The Kilonova as Observed at Las Cumbres Observatory

Join us on Saturday, November 11, for an introduction to the Las Cumbres Observatory, a unique research institute. Dr. Curtis McCully, a postdoctoral researcher at the Las Cumbres Observatory, will speak on the Observatory’s mission, it’s unique research model, and highlights of recent major discoveries to which the Observatory has contributed, in particularly, the October 16, 2017, announcement of “a kilonova, a new type of explosion in space.” Continue reading “The Kilonova as Observed at Las Cumbres Observatory”

Fall Luncheon with Bob Grubbs

Robert H Grubbs

You are cordially invited to the CALPACS fall luncheon. This year’s event will take place again at the Mosher Alumni House on the UC Santa Barbara campus. We are privileged to have Robert H. Grubbs, Ph.D., Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, making a presentation titled “Design of selective metathesis catalysts and their applications”. Fifty and sixty year ACS members in our section will also be recognized.

A buffet lunch offering chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes will be served along with an assortment beverages, including beer and wine. Please, use the link below to make your reservation by Friday, October 6, 2017, at noon. We look forward to seeing you at this very special event.

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM
Place: Mosher Alumni House, UCSB, 93106. (Turn left onto University Plaza from Mesa Road, Google Map)
Cost: $25, $10 students

Register on EventBrite by Monday 10/9/17, by 10:00 AM

Note to honorees: you are already registered for yourself and one guest so there is no need to register on the eventbrite site, but please do RSVP so we have an accurate count of guests.

Chemistry Olympiad Lecture at Westmont College

Why Choose A Path When You Can Create Your Own: The Intersection of Science, Entrepreneurship, & Meaningful Work

Jenny Du, Vice President of Operations, Apeel Sciences, Santa Barbara, CA

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Winter Hall of Westmont College
955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Lunch: Noon – 12:45 AM in the Winter Hall Atrium. Kindly RSVP below
Lecture and Chemistry Olympiad Awards Ceremony, 12:45 PM – 2 PM, Darling Foundation Lecture Hall (Winter Hall room 210)

Download the announcement as pdf.

Abstract: Students of chemistry are commonly led to believe that there are two typical career paths for chemists: 1) to become an academic; or 2) to work for a large chemical company. It wasn’t until I had the opportunity to connect with a mentor who shared her story of pursuing a third path— that of becoming an entrepreneur—that I really even considered how real and tangible this alternative path could be for me. As such, I’m excited to share my story and the story of our company with you, so that you may see a path for your own opportunities in the future! Please join me as I share my account of how my team members and I have found a way to combine our passion for science and engineering to tackle the global challenge of food waste, and create and build a company that we can really call our own—right here in Santa Barbara!

Biography: Jenny earned her Bachelor’s Degree in
Engineering Chemistry and her PhD in Chemistry
from Queen’s University (Kingston, ON, Canada)
where, during her graduate studies, she was
awarded an Alexander Graham Bell Canada
Graduate Scholarship by the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council of Canada in
recognition of her research work. Following
completion of her doctoral degree, she joined the
Chemistry Department at UCSB as a postdoctoral
researcher where she worked for 2 years prior to
joining Apeel Sciences as the Director of Extraction Engineering. She is now the Vice President of Operations at Apeel Sciences, where she is responsible for leading the company’s efforts in Regulatory Affairs & Compliance, Facilities, and Supply Chain & Logistics.


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

Name(s) of Attendee(s)

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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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”