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.

GHS May Seminar

Brewing Science:

Beyond the stuff you learned on the Brewery Tour

Join us as Dr. Aaron Sanders talks about the Chemistry of brewing! Learn what chemical transformations happen along the way as sugar is converted to alcohol, and the process technology improvements that have been made in large-scale fermentation. Find out what the Maillard reaction has to do with malting, why brewers use hops, and why some beers turn "skunky". 

The talk will be preceded with networking session. Please see the flyer for details and RSVP.

Wednesday; May 16th, 2018

Networking 6:30 pm

Talk 7:00 pm

University of St. Thomas 

SHP 146 Active Learning Classroom

3800 Montrose

Houston, TX 77006

ACS National Meeting Highlights

The ACS National Meeting was held in New Orleans, LA March 18-22 and GHS was well represented. The following are a few highlights of interest:

  • ACS kicked off its 50 Forward campaign in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Project SEED. ACS President Peter Dorhout (pictured above) was among special guests who met and heard remarks from Project SEED alumni. Explore the Project SEED Inspiration Lab and consider donating now at to help lead Project SEED for next 50 years.
  • The theme of the 255th ACS National Meeting was “Nexus of Food, Water and Energy.” The meeting had 16,585 attendees, 13,256 papers and 271 exhibitors.
  • Luis A. Echegoyen and Thomas R. Gilbert were selected as candidates for 2019 President-Elect. These two candidates, along with any candidates selected via petitions, will stand for election in the Fall National Election.
  • The 2019 ACS Member Dues rate of $175 was approved at Council.
The complete highlights of the ACS Board of Directors meeting and Council Meeting can be found here.

ACS WCC Rising Star Award Nominations

The WCC Rising Star Award recognizes up to ten outstanding women scientists approaching mid-level careers who have demonstrated outstanding promise for contributions to their respective fields. Deadline for nomination is June 15, 2018. Online nominations may be submitted here.

2018 ACS-GHS Scholarship Winners

148 students competed for 2018 ACS-GHS scholarships. Three scholarships will be awarded at each level (1st year and 2nd year) for the following winners:

1st year Award Winners: Ryan Anselm (1st), Eric Mao (2nd), Audrey Nguyen (3rd)

Honorable Mention: Taha Ismail, Stephen Xie, Ivana Hsung

2nd Year Award Winners: Max Hall-Brown (1st), Jordan Wells (2nd), Samuel Ho (3rd)

Honorable Mention: Carl Ho, Anuraag Madabushi, Nithin Parsan

Congratulations to the Winners! Scholarship awards and plaques for honorable mention will be presented at the Local Section Awards Banquet in the Fall.

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week Illustrated Poem Contest Winners

As a part of CCEW 2018, students from grades k-12 were invited to share their interpretation of this year's theme, "Dive into Marine Chemistry", in the form of illustrated poems. Congratulations to the winners! Winners entries qualify for the national contest.

1st Place: Bianca Lobodin, 9th grade

 O'Connell College Preparatory School, Galveston

2nd Place: Michael Han, 11th grade

O.D. Thompkins High School, Katy ISD

April Events Spotlight

1. Scout STEM Fair: ACS-GHS volunteers participated in Scout STEM Fair event at NRG park on April 14th, and provided hands on activities for 300 scouts and their families. 

2. March for Science-Houston: ACS-GHS volunteers were a part of March for Science Houston fundraiser event at Henderson Heights pub on April 14th, teaching kids and audults basic scientific concepts by hand-on activities.

3. April Dinner Seminar: We enjoyed hosting Dr. Marie Paule pileni, recipient of the 2017 ACS-SCF Franco-American Lectureship Award at St. John's School on April 19th. The networking session and dinner was attended by 20 members and the seminar was attended by 50 members. 

4. CCEW: ACS- GHS volunteers were part of Earth Day Houston 2018 celebrations at Discovery Green Park on April 22nd. Nearly 10,000 people participated in the event. GHS booth had interactive hands-on events for kids, we had around 1500 participants. 

Upcoming events

Member Spotlight

Karl Kadish

Congratulations to Karl M. Kadish, Hugh Roy and Lillie Kranz Cullen University Professor of Chemistry at the University of Houston who was selected to receive the 2017 inaugural French-American Prize, a binational award, sponsored jointly by the French and American Chemical Societies. The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Spring 2018 meeting of the Société Chimique de France (SCF) and recognizes Dr. Kadish for his outstanding research discoveries and collaborations with French scientists.

More information can be found on the UH website.

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Event Spotlight

Shaping Future Chemists

ACS-GHS is sponsoring a series of outreach events in which Senior Chemists share their work experiences with high school and university students. The first was held at O’Connell College Preparatory School in Galveston where Beverly and Stan Curtice spoke to 40 students who were so surprised to learn the number of different things you can do as a chemist.

We have more requests from schools than we have volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, email for more details.

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