Chem Expo: Marvelous Metals

The mission of NCW is to reach the public, particularly elementary and secondary school children, with positive messages about chemistry to:
• Make a positive change in the public’s impression of chemistry;
• Promote a mechanism for effectively mobilizing ACS local sections; and
• Motivate the ACS membership through local section activities.

In addition to our main event, Scouts have an activity :

San Diego Chemists Celebrate National Chemistry Week with Science Activities for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

What to Expect:

• Exhibits by Local Companies and Organizations
• Chemistry Demonstrations
• Hands-on Activities
• Middle and High School Extra Credit (at teacher’s discretion) • Open to the public at no charge

Volunteers Sign-up, please contact Julann Miller for 2 hour shifts to share Chemistry !!

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: San Diego Miramar College, 10440 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego Map

Contact: Julann Miller at


ACS National Meeting & Expo – Chemistry & Water

Giving scientific professionals a platform to present, publish, discuss, and exhibit research discoveries and technologies in chemistry and its related disciplines. The meeting will provide networking opportunities, and career development and placement. The Exposition will give attendees the chance to meet more than 250 exhibitors, many of whom are showcasing new technological developments. A number of exhibitors also offer free workshops during the meeting so attendees can learn more about these state-of-the-art technologies.

Date: August 25-29, 2019
Location: San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101



2019 Distinguished Scientists Award Banquet

Sabine Hadida, Ph.D. Vice President, Medicinal Chemistry, Vertex Pharmaceuticals (San Diego)

Peter Grootenhuis, Ph.D.*
Principal Research Fellow, Chemistry, Vertex Pharmaceuticals (San Diego)
* Deceased.


  • Tony Bottone Award for Outstanding Service
    Dr. Bill Tolley, Secretary, ACS – San Diego Section
  • Outstanding Committee Chair Award
    Valerie Kuck, Project SEED Committee, ACS – San Diego Section

DATE: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

6:30 PM No host bar
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Award lecture

PLACE: The Butcher Shop | 5255 Kearny Villa Rd, San Diego, CA 92123 Map

PRICE: $30.00 per dinner, $15.00 with student I.D.

RSVP: Thursday October 10, 2019
Reservations required




Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at 9:30 AM
Location: Bristol Farms Café – Costa Verde Shopping Center – Genesee Avenue and Nobel Drive, University City

223rd 2YC3 Conference – San Diego Miramar College

223rd 2YC3 Conference
“Celebrate Partnerships and Innovation”

DATE: August 23-24, 2019

WHERE: San Diego Miramar College

San Diego Miramar College is excited to host the 223rd2YC3Conference ( in August 2019. Do you have a unique way that you partner with your students, other faculty, universities, businesses, surrounding community, etc.,to achieve student success? Are you using innovative approaches inside and/or outside of the classroom? We want you to come and share about what you are doing! Our hope is that these two days will be a celebration of the good work that is happening across a variety of two-year schools and highlight the amazing work happening in Chemistry Education. Through these connections, we also anticipate new partnerships being formed and innovative techniques being adopted into classrooms. Come celebrate, innovate, and collaborate! Please contact Gary Smith ( if you would like more information.




DATE: Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

TIME: 9:30 AM

WHERE: Bristol Farms Cafe, Costa Verde Shopping Center
Genesee Avenue and Nobel Drive, University City



Fifty-, Sixty- and Seventy-Year Member Recognition Luncheon

We are celebrating the 50-, 60-, and 70- year members of the San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society with a lunch at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse restaurant!

DATE: July 11th, 2019

11:00 AM Social gathering
12:00 PM Lunch – sumptuous buffet of meat and meatless dishes
12:45 PM Introduction of 50-, 60-, 70-year members

WHERE: Tom Ham’s Lighthouse Restaurant, 2150 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego



Organized by Dr. Ben Pratt, Dr. Mark Tichenor, Dr. David Wallace – San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society Dr. Emmanuel Theodorakis – UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

DATE: Friday, July 19, 2019

WHERE: Hojel Hall, Institute of the Americas, UC San Diego


8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast 
9:00 AM Opening Remarks: Emmanuel Theodorakis
9:05 AM Dr. Carlo Ballatore, University of California San Diego “Microtubule Stabilizing Small Molecules as Candidate Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Tauopathies”
9:50 AM Dr. Punit Seth, Ionis Pharmaceuticals “Targeted Delivery of Nucleic Acid Therapeutics”
10:35 AM Coffee Break
10:50 AM Dr. Scott Rychnovsy, University of California Irvine “Synthetic Approaches to Alkaloids and Terpenes”
11:35 AM Dr. Matt Marx, Mirati Therapeutics “The Discovery of MRTX1257, a Selective, Irreversible Inhibitor of KRAS G12C with Oral Antitumor Activity”
12:20 PM Lunch
1:20 PM Dr. Jeff Gustafson, San Diego State University “New Selectivity Filters to Obtain Selective Inhibitors of RET and Osimertinib Resistant EGFR Mutants”
2:05 PM Dr. Valentina Molteni, The Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation “Non-steroidal FXR Agonists – Tropifexor and Nidufexor for Chronic Liver Disease”
2:50 PM Symposium Conclusion

To register please visit: follow the link to the registration page.
Register online by Friday, July 12, and food will be provided.

Family Picnic 2019 – Free Food & Fun for Families, Friends & Fido!

DATE: Sunday, June 30, 2019

TIME: 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM (food served from approx. noon to 3 PM)

WHERE: San Dieguito County Park, Solana Beach, at Lomas Santa Fe Drive and El Camino Real

DIRECTIONS: Lomas Santa Fe exit off of I-5, one mile east to Highland Drive park entrance. Left onto Highland, immediate right into the park. Pay parking fee ($3.00/car, free for seniors). At booth, proceed to Area #3 Parking. Note: the San Diego County Fair will cause heavy traffic on I-5 near the Lomas Santa Fe exit. Please allow extra driving time!

WHO: Youngsters, seniors, in-betweensters, guys, gals, chemists, recovering chemists, guests and other friends of the ACS!

WHAT: BBQ, cold drinks, games and prizes for children of all ages. Please bring a homemade dessert to enter the Best Dessert Contest. Prizes will be awarded! If you bring a cold dessert, bring a cooler. Guests with special dietary needs should provide for them.

RSVP: As soon as possible but no later than Thursday, June 27th, by registering at

Please tell us how many adults and how many children (with their ages) will be in your party, as well as total number of vegetarians.

Volunteers needed for morning setup!
Please contact James Caldwell to sign up:
tel. 815-262-9697 | email:

The Southern California Pharmaceutical Discussion Group (SCPDG) of AAPS: A Joint Meeting with the San Diego Section of the ACS

Why Bother? Downstream Development and Market Considerations that Impact Drug Discovery




Vince Wacher, PhD, Synthetic Biologics

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019

6:00 – 6:30 PM    Check-In
6:30 – 7:15 PM     Dinner
7:15 – 8:15 PM      Presentation
8:15 – 8:30 PM     Discussion

Knobbe Martens, Intellectual Property Law; Da Vinci Conference Room
12790 El Camino Real, El Camino Real, San Diego 92130

RSVP here by Monday, May 6, 2019