2009 Community Outreach Archive

Week of October 18-24, 2009 – (Varying Times) National Chemistry Week Activities at the California Science Center California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive Los Angeles, CA 90037 website:
http://www.californiasciencecenter.org . Join volunteers at the California Science Center for NCW activities throughout the week. The theme for NCW 2009 is “Chemistry: It’s Elemental!”. For more information visit: www.acs.org/ncw. If you would like to volunteer or have questions please contact Henry Abrash at:

Saturday, October 24, 2009 (11:30 pm – 2 pm) National Chemistry Week Celebration at
California State University Dominguez Hills, West Courtyard & NSM B122. Guest Speaker, Dr. Eric Scerri, Department of Chemistry and Biochem., UCLA. The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance
, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747. For directions and parking information please visit: http://www.csudh.edu/site/VisitUs/default.shtml. Parking pass–obtain from the information booth on the perimeter road parallel to Victoria Street. Contact Sofia Papatheodoro at:
(310) 243-3384 or Bob de Groot at rdegroot-at-oxy-dot-edu for questions or if you would like to volunteer.

Sunday, October 25, 2009 (12 – 4 pm) Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Family Science Festival at Glendale Community College, 1500 North Verdugo Road Glendale, California 91208. This year’s theme is “Climate Connections”, with an emphasis on climate and environmental science. We are expecting between 1000-1700
Girl Scouts from first through ninth grade. Barbara Belmont will be a member of our Meet a Scientist panel! Contact Erika Garcia at: efgarcia-at-caltech-dot-edu or Cecilia Zurita-Lopez at: czl-at-chem-dot-ucla-dot-edu

Chemistry Merit Badge May 30th. SCALACS will have a booth at the Boy Scout Expo at Santa Anita Race track. We need volunteers to work with the Scouts on the Chemistry Merit Badge. The show is from 10 am to 4 pm. Contact Gerald Delker at delker-at-earthlink-dot-net, or (626) 622-7776.

Local competition for the ACS High School Chemistry Olympiad March 18th and 19th. The National Exam will be on April 25th for a chance to be part of the International Olympiad in July at Cambridge, UK. The High School Awards Banquet is May 29th at Mount St. Mary’s College. Ask your local high school to participate. Contact the office for registration forms or visit our website at www.scalacs.org.

California State Science Fair in Exposition Park May 19, 2009. Volunteers are needed to judge at the Fair. For more information, go to www.cssf.usc.edu/JudgeReg/JudgeReg/

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day!
This Year’s Theme – “Air – The Sky’s the Limit”

L. A. County Sanitation Districts will host an Earth Day Celebration on April 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Sanitation District is located at 1955 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA 90601. There will be plant tours, gardening workshops and green exhibitors. For more information or to be an exhibitor or a sponsor, visit www.lacsd.org.

April 22, 2009 – Earth Day Celebration and Fair at East Los Angeles College, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754. ACS will host a table with the student affiliates from ELAC. For more information, contact Bob de Groot at rdegroot-at-oxy-dot-edu.

The Susana Halpine Science in the Cinema feature film for Earth Day: An Inconvenient Truth. April 24, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CSU, Dominguez Hills Loker Student Union, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747. Former Vice President Al Gore presents this award-winning, compelling documentary about global warming. Discussion will follow, led by Dr. Thomas LeBon. Refreshments will be served. Free Admission. The event is co-sponsored by SCALACS, CSUDH Science Society, and TORO Productions. Directions to the campus can be found at: http://www.csudh.edu/VisitUs/drivingdirections.shtml and a map of the campus can be found at: http://www.csudh.edu/VisitUs/campusmap.shtml.

April 4, 2009 – The Expanding Your Horizons Conference for middle school girls will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Mount St. Mary’s College Doheny Campus, Los Angeles.

Expanding Your Horizons is a career day 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. Girls participate in hands-on workshops such as dissecting pig hearts, isolating DNA, and making colors with chemistry. There are also workshops for parents, teachers and counselors about making math and science a career option for girls. There is a $12 fee for each participant to cover lunch and materials. For more information and to register, please go to www.expandingyourhorizonsla.org. Registration opens in January and is limited to the first 200 participants.

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 esiebert-at-msmc.la.edu.

Sunday, March 8, 2009 – Sally Ride Science Festival at Caltech. The festival takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Caltech, Lawn in front of Beckman Auditorium. Directions to Caltech are found at www.caltech.edu/map.

SCALACS will be hosting a table with chemistry activities from 10 am – 1 pm (set-up is at 9:30 am). For questions or information, please contact Bob de Groot at rdegroot-at-oxy.edu.

Sunday, February 22, 2009 (9 am – 4 pm) Sustainable Sundays at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Climate Change, 900 Exposition Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90007. Topic: Sustainable Architecture & Urban Planning. SCALACS will host an activity table in the main hall of the museum. Contact Bob de Groot at: rdegroot-at-oxy-dot-edu for questions or if you would like to volunteer.