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.
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:
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. Regional award applications are due August 1st. Contact the Awards Committee Chair at email@example.com regarding regional award nominations.
Flipping the Switch on New Block Copolymers - Dr. Eva Harth
Merging Olefins and Acrylates in Polymer Synthesis - Benefits and Challenges
The ACS-GHS was proud to host Dr. Eva Harth as our first seminar speaker of 2021 on May 27th. Dr. Harth is Director of the Welch Center of Excellence in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Houston, and spoke to attendees about the development of a single catalyst platform that can build polyolefin-polyacrylate block copolymers. The catalysts used by her group can move from metal insertion olefin polymerization to radical-mediated acrylate polymerization with the flip of a (light) switch! The resulting copolymers have unique mechanical properties with applications in a range of commercial products. Thanks to Dr. Harth for enthusiastically sharing her work with us, and to all our seminar attendees.
AWIS-ACS Virtual Networking Event
The ACS-GHS Women Chemists Committee and the Association for Women in Science - Gulf Coast Houston (AWIS-GCH) is proud to host a joint virtual networking session this summer! Join us for an introduction to our two organizations and make new connections while having enlightening discussions. Attendees will have a chance to win a $25 gift card!
Tuesday, July 13th
Hosted via Zoom
Full-Time Instructor Position, University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX)
The University of the Incarnate Word Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has an opening for a full-time instructor. The Instructor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will primarily teach a selection of the upper division laboratory offerings in the department based on their area(s) of expertise, which could include analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, and/or physical chemistry laboratories. As workload permits, the instructor will also contribute to lower division course offerings. This is a non-tenure-track position.
For more details please see https://jobs.uiw.edu/postings/16185
Position is open until filled, applications are currently being reviewed.
June Seminar - Dr. Corina Rogge
The Dating Game: A New Diagnostic Marker for Dating and Provenancing of Titanium White Pigments
Tuesday, June 29th
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Dr. Rogge is Andrew W. Mellon Research Scientist at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Menil Collection
ACS-GHS 2021 Student Awards
The ACS-GHS Student Awards were presented virtually on May 20th, and the Science and Engineering Fair (SEFH) Chemistry Category winners in both the Senior and Junior Divisions were on hand to present their excellent projects.
Students participating in the ACS-GHS Chemistry Olympiad were also recognized for their performance and achievements. Top performing student(s) at each school were given a prize by the ACS-GHS beside the national competition qualifiers. Also acknowledged were the teachers’ efforts to make this event possible and successful. This year, 221 students from 26 schools joined in the local competition.
Guess the Molecule - May
*New for 2021*
Play "What Molecule Am I?" with the Greater Houston Section of the American Chemical Society! Every month, we will post clues to a mystery molecule in our electronic newsletter and on our website. Enter your guess here into the contest form each month. Each correct answer will get you one entry into our 2021 prize raffle for a maximum of 12 entries per person. At the end of the year, we will tally up the correct answers and enter them into a draw for a chemistry-themed prize pack!
Summer time means it's time to start smoking and grilling foods. I help provide that nice aroma for wood and charcoal smoke. Propane is on its own. Hungry yet?
What compound am I?
Answer must be submitted here by 11:59 pm on May 31, 2021.
A: Find out in our June e-newsletter!
April's Mystery Molecule:
It's a hydrocarbon in which every carbon atom is equally bonded, or not bonded, to every other carbon. Look at Its singlet 1H NMR. But it don't like keeping permanent.
YCC Virtual Mentorship Event
The GHS Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) will be hosting a virtual mentorship event in August - date TBD. Our goal with this event is to connect young professionals with more experienced professionals to discuss career challenges and obtain guidance to further develop within their field.
This an opportunity to connect with other professionals in your field/geographical area for the mutual benefit of mentorship. The mentor to mentee ratio will be determined by participant interest. Please note that this event is NOT a recruitment opportunity!
Are you interested in becoming a mentor or mentee? Please complete this survey.