2015-11-21: Tour of the San Andreas Fault

Welcome to Earthquake Country! – An ACS Tour of the San Andreas Fault and Kickoff of Chemists Take On the Quake Innovative Project Program

Saturday, November 21, 2015
9 am – 2 pm

Meet at California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Pkwy, San Bernardino, CA 92407
(Meet in Parking Lot L)

– Did you know there are 20 to 30 earthquakes per day in Southern California?
– Did you know the “Big One” can cause 150 seconds of intense shaking in our region?
– Did you know over 10.5 million Californians participated in The Great ShakeOut on October 15th? Did you participate?

Join us for a tour of the San Andreas fault and have the chance to straddle the Pacific/North American Plate Boundary – an ultimate photo opportunity. Bring your passports! Learn about how earthquake scientists study faults using GPS and how that information is integrated with other data to produce earthquake forecasts. This tour provides a chance to get up close and personal with one of the most famous faults in the world, the 1300 km long San Andreas. Learn how it produces the great beauty of our home and also poses great risk to the 23 million inhabitants of Southern California. Find out about steps you can take to be ready for the next big earthquake. This tour is also the kickoff of a SCALACS Innovative Project Grant: Chemists Take On the Quake where chemists from all walks of life encourage resilience through preparing for, responding to, and recovering from earthquakes.

This tour will be led by Robert de Groot, Ph.D., ACSF who is Director for Education at the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) a 60+ institution research center funded by the National Science Foundation and the United States Geological Survey. SCEC manages The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills which had over 40 million participants worldwide in 2015. Learn more about SCEC at www.scec.org.

Cost: $5 includes water, snacks and a field guide cool swag will be provided! Free for students. Everyone is welcome! Encourage friends, family, and ACS student members to attend! Please RSVP to Nancy Paradiso by Monday, November 16th so we know how much water, snacks and resources to have for everyone.

Directions & Parking: Visit: http://www.csusb.edu/mapsDirections/index.html. Meet in Parking Lot L. Parking is enforced 24/7 – weekend daily parking pass is $3.00.

What to bring: Sack lunch, sunscreen, hat, bag for cool rocks you’ll find, notebook and clipboard, camera. Wear sturdy shoes. There is some moderate hiking involved and one small hill to climb.

We will have access to bathrooms, drink and snack vending machine, and an inside space to get out of the sun if needed.

Hosted by the Southern California Section ACS and the Southern California Earthquake Center

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Southern California Section Election

This year, we are again holding an electronic election. Within the next few days, you will receive an email from Vote-now.com LLC with your ballot information. The “from” address will be elections@vote-now.com. We ask that you either add this address to your accepted list in your spam filter, or look for the ballot in case it ends up in your junk mail. You can often “train” your email program to accept an address by sending an email to that address first, so you may want to send a message to

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 is also a link at the end of the ballot for our Member Survey. We hope that you will take a few moments to fill that out as well.

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.

Please note that the deadline to vote is November 25th, 2015. Please make sure you vote before that date.

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 opportunity!


Nancy Paradiso
Southern California Section
American Chemical Society

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SCALACS on Facebook and Twitter!

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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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