Orange County Section


Carol Grimes

Judy Bechtold
(714) 846-0983

Since 1964 this committee has coordinated the ACS High School Chemistry Testing Program including the local ACS Olympiad tests for advanced chemistry students in March and April, and the First Year Chemistry Test in April followed by an Awards Dinner in May for both levels. The Committee also honors outstanding chemistry students from the 18 local colleges at an Awards Dinner in April. Committee members volunteer to judge projects at the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair and OCACS gives two Special Awards. National Chemistry Week activities for thousands of elementary kids in October, and quarterly Kids in Chemistry activities at libraries throughout Orange County round out the year for this active committee.

Welcome Letter Subcommittee Chairs
The Chemistry Olympiad First-year Chemistry Tests
Committee Photo
Monthly Speaker Program
Bob Cohen
(714) 528-3243

Monthly dinner meetings with presentations on a wide range of chemistry-related topics. All members & their guests are welcome.
National Chemistry Week
Carol Grimes

National Chemistry Week (NCW) is a community-based program sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The main purpose of NCW is to stimulate the interest of young children in science and to enhance public awareness of the many ways chemistry improves the quality of our everyday lives. The Orange County Section of the ACS normally hosts the NCW celebration at the Santa Ana Zoo (in Prentice Park). Throughout the day, local colleges and universities will have tables of hands-on science activities and demonstrations for children of all ages. For details, click National Chemistry Week.
Kids & Chemistry
Sanda Sun
Phone # (714) 992-4428

Kids & Chemistry is a community-based science program that brings scientists, chemistry students, children, and parents together to do hands-on science activities. We hold a number of events at the local libraries during summer and around earth day. Our goal is to give kids and their parents an opportunity to experience enriching science activities and to showcase the positive contributions that chemistry has made to our environment. For details, click Kids & Chemistry.
Environmental Committee
Ganesh Rajagopalan
(949) 261-1577

Dr. Keisuke Ikehata
(714) 481-0662

The Environmental Committee holds bi-monthly meetings with presentations on a variety of topics relating to the environment and chemistry. Our group consists of environmental scientists and engineers in academia, utilities, municipal governments, consulting firms, analytical laboratories, and other related industries. Our meetings are open to the public and are announced in advance on the Calendar.
Younger Chemists
Quang Nguyen
(714) 260-2958

Activities and events directed towards making the ACS relevant to younger chemists and integrating them into the profession.
Government Affairs Committee
David Marec
(714) 529-0870

Government Affairs advocates at the Local, State, and Federal level for increased investment in scientific research and science education based on position papers issued by ACS. We encourage all members to participate in the ACS Legislative Action Network (LAN). As a LAN member you will automatically receive action notices by e-mail. To join the ACS LAN go to

Immediate news can be found on the ACS National Policy webpage
Bob Cohen
(714) 528-3243
Rabin Lai
(714) 870-7880

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Feb 13 at 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, Feb 23 at 11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
Saturday, Mar 2 at 8:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday, Mar 21 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM