Meetings and Events

The Southern California Section has many events throughout the year to engage and stimulate our fellow chemists. The picture to the left is from our latest NCW themed hike “Chemistry Rocks!”. Dr. Robert West, Professor of Geology at East Los Angeles College and the Gold Creek Field Station Coordinator, led the hike through the Gold Creek trail of the Los Angeles Community College District natural reserve. Here are more pictures from the hike:

Our next event will be our annual 50/60/70 and 75 year member luncheon. This year we will have it at the Doheny Mansion on the campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University Doheny campus. Here’s the information:

September Luncheon Meeting

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Honoring our 50, 60, 70 and 75 Year Members

With a Special Presentation by
Our Project SEED Students


The Doheny Mansion
Mount Saint Mary’s University

10 Chester Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007

11:30 a.m. Check-in and Students’ Reports
12:15 p.m. Luncheon
Presentation of Certificates immediately following luncheon

We are celebrating our 50, 60, 70 and 75 year members with a luncheon and inviting them to share a little something about themselves, their careers in chemistry or a particular reminiscence of being a chemist. We are also having our Project SEED students give a short talk about the research they completed this summer. Project SEED takes high school students and places them in a laboratory environment to provide them an opportunity to engage in an authentic research experience. We hope our veteran members will enjoy hearing about their research.

Our 50 year members are:

Rita R. Boggs
Michael F. Brady
Peter B. Dervan
Edward L. Docks
Roger C. Helgeson
Yong Jai Lee
Kathrine J. Lewis

Our 60 Year Members are:

Henry I. Abrash
Roy C. De Selms
William F. Harrison
Paul Francis Helfrey
Anthony J. Kolk, Jr.
Laurence B. Marantz
Elizabeth F. Neufeld
Ruth R. Sherman

Our 70 Year Members are:

Lawrence H. Hershenson
Howard H. Rogers

Our 75 Year Members are:

Bernard J. Cagan
Norman J. Juster
Eugene Roberts
Darwin L. Mayfield

The students who took part in our Project SEED Program this summer are Jesus Arroyo, Adrixx Reyes Rivera, Paola Ramirez and Jacqueline Ramirez. There will be a presentation of their research prior to lunch.

Reservations: The luncheon entrée is Chicken Piccata, pounded chicken breast with lemon caper sauce over rice pilaf and baby asparagus. The cost of the luncheon is $25 per person including tax and tip; cash or check at the door. Please call Nancy Paradiso in the Section Office at 310 327-1216 or email by Wednesday, September 6, 2017 for reservations.

Directions: The meeting will take place in the Doheny Mansion on the Doheny Campus. For directions, please go to

*Photos courtesy of Mount Saint Mary’s University

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