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Welcome to Chemistry in California's Capitol!

Faculty Position Open at Sacramento City College

Tenured Chemistry Professor opening can be found at:


Forty Years of the Clean Water Act!


This year the Clean Water Act celebrates 40 years! Several institutions, including the State Water Resources Control Board (located in Sacramento), have worked on the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. The work is outlined in the following document, which provides an overview of the past 40 years, and the tremendous effort expended to manage the water in California.


Important:  Proposed ByLaws - see below for text











Bylaw I



Section 1. This organization shall be known as the Sacramento Section, hereinafter referred to as the “Section,” of the American Chemical Society, hereinafter referred to as the “SOCIETY”. This organization derives from the SOCIETY as the parent body and is constituted in conformity to the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY.



Bylaw II



Section 1. The objects of the Section shall be those of the SOCIETY as stated in the Charter and Constitution of the SOCIETY. Additional objects of this organization shall be promulgation of knowledge in all chemical and allied fields, vigilance to obtain the advantages that can derive from such knowledge in the civic life of communities within the territory covered by the Section, the improvement of the professional and economic status of the members, cooperation with the parent body of the SOCIETY and other technical groups in the promotion of these objectives, and the dissemination of information relative to the foregoing activities.


Section 2.  Nothing in these bylaws shall be inconsistent with the Charter, Constitution, and Bylaws of the SOCIETY.



Bylaw III

Territory and Headquarters


The territory of the Section shall comprise the area assigned by the SOCIETY.





Bylaw IV

Members and Affiliates


Section 1. The rolls of the Section shall be composed of those MEMBERS, STUDENT MEMBERS and Society Affiliates residing within the territory of the Section provided that exceptions to this rule shall be made in conformity with the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY.


Section 2. The Section may have Local Section Affiliates as authorized in the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY.  A Local Section Affiliate shall retain affiliate status only so long as payment is made of Local Section dues of not less than two dollars ($2.00) per annum.


Section 3. Members and affiliates shall have such rights and privileges as are accorded them by the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY.

Section 4. A Society Affiliate or a Local Section Affiliate may not vote for or hold an elective position or vote on Articles of Incorporation or bylaws of the Section. A Society Affiliate may not serve as a voting member of the Executive Committee; a Local Section Affiliate may not serve as a member of the Executive Committee. Affiliates may be appointed as Committee Chairs and may serve on the Executive Committee in a non-voting capacity.



Bylaw V

Officers, Executive Committee and Councilors


Section 1. The officers of the Section shall be members of the SOCIETY and consist of a Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. The offices of Secretary and of Treasurer may be held by the same person.


Section 2. The Section shall have Councilors and Alternate Councilors as provided in the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY and of the Section.


Section 3. The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the Section, the Immediate Past Chair, the Councilors,  the Alternate Councilors and the chairs of all standing committees.



Bylaw VI

Manner of Election and Terms of Office


Section 1. Terms of Office:


a.  The Chair and Chair-Elect shall take office on January 1, and shall hold office for one year.  Upon completion of the Chair’s term of office, the Chair-Elect shall succeed to the office of Chair.  The Chair-Elect, upon succeeding to the office of Chair, shall continue to perform the duties of the Chair-Elect until a successor qualifies.


b.  The Secretary and Treasurer shall take office on January 1, and shall hold office for two years, or until their successors qualify.  The terms of office of the Secretary and the Treasurer shall be arranged so that they do not start in the same year, unless the offices are to be held by the same person as provided elsewhere in these bylaws.

c. Councilors and Alternate Councilors shall be elected for a term of three years beginning on January 1.


Section 2. Manner of Election:


a. All officers, Councilors, and Alternate Councilors shall be elected by a  ballot of the members of the Section.


b. Prior to September 1, an Elections Committee, appointed by the Chair, will present to the membership for approval and/or amendment a list of nominees for the offices to be filled in the next election.


c. The Elections Committee shall prepare an election ballot on which shall appear the names, in order chosen by lot, of all candidates nominated and found willing to serve. In accordance with the SOCIETY’s bylaws, balloting procedures should ensure fair balloting that is open to all eligible members, protection against fraudulent balloting, and the timely reporting and archiving of balloting results. These ballots shall then be distributed to each member of the Section. A period of three weeks must be provided between the date of distribution of the ballots to the members and the deadline for their return to the Elections Committee. A paper ballot will be mailed to any member who does not have access to electronic balloting.


d. The Elections Committee shall validate all ballots received by the deadline, using the list of members provided by the Secretary to verify eligibility of all those voting. Any ballot  not appropriately validated shall be rejected.


e. In the case of a tie vote for any office, the Executive Committee shall make the final selection from among those candidates tied for the office.


f. The election should be completed and the new officers announced prior to December 1.


Section 3. In the event of a vacancy in the office of Chair, the Chair-Elect shall assume the added duties of the Chair for the unexpired term. All other vacancies shall be filled by the Executive Committee by interim appointment for the period up to the next annual election, at which time the Section shall elect a MEMBER to fill out the unexpired term, if any. In the event the office of Chair-Elect is filled by such interim appointment, the Section shall elect both a Chair and a Chair-Elect at its annual election.



Bylaw VII

Recall of Officers


Section 1. The officers of the Section are subject to recall for neglect of duties or conduct injurious to the SOCIETY. Recall procedures are not applicable to Councilors and Alternate Councilors elected by Local Sections.


Section 2. The recall of an officer shall be initiated when a signed petition, indicating in writing the specific charges and reasonable substantiating evidence is submitted to the Chair from at least five voting members of the Section. In the event the Chair is the official in question, the Chair-Elect shall receive the petition and shall assume the duties of the Office of Chair with respect to this issue until the issue is resolved.


Section 3. The Chair shall, without delay, determine that the petitioners are aware of the gravity of their actions and the procedures to be followed. The Chair shall seek an alternate resolution to the problem and a withdrawal of the petition at this time. In the absence of a resolution to the problem, the Chair shall notify the members of the Executive Committee and call a special meeting within thirty days.


a.       The Executive Committee shall promptly continue the recall process or dismiss the petition as ill-founded or find an alternate solution to the problem. The Chair shall promptly inform the petitioners and the official of the decision of the Executive Committee.


b.      If the proceedings continue, the Chair shall assign the duties of the officer to another MEMBER of the Section until the issue is resolved.


c.       If the proceedings continue, the office shall be offered an opportunity to answer the allegations in the petition before the Executive Committee.


Every reasonable effort shall be made to contact the official throughout this procedure.  That effort shall include a certified letter to the last known address on the officer SOCIETY membership rolls. Upon notification, the officer shall have thirty days to make a written response to the allegations.  The Executive Committee shall decide whether to proceed after studying the officer’s response. The Chair shall inform the officer and the petitioners of the decision of the Executive Committee.


If no contact with the officer can be made after a reasonable effort, the Executive Committee may remove the officer in question with a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the remaining members.


(1)         If the proceedings continue, the officer shall choose one of the following options:The officer may resign.


(2)   The officer may request a recall vote in the same manner as the original election, which must be consistent with the Section bylaws. The voting membership shall be informed, through brief written statements prepared by the Executive Committee and the officer, of the issues involved with the recall vote.  Both statements shall be distributed to the voting membership before the vote is taken.


(3)   The officer may request a hearing and a recall vote by the remaining members of the Executive Committee.  A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the remaining members of the Executive Committee shall be required to recall the officer.


(4)   The officer may choose not to respond and thus forfeit the position.


Section 4. The vacancy provisions of these bylaws shall be used to fill a vacancy caused by a recall process.  The membership of the Section and the Executive Director of the SOCIETY shall be informed of the results of the recall process and the replacement of the officer.



Bylaw VIII

Duties of Officers and Executive Committee


Section 1. The duties of the officers shall be those customarily performed by such officers, together with those responsibilities prescribed by the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY and by these bylaws, and such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Executive Committee.


Section 2. The Chair of the Section shall serve as Chair of the Executive Committee and shall appoint all committees authorized in these bylaws or by the Executive Committee.  The Chair shall appoint all committee chairs, with the approval of the majority of the Executive Committee.  The standing committees shall be as follows:


[list all standing committees][CC1] 





Section 3. The Executive Committee shall be the governing body of the Section, and as such, shall have full power to conduct, manage, and direct the business and affairs of the Section in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY and these bylaws.



Bylaw IX



The Executive Committee shall establish committees as necessary for the proper operation of the Section.



Bylaw X



Section 1. The Section shall hold regular meetings at places and times designated by the Executive Committee.


Section 2. The Section may hold special meetings at the call of the Executive Committee, the Chair, or at the written request of 15 members of the Section. The notices of special meetings shall state the exact nature of the business to be considered and no other business shall be transacted at such meetings.


Section 3. Due notice of all meetings shall be sent to each member and affiliate of the Section. A quorum for transaction of business at a Section meeting shall consist of 25 members of the Section. No business shall be transacted in the absence of a quorum.


Section 4. The Executive Committee shall meet upon due notice to its members at the call of the Chair or at the request of a majority of the members of the Committee. In the absence of a quorum, which shall be a majority of the members of the Executive Committee, called meetings of the Executive Committee shall adjourn to a future date.


Section 5. The most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall be the parliamentary authority for all matters not covered in this bylaws or in the SOCIETY’s documents.



Bylaw XI



Section 1. All members and Society Affiliates of the Section may be assessed such annual local section dues as may be set by the Executive Committee.


Section 2. The annual dues of Local Section Affiliates shall be set by the Executive Committee in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY. Failure to pay such dues in advance shall automatically terminate the affiliation. At the discretion of the Executive Committee, Section dues may be waived for STUDENT MEMBERS.


Bylaw XII



Section 1. A proposed amendment to these bylaws must first be submitted in writing to the Executive Committee. If it is approved by a majority of the Executive Committee, the Secretary shall submit the proposed amendment to the SOCIETY’s Committee on Constitution and Bylaws for review.  After any required changes are incorporated, and any recommended changes reviewed and accepted or rejected by the Executive Committee, the Secretary shall distribute the amendment to  all members of the Section.


Section 2. After notice of the proposed amendment is given, the amendment will be adopted if it receives an affirmative vote by two-thirds (2/3) of the members present.


Section 3. If a proposed amendment is not approved by the Executive Committee within sixty days from the time it is submitted thereto, the Secretary shall, upon receipt of a petition signed by not less than 15 members of the Section, submit it to the SOCIETY’s Committee on Constitution and Bylaws for review. In that event, any required changes shall be incorporated, and recommended changes reviewed and accepted or rejected by a majority of the petitioners. The petition shall then be brought to a vote of the membership in the aforementioned manner.


Section 4. Amendments to these bylaws, after adoption by the Section, shall become effective upon approval by the Council of the SOCIETY unless a later date is specified in the amendment.



Bylaw XIII

Dissolution of Section


Upon the dissolution of the Section, any assets of the Section remaining thereafter shall be conveyed to such organization then existent, within or without the territory of the Section, dedicated to the perpetuation of objects similar to those of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, or to the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY so long as whichever organization is selected by the governing body of the Section at the time of dissolution shall be exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended or under such successor provision of the Code as may be in effect at the time of the Section’s dissolution.[CC2] 


Next Meeting and Barbeque!

63rd Annual Meeting and Steak Barbecue

Co-sponsored by the Chemistry Department of University of the

Pacific & the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of Sigma Xi, the

Research Society



Chemistry Department, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA



9:30 a.m.  Registration, Coffee, and Conversation Inside the Mendocino Avenue Entrance

to the Pacific Sciences Classroom Building.


10:30 a.m

American  Chemical Society Meeting

Announcements and Lecture

CR 170, Lecture Hall, Classroom Building


12:00 p.m.

Annual Steak Barbecue Lawn & Patio Area of Classroom Building

Lecture  topic:  The Electric  Car:  Murder Victim, Suicide, or Still a Gleam in Its Parents’  Eyes


Presenter: Professor James  Postma

Chemistry Department, California State University, Chico, CA


Abstract: Electric cars have existed since the inception of the automobile, but to date, have not penetrated the consumer market to a significant degree. This talk will present the significant advantages of an electrochemical energy source (batteries) relative

to a combustion source for automotive power. But the challenges that have limited the success of electric car technology will also be reviewed. We will try to make educated, but speculative, predictions about the scientific, engineering, and societal progress that will be necessary for the success of electric cars. For more background on a previous version of this talk, see:


The Speaker:   Dr. Postma is a professor of Chemistry at Cal State University-Chico.  He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Davis and then returned to join the faculty of the CSU, Chico chemistry department in

1982. He teaches general, physical, and analytical chemistry courses as well as having served as department chair from 1998 to

2004. Professor Postma is the co-author (along with Julian L. Roberts and J. Leland Hollenberg of the University of Redlands) of Chemistry in the Laboratory, a widely used laboratory text for freshman general chemistry courses, and he is the chief science officer of a local start-up company, Advanced Light Technologies.


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You may send in the reservation form below, call the Chemistry Department at 209-946-2271, or email We would appreciate your reservations before April 18th; however, if you find at the last minute that you are able to come, you will be most welcome. See our website at


Please make checks out to University of the Pacific and send in with the form below to:

Chemistry Department, University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95211



63rd  Annual American Chemical Society Meeting and Barbecue


Please make                  reservations at $15.00 per person for Saturday, April 21, 2012 (no charge for children under 10).


Check enclosed: $                                                  






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September Awards Meeting

In addition to the seminar scheduled below, there will be food and drink, and awards to members of our section.




Join us in the seminar of


“Zintl Phases: Materials for Alternative

Energy and Biomedical Applications”


Zintl compounds are a highly versatile class of materials that have been studied for their structural, chemical, and electronic properties as well as for their synthetic utility, for example as reactive precursors in the solution preparation of elemental nanostructured materials and molecular clusters of the main group elements. This seminar will present an overview on Zintl phases for thermoelectric applications such as waste heat to electrical power conversion and as reactive precursors to silicon quantum dots for combine optical and MRI active biological probes. The seminar will also be focused on the bigger picture of science and training of the next generation.



Dr. Susan Kauzlarich

2011 IUPAC Distinguished Women in Chemistry


Saturday, September 17, 2011@ 4:30

US Bicycling Hall of Fame

303 Third Street (at B St)

Davis, CA 95616

Next Meeting - March 22






ACS Speaker:

 Lisa M. Balbes, Ph.D

Non- Traditional Careers for Chemists

Chemistry Department, Room 172 UCD

7:00 PM on March 22, 2011


Dr. Lisa M. Balbes earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and psychology from Washington University in St Louis. She completed a post-doctoral posting in computational chemistry at Research Triangle Institute, and was then promoted to real person and started their protein modelling program.  Lisa founded Balbes Consultants LLC (formerly Osiris Consultants) in 1992 to help companies produce better scientific documents. She provides scientific writing and editing services for more than 50 client companies, including Bausch and Lomb Surgical, Divergence, Pine Instrumentation, SigmaAldrich, Stereotaxis, and the US FDA. Dr. Balbes is currently a councilor for the St Louis local section of the ACS, and in 2011 she received the Distinguished Service Award from that section. She is the 2011 chair of ACS’s National Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs. She has been an ACS volunteer career consultant since 1993, providing advice and information to literally thousands of scientists, and is an internationally invited speaker on career management and development for scientists. She is the author of Nontraditional Careers for Chemists, published by Oxford University Press



From Sacramento: Take Interstate 80 west toward San Francisco. Exit at UC Davis.

From Sacramento International Airport: Take Interstate 5 south toward Sacramento and follow the signs to Interstate 80 west toward San Francisco. Exit at UC Davis.

From the San Francisco Bay Area: Take Interstate 80 east toward Sacramento. Exit at UC Davis.

From Woodland: Take Highway 113 south to Interstate 80, then east toward Sacramento. Exit at UC Davis.

From the UC Davis exit: Exit off Interstate 80, take Old Davis Road to the campus core area. Pass the South Gate Information Kiosk (or stop for further information). Continue to the loop road, which circles the campus core area. Visitor parking lots are marked. Purchase a $6.00 all-day parking permit on weekdays from the bright yellow permit dispensers. Permit dispensers will accept quarters, one-dollar bills, Visa or MasterCard.


The Chemistry Building location can be found at


Bryan Miller Symposium

The Bryan Miller Symposium will be held again at UC Davis on March 3-4.  An announcement for this event can be found here.


The 15th Annual Sacramento Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SRSEF) will be held March 18-19 at Rosemont High School in Sacramento .  SRSEF is entirely dependent on educators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers to volunteer their time as judges. [ Sacramento Section has been a source for these judges in the past.  So if you can help, please let us know at as well as actually signing up as indicated below.]

The mandatory orientation on Friday, March 18 at 6:00 PM includes a free dinner catered by Griselda’s TexMex.  This orientation provides guidelines, evaluation criteria and score sheets for judging projects.  Judging begins Saturday, March 19 at 8 am.

If you are interested, please complete the online judging registration https:/ /<> by Monday, February 21st.  If you have questions about being a volunteer judge, please contact the SRSEF office at 916-441-3150.

Sacramento Section Town Hall

Come to a Sacramento Section Town Hall

Monday, January 10, 2011

6:30 pm to 8pm

or later if discussion continues (it is up to you)

Sacramento City College

Mohr Hall M-21

SCC will be on vacation so parking is free and very available


What is a Town Hall?


It is an opportunity for ACS members in the Sacramento Section to combine with your new section officers, and representatives from national ACS and the Local Section Activities Committee for a discussion of what we should be doing, what we can become and how can we affect the future of chemistry in our area.

What are we going to do?

First we will network with some snacks and drinks. Then we will have an open, semi-directed discussion on what has worked, what needs to happen, and how we can be a more active ACS section.

This will be a very interactive session so come prepared to share your opinions. Some discussion examples:

We are planning an event in 2011 to honor our many 50-year-plus members. We want to acknowledge them and share in their experiences and accomplishments. How is the best way to do this?

This past year we had our first ChemOlympiad regional qualifier. How can we get more students involved in this program? What can we do for more involvement with our local high school chemistry programs and more science education in the lower grades?

What can we in Sacramento do to help celebrate 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry?

Come join us and participate. For further information contact any of your officers and councilors.SACRAMENTO SECTION AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY


Posted by Jan Hayes –

Next Meeting

Date:  Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Time:  7:15 PM

Place:  Sacramento City College


A printable announcement for this meeting can be found here.


James O'Brien

Missouri State University

Biographical Sketch

Jim O'Brien was born in Philadelphia on the 4th of July. He received a BS in Chemistry from Villanova University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. Following postdoctoral work at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico, he joined the faculty at Southwest Missouri State University, recently renamed Missouri State University While at MSU, Dr. O'Brien received three research awards and three teaching awards.


Title: Chemistry in the Sherlock Holmes Stories

Description: "Madam, you must stop painting your child's crib." These were the first words spoken by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to a woman who had brought her listless infant daughter to the Edinburgh Medical School in 1912. Doyle, like his creation Sherlock Holmes, had acute deductive powers. His diagnosis of lead poisoning proved to be correct. Conan Doyle's first published medical article, in the British Medical Journal in 1879, dealt with poisons. His interest in Chemistry is apparent in his fictional writings as well. Poisons, for example, are mentioned in 22 of the 60 Holmes tales. Numerous other chemicals are mentioned as well. Sherlock Holmes had a chemical "table" in his Baker Street quarters. Here he would relax by doing chemical analyses or syntheses much as today's students relax !). There is, in fact, so much Chemistry in the Sherlock Holmes stories that practically every story has some, whether it be poisons, gems, brandy, acids, or even the famous 7% solution of cocaine. This lecture will discuss the scientific Holmes with quotes from the Master himself and will illustrate that Asimov's assessment of Holmes as a "blundering chemist" is incorrect.