CO-PRESIDENTS' MESSAGE      
Welcome to 2020! We hope your holidays were filled with family and friends, joy and gratitude, and some really good naps. And we hope that you enter this new year with hope and renewed energy.
GOAL #1: “Another Million Dollars for Scholars” remains our #1 goal for ARCS NCC. We are almost halfway there and we have 6 months to go. We have momentum! To succeed, we need you -- your ideas, your contacts, and your support. There is a big focus on engaging corporations and foundations. Please contact Linda Millard, Molly Hauser, or Susan Mooradian, Co-VPs of Development, with any questions.

GOAL #2: Membership Engagement. We believe that the best way to achieve that goal is for every member to be engaged -- finding the right place on the Council teams, adding talent and teamwork, connecting with scholars, and talking about this amaziing national organization of women that has provided more than $115 million to over 10,500 young scientists at the seed stage of their research since 1958!

UPCOMING EVENT: We are excited about  Frontiers of Science coming up on Tuesday, January 28 from 6-8pm at UCSF Byers Auditorium, featuring AI expert Dr. Jerry Kaplan being interviewed by NYT journalist John Markoff. If you have not done so, please register yourself and bring a friend who is curious about science and wants to learn about Artificial Intelligence (AI) – something that promises to change almost every part of our lives.
Please note that the deadline for submitting the “Intent to Propose” form for a member candidate is January 17. We are striving to recruit another strong class of new members in 2020. Invite a friend who likes to make a difference, learn new science, meet amazing women, and have fun. The form can be obtained from the office or found on the website here.
 If you have questions, please contact Tina Hinckley, Membership VP.
As always, your comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome. Thank you for all you do for ARCS!

-Chris Simpson Brent & Jo Whitehouse
Our annual FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE event is coming up soon -- January 28 at UCSF Byers Auditorium (Genentech Hall). This year's interview with Dr. Jerry Kaplan is guaranteed to be fascinating, and it's a great opportunity to engage prospective members and supporters, as well as to thank our current ARCS friends. There is no charge for this evening talk and reception.

If you haven't already done so, use the button below to register now!

More than 60 members, including six Emeritae, arrived at the St Francis Yacht Club for the Holiday General Meeting on December 11. They were greeted by Noelle Filippenko, VP of Communications, and Carlos Serrano, web intern, who had laptops at the bar ready for hands-on tutorials on the NCC website.
Highlights of the Meeting: 

  • Susan Pelosi, First VP and Symposium Co-Chair, reviewed the Chapter and Council Goals and encouraged all members to provide feedback.
  • Jo Whitehouse asked that every member develop their ARCS “Elevator Speech”. There were many “takers” who highlighted their reasons for being a member. If you were not one of them, you will have another chance at the February 26 General Meeting.
  • Tina Hinckley, VP of Membership, reminded all of the ITP deadline (January 17) and reviewed the proposed changes to the Standing Rules regarding membership.
  • Nancy Mueller “WOWED” the audience with her very tempting preview of “ARCS goes to Sicily” trip in September 2021. Please let her know if you are interested.

Our thanks to Venetta Rohal for making all the arrangements for this meeting and fabulous buffet lunch.


Our mission is to support our scholars and our goal is ONE MILLION DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS for 2019-2020! We have momentum -- and to succeed this year we NEED you, your ideas, and your contacts! Six months to go! If you haven't yet made your annual gift to the Scholar Awards Fund, you may donate online at any time using the button below. We thank you, and next year's ARCS Scholars thank you!
Questions/Information: Development Co-VPs Molly Hauser,
Linda Millard  & Susan Mooradian 
On October 23rd, a crowd of more than 300 energized scholars, university representatives, ARCS members and guests gathered at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. There was palpable energy, intense networking, and “good vibes” during the reception. Our honorary chairs, Linda Dyer Millard and Jill Kramer – both ARCS members for more than 40 years - were gracious ambassadors, inspiring all members and guests with their continued commitment.
  • The program included informative remarks by Janet Reilly as MC, and an inspired panel of three ARCS scholars in bioengineering moderated by Dr. Tejal Desai, Professor and Chair of Bioengineering at UCSF.
  • The American Pacesetter Award was presented to Dick and Pam Kramlich for their leadership and contributions in technology, science, and the arts – putting the “A” in “STEM” to make “STEAM”.
  • The Distinguished Scholar Alum Award was presented to Dr. Jennifer Garrison, Associate Professor at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.
All agreed that it was a fabulous Scholar Awards Celebration! Our great thanks to the Co-Chairs, Deborah Mann and Katy Hope.
(See the full photo gallery here)
ARCS NCC's 2019-2020 focus is squarely on Member Engagement and New Members!
Help ensure a continued vibrancy to our chapter with a strong incoming Class of 2020! 

Reminder: Intent to Propose (ITP) forms  are due no later than January 17.  
The form can be obtained from the office or found on the website (click here).
Questions/Information: Membership VP Tina Hinckley

On October 29th about 35 members and guests toured RethinkWaste (RTW) Shoreway Environmental Center facility. Executive Director Joe La Mariana led the tour. RTW is a public agency that collects over 3,000 tons per day of materials (recyclables, organics, garbage) from 450,000 Peninsula residents and 11,000 businesses. The facility is divided into two parts, the Transfer Station and the Materials Recovery Facility, where marketable recyclables are baled for sale.

There are no global standards for recycling. Each recycle item is sold via brokers to the end buyer. Some categories are easy to sell with national markets identified; harder to sell items go to landfill if not marketable. In the end, this is a business like all others driven by market cycles of supply and demand. It is very complicated and yet is important to our global health as we are slowly polluting our planet beyond recovery.

Members regrouped at Martha Ryan’s home for lunch overlooking her beautiful gardens. We owe many thanks to Martha and to Nancy Mueller, who arranged this field trip.


On October 15th, almost 30 ARCS members were greeted warmly by Carmen Domingo, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering (CoSE) at San Francisco State University.

  • Dean Domingo provided a brief history of the school and noted that ARCS NCC had awarded $1.38 million to 177 graduate students in STEM at SFSU since 1992.
  • Dr. Andrew Oliphant convincingly proposed a new interdisciplinary department, Geography and the Environment, for approval for ARCS award funding.
  • Each of the nine ARCS Scholars spoke about their background, their research, and how the ARCS award had made a difference. Their fields of research included mathematics, astronomy, biochemistry, and marine biology. Each scholar was articulate, engaging, and grateful for the support by ARCS NCC.

We left excited about these scholars, with new appreciation for the importance of financial support, and proud to be part of ARCS NCC. We owe thanks to Lisa Kirkland for taking the lead on this visit.

On November 5th, almost 40 ARCS members gathered at the Mission Bay Campus of UCSF.

  • Dean Liz Watkins reviewed the process for ARCS Scholar selection.
  • Two ARCS Scholars presented: Ryan Boileau on the role of chromatin regulators in developmental biology, and Tara McIntyre on the epigenetic regulation of decidua at the maternal-fetal interface. There was a lively Q&A after each presentation.
  • During the Executive Session, we learned that the value of the ARCS award is the networking opportunity, the recognition of merit, the ability to pursue issues outside of the PI’s interests, and the “vote of confidence” that someone “believes in me.”

Many thanks to Nancy Mancini and Debjani Sen for organizing this site visit. This was the third site visit for this year and completed our 2-year cycle of assessments. Jane Gardner and Nancy Mancini, Co-VPs of University Relations, and Charlie Campbell, University Assessment Chair, promise to summarize the  Executive Sessions. Stay tuned!

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!

Emmet Francis is a Biomedical Engineering grad student at UC Davis, where he is a continuing ARCS Scholar (second year). He has presented at three international conferences and co-authored three research articles, and was one of the six scholar speakers at our 2019 Scholar Symposium. Emmett is currently building on past research and developing an interest in computational modeling. His long-term goal is to continue high-impact research and instruction as a professor.

     January 28, 2020 - 6-8:30 PM
     Feb. 25, 2020 - 10 AM-12 PM 
     March 12, 2020 - 11 AM
     April 27, 2020 -  3-6:30 PM
     May 20, 2020 - 9 AM-1 PM

Frontiers of Science Lecture
Membership Meeting, Town & Country Club (optional lunch)
Field Trip to Lawrence Livermore Nat'l Labs
Scholar Symposium, UCSF Rutter Center
Annual Meeting & Luncheon, home of Ann Getty


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