03-24-2017: CSULA 3rd Annual Forensic Science Symposium

The 3rd Annual Forensic Science Symposium will be held March 24th, 2017 from 9 AM – 2 PM in the Student Union (Building 5 on the CSULA Map) Alhambra Room 305 (3rd Floor). All are welcome to attend. Here is the program: Print ready program with location

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03-24-2017: Private Tour and Tasting at MAST Chocolatier – CANCELLED!

TOUR CANCELLED – Shop closed without warning!

The Women Chemists Committee

A Private Tour and Tasting
of the Chocolate Factory
MAST Los Angeles

816 S. Santa Fe Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Friday, March 24, 2017
3:00 p.m.

The Southern California Section Women Chemists Committee has arranged a tour of MAST, a chocolate factory in Los Angeles. The tour includes tastings! We will also include a pamphlet with chemistry facts about chocolate.

RSVP: The cost is $10 per person. The tour is limited to 24 people, based on first-come, first-served basis. Please email Nancy Paradiso in the Section Office at office@scalacs.org to attend by March 17th.

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In Memoriam: Prof. George Olah, USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute

In Memoriam: Prof. George Olah

It is with great sadness that we heard of the news of the passing of Prof. George Olah of the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute at USC. Prof. Olah was the Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Chair in Organic Chemistry and founding director of the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute.

In addition to receiving the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1994, Prof. Olah was also the recipient of the ACS Priestly Medal in 2005 as well as the Southern California Section’s Richard C. Tolman Medal in 1991.

Prof. Olah’s post-Nobel research focused not only on developing a promising new approach for solving long-range dependence on dwindling and nonrenewable fossil fuels, but also on mitigating global climate change caused by derived greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane. His novel approach — which he termed “the methanol economy” — was based on the use of methanol for energy storage as a convenient renewable liquid fuel to replace gasoline and diesel and as a feedstock for making petroleum-derived products.He made significant contributions to the development of improved lead-free gasoline, cleaner high-octane gas and other promising nonpolluting fuels, as well as many chemical processes now used in pharmaceutical and industrial chemistry. His research also led to the development of a new kind of fuel cell, called the direct liquid methanol fuel cell, a highly efficient source of electricity.

He developed new methods to convert existing natural gas (methane) directly and efficiently to methanol. However, the true methanol economy, Olah argued, will do without fossil fuels like natural gas, oil and coal, instead producing methanol by the reaction of hydrogen with carbon dioxide collected from exhaust gases from power plants and various industrial emissions. Eventually, Olah proposed, it will be possible to separate atmospheric carbon dioxide and convert it to methanol, enabling mankind to liberate itself from dependence on fossil fuels. This approach has the added advantage of diminishing the danger of global warming by removing and recycling the rising carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere. The substantial energy required to generate the needed hydrogen for methanol production could come from safe nuclear power plants and alternatives such as sunlight, wind and geothermal sources, he noted.

Prof. Olah is survived by his wife, Judith, and his sons, George and Ronald. Details of a USC campus celebration of Olah’s life are pending.

Source: http://news.usc.edu

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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.

This year, the event will be held at UCLA on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The first call for abstracts is February 15th and the second call will be on March 8th. The deadline for all abstracts is Friday, March 31, 2017. For more information, please visit the conference website at http://www.chemistry.ucla.edu/southern-california-undergraduate-research-conference-scurc or contact Tom Calhoun at tcahoon@chem.ucla.edu.

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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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