International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Networking Lunch - Berkeley, California, USA

Activity by Jim Wasserman   |   added on Dec 23, 2010   |   United States Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control will host the chemists of its Environmental Chemistry Laboratory for a networking lunch, roundtable discussion and sharing of experiences that brought them into chemistry.

 The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control will honor its chemists with a lunch networking event at its Berkeley offices as part of the global “Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time” activity.

   We plan to host our Environmental Chemistry Laboratory chemists on January 18 for a roundtable discussion and sharing of experiences.  We will talk about what brought us to chemistry, the support or obstacles we encountered along the way, the brick walls and glass ceilings.  Would we advise our children to study chemistry?

   Dr. Arlene Blum, a Berkeley scientist, mountaineer and writer will join the group to share her trailblazing experiences. Dr. Blum is well known for her 1970s Science paper calling for the ban of mutagenic flame retardants from children’s sleepwear. She is also known for leading the first all-women ascent of Annapurna (I) in Nepal in 1978. In 2007 she co-founded the Green Science Policy Institute to help protect the environment from toxic chemicals.

  DTSC is also exploring connections by videoconference or Skype with chemists at the Department’s Environmental Chemistry Laboratory in Los Angeles and other groups in our time zone.

Topic: celebrating chemistry, sustainable and green chemistry, networking Audience: professional chemists, research scientists, decision makers
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