Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Events

Illustrated Poem Contest

As part of Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) activities, the American Chemical Society is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten – 12th grade. Entries will be judged at the local section level and then be advance to the National contest for a chance at prizes there.

All poems must be no more than 40 words, and in one of the following styles to be considered: Haiku, limerick, ode, ABC poem, free verse, end rhyme or blank verse. Entries are judged based upon relevance and incorporation of the CCED theme (“Climate Science—More than Just A Weather Report”), word choice and imagery, colorful artwork, adherence to poem style, originality and creativity, and overall presentation.

All entries must be original works without aid from others. Each poem must be submitted and illustrated on an unlined sheet of paper (of any type) not larger than 11” x 14”. The illustration must be created by hand using crayons, watercolors, other types of paint, colored pencils, or markers. The text of the poem should be easy to read and may be printed with a computer, before the hand-drawn illustration is added, or the poem may be written on lined paper which is cut out and pasted onto the unlined paper with the illustration. Only one entry per student will be accepted.

The deadline for entries is April 24, 2015. Please mail entries to: SCALACS, 14934 S. Figueroa Street, Gardena, CA 90248 or email to Winners will receive a $25 prize. For more information, contact the Section office at


Chemists Celebrate Earth Day

April 19 (10 am – 4 pm) & April 22, 2015 (10 am – 2 pm) Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Activities at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037. The 2015 theme is: “Climate Science–It’s More than a Weather Report”. Join volunteers for CCED activities. Dates and times will be listed on the SCALACS website. For more information, or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Henry Abrash at:

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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 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:
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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