Year 2012 – Oil Museum Tour

The California Los Padres Section of the American Chemical Society

invites you to take a tour of the

California Oil Museum in Santa Paula on Saturday, March 17th.

The tour will be preceded by an optional lunch at Glen Tavern Inn with Museum Director, Jeanne Orcutt.

Lunch begins at 11:30 am.
Museum Tour begins at 1 pm.

The price for the event will be $15 per person or $10 for students including lunch and tour.
$5 for the tour only.

To register go to and click on “events”.
Please register by March 14, 2012.

The California Oil Museum is located at
1001 E. Main St.
Santa Paula, CA

The Glen Tavern Inn is located at
134 N. Mill Street
Santa Paula, CA




From fossils to “fill ‘er up”, the California Oil Museum tells the story of the black bonanza that created wealth, work, and prosperity for generations of Californians. Operated by the City of Santa Paula Community Services Department, the Museum highlights the inner workings of the state’s black gold industry through interactive displays, videos, working models, games, photographs, restored gas station memorabilia, and an authentic turn-of-the-century cable-tool drilling rig. Visitors can exercise their wits and luck as California wildcatters, see how the Indians used natural oil seeps, watch a miniature drilling rig bore into the earth, and explore the memorable brands of gas bought by early California car drivers. The Lundgren and Bennett Collections of gas station memorabilia are one of the largest displays of vintage gas pumps in California. In addition to the permanent petroleum exhibits, the Museum presents new exhibits of science, transportation, history, and art throughout the year.

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Free Lecture: New Drug Discovery

Rebecca Anderson, Ph.D.

Freelance Writer

Author of Career Opportunities in Clinical Drug Research

 Free Lecture

Finding New Drugs: The Path from Test Tube to the Pharmacy


Current industry statistics estimate that it takes fifteen years and nearly $1 billion to bring a new drug to market, but most consumers are unaware—and even skeptical—of the extensive efforts involved in finding and successfully developing these products. This presentation looks inside the black box, sharing an insider’s view of pharmaceutical research and development and answering several commonly asked questions: Where does a chemist get ideas for synthesizing an innovative drug? Why are animals still used in drug research? Why can’t scientists and clinicians work faster? And why can’t they do their job better and cheaper? In the course of describing the drug development activities, this presentation will highlight the range of chemistry sub-specialties employed in moving a drug from the lab bench to the pharmacy shelf.

Chair-Elect Nanin Van Draanen and Speaker Rebecca Anderson

Year 2011 – Mosby Winery Wine Tasting

Annual Holiday Wine Tasting


Noon, Saturday, December 10, 2011
Mosby Winery and Vineyards
9496 Santa Rosa Rd, Buellton


While Bill Mosby’s specialty is the growing and vinification of fine Italian varietal wines, he also makes award-winning grappa, wild plum and raspberry distillatos. His experienced palate and careful, ongoing search for interesting new varietals have resulted in vintage after vintage of award-winning Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Pinot Grigio and more. And then there’s his latest addition, Dolcetto — the everyday wine of Piemonte.

When Bill and Jeri purchased the old de la Vega land in the early 1970s, the first thing Bill did was plant vines. “Noah did that,” he says quietly. “First thing he did. Plant a vineyard.” Among those early Mosby wines was Gewürztraminer, Jeri’s favorite. “It’s still my favorite,” says Jeri. “I’m going to miss having it in the tasting room.” The Mosby’s first commercial wines were bottled under the Vega label, named after the old land grant. Bill’s wine began to gain industry attention, and a following of Mosby wine enthusiasts continued to develop. In 1986, at his family’s insistence, Bill changed the Vega label to reflect the Mosby name and winemaking philosophy.

Over the years the Mosby vineyards have expanded, the wines have evolved; a Mosby style has reached maturity. A part-time grower and winemaker all of his adult life, Bill Mosby finally made the career move to full-time grower and winemaker in 1998. A successful dentist for over 40 years, William M. Mosby, DMD, became Bill Mosby, full-time winemaker — artist of the vine.

The cost for the event will be $15 per person.

A variety of international cheeses and homemade soups will accompany the wine tasting.

For more information and reservation forms go to This Link; email, or call James Pavlovich at 805-893-4252.

For a map, directions and more info on Mosby Wines and Vineyards go to their web site at

Please make your reservations by Monday, December 5, 2011.

Reserve Early as Space is Limited.

Year 2011 – Richard W. Hurst

Richard W. Hurst Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus,
California State University – Los Angeles

2 pm. Sunday, April 17, 2011
SLO County Library Community Room
995 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo

Speaking on

The Duality of Lead in the Environment: Environmental Bane and Boon [Good Cop – Bad Cop]



: The element lead (chemical symbol, Pb, from plumbum) has historical uses that date back 6000 years. Lead’s toxic nature has also been known for centuries, however, its desirable properties have often “tipped the scales” when decisions arose as to whether or not lead should be used in a particular product. For example, the Romans used it due to its malleability, forming lead pipes for water transport and its sweet taste when formed into goblets from which wine was consumed. More recently, addition of lead additives to gasoline were determined to stop engine “knocking”; hence, the leaded gasoline era emerged along with the result—long-term environmental lead pollution. Now that we are dealing with lead pollution, given it does not degrade (i.e., break down) in the environment, how do we assess the source or sources of the lead? We do this with the positive aspects of lead, its isotopes. Isotope ratios of lead allow us to: estimate ages of leaded gasoline releases; assess why the common garden snail “outsmarts” us with regard to potential lead poisoning; and determine why lead based paint is not always, as some suspect, the “bad guy on the block.” The element lead definitely has a dual nature—being both toxic to life, but also, via its isotopes, providing a means to resolve the problems created by its use.

Dr. Hurst is a Professor Emeritus of Geology and Geochemistry at California State University, Los Angeles where he has instructed and performed research since 1978. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Geology, Mineralogy, and Petrology at California Lutheran University. His primary research interests have centered on forensic environmental isotope geochemistry and mineralogy. Since 1980, he has studied the use of naturally-occurring, stable isotopes, especially those of lead, as a means of tracing the sources of hydrocarbon and other types of contamination in the environment. He is recognized for his development of the ALAS Model which employs lead isotopes to estimate the age of leaded gasoline releases; the model is used throughout the United States, Canada, and South America.

Light refreshments will be served.

From the North Take Hwy 101 South to the Olive St/Santa Rosa Exit (203a). Merge Right onto Olive Street, then Turn Right onto Santa Rosa. In 0.3 miles Turn Right onto Palm Street. Drive 1 block to the SLO library on you left.

From the South Take Hwy 101 North to the Osos Street Exit (203a). Merge Right onto Osos Street. In 0.3 miles Turn Right onto Palm Street. The SLO Library will be on your left.

A parking garage is located adjacent to the library. Alternately, street parking is free on Sundays.

Year 2011 – A Tour of NuSil

A Tour of NuSil


10 am to Noon
Saturday, January 29, 2011
1050 Cindy Lane, Carpinteria, California

(see directions here)


NuSil Technology is a global manufacturer of silicone compounds for aerospace,healthcare, electronics and photonics applications requiring precise and predictable materials performance. ISO 9001-certified since 1994, NuSil operates state-of-the-art laboratories and processing facilities in the United States. With more than 400 employees worldwide, NuSil Technology specializes in providing on-site, in-person application engineering support.

Founded in 1979, NuSil focuses exclusively on silicone technology and related process development. The company comprises hundreds of research, manufacturing and engineering
professionals perfecting silicone as the material of choice based upon its vast array of unique applications.

Refreshments will be served.

The cost for the event will be $5 per person.

Space is limited.  Attendees must be pre-registered by Wednesday, January 26, 2011. on the form.

For more information email, or call James Pavlovich at 805-893-4252.

Flyer is available here as a pdf

Year 2011 – ACS Tour Speaker

ACS Tour Speaker

Dr. Lisa Balbes
Balbes Consultants

Nontraditional Careers for Chemists

Thursday, March 24 at 6:30pm

Room 210, Winter Hall, Westmont College, Santa Barbara


Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served before the talk.



A chemistry background prepares you for much more than just a laboratory career. The broad science education, analytical thinking, research methods, and other skills learned are of value to a wide variety of types of employers, and essential for a plethora of types of positions. By understanding your own personal values and interests, you can make informed decisions about what career paths to explore, and identify positions that match your needs. This talk will discuss a variety of nontraditional careers for chemists, such as chemical information, patent work, technical writing, education, human resources, sales and marketing, and much more. We will discuss typical tasks, education or training requirements, and personal characteristics that make for a successful career in each field, illustrated with specific examples. Valuable tips and advice about planning career transitions will also be provided.


Dr. Lisa M. Balbes founded Balbes Consultants (formerly Osiris Consultants) in 1992. Balbes Consultants provides scientific writing services, including documentation, grants, proposals and more for over 50 client companies. She was chair of the St. Louis Section of the American Chemical Society in 2002, receiving an Outstanding Local Section Achievement Award and a Salute to Excellence Award for her work there. She is also very involved in career development for chemists, has been a volunteer career consultant for ACS since 1993, presentersince 2002, and is the author of Nontraditional Careers for Chemists, published by Oxford University Press in 2006. Dr. Balbes obtained a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and psychology from Washington University in St Louis.

 For more information, see, or contact her at

(directions on thislink)

Lisa Balbes

Year 2010 – A Tour of Veeco Instruments

A Tour of Veeco Instruments, Inc.

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
112 Robin Hill Road
Goleta, California


Veeco provides the tools to make, measure, and visualize today’s world-changing technologies. Veeco is in the business of LED and solar process equipment, data storage process equipment, and metrology instrumentation. In 1998 Veeco bought Digital Instruments, a company founded by UC Santa Barbara Professor Virgil Elings, and that acquisition became Veeco’s Goleta-based Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) business. Veeco is a leading provider of AFMs, scanning probe microscopes (SPMs) and fast 3D optical microscopes to the research and industrial community.

Refreshments will be served.

The cost for the event is $5 per person.

Space is limited. Attendees must be pre-registered by Monday, October 4, 2010.

Please bring valid ID with you for check-in.

Veeco requests that all attendees list their professional affiliation.

Directions to Veeco Instruments, Inc. can be found here:

You may download the flyer for this event as a pdf file.

If you have questions, please call James Pavlovich at 805-893-4252.

Form to be used for registering for the tour.