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 January Kick-Off Meeting

Volunteers Welcome!

Saturday, January 16th

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Via Zoom

The 2021 GHS Executive Board and associated volunteers will be meeting in January to review the section's strategic goals and annual plans, assign committee chairs and volunteers, and ensure a smooth transition between board members in new positions. This is a great opportunity for members interested in volunteering with the ACS Greater Houston local section to meet the board and get involved in our 2021 activities.

RSVP to receive the Zoom meeting link by email.

IUPAC Global Women's Breakfast 2021

Virtual Networking and Panel Discussion

“Empowering Diversity in Science”

Tuesday, February 9th

7:00 – 9:00 am

Via Zoom

In collaboration with the Brazosport ACS, we are pleased to co-host a networking session and panel discussion as part of the third annual IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast. To recognize this year’s theme of empowering diversity in science, participants who register by February 2nd will receive a link with 72-hour access to view the documentary film “Picture a Scientist” through an online screening room prior to the virtual gathering.

Register for the Global Women's Breakfast
Registration deadline to receive "Picture a Scientist" viewing link : February 2nd

Synopsis: PICTURE A SCIENTIST (directed by Ian Cheney & Sharon Shattuck) chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

Science & Engineering Fair of Houston Call for Judges

Saturday, February 13th - Thursday, February 18th

~6 hrs total

Online, Asynchronous

The Science & Engineering Fair of Houston has gone virtual for 2021 and the call for volunteer judges is now open. The first round of judging will be asynchronous and require about 6 hours of time between Saturday, February 13th and Thursday, February 18th, 2021, from any location with a laptop/desktop computer and internet access. Detailed instructions and training will be provided.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer judge, click here to visit the SEFH 2021 website.

Celebrating Excellence at the ACS-GHS 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony

The GHS had a wonderful virtual awards ceremony on Saturday, October 24th. Approximately 45 people logged on via Zoom and the evening started with a social networking session. We celebrated our ACS Fellows, Regional Award winners, Local Section award winners, our Houston area Chemistry Olympiad team members, P3 Salutes to Excellence awards, our 50 and 60 year ACS members, and our local section volunteers. The evening was capped off with a keynote presentation by our Joe W. Hightower Award winner, Roxie Allen (pictured above).

For those who missed the event, a recording of the awards ceremony is available on the ACS Greater Houston Section's YouTube channel.

Prairie View A&M University Department of Chemistry Named Southwest Region Stanley C. Israel Award Winners

Congratulations to the Prairie View A&M University Department of Chemistry for receiving the Southwest Region Stanley C. Israel Award! This award recognizes individuals and/or institutions who have advanced diversity in the chemical sciences and significantly stimulated or fostered activities that promote inclusiveness within the region.

2021 US National Chemistry Olympiad

The Greater Houston Local Sectiowill participate in the 2021 United States National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) competition administered by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Due to the ongoing health concern, the local competition will take place at each participating student's own high school campus during the first week of March 2021. For further information and the registration form, please contact Dr. Jerry Yang at

Registration deadline:

Sunday, January 31st, 2021

Upcoming events

ACS-GHS 2021 Election Results

The ACS Greater Houston Section has concluded the ballot count for our 2021 elections and we are pleased to announce the following members have been elected to the Executive Committee: 

Chair-Elect: Eme Abu 

Treasurer: Sam Lewis


Valerie Lafitte and David Germack

Alternate Councilors:

Javoris Hollingsworth and Snigdha Chennamaneni


Lynn M. Foster

Laura Smith Callahan

David E. Thompson

Errol (Loïc) L. G. Samuel

All elected candidates will take office at the January 2021 Transition Meeting.

GHS Wins Three ChemLuminary Awards at December Virtual Ceremony

22nd ChemLuminary Awards logo with a firey flame

We are thrilled to share that the Greater Houston Local Section won three ChemLuminary Awards at the 22nd Annual ChemLuminary Awards Ceremony held virtually on December 9th, 2020. These awards are::

  • Best Activity or Program Highlighting ACS Change Driver(s) or Strategic Planning
  • Outstanding Performance by a Local Section (Large Size)
  • Outstanding High School Student Program Award

Congratulations to everyone for their hard work and dedication to our section!

Amber Hinkle Named 2020 E. Ann Nalley Southwest Region Award Winner

Congratulations to GHS member Amber Hinkle for receiving the 2020 E. Ann Nalley Southwest Region Award for volunteer service to the American Chemical Society! This award recognizes the volunteer efforts of individuals who have served the American Chemical Society, contributing significantly to the goals and objectives of the Society through their regional activities.

Guess the Molecule - December


Cats love me, due to my psychoactive effect on them.

What compound am I?

A: Find out in our January e-newsletter!

November's Mystery Molecule: It's a dye, a stain, an indicator, and a drug. It's methylene blue!

Methylene blue-2d-skeletal.svg

2020 ACS Greater Houston Section Award Winners

Congratulations to the Greater Houston Section Award winners for 2020, and thank you for your hard work and continuing service to the ACS and our local chemistry community!

L to R: Sunny Tang, Mamie W. Moy Service Award; Roxie Allen, Joe W. Hightower Award; Laimutis Bytautas, Two Year College Award; Adrian Villalta-Cerdas, Younger Chemist Award;  and Jennifer Notz, Excellence in High School Teaching Award

Darren Williams' Cleaning Research Group and BFK Solutions LLC Named Southwest Region P3 Award Winners

Darren Williams (left); Barbara and Ed Kanegsberg (right)

We are thrilled to share that Darren Williams of Sam Houston State University and Barbara and Ed Kanegsberg of BFK Solutions LLC received the Partners for Progress and Prosperity (P3) Award from the Southwest Regional Awards Committee. The P3 Award recognizes partnerships among industry, academia, government, small businesses and/or other organizations that result in impactful outcomes. The partnership between Professor Williams' Cleaning Research Group and BFK Solutions LLC provides opportunities for students to investigate the science and art of critical and relevant industrial cleaning topics while maintaining contact with industrial cleaning users, and the suppliers of industrial cleaning equipment and chemicals.

L-R: Ethan DeBrosky (student member), Barbara Kanegsberg, Darren Williams, and Ed Kanegsberg

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