Community Outreach

The Southern California Section has many Community Outreach activities. National Chemistry Week and Chemists Celebrate Earth Week are both National ACS celebrations of varying themes to reach out to students and the community about different aspects of chemistry in our world. National Chemistry Week is a week-long celebration in October and Chemists Celebrate Earth Week is in April.

April 7, 2018 – Expanding Your Horizons is a yearly event for middle-school girls to encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Women chemists are encouraged to volunteer to help present these events to girls. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Dr. Eleanor Siebert at esiebert-at-msmu-dot-edu. For information about the conference or to register online, go to:

Sunday, April 8th, 10am-4pm. The Alpha Chi Sigma Chapter is holding a Chemistry Merit Badge event at Occidental College. Space is limited for attendance, but interested scouts should contact Crystal Liang directly to see if any additional spots are open. Volunteer help from chemistry professionals are needed to talk to the scouts about opportunities for chemists, as well as help in grading worksheets. They can also use the help of additional Chemistry Merit Badge Counselors to sign off on the blue cards. Lunch is included. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Crystal Liang at The Boy Scout Expo is a great volunteer event to help young scouts achieve their chemistry merit badge.

Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:00 pm, East Los Angeles College, Multi-Purpose Room, F5-209, “Are Wildfires Poisoning Our Water Supplies?” by Dr. Fernando Rosario-Ortiz, Assoc. Prof. of Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. For more information, call 323-780-6730.

Friday, April 27, 2018, Chemists Celebrate Earth Week at the California Science Center. If you would like to volunteer to help with events, please email Dr. Henry Abrash at abrash8-at-aol-dot-com.

Revisit this page often for updates to current community outreach activities.

Here are some of our prior events: