2014 Chemistry Olympiad and Lecture on Film Photography

Please join us on April 26, 2014, to lend support to all local section chemistry students who will be completing the 2014 American Chemical Society Chemistry Olympiad. The Olympiad is a  three part, 4.5-hour exam consisting of three parts that will test students on their knowledge of general chemistry, theoretical concepts, analytical problem solving skills and laboratory skills. Students who perform exceptionally well in this weeks-long test of their chemistry knowledge and chemistry skills will move on to the national and, eventually, the international chemistry Olympiads.

A light lunch will be served at noon, and it will be followed by a lecture by CalPoly chemistry Professor and CALPACS Immediate Past Chair Nanine Van Draanen on the many roles of the natural product  alginic acid.

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014 Time: Lunch at noon, Lecture at 12:30 Place: Winter Hall, Westmont College (Campus Map, Google map) Cost: Free

Your reservation is kindly requested from the form below.

Amazing Alginate Abstract:  In this hands-on introduction to molecular gastronomy, the focus will be on sodium alginate.  The chemistry of alginic acid and its application to fibers, medicine, and food will be presented.  Attendees will have the opportunity to make (and eat!) alginate “caviar.”

Dr. Nanine Van Draanen is Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  Before joining the faculty at Cal Poly in 1996, she worked in research and development in the pharmaceutical industry in North Carolina.  She earned her Ph.D. at Berkeley in organic chemistry and her bachelor’s degree at California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo.