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 May Seminar

Dr. Valerie C. Moore

Patenting in an Age of Artificial Intelligence

The concept of artificial intelligence is prevalent in all areas of science from robotics to medicine to petrochemicals. The emergence of big data and machine learning has enabled new avenues for scientific discovery and innovation in all industries. However, protecting innovations that stem from computer-based learning and complex algorithms face increased scrutiny at patent offices around the world. This seminar will review the global landscape and outlook for patenting machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Valerie Moore is a registered patent agent with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP in Houston. She received her Ph.D. in chemistry, with a physical-organic chemistry and nanotechnology focus, and M.A. in chemistry from Rice University. Her experience is in the areas of nanotechnology, materials engineering, supramolecular science, analytical methods, surface science, chemistry and biotechnology.

Thursday, May 16th

6:00 - 8:00 pm

University of St. Thomas

4116 Yoakum Blvd.

Center for Science and Health Professionals, Room 251

Houston, TX  77006


The International Year of the Periodic Table

The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table of Chemical Elements in 1869. In celebration of this momentous occasion, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially proclaimed 2019 as “The United Nations International Year of The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements,” or "IYPT 2019."

The Greater Houston Section (ACS-GHS) is celebrating IYPT by making Periodic Table quilts and other themed crafts. If you would like to help by sewing, if you’re a teacher who would like to teach your students about the elements by making a quilt, or if you have other ideas for celebrating IYPT, please contact Catherine Faler at:

Call for Award Nominees

The Awards Committee is seeking nominees for ACS local section and regional awards. The Greater Houston Section sponsors the following awards:

Thomas Aczel Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching

Joe W. Hightower Award  (formerly the Section Award)

Younger Chemist Award 

Two-Year College Award

Scholarship Awards

The list of awards can also be found on the GHS Awards page. Please visit each award page for nomination details. Local section nomination packets must be submitted to the Awards Committee Chair by September 15th.

The list of ACS regional awards can be found here, along with application requirements and deadlines. Contact the Awards Committee Chair at regarding regional award nominations.

2019 Project SEED Student Fellows

Project SEED provides opportunities for students who historically lack exposure to scientific careers by allowing them to spend a summer conducting hands-on research with a scientist in academic, industry, and government research laboratories. Students receive a fellowship award and a chance to receive a Project SEED college scholarship.

Student applications close on May 15th

Applications for 2019 student fellows are open March 10, 2019 - May 15, 2019.

Upcoming events

ACS National Meeting Highlights

The ACS National Meeting was held in Orlando, FL from March 31 - April 4, 2019 and GHS was well represented. The following are a few highlights of interest:

  • The theme of the 257th ACS National Meeting was “Chemistry for New Frontiers.” The meeting had 15,605 attendees.
  • H.N. Cheng and Carol A. Duane were selected as candidates for 2020 President-Elect. These two candidates, along with any candidates selected via petitions, will stand for election in the Fall National Election.
  • The ACS member dues rate for 2020 will be held at the 2019 rate of $175, as approved at Council.
  • ACS net membership grew slightly in 2018 with a strong contribution from new members.

The complete highlights of the ACS Board of Directors meeting and Council Meeting can be found here.

Event Spotlight - Happy Hour at Spring St. Beer and Wine Garden

The Younger Chemists Committee of the ACS-GHS hosted a happy hour at Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden on Friday, May 10th. Attendees braved a rainy Friday to celebrate the end of the semester  in good company, and with some fun arts and crafts activities!  Quilting squares and drawing supplies were on hand for participants to contribute to the GHS's quilt-making efforts for the International Year of the Periodic Table.

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

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week - Illustrated Poem Contest Winners

The Greater Houston Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce the winners of the local section Illustrated Poem Contest for Chemists Celebrate Earth Week. The theme this year was The Chemistry of Paper, and there were several submissions at the middle and high school level. The winner of the middle school contest was Chloe Wilson, who is in the seventh grade and the winner of the high school contest was Zoe Barinaga, who is a senior; both girls attend Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart. Their poems have been forwarded to the American Chemical Society for judging in the National Contest. Congratulations to both girls for their outstanding work.


ACS-GHS February Seminar - Digital Transformation in the Chemicals Industry

Dr. Paige Morse

"It's a lot of work to make a new product, and if you can do anything to make that faster it's a great opportunity for companies to make money." - Dr. Paige Marie Morse, Feb 25, 2019.

Find out how big data can improve the efficiency of product development and is changing the chemicals industry in our February seminar!

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