20th Anniversary Banquet

Speaker: Donna Nelson, Ph.D.
President, American Chemical Society

You are cordially invited to CALPACS’s 20th anniversary celebration and banquet! In addition to honoring the 50- and 60-year members of our section, we will be celebrating the passage of this important milestone for our section, your section, the California Los Padres Section of the American Chemical Society.

We are honored to have the President of the American Chemical Society, Professor Donna Nelson, as our speaker on this very special occasion. Dr. Nelson will address the role of the local section in the ACS, the challenges facing the chemical enterprise, the future of chemistry and the future of the ACS.

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: Reception at 5:00 PM, Dinner at 6, proceedings and lecture at 6:30
Place:  UCSB Mosher Alumni House (Google map)
Cost:  $25 regular members, $15 students
Please use the form below to reserve by Wednesday October 5.
Wine and beer will be available.

Complimentary parking is available. Please refer to the UCSB Parking Map and park in Lot 12, adjacent to the Mosher Alumni House. As you enter the lot there an attendant will provide a parking pass and direct guests to the designated parking area.

Donna J. Nelson, Ph.D., is Professor of Chemistry at the University of ACS President Donna NelsonOklahoma. Dr. Nelson specializes in organic chemistry, which she both researches and teaches. Nelson’s career has focused on five primary topics of research generally categorized in two areas, Scientific Research and America’s Scientific Readiness. Within Scientific Research, Nelson’s topics have been: mechanistic patterns in alkene addition reactions and Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube (SWCNT) functionalization and analysis. Under America’s Scientific Readiness, she focuses on science education, which includes classroom innovations and correcting organic chemistry textbook inaccuracies, ethnic and gender diversity among highly ranked science departments of research universities, and improving the presentation of science and images of scientists to the public, such as serving as a science advisor to the AMC television show Breaking Bad. In November, 2014, she was elected President-Elect of the American Chemical Society.

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Seminar on Biodiesel Production and Analysis

Join us to learn about one of the hottest topics in alternative energy, biodiesel!  Trey Teall, the VP of Operations at Biodico, will be joining us on Saturday, May 7th to give a presentation about biodiesel production and analysis on the UC Santa Barbara campus.



Biodico specializes in Alternative Energy Solutions including the design, production, and operation of sustainable biorefineries. Their core competency is biofuel/bioenergy production. In 2003 Biodico started work under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the US Navy, a partnership that continues fruitfully to this day at Naval Base Ventura County in California. In 2010 it became clear that the commercial byproducts of biodiesel production (such as glycerin and inedible seed meal) were significant and they began to focus on energy added uses of these byproducts rather than just disposal methods.

What:  Biodiesel Seminar

When:  Saturday, May 7th, 2016 from 12-2 pm

Where: PSBN, Room 4606, U.C. Santa Barbara

Cost:  Free.  A light lunch with be served.

Parking Information:  Visitor parking is allowed in lots #12 (in front of Phelps Hall) and #10 (Structure next to Elings Hall) on Evenings and Weekends. Permits may be purchased from dispensers in the lot.  UCSB Parking Information Campus Map


Trey Teall is the VP of Operations for Biodico. Since 2000, Biodico has developed five commercial biodiesel production facilities utilizing their patented design process in Las Vegas, Colorado, Texas, Australia, and California’s San Joaquin Valley and has worked with the US Navy under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement since 2003. Biodico is headquartered in Ventura and has an R&D center at the Ventura County Naval Base in Port Hueneme. Mr. Teall has been working for Biodico since 2004. He primarily specializes in plant design, operator training, and operation management; grant funded research procurement and project management; laboratory design, implementation, and new method development; and feedstock development and analysis for both biodiesel production and anaerobic digestion. Mr. Teall has a BS in Economics from Duke University and is a State of California Mechanical Engineering EIT.

2016 Pi Day Public Policy Seminar

Beyond Science Communication: What does it mean to engage with decision-makers? 

Join us for our fourth annual Pi Day Public Policy Seminar on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 at 7:oo pm!   Dr. Ryan Meyer, our speaker, is a senior scientist at California Ocean Science Trust, a boundary organization that works with government, science, and communities to build trust and understanding in ocean and coastal science. He has worked with the Earth Institute at Columbia University; the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes in Arizona and Washington DC; and a variety of user-oriented research teams in Australia. Ryan is a former Fulbright Scholar, and co-editor of Climate In Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation, due for release in April.   

What:  2016 Pi Day Public Policy Lecture

When:  Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Where:  Baker Center for Science (Building 180), Room 362, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo  Campus Map




Much of the discourse around making a difference through science focuses on effective communication, and advocacy for change. These things are important, but communication is not the only relevant skill, and advocacy is not the only entry-point. Focusing on them alone is to misread some of the fundamental challenges of making knowledge useful. This talk will explore what it means and what it takes to collaborate with decision makers. There are many different ways that scientists can become involved with decision-making, and make a real difference with their work. Especially in a place like California where there is a long history of cutting edge environmental policy, and ample political will, scientists who want not only to be relevant, but also useful, can find ways to participate. 

Download the event flyer here.


2015 Wine Tasting at Castoro Cellars

December is almost here, and it is time once again for our fall wine tasting event. Join us for a relaxing afternoon of wine tasting at Castoro Cellars, one of the best known wineries in Paso Robles. Castoro’s award winning wines will be paired with a selection of soups prepared by section officers and a large selection of cheeses. Start the holiday celebrations early and get an update on what is happening in chemistry in the tricounty area.

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Free Lecture on Sustainable Agriculture Technology

Please join us on Saturday, November 14, 2015, for a free lecture on new technologies for sustainable agriculture. Dr. James Rogers, Science Director and CEO of Apeel Sciences, will speak about his company’s mission and progress in developing plant based technologies for pesticide free agriculture and food preservation.

Time: 2 pm, Saturday, November 14. 2015
Place: Channel Islands Boating Center
3880 Bluefin Cir Oxnard, CA (Google map, driving directions below)
Cost: Free

Light snacks and refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public.

Your reservation via the form below is kindly requested.

James Rogers, Ph. D.

Science Director and CEO
Apeel Sciences

James received dual undergraduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in Materials Science & Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and received his PhD in Materials from UCSB. For his PhD research, James was the recipient of the 2012 Frank J. Padden Jr. Award for polymer physics, the premier polymer physics prize in the United States. James is a graduate of the UC Santa Barbara Technology Management Program and also holds a Master’s degree in Economics.

Drawing from his research, James founded Apeel Sciences to help provide new organic technology solutions for sustainable agriculture. James guides corporate strategy and oversees the company’s research and development efforts.

Driving Directions:
From north of Oxnard, CA
Merge onto US-101 S. to Los Angeles
Take the exit toward Victoria Ave./ Channel Islands Harbor 0.2 mi.
Turn left at Valentine Rd. 0.1 mi.
Turn right at S. Victoria Ave. 5.4 mi.
Turn right at W. Channel Islands Blvd. 0.5 mi.
Turn left to stay on W. Channel Islands Blvd. 417 ft.
Slight left at Harbor Blvd. 1.0 mi.
We are right next to the Maritime Museum and the Whale’s Tail restaurant.

From south of Oxnard, CA
Merge onto US-101 N toward Ventura
Take the Victoria Ave. exit toward Channel Island Harbor 0.2 mi.
Turn left at S. Victoria Ave. 5.5 mi.
Turn right at W. Channel Islands Blvd. 0.5 mi.
Turn left to stay on W. Channel Islands Blvd. 417 ft.
Slight left at Harbor Blvd. 1.0 mi.
We are right next to the Maritime Museum and the Whale’s Tail restaurant.

2015 Fall Luncheon

The CALPACS Fall Luncheon will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Firestone Walker Taproom Restaurant in Buellton. We will  recognize section members who have passed the 50-year and 60-year milestones as members of the ACS, and we will be regaled by Professor Jeffrey Zink of the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry on the application of nanomachines to biomedical targeting, imaging and drug delivery. Please join us for an afternoon of chemistry, food and Firestone’s very special brews (more chemistry). Continue reading 2015 Fall Luncheon

Summer 2015 Announcement

Summer is upon us, and we would like to make a few announcements before we wish you a fun-filled and productive summer. We need candidates for our annual elections, and there are three chemistry meetings coming up in late summer and early fall.

Elections: Our annual elections for members of the Executive Committee of CALPACS are coming up in the fall season. We need candidates  Continue reading Summer 2015 Announcement

Sandra Lamb Sanford, 1931-2015

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our founding member, Dr. Sandra Lamb.

Dr. Sandra Lamb Sanford passed Wednesday April Dr. Sandra Lamb Sanford29th , 2015 in Santa Rosa, California a week after her 84th birthday. Sandra was born April 20th, 1931 to Gertude and Philip Katzen in Manhattan, New York. The Katzen family, including younger brother Howard, lived in Brooklyn, until moving to Miami when Sandra was a teenager. Sandra graduated from Miami Beach High School in 1948. She attended University of Miami where she met her first husband John Lamb. They eloped and married in 1950 and moved to Greenwich Village in New York for John to start his first accountant role at a major accounting firm. The next year they moved to Los Angeles. Sandra continued her education at UCLA where she received a Bachelors degree with highest honors in 1954 and a PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry in 1959. This was an exceptional achievement for a woman with a child at the time. While raising four children, she had a distinguished teaching career at several California Universities including UCLA and UCSB. She was Chair of the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics at Mt. St. Mary’s College in Brentwood. In addition she worked at Global Geochemistry Corporation in Los Angeles and earned a MS degree, in Engineering Management at UCLA in 1983.

Dr. Lamb was a member of the American Chemical Society since 1954, and was elected chair of the Southern California Section in 1988. She also assisted with the founding of the California Los Padres Section in 1994 where they named an award in her honor. Sandra was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Alpha Chi Sigma, Sigma Xi, and Phi Beta Kappa.

In 1976 the Lamb family moved to a small Avocado ranch in Carpinteria, California. John and Sandra divorced in 1980. Sandra then moved to Sherman Oaks, California where she met and married David Sanford in 1990. Interestingly Dave was also an accountant working for a toy manufacturing company. When Sandra took early retirement from UCLA she and Dave moved to Port Hueneme. However Sandra couldn’t stop teaching, and took a part time position at UCSB. In 2002 Sandra and Dave moved to Sebastopol, California to be near family. Always active, Sandy volunteered at the Sonoma County Library literacy Program, was a member of TOPS, and active in Autumn Leaves seniors group. Sandra loved reading, sewing, crocheting, knitting and quilting. When her grandchildren were small she delighted in making Halloween costumes for them. She loved to travel and visited many foreign countries including Panama, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Canada, Greece, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan.

Sandra’s greatest love and legacy was her family, who will miss her dearly. Her passion for academics was inherited by her children who all hold either Bachelor or Masters degrees. She is survived by her husband David Sanford, her four children, Beth Lamb, Megan Timpany (Donald), Brian Lamb (Wendy), Amy Hartman (Philip). She was Grandma Tutu to her 8 Grandchildren, Jamie (Francesca), Jessica (Danny), Alexis, Amber, Dawson, Hana, Jordan and Aaron. She has three great grandchildren Miles, Aria and Jordan.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 pm on Saturday May 9th 2015 at Wischemann Hall , 465 Morris Street in Sebastopol, California.

Local Section Student Meeting and Lecture on 19th Century Photography

You are cordially to join our local students at Westmont College on Saturday April 18th for the award ceremony for US National Chemistry Olympiad Participants. The event is organized by the Westmont College Chemistry Club. Luther Gerlach, local artist and conservator of historical methods of photography, will deliver a lecture on the evolution of 19th century photography as part of the proceedings. Please come to encourage our local high school students and to connect with local educators.

 Click here to download the event flyer.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: Noon
Place: Winter Hall, Westmont College.
Cost: Free

Directions from the South

Take 101 north and exit at Olive Mill Road. Turn right onto Olive Mill and then left onto Hot Springs Road. Turn right onto Sycamore Canyon Road and then right at Cold Spring Road. You may use the lower entrance on Cold Spring Road or continue up Cold Spring Road, turn left on La Paz Road and drive through Westmont’s main entrance.

Directions from the North

Take 101 south and exit at #94B (Coast Village Road Exit – left exit). Turn left onto East Cabrillo Road, go through the roundabout and continue north on Hot Springs Road. Turn left onto Sycamore Canyon Road and right onto Cold Spring Road. You may use the lower entrance on Cold Spring Road or continue up Cold Spring Road, turn left on La Paz Road and drive through Westmont’s main entrance.