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In collaboration with Captain Fatty's Brewery in Goleta, Gab has launched the "Science Pub Night" as a way for UCSB scientists to discuss their research with the broader public, all in a very friendly atmosphere. Science Pub Nights occur once a month during the academic year. Visit Captain Fatty's for more information.

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The group participates and, most recently, organized the SoCal Organometallics meeting held at UCSB. The biannual meetings occur at alternating Southern California universities, is entirely student driven, and is an excellent opportunity to discuss ideas and science and build potential new collaborations amongst peers. Visit the SCOM website for more information.

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Several group members, as well as Gab, are active participants of the Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainability. This initiative is centered on integrating sustainability principles in research endeavors across the chemical sciences and engineering at UCSB.

Over the summers, two graduate students have received Mellichamp Sustainability Fellowships for collaborative research in the area of chemical sustainability. As a participant, Gab has also invited world-renowned leaders in the field, as well as played an organizational role for the "Renewable Carbon Workshop" held in 2016

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SIMS is an immersive 2-week program designed for incoming freshmen. The goals are three-fold: introduce them to academic research; prepare them for the rigors of a 4-year university degree, and; help them develop as professionals. During this time, they attain skills that include group work and public speaking skills. Our group participated this past year and remains a strong proponent of its overall mission.

The Ménard Group is based in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9510

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