Greater Houston Section

Greater Houston Section

Established in 1917, the Section serves about 2500 members, consisting of chemists, chemical engineers and professionals in allied fields. The American Chemical Society is recognized as a world leader in fostering science education and research, and promoting public understanding of science. The Greater Houston Section of the American Chemical Society is one of 189 local ACS sections across the nation.

ACS-GHS February Seminar

Dr. Paige Marie Morse

Digital Transformation in the Chemicals Industry

New digital tools are enabling opportunities to boost growth and sustainability in the chemical industry. Many companies have been collecting data on R&D and operations for years and are just beginning to gain knowledge and insight through deep analysis of this detail. Learn how digitalization is reshaping the chemicals business worldwide.

Paige Marie Morse leads the chemicals marketing efforts for Aspen Technology, a leading software provider for asset intensive industries. She has worked in the chemicals and refining industries in R&D, commercial and planning roles, and leverages her strategic and technical experience to provide insight and new opportunities to the industry. Dr. Morse has a bachelors of arts degree from Kenyon College and PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois.

Monday, February 25th

6:00 - 8:00 pm

University of St. Thomas

4116 Yoakum Blvd.

Center for Science and Health Professions, Room 251

Houston, TX 77006

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Science Café

Dr. David Bomford

Van Gogh at Work:  His Materials and Techniques

Dr. David Bomford is Chair of the Department of Conservation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He arrived at the MFAH in 2012. He has been a distinguished figure in conservation for more than forty years, as senior restorer at the National Gallery, London, and as secretary general of the International Institute for Conservation. During his career at the National Gallery, he worked with many of the great masterworks of Western art, including Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Peter Paul Rubens’ Samson and Delilah, Manet’s The Execution of Maximilian and numerous Rembrandts.

He received his B.Sc in pure chemistry and his M.Sc in organometallic chemistry from the University of Sussex, U.K. In 2016, the University of Sussex named him a Doctor of the University in honor of his extensive contributions to the field of art conservation.

Admission to this lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited to 350. The auditorium doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.

Saturday, March 23rd

3:00 PM

Brown Auditorium Theater

The Caroline Wiess Law Building

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX  77005

A reception sponsored by the Greater Houston Section of the American Chemical Society will follow in the Museum’s Café, lower level, The Audrey Jones Beck Building.

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2019 US National Chemistry Olympiad

The Greater Houston Section (GHS) is proud to announce that we will once again be participating in the US National Chemistry Olympiad (UNSCO) under the leadership of Dr. Ding‐Shyue (Jerry) Yang.

The primary goals of this program are to stimulate interest and achievement in chemistry among high school students throughout the United States and to provide recognition of outstanding young chemistry students, teachers, and schools. Students competing in the USNCO are eligible to be selected as members of the United States team for the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Paris, France July 21‐ 30, 2019.

GHS will nominate students from this area to take the USNCO national examination based on a local competition through a theoretical‐only examination prepared by ACS (details below). Register by Saturday, February 9 by emailing application to

Friday, March 1st

University of Houston

3487 Cullen Blvd.

Houston, TX 77204

ACS-GHS Volunteers Needed

ACS-GHS needs volunteers for efforts of various proportion and length - something for everyone.  At this time, we need help with the following:
  • Technician Affairs Chair
  • Awards Canvassing
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • and members for all Committees:
    • Communications & Technology
    • Education
    • Programming
    • Younger Chemists
    • Women Chemists
    • Awards
    • Community Affairs
If you are interested in volunteering, email or the GHS Volunteer Coordinator, Maryanne Mores at

Program in a Box

The Evolving Periodic Table and Its Incredible Elements!

One-hundred and fifty years ago, Dmitri Mendeleev first presented his periodic system to the Russian Chemical Society, forever shaping the way we look at the elements. His system, which organized the elements based on atomic weight, valence, and measurable properties, laid the foundation for today’s Periodic Table. In honor of this, The United Nations has declared 2019 to be the International Year of the Periodic Table.

Join the Greater Houston Section and hundreds of groups from around the U.S. and the globe for a live celebration of one of chemistry’s greatest achievements. Explore the early efforts of scientists to organize the elements, be the first online to answer elemental “Table Trivia,” and meet the scientists who are studying the production of new superheavy elements.

Tuesday, February 26th

5:45 - 7:00 pm

Houston Baptist University

7502 Fondren Rd

Cullen Science Building, Room S101

Houston, TX  77074

University of St. Thomas

4116 Yoakum Blvd.

Center for Science and Health Professions, Room 252

Houston, TX 77006

Upcoming events

Event Spotlight - Women in Chemistry Networking Breakfast

The ACS Greater Houston Section organized a breakfast at the University of St. Thomas on February 12th to celebrate "Women in Chemistry" as part of the IUPAC 100th Anniversary Global Breakfast event which took place all over the world on that day.

The Global Women’s Breakfast aims to assist women chemists to expand their network of contacts, both locally and internationally. During the breakfast, women of different horizons interacted and shared their experience with one another and discussed the challenges that women still face today at work. GHS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) Chair Valerie Lafitte welcomed 10 participants to the Houston event, with attendees representing undergraduate and graduate students, academia and industry. This was a successful event, and the ACS-GHS was very pleased to be part of this unique worldwide initiative.

See how other groups around the world celebrated at IUPAC's Global Breakfast page.

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Comic Corner

From the ACS Division of the History of Chemistry

The incongruity of the reviewers’ comments with the criteria that one thinks should govern the evaluation of a paper or proposal is what makes the cartoon funny. But, as is always true in Sidney Harris’s cartoons, there is another message under the surface:  Perhaps scientists should embrace the “broader audience” of their papers, or the “outreach” criteria of the granting agencies more openheartedly. Nothing in the nature of the world or the understanding of scientists would be damaged if humor and suspense were allowed to enter scientific papers. Gatekeepers relax!

-- Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University 

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