2018-04: Chemists Celebrate Earth Week Events

Happy Earth Week! Our local colleges and universities have lots of events going on for Chemists Celebrate Earth Week. The theme this year is “Dive Into Marine Chemistry”. Here is a list of fun, local activities celebrating Mother Earth:

Thursday, April 19, 2018
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Campus-Wide Earth Day Festival!

East Walkway by Loker Student Union
California State University, Dominguez Hills

1000 S. Victoria Avenue
Carson, CA 90747

ACS Members at CSU Dominguez Hills will be staffing a Chemists Celebrate Earth Week table during the CSUDH Earth Day Event. Information about the effect of carbon dioxide on ocean life will be shared.

Festival will be sponsored by the CSUDH Sustainability Office
Electronic Recycling by Good Geeks


Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

STEM Festival Celebrating Earth Week

Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

The ACS Student Chapter are hosting a FREE public event for all ages with hands on activities and experiments, live demos and interactive workshops.

Free parking in all SMC parking lots. For more information, contact Jennifer Hsieh at hsieh_jennifer@smc.edu or 310-434-4887, or check out their website at http://www.smc.edu/STEMFestival


Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:00 PM

“Are Wildfires Poisoning Our Water Supply?”

Dr. Fernando Rosario Ortiz
Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering,
University of Colorado, Boulder

Multi-Purpose Room F5-209
East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park Campus
Free Parking in Structure 3, Floors 2 – 5

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
For More Information: 323.780.6730

Abstract: The frequency and intensity of wildfires has increased over the past few decades. Wildfires represents an acute perturbation to watersheds, and the impacts include changes in ecosystems, sediment mobilization and overall water quality. The changes in water quality are a particular concern to drinking water utilities. The changes in water quality can have profound effects on the ability of a drinking water utility to produce water that meets US EPA regulations. Over the past, 6 years, my group has studied the impacts that wildfires can have on water quality and treatment operations. One of the concerns regarding wildfires is the changes that are observed to the soil matrix and the resulting enhancement in the mobilization of dissolved organic matter (DOM). In this presentation, a general discussion regarding the effects of wildfires on water quality will be presented, followed by a detailed discussion regarding the specific effects that thermal alteration has on DOM mobilization.

Biography: Dr. Fernando L. Rosario-Ortiz is an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Dr. Rosario received his BS and MS in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico and the California Institute of Technology, respectively. He received
his doctoral degree from UCLA in environmental science and engineering in 2006. His current research focuses on environmental photochemistry, impact of watershed perturbations on water quality and characterization of organic matter in different environments.