statements for you to make your decisions. There will also be a link at the end of the ballot for our Member Survey. We hope you will take a moment to fill it out. We will use the information to try to provide programming that our members will enjoy.

If you do not have email or if your email bounces, a post card will be sent to your postal address with information on how to vote online or how to request a paper ballot.

It is our hope that electronic voting will allow more members to vote and participate in our election. We hope you will take advantage of this historic opportunity!

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SCALACS National Chemistry Week Activities

NCW Outreach Activities

 photo SSNCW14color.jpgThursday, October 30, 2014 – California State University, Dominguez Hills Science Society presents a National Chemistry Week event at 4:30 p.m. in Room SCC 104. Guest Speaker JoAnn Aragon Valdivia will discuss the good and bad sides of sweets. Refreshments will be served. Come find out about the Sweet Side of Chemistry – Candy!

October 19-25, 2014 (Varying Times) National Chemistry Week
Activities at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037, website: Join volunteers at the California Science Center for NCW activities throughout the week. The theme for NCW 2014 is “The Sweet Side of Chemistry—Candy!” For more information about NCW, visit: If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact Henry Abrash at: abrash8-at-aol-dot-com.

National Chemistry Week Activities at Pasadena City College:

October 23, 2014: Mole Day – NanoMole Hunt on campus
“Spectroscopy at JPL” seminar by Dr. Brian Drouin

October 24, 2014: Chemistry Magic Show – Students will perform a Magic Show on Campus

October 25, 2014: Candy Making Workshop – Students will make sugar candy and discover the Chemistry of Candy making.

October 31, 2014: Outreach to Jefferson Elementary – teaching fifth graders about what makes up candy colors through Candy Chromatography.

Please contact Dr. Veronica Jaramillo at vijaramillo-at-pasadena-dot-edu for more information about the events at Pasadena City College.

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High School Chemistry Teachers Meeting

SCALACS High School Chemistry Teacher Meeting

Occidental College
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Saturday, November 1, 2014

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (lunch included)

2014 theme of National Chemistry Week is
“The Sweet Side of Chemistry—Candy!”

For many years the Occidental Chemistry Teachers Meeting sponsored by the Southern California Section was the premier place in Los Angeles for teachers to learn from teachers. Please consider coming and sharing your favorite lesson, demo, or trick with us. Already confirmed speakers include Paul Groves, Richard Erdman, Larry Quimby, Caroline Morgan, Dave Kukla, Michael Morgan, and more! Anyone interested in presenting, please contact the program chair, Michael Morgan at A detailed presentation of the reworked AP Chemistry courses will be included.

Cost: There is a $25 cost for the program which includes lunch (cash or check). For pre-service teachers, the fee is $5. There is free parking on campus.

Registration: The registration form is available at Please download the form and return it with the fee to: SCALACS, 14934 S. Figueroa Street, Gardena, CA 90248 by Thursday, October 30th. You can also contact Nancy Paradiso at

Sponsored by SCALACS, Occidental College and
TOPS Program

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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:
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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