We are delighted to be your Co-Presidents for this coming year! We want every member to feel that she has a voice and a place to contribute to our Chapter Goals for 2019-2020:
  • Another $1M for Scholars for 2020-2021
  • Member Engagement: all members are engaged; 100% participation in the Scholar Awards Fund (SAF); recruit 10-15 great new members every year
  • Communicate - often and with GUSTO!
  • Celebrate our 50th Anniversary (2020) - get the word OUT!
  • Strengthen partnerships and share best practices with universities
  • Build ARCS Scholar and Scholar Alum community
We welcome your comments, suggestions, and questions.
This is an amazing organization – founded and run entirely by women. Our Chapter has awarded over $21M to support more than 2,700 scholars. Together we are “Fueling Northern California Innovation”. We make a difference for young scientists at the seed stage of their research – we learn about cutting-edge science – and we have fun! We hope this year enhances each of our connections with our mission as well as our connections with one another. Please think about inviting a prospective member to lunch – or bringing her to the December general meeting as your guest! And remember to propose a new member (or two) no later than January 17, 2020. Contact Membership VP Tina Hinckley with any questions.

Here's to another great year!

-Chris Simpson Brent & Jo Whitehouse
See you on the 23rd at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. It's going to be a great evening!
On September 25th, almost 50 members of the ARCS NCC gathered at The Francisca Club in San Francisco to kick off the 2019-2020 year. After a warm welcome from Chris Brent and Jo Whitehouse, attention turned to our Chapter’s goals for this coming year as well as the need for a longer-term strategic plan. Adding Communications as a fourth pillar supporting the $1Million for Scholars was highlighted. Feedback on the proposed goals from all members is encouraged.

We had a wonderful tutorial on using our website by Co-VPs of Communications, Noelle Filippenko and Kira Kramlich, followed by an inspired presentation on Science Activities by Sarah MaroneyMartha Ryan and Nancy Mueller. When the business meeting came to a close, Susan Acquistapace introduced our ARCS Scholar speaker, Tyler Phelps from San Francisco State University. Tyler described himself as a “long time fish nerd” who has become a deep diver, focused on what is happening to coral reefs that are between 200 and 400 feet below the ocean surface. He totally won the hearts and minds of all of us with his passion, and his very sweet thank-you note is reproduced below for all to enjoy.

Our great thanks to Venetta Rohal for her terrific work with all the arrangements for our kick-off meeting!
Inspired and invigorated by their September 7th strategy session at Jo Whitehouse's home, ten members of the new ARCS Board posed for a portrait.

On September 30th, about 15 members of ARCS NCC met up at Hog Island Oyster Farm in Marshall, on Tomales Bay. We were blessed with perfect weather, warm and sunny. Terry Sawyer, partner of CEO John Finger, explained that this company farms 160 acres and harvests more than 3.5 million oysters, Manila clams and mussels each year – with the help of almost 300 employees. We learned about farming oysters sustainably, which requires clean water, the right temperatures, and daily tides (but not too high). It also takes time – almost 18 months from baby to adult ready for market.

We also heard from Melissa Ward, a UC Davis Scholar, about eelgrass and its role in preventing erosion and reducing water turbidity. She stressed the importance of approaching complex problems from the perspective of ecosystems – especially ocean acidification.

The tour ended with a delicious outdoor lunch of – you guessed it – OYSTERS! Tour participant Kaye Woods said, "The educational Hog Island Tour followed by a magnificent oyster feast overlooking the estuary made an ordinary Monday feel like a celebratory Friday. An annual repeat for ARCS should be mandated!"

Thanks to Kiki Pescatello for all her work organizing a great outing.


On October 8th, almost 20 ARCS members arrived at UC Davis for a site visit. We were greeted warmly by Janet Berry, ARCS NCC member and Executive Director of Development at UC Davis, JP Delplanque, Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice Provost, as well as Jessica Falor-Ward and Amineh Helalian. ARCS members were treated to talking with scholars who explained their posters. We heard from two current ARCS Scholars, Lucy Luong and Harrison Jesse Smith. Both did an excellent job of communicating.

We also heard presentations from two faculty from a new program called Soils and Biogeochemistry. Professor Toby O’Geen described this multidisciplinary program that includes 36 faculty from 7 departments and 30 PhD candidates and 3 Masters candidates. Through collaborations they tackle really complex problems and find scalable solutions. Dr. Ben Houlton, Director of the UC Davis Muir Institute, 
talked about Climate One, an exciting project focused on “negative carbon emissions” – ways we can remove CO2 from the atmosphere using new techniques in farming. The work will be featured in an upcoming issue of The Economist -- look for "Farming Reinvented"! 

The group left campus excited about these Scholars, with new understandings of the importance of soils as part of climate, and proud to be part of ARCS NCC!


Last year's Scholar Awards Campaign brought in a record $850,000, which, together with the planned draw from our endowment proceeds, enabled ARCS NCC to go beyond our Bold Goal and distribute over $1 Million to our 2019-2020 ARCS Scholars! Thank you to every one of you who generously contributed. 
A new ARCS year means a new Scholar Awards Campaign, and our goal this year is to maintain the momentum! If you'll be at the Scholar Awards Celebration on October 23, remember that every dollar raised during the Fund-the-Future goes directly to this year's scholar awards fund. You may donate online at any time using the button below, and of course you will be receiving materials in the mail later in the fall. 
Remember to check out our website on a regular basis -- 
It's a great source of information, inspiration and access for members
and the community at large. Bookmark it now!

Born and raised in California, Thi Nguyen is a third-year PhD student in the Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry program at UC Davis. His research in the sciences of grape-growing and winemaking focuses on the chemistry of wine oxidation, or how a wine changes over time with oxygen exposure. Specifically, he studies how a wine’s chemical composition affects how fast or how much it can age. His experiments are conducted in laboratories and vineyards accessible to the department's students. Nguyen has also worked in wineries in Napa, California, and Mendoza, Argentina.

“Wine has always been shrouded in mystique and romance,” he says, “But I think a more objective understanding of what’s going on at the molecular level and the ability to predict wine aging using chemistry would be incredibly beneficial to both producers and consumers." Nguyen believes that his research “paves the way for future research into wine aging and oxidation,” which ultimately benefits the prominent and deeply rooted wine industry in California, as well as in the rest of the world.

According to Nguyen, fundamental, or basic, research is typically less likely to receive funding in contrast to the “action-oriented, results-driven” industry of applied research. Nguyen is thankful that ARCS Foundation helps scholars like him who are involved in basic research. “I'm able to dedicate my time fully to this research without having to worry about working or teaching to stay afloat,” Nguyen says. “I don't think it would be possible without support from ARCS.”

CALENDAR 2019-2020
     October 23, 2019 - 6-9:30 PM
     October 29, 2019 - 10:30 AM - 2 PM
     November 5, 2019 
     December 11, 2019 
     January 21, 2020 - 6-8:30 PM
     February 26, 2020 
     April 27, 2020 -  3-6:30 PM
     May 20, 2020 - 9 AM-1 PM
Scholar Awards Celebration, Julia Morgan Ballroom 
ReThink Waste Field Trip
Site Visit to UCSF
Membership Meeting, St. Francis Yacht Club
Frontiers of Science Lecture
Membership Meeting, time/location tbd
Scholar Symposium, UCSF Rutter Center
Annual Meeting & Luncheon, location tbd


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