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.

May Seminar

New Reactions & Applications to Polymerization Processes

Pat Walsh, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

Rice University

Dell Butcher Hall DBH180

6100 Main St., Houston, Texas 77005

 Thursday, May 4, 2017


Refreshments will be served



Womens' Leadership Seminar and Dinner

 Friday, May 5

Woodlands Country Club 

100 Grand Fairway, The Woodlands, TX 77381
$50 early registration fee, $65 after May 1

The ACS-GHS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) is proud to sponsor this event with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and BIOVIA.  Speakers include:

  • Janeen Judah, 2017 SPE President and Chevron Manager
  • Sara Ortwein, President XTO Energy, an Exxon Mobil Company
  • Karen Buckner, Vice President of Marketing, BIOVIA, Dassault Systèmes

More information can be found here.

The ACS-GHS is pleased to announce the results of our 2017 Chemists Celebrate Earth Day  events:

1) The CCED event held at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center was a great success! Nearly 450 children and their parents dropped by our booth which provided hands on activities including making slime, skewering a balloon without popping and making invisible ink with a radish. We also had a poster on how to help protect our planet with a recycle bin adjacent to the poster to encourage recycling.  Thanks to all our volunteers and to MEC Fuels and Chemicals for their participation and support.


2) The 2017 CCED illustrated poetry contest recently concluded with 37 entries. ACS-GHS is proud to announce the results for local section contest. In the Junior High Division, grades 6-8, the 1st place winner was Gianina Ferreras, a 7th grader from TH McDonald Junior High School, who wrote about the role of chemistry in cooking and the 2nd place winner was Molly Okwo, also a 7th grader from McDonald. The High School division was won by an 11th grader, Wallee Naimi, from Katy High School and the 2nd place winner was Cait Calland, a 10th grade student. Wallee’s entry was in haiku form which meshed his poem theme and illustration seamlessly. Click on each name above to see the winning entries.

Member Spotlight

Dr. Jerry Yang

Dr. Jerry Yang, UH Professor and ACS-GHS Chemistry Olympiad Coordinator was awarded a prestigious five-year, $570,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. More details at y/news-events/stories/2017/ 0215-yang-award.php .

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Past Event Spotlight

March for Science

Members of ACS-GHS participated in the March for Science in Houston with ~10,000 other men, women and children which ended in at Houston City Hall where we also participated in a Teach In outreach event. Our booth was one of the favorites with kids crowding in all day to participate in the hands on chemistry activities. Thanks for Chair-Elect Catherine Faler (shown behind our booth with the ACS sign) for organizing and the volunteers from ExxonMobil and Rice University.

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