We have many events coming up for National Chemistry Week. The theme for NCW2013 is “Energy: Now and Forever!” For more information visit: www.acs.org/ncw. Here are some of the highlights:
October 20-26, 2013 (Varying Times) National Chemistry Week
Activities at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037, website: www.californiasciencecenter.org. We will be having hands-on activities for visitors at the California Science Center on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th. If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact Henry Abrash at:
October 21-25, 2013. NCW Activities at Pasadena City College:
On Tuesday, Dr. Nate Lewis from Cal Tech will be giving a talk about artificial photosynthesis. The talk will be at 4:30 in the Vouch Forum. For more information contact Keith Frogue at kfrogue-at-yahoo-dot-com. For more information about Dr. Lewis’ research, visit: http://nsl.caltech.edu/energy
Wednesday is National Mole Day! There will be a campus wide scavenger hunt for moles. Prizes will be raffled off for those who find the moles.
Thursday is a Magic Show in the amphitheater at 5:00 pm. Faculty members will be teamed up with students to conduct mysterious demonstrations that involve chemistry.
Friday is outreach day. We will be doing an outreach session with Norma Coombs Elementary School. The topic will be Water Purification.
Friday, November 1, 2013, noon at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Prof. G. K. Surya Prakash of the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute will be speaking on “Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy”. The Methanol Economy concept was developed with Nobel Laureate George Olah and is expected to solve the energy and material problems in the long run as well as address the issue of global warming. A buffet lunch ($5) will be served in the Japanese Gardens Courtyard, SBS Building, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747 with the presentation following in an adjacent meeting room. Enter the campus at Victoria Street and Tamcliff and park in Lot 2 ($5 parking permit). Directions and campus map are available at http://www4.csudh.edu/campus-map-directions/. For Prof. Prakash’s abstract and more information about the event, please see our website at www.scalacs.org.
G. K. Surya Prakash
Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1661, USA
Abstract: Methanol is much preferable to hydrogen for energy storage and transportation. It is also an excellent fuel for heat engines and fuel cells and a convenient raw material for synthetic hydrocarbons and their varied products. Chemical recycling of excess carbon dioxide formed from human activities, natural and industrial sources, or even from the air to methanol via capture followed by reductive conversion with hydrogen is possible. Any available energy source (preferably alternative energies such as solar, atomic, etc.) can provide the needed energy, primarily generating hydrogen. Direct electrochemical reduction of CO2 is also possible. Methanol, presently produced from fossil fuel based syngas (mixture of CO and H2), can also be made by direct oxidative conversion of natural gas or other methane sources. Even biomass can be converted to methanol through syngas. The Methanol Economy concept that we developed with Nobel Laureate, George A. Olah is expected to solve the energy & material problems in the long run and at the same time address the issue of global warming.
Biography: Professor G. K. Surya Prakash, Ph.D., was born in 1953 in Bangalore, India. He earned B.Sc (Hons) in chemistry from Bangalore University and M.S. in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Prakash came to the US in 1974 and joined Professor George Olah’s group at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio to pursue graduate work. He moved with Professor Olah to the University of Southern California (USC) in 1977 to help establish the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and obtained his Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry at USC in 1978. He joined the faculty of USC in 1981 and he is currently a Professor and the holder of the George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry at the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and Department of Chemistry. He also serves as the Director of the Institute. His primary research interests are in superacid, hydrocarbon, synthetic organic & organofluorine chemistry, with particular emphasis in the areas of energy and catalysis. He is a co-inventor of the proton exchange membrane based direct oxidation methanol fuel cell. Professor Prakash is a prolific author with over 680 peer-reviewed scientific papers and holds more than 40 patents. He has also co-authored or edited 11 books. He has received many awards and accolades including American Chemical Society Awards: Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry in 2004, George A. Olah Award in Petroleum or Hydrocarbon Chemistry in 2006 and the Richard C. Tolman Award from the Southern California section of the American Chemical Society for his scientific contributions to Southern California in 2006. He received the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and the 2010 CRSI Medal from the Chemical Research Society of India. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and a Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities. He also sits on several Editorial Boards of Chemical Journals. Dr. Prakash’s latest book co-authored with G. A. Olah (1994 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry) and A. Goeppert titled “Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy” (Wiley-VCH, 2006 and 2nd Edition, 2009, translated into five languages) is getting wide attention.
June 1st—Chemistry Merit Badge Activity
SCALACS is looking for volunteers to help out with the Boy Scout Chemistry Merit Badge activity being held on Saturday, June 1st at the BSA San Gabriel Valley Council Scout Expo. The Expo is being held on the Santa Anita Race Track. The activity will go from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, including setup and take down.
We will have 4 stations at which we will guide the Scouts in various activities. Station 1 will deal with Chemical Safety and Environmental Affairs. Station 2 will include hands on activities dealing with basic chemical reactions. Station 3 will be the building of a Cartesian Diver. The fourth station will be an area for the Scouts to fill out their Merit Badge worksheets and ask questions of us Chemists. The badge requirements as well as the workbook we will be using are linked here:
Setup will begin at 9:00 am. Our first Scouts will start the activities at 10:00 am. Wrap-up begins at 3:15 pm.
We are hoping to help at least 80 Scouts earn their Chemistry Merit Badge! With this many Scouts we will need a minimum of 2 instructors for every station. Shifts are 2 hours long and overlap the previous shift by 30 minutes so you may observe the station before taking over. If you would like to volunteer for multiple shifts you may. The different shifts begin at 9:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm and 2pm. If you would like to come earlier for setup or stay later for take down that would be appreciated
Lunch is not provided but there will be snacks and beverages. There will also be cooler that you are welcome to store your lunches in.
Parking for the event will be at Gate 6 and costs $5 per vehicle. We do have a limited number of passes. People carpooling or who sign up for multiple shifts will have priority access to these.
If you would like to help out with the activities please call Derek Marin at 805-459-6046 or e-mail (Derek.Marin-at-DunnEdwards-dot-com) before Wednesday, May 29th.
Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Activities
April 26, 2013 – CCED Science Showcase Outreach! – Hosted by the ACS Student Member Chapter at Cal State Long Beach
On April 26, 2013 from 8-11 am, we will be doing 2013 Chemists Celebrate Earth Day activities with 3rd grade classes at George de la Torre Elementary School in Wilmington, CA. The Science Showcase program aims to promote community engagement with economically disadvantaged students. We will perform science experiments relating to chemistry, pharmacy, and dentistry to expose these students to possible careers in science. For further information or to volunteer please contact CSULB SMACS president Hannah Pham at: Hannah.Pham@student.csulb.edu
April 26, 2013—CSUDH Science SocietyCCED Event
The Cal State Dominguez Hills Science Society will present Dr. Catherine Jacobs’ talk on “Mass Extinction: Human Driven Loss of Biodiversity”. The event will take place on the CSUDH Campus at 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747 in Bldg. SBS, Room E122 at 12:00 noon. Complimentary light lunch provided. Park in Parking Lot #2. For more information, call Dr. Sofia Pappatheodorou at 310 217-8163.
Late April – Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Activities at the California Science Center
Chemists Celebrate Earth Day 2012 Environment Activities at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles,
CA 90037, website: http://www.californiasciencecenter.org. Join
volunteers at the California Science Center for CCED activities. Dates
and Times for this event will be listed on the SCALACS website. For more information, or if you would like to volunteer please contact
Henry Abrash at: abrash8-at-aol-dot-com.
Other Community Outreach
Friday, April 5th, 2013 4 pm – 6 pm – First Fridays Event at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County – “The Disappearing Spoon” by Sam Kean
Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? How did radium nearly ruin Marie Curie’s reputation? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? The Periodic Table is one of our crowning scientific achievements, but it’s also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. Once a month, the entire Natural History Museum stays open until 10 pm and features live music, exciting scientific discussion, and behind-the-scenes curatorial tours. Information about the event is found at:
Before the talk by Sam Kean, SCALACS volunteers and NHMLAC Department of Mineral Sciences will be hosting chemistry activities related to several of the elements. Volunteers for the event will be given free admission and will be able to stick around for the talk and the music.
The activities begin at 5 pm and volunteers would need to be at the museum by 4 pm. Contact Bob de Groot at rdegroot-at-oxy-dot-edu if you would like to participate.
April 6, 2013 – Expanding Your Horizons Conference at Mount St. Mary’s College
The Expanding Your Horizons Conference for middle school girls will take place on April 6th, 2013 from 8:45 am to 2:45 pm at Mount St. Mary’s College Doheny Campus, Los Angeles. Expanding Your Horizons is a career day supported by SCALACS and organized by MATH/SCIENCE INTERCHANGE to inform young women about careers in math- and science-related fields. The conference is intended for girls in grades 5-8. There are hands-on workshops for girls, parents, teachers and counselors. For more information, please go to www.expandingyourhorizonsla.org. Since this is a conference for girls, women volunteers to help out for the day are very welcome. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Dr. Eleanor Siebert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSUDH Science Society Celebrates Black History Month
Friday, February 22, 2013
The Science Society of California State University, Dominguez Hills presents a viewing of “Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius” with introductory remarks by Dr. Munashe Furusa, Dean of College of Arts and Humanities.
Borne the grandson of a slave in Montgomery, Alabama, he graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna and became a distinguished scientist, pioneering discoveries in the synthesis of steroids and hormones, leading to his own success as a millionaire philanthropist.
Light Lunch Provided. For more information, contact Janelle at email@example.com