Meetings and Events

The Southern California Section has many events throughout the year to engage and stimulate our fellow chemists. This picture is from our tour of the American Museum of Ceramic Arts (AMOCA) in June. Beth Ann Gerstein (left) is the Executive Director of AMOCA and gave a tour of the Mettlach German wares.

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of National Chemistry Week and the theme this year is “Chemistry Rocks!” The Southern California Section has been coordinating tours all year around this theme including the tour of AMOCA.

Our next event continues with this theme with the LACCD Gold Creek Hike on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Come join us for this interesting hike! Here are the details:

LACCD Gold Creek Hike
Sunday, August 27, 2017
9:00 a.m.

We are coordinating a hike of the Los Angeles Community College District natural reserve. Dr. Robert West is Professor of Geology at East Los Angeles College and the Gold Creek Field Station Coordinator. He will be leading our hike and teaching us about some of the geochemistry in this natural reserve of the LACCD. This hike may be a little physically challenging, although not very strenuous. There is some moderate climbing and narrow trails. It will be hot, so be sure to bring water, a hat and sunscreen!

Here is a google maps link to the site location. This can be used to route your own path, but you must come via Little Tujunga Canyon Road, there is no other access route. From the intersection of Foothill and Osborne you travel about 4 miles to Gold Creek Road. Take Gold Creek Road to the end of its pavement (about 1 mile) and turn left onto a dirt road (USFS Road) for another mile where you will reach the gate. Here is a map:


The hike is limited to 20 people. If you’d like to attend, please contact Nancy Paradiso in the Section Office by email at office-at-scalacs-dot-org by Thursday, August 24th.

Below are our events so far this year. You can also see prior year’s events in the Archives and on the drop down menu. Click on the links to see what we’ve been up to!

  • Archives
  • 2017-08-27: Hike of the LACCD Gold Creek Trail
  • 2017-06-04: Tour of the American Museum of Ceramic Art
  • 2017-05-24: Tolman Award Dinner Honoring Prof. Paul Weiss, UCLA
  • 2017-05-19: Educational Awards Banquet
  • 2017-04-30: UCLA Meteorite Gallery Tour
  • 2017-04-29: Undergraduate Research Conference at UCLA
  • 2017-04-20: CSUDH Earth Day Celebration
  • 2017-03-07: Brewery Tour of Firestone Walker Restaurant and Brewery
  • 2017-02-17: Tour of the Gem and Mineral Hall at the Natural History Museum
  • 2017-01-18: Chemical Rainbows and Liquid Crystal Souls: The Spirit of Alchemy at the Getty Center