Valley Chemist" is the newsletter for the Santa Clara Valley (SCV)
Section of the American Chemical Society. This was its thirty
fifth year of publication. The newsletter and the Section’s
website are the primary communication links between members of the
Section and its affiliates.
The newsletters from 1999 to present are
available on the website in PDF format, making them available for
the general public as well as Section members. (Click here
or on the picture itself to see the full sized version of the
December, 2013 issue pictured at the left. Click here to see
the index page where you can click on all issues back to January,
1999.) This is the fourth year of distributing the
newsletter by posting it in electronic format. The majority of our
nearly 3000 members now receive an email during the first full
week of each month informing them that the current edition of the
newsletter is available for their viewing. We still mail a small
number of paper copies to those members who request to receive
printed copies (at no cost to the member). Electronic distribution
has greatly reduced printing and mailing costs, allowing us to
reallocate our resources to other programs.
The newsletter typically provides information
about the upcoming monthly speakers and dinner meetings, local
section outreach activities, and a calendar of upcoming science
events and activities in our local five-county area as well as
statewide and nationally. The Chair’s Message is a featured
monthly portion of the letter encouraging members to become
involved in section and national activities and providing updated
status reports regarding SCV Executive Committee deliberations and
decisions. Annually there are reports regarding the Section’s
award winners for the Harry and Carol Mosher Award, the Ottenberg
Award, the Radding Award, and our new, first-in-the-nation
Community College Teacher-Scholar Award. There are also summaries
of our annual teacher events, the Chemistry Olympiad, and the
Section’s National Chemistry Week activities.
The ChemPloyment Abstract Bulletin also appears
in every issue of the “Silicon Valley Chemist.” The ChemPloyment
Abstracts have a standard format. We no longer charge a fee for
ads of positions. Employers provide information about the latest
chemistry related job opportunities at their companies.
ChemPloyment Abstracts have become an important resource for
chemists seeking employment in our area. Unfortunately, even
though the economy has improved, the total number of these ads
printed in 2014 is much less than it was a few years ago.
Each issue also contains important contact
information. The names of the Section officers, councilors and
alternate councilors are listed as well as their telephone
numbers, making the Executive Committee accessible to all members.
The contact information for the ChemPloyment Abstracts Director,
the Newsletter Editor, Associate Editor and our Public Relations
chair are also featured.
Highlights for 2014 included photos of our 50-,
60-, 65- and 75-year members and other awardees at our summer
Kevin Greenman, Editor
Partha P Bera, Associate Editor
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