2016 Elections: Candidate Statements

Chair Elect (3-year Term):

Phil Hampton, Ph.D., is currently a Professor of Chemistry and Faculty Director of STEM Initiatives at CSU Channel Islands. He came to CI as one of thirteen founding faculty members in 2001 and the sole chemist for the campus. Prior to CI, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of New Mexico. He maintain an active research program with CI undergraduates that focuses on organic synthesis, specifically the synthesis of curcumin analogs as potential anti-cancer agents, and on chemical education. He has served as the Principal Investigator/ Project Director on a nearly $6 million grant from the Department of Education, entitled Project ACCESO. Bringing science to the community, specifically K-12 grade students, is Prof. Hampton’s greatest passions. In 2009, he founded the annual (free) Science Carnival offered each Fall where PK-8 grade students can engage in over 100 hands-on science activities. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking, reading, 3D printing, and inventing/ tinkering with Arduinos and electronics. He serves a Board Member of KidSTREAM, a new children’s museum being launched in Camarillo, CA. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee of CALPACS for the past two years.

Secretary (1-year Term):

James Pavlovich, Ph.D., has been Manager of the UCSB Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Mass Spectrometry Facility since 1994. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Cal Poly, SLO in 1985. He worked at an environmental analytical laboratory in SLO from 1985-1987. He received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Oregon State University in Corvallis in 1993. He did postdoctoral research in the Environmental Science and Engineering Department at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. James has served as section chair, treasurer, and secretary.

Treasurer (1-year Term):

Ata Shirazi, Ph.D., retired in 2011 as Manager of the UCSB Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry NMR Facility where he had served since 1984. He received his Ph.D. from University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and did post-doctoral work at University of Iowa at Iowa City. He was Manager of the NMR Facility at Washington Univ. School of Medicine from 1980-82 before moving to Santa Barbara. Ata has previously served as section treasurer and for two terms on the Executive Committee.

Members of Executive Committee (3-year Terms):

Jenny Du, Ph.D.        Jenny is the VP of Operations and People at Apeel Sciences, located in Santa Barbara, CA, where she facilitates and coordinates the efforts of the scientific and administrative divisions of the company.

Jenny received her Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. For her doctoral studies, Jenny crossed over to the Chemistry Department at Queen’s to join the multidisciplinary lab of Prof. Cathleen Crudden where her graduate work in Materials Chemistry earned her the prestigious Alexander Graham Bell Graduate Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Looking to broaden her skill set, Jenny relocated to Santa Barbara, CA to pursue postdoctoral research with Prof. Guillermo Bazan at UC Santa Barbara.

Jenny recently joined the CALPACS Executive Committee to fill a one-year term (2015-2016), and has enjoyed the opportunity to connect with other ACS members (both from academia and industry) as well as members of the broader community through her Committee involvement. In running for a three-year term, she hopes to continue to bring her enthusiasm and energy to the Committee and contribute to expanding the reach of the Committee and the ACS throughout the region.

Charles F. Huber        My name is Charles Huber, and I have been a member of CALPACS from its inception twenty years ago.  I arrived in Santa Barbara in 1987 to take on the job of Chemical Sciences Librarian at UC-Santa Barbara and have done so ever since. Throughout these almost 30 years I have been active in the American Chemical Society, primarily in the Division of Chemical Information, of which I have served as chair, and, currently as an Alternate Councilor. I have served for several years on the Joint Board-Council committee on Chemical Abstracts Service (CCAS), and before that on library advisory committees for CAS and ACS Publications.

Locally, I have served the UCSB chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for several years reviewing prospective members, and for the past two years have reviewed projects by middle school and high school students for the local Math, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program.

I would be honored to serve CALPACS on its Board, and hope to build on its tradition of service to the chemistry community in our region at all levels – from K-12 students to retirees – and all parts of our section from north to south.

Payam Minoofar, Ph.D.        Having served CALPACS as a previous chair and member of the Executive Committee, I am volunteering to serve the section again as a member of the Executive Committee. The large and beautiful geography of our section presents our members with an unrivaled standard of living. It also presents the section officers with challenges with respect to organization of events. I endeavor to complete the efforts I started five years ago to build the digital resources that will facilitate involvement of our members in our governing process and our activities. Our goals are to improve communication within the section and to increase involvement of our local membership in order to build an intellectually and socially active community of scientists in the Central Coast.

Fall Wine Tasting at Babcock Winery

Another year has passed, and the holidays are quickly descending upon us. We cordially invite you to take respite from the pandemonium of holiday planning and indulge in some of the fine wines that our territory produces along with the delicious cooking of the chemists who comprise our fine section. This year’s tasting is scheduled on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Babcock Winery in Lompoc, about 40 minutes north of Santa Barbara. In addition to a tasting of six of Babcock’s acclaimed wines, we will be treated to Babcock’s beautiful grounds and their revolutionary cultivation of grapes. Join us in closing another successful year and in planning the next one.

Please use the form below to reserve your seat.

Date: Saturday December 3, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Location: Babcock Winery, 5175 E Highway 246
Lompoc, CA 93436 (Google map)
Cost: $10

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Advanced Power Generation and Storage at NASA JPL

Of necessity, NASA has pioneered numerous modes of electricity generation and storage in order to power space missions with unique power requirements. Thermoelectric generation, solar generation and electrochemical systems have been perfected in order to power missions that have lasted from days to decades. On Saturday, November 12, we have the privilege of hearing Dr. Rao Surampudi (bio)of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory speak on NASA’s latest power generation systems. Dr. Surampudi will provide a glimpse into the cutting edge technologies that may transition to the commercial and consumer markets in order to satisfy the world’s growing appetite for energy.

Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

Speaker: Dr. Rao Surampudi
Title: Advanced Power Generation and Storage at NASA JPL
Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Location: CSU Channel Islands Boating Center
3880 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, CA 93035 (Google Map, driving directions below)
Cost: Free. Your RSVP via the form below is kindly requested.

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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. 

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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