San Gorgonio Section

                    Dr. Ernie Simpson                                            “Sweet Wine Chemistry” 

                                          Friday, February 16, 2018

3:00 – 5:00 pm             

 Collins College of Hospitality Management Bldg # 79A,

Wine Lecture Auditorium, Room # 1263

California State Polytechnic University,

 Pomona 3801 West Temple Avenue

Pomona, CA 91768-2557

Link to Registration Form

Dr. Simpson’s lecture will include an overview of wine and wine making as well as detailed descriptions of the chemical composition of grapes and wine, laboratory methods for analysis of grapes and wines, sensory and organoleptic methods used for wine, the role of tannin and other phenolic compounds in wine and some potential health aspects of wine. Integrated with the talk will be wine samples to demonstrate the different components of wine and wine types with an emphasis on dessert wines such as ports, muscatos, cream sherries, etc.

 Biography: Dr. Simpson joined the Chemistry Department at Cal Poly Pomona in 1968 after completing his BS, MS and Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry) at the University of New Mexico and spending one year as a visiting professor at Pomona College. In 1973/74 he was on leave as a visiting Research Associate in the Department of Enology and Viticulture at UC Davis. He is an active member of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture and has served on the editorial board of the society’s journal. He has published a California Wine Guide. He is a member of the Society of Wine Educators and the American Wine Society. Dr. Simpson was named as an ACS Fellow in 2012 and in 2013 received the Provost's Award for Excellence in Service at Cal Poly Pomona. He retired from teaching at CPP in 2008.  He is on the Board of Pace Setters, CPP’s retired faculty and staff organization.

 Wine Tasting: All lecture attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

 Reservations: Strongly recommended as space is limited to the first 75 who register. Download the registration form from the San Gorgonio Section website. Reservations must be prepaid in cash or check and mailed to Dr. J. Ernest Simpson; 226 Cucamonga Avenue; Claremont, CA 91711-5015. Reservations must be received no later than February 10, 2018.

 Cost: $15.00 (includes main lecture with wine samples, valentine treats, crackers and cheese). Make check payable to: Cal Poly Pomona Foundation. On the note line add: Simpson Collins College Scholarship.

 For a fee of $40, a registrant will also receive a RANDOM 750 mL bottle of wine from Dr. Simpson’s wine collection.  The wine will most likely be a California red, port, or dessert wine (from Ficklin, Quady, and Rancho de Philo wineries) or champagne with an original purchase price of between $25 and $100.    If vintage-dated, it will probably be between 1996 and 2015.

 For a fee of $60, a registrant will have the opportunity to pre-select one bottle from a list of wines that will be provided by Dr. Simpson upon receipt of the fee.

  All net monies raised by the event will go to the Dr. and Mrs. Simpson Collins College Scholarship.

 Disclaimer:  Dr. Simpson cannot guarantee the quality (drinkability) of the wines from his collection but to the best of his knowledge they are in sound condition.  All sales are final.

 Directions: From Interstate 10, take the Kellogg Drive exit. Heading south on Kellogg Drive, stay on the right lane and curve right onto University Drive. Stay on University Drive past 3 stop signs, then turn at the first left (Center Circle Road) up the hill to Kellogg West. From I-57, exit Temple Ave. Go north/west following Cal Poly signs past the lights at Valley Blvd. Turn right onto University Drive. Take the third right (Center Circle Road) up the hill to Kellogg West and the Collins College for Hospitality Management at the south end of the parking lot. A campus map can be found at, go to locations and points of interest and click on campus map.

National Chemistry Week Celebration                     at Mt. San Antonio College

David Srulevitch prepares to fascinate visitors with spectroscopy.

Slide Contest Celebrating the 75th Anniversary

of the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry

As part of our celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry, students are encouraged to submit a slide recognizing one of the numerous contributions of our field. Submissions from undergraduate or graduate student groups (i.e. ACS student chapters) or individual students are welcome. The slide should focus on one of the following topics:


·         A description of the work of an eminent Analytical Chemist, current or historical

·         A highlight describing the history of a technique or instrument

·         A highlight explaining the application of Analytical Chemistry to a particular problem


Slides meeting these criteria will be displayed at the Analytical Division's booth at the 2013 Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and on our website

January 2013    Dinner Meeting

You Have Your Chemistry Degree!  Now What?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Lotus Garden

111 East Hospitality Lane

San Bernardino


Social and Checkin: 5:45 pm

Dinner: 6:30 pm

Program: 7:30 pm


The United States produces about 15000 Bachelor’s, 2000 Master’s and 2500 Doctoral degrees in Chemistry per year.  What is the next step for these graduates?  While many graduates decide to pursue a more advanced degree or post doctoral opportunities, others choose to enter the nonacademic work force. The focus of this meeting is employment outside of the academic world.  An overview of local and national employment will be presented.  The featured speaker will be Dr. Thomas Beattie of the San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society. The evening will include a panel discussion by local chemistry graduates who chose the nonacademic route.



Speaker:  Dr. Thomas Beattie

Tom currently is a Councilor in the San Diego Section and has served for the last 9 years. Prior, he was an Alternate Councilor (2000-3). Earlier, he was Chair in 1999, a year in which the section won the ACS Outstanding Large Section performance award.He received the Section’s Outstanding Service Award in 1996 and again in 2005 and the 2011 E. Ann Nalley ACS Western Region

Service  Award. In 2011 he was named an ACS Fellow.



Tom spent a 27-year career at the Merck Research Labs in Rahway, NJ working as a chemist in early stage drug discovery. After retiring from Merck in 1993, he came to San Diego and worked at Amylin Pharmaceuticals and IRORI/ChemRx/ Discovery Partners. Since 2001 he has been

consulting for many organizations within and outside of SanDiego, has taught at UCSD and U. Kansas, and serves on several advisory boards. He has a B.S. (U. Pennsylvania), Ph.D. (U.

Wisconsin), and was a postdoctoral fellow at M.I.T.



Dinner, Cost and Reservations: The Chinese dinner will feature eight entrees, rice, and soft drink or iced tea (complementary refills).  The cost will be $13 for ACS members, $15 for nonmembers, $10 for retirees and $5 for students.  Please make your reservation no later than 12 noon on Monday, Jan 28, 2013 Dennis Pederson (909-537-5477,


Directions: From the west, take Interstate 10 to the North (second) Waterman exit in San Bernardino.  Drive north on Waterman to the main intersection and turn left onto Hospitality Lane.  Go about 0.3 miles, the Lotus Garden will be on the left.  From the east, take Interstate 10 to the Waterman exit.  Turn left onto Hospitality Lane and go about 0.5 miles, the Lotus Garden will be on the left.  The meeting room will be on the right as you enter the restaurant.


Oct. 20  National Chemistry Week Activity


San Gorgonio Section Anual Meeting

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

7:00 p.m.


Chemical Sciences Bldg, Room 231

University of California, Riverside

900 University Avenue

Riverside, CA   92521



 Come celebrate the start of our new year.  At the meeting we will vote to approve our updated bylaws, honor our 50 year and 60 year members, welcome new Section members, and recognize Dr. Ernest Simpson, recently elected as an ACS Fellow.  An overview of Section activities for the upcoming year will also be presented and we will brainstorm the needs, suggestions, comments, and other items to improve the Section. Dr. Cynthia Larive will also tell us what’s new at UCR.  Food (sandwiches, fruit, cheeses, water, and sodas) will be provided.  There will also be a drawing for a variety of door prizes.


Meeting Agenda:


 Approval of the revised Section bylaws.

      The revised bylaws can be reviewed on the Section website If you would like a paper copy of the bylaws to  

      review, contact Eileen DiMauro (email:, phone: (909) 594-

       5611x4533) and leave your name and mailing address.

Recognition of 50 year and 60 year ACS members

Recognition of new Section members

Recognition of Dr. Ernest Simpson – ACS Fellow

Overview of upcoming Section activities – National Chemistry Week, High

         School Chemistry Olympiad

Brainstorming:  How to improve the San Gorgonio Section

What’s New at UCR – Dr. Cynthia Larive, Professor and Chair, Department of


Door prize drawings



Reservations: Please RSVP to or no later than Monday, October 1.


Parking: The UCR Chemistry Department will pick up the parking cost for participants at this meeting; THANK YOU.  Carpools are encouraged.  Get to the campus and go to the main information kiosk at the main entrance on West Campus Drive.  Tell the parking person that you are a participant in the ACS meeting in the Chemical Sciences Bldg and obtain a parking permit and directions to the meeting site and a campus map. 


May Meeting - High School Awards Banquet


Student Scholarship and Awards

Recognition Banquet


Thursday, May 3, 2012


California State University San Bernardino

5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA

Chuck Obershaw Dining Room, University Commons

Building labeled CO on the campus map.



                             Dr. Rigoberto Hernandez

                                                   “Transitions and Janus Particles”


Social and Check-in: 5:45 PM

Dinner:  6:30 PM

Featured Speaker: 7:15 PM

Awards/Recognition Program Following


In March, high school students in the San Gorgonio Section region took an exam to qualify for the National Chemistry Olympiad.  Our section also uses this exam to choose the recipients of section-sponsored college scholarships. Please join us in honoring these truly remarkable students and their teachers at this meeting.


Biography:  Dr. Rigoberto Hernandez is a Professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech, a Co-Director of the Center for Computational Molecular Science and Technology and the Director of the Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity (OXIDE).  He holds a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics from Princeton University (1989), and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley (1993). He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award (1997), Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar Award (1999) and the Alfred P. Sloan Fellow Award (2000).  He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, 2004), the American Chemical Society (ACS, 2010), and the American Physical Society (APS, 2011). Dr. Hernandez’s research area can be broadly classified as the theoretical and computational chemistry of systems far from equilibrium.  This includes a focus on microscopic reaction dynamics and their effects on macroscopic chemical reaction rates in arbitrary solvent environments.


Abstract:   In Roman mythology, Janus is the god of transitions. He has two faces: one looking to the future and one to the past. This metaphor is quite literal as we celebrate the past success of San Gorgonio Section’s best high school students and look at their bright future. It also provides a basis to discuss challenges and opportunities presented to those students who walk in two cultural worlds. In my case, these were demarcated by the languages of my youth, Spanish and English. Meanwhile, Colloidal particles can be decorated with varying charges or hydrophobicity such that each of its two hemispheres has a distinct type not unlike the other.  These so-called Janus particles assemble and move in unexpected ways.  Throughout the talk, we will discuss how life's transitions and the chemistry of Janus particles mirror each other. In turn, this gives us a deeper perspective on both.


Dinner, Little Italy Buffet: Antipasto, Caesar salad, sautéed zucchini, pasta bar, pasta sauces, chicken cacciatore, rolls, tiramisu, ice tea, and coffee.


Cost and Reservations: The cost (meal, tax and tip) is $13 members, $15 non-members, $10 seniors and retirees, $8 students, free for student honorees and their teachers, cash or check only please, at the door.  Please make your reservations no later than Tuesday, May 1st by 12 noon by contacting Dennis Pederson (, phone (909) 537-5477) or David Srulevitch (, phone (909) 594-3070. Include names and number of persons.  Please be certain to honor your reservation.


Parking:  Free parking with pass in Parking Lot D.  Please pick up a parking pass at the parking kiosk (Parking Lot D) or risk a $30 parking fine.



From the East or West: take I-10 or I-210 to I-215 North.  Take the University Parkway exit and turn right.  University Parkway becomes the main entrance to CSUSB (at Northpark Blvd).  Ahead on your left will be the Parking Services Information Booth where you can pick up your parking pass.  Parking Lot D will then be to the right.


From the South or North: Take I-215 to University Parkway and turn East (towards the mountains).  University Parkway becomes the main entrance to CSUSB (at Northpark Blvd). Ahead on your left will be the Parking Services Information Booth where you can pick up your parking pass.  Parking Lot D will then be to the right.


Attention Chemistry Professors: Please bring any extra science or chemistry textbooks that you may have to this meeting so that we may donate them to the students and high school libraries.  Thank you!


National Chemistry Week Celebration                    at Mt. San Antonio College

David Srulevitch prepares to fascinate visitors with spectroscopy.