Meetings and Events

SIFT-MS Seminar
Friday, February 22, 2019
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
Room HSCI 103
Pizza: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Lecture and Question and Answer: 7:00 to 8:15
pm

The Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society is co-hosting a lecture at California State University Long Beach, Room HSCI-103 on Friday night, February 22, 2019. The seminar is free, but we are offering pizza and soda/water for $5. Pizza will be available from 6:00 – 7:00 pm and the lecture and question and answer period will be from 7:00 – 8:15 pm.

Our speaker is William Mills [BSc(hons), MBMSc], the Technical Advisor for Syft Technologies, Christchurch, New Zealand. His lecture will focus on Selected Ion Flow-Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS). SIFT-MS has caught the eye of both the medical and health and safety industries as a technique to measure gases and liquids.

In the past 50 years analytical/diagnostic capabilities have dramatically evolved, resulting in increased efficiency and sensitivity. In the modern age, we have more accurate diagnosis and quicker treatment than ever before, with a trend towards less invasive techniques. Similarly, health and safety thresholds for toxic compounds are ever-decreasing as scientific advances uncover their harmful effects in workplace environments, especially in industries. Keeping up with these, industrial establishments are constantly on the lookout for tools/techniques that provide a unique mix of three attributes:

  1. The ability to measure samples fast (speed)
  2. The ability to measure samples in very low concentrations (sensitivity)
  3. The ability to measure different compounds at the same time (simultaneousness)

The need for faster chemical analysis is becoming increasingly sought after in a world where time is becoming a commodity. This presentation will showcase an up-and-coming technology with huge potential to change the way in which medical diagnostics and occupational health and safety are performed and regulated. We will explore how SIFT-MS works, how it compares to traditional techniques, and how SIFT-MS is currently used across a wide range of applications, including those within the biomedical and pharmaceutical industry.

Parking is $9 at all times at CSULB. The closest parking structure to HSCI is E7. A campus map and directions are available at http://daf.csulb.edu/maps/parking/.

If you’d like to attend the presentation, please email Nancy in the Section Office at office@scalacs.org by Thursday, February 21, 2019. If you would also like to include the pizza dinner with your reservation, please specify that in your email. We will only order pizza based on reservations, so please let us know!

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2019 Expanding Your Horizons
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Mount Saint Mary’s University

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH), a career day generously supported by the Southern California Section, informs girls in grades 5-8 about careers in math- and science-related fields. 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. If you are a woman interested in leading a hands-on workshop for girls, volunteering to help, or have questions, please contact Eleanor Siebert (esiebert-at-msmu.edu).

Registration for the conference is open NOW. All girls in grades 5-8 and their parents are invited to participate. There is a $20 fee for each participant to cover lunch and materials. Note that only paid registered participants may attend the conference. Please register online; there is no on-site registration: www.expandingyourhorizonsla.org. Please see the flyer here: 2019EYH Flyer


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