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.
The ACS-GHS teamed up under sunny skies on May 5th in support the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America by participating in the 2019 Houston Walk to End Lupus Now. Three members of team ACS-GHS ran in the chip-timed 5k race, and three participated in the 5k walk. Proceeds from this event support programs such as education and outreach, direct services, research and overall support of the lupus community in the Texas Gulf Coast Region.
Team Members: Catherine Faler, Bo Braddock, Kevin Ramirez, Cotton Starr, Dawn Friesen, and Snigdha Chennamaneni
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 complete highlights of the ACS Board of Directors meeting and Council Meeting can be found here.
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.
The ACS-GHS kicked off Earth Week early this year by taking part in Earth Day celebrations at Discovery Green on April 14th. GHS Director Kiresha Johnson and volunteers from Texas Southern University shared hands-on chemistry activities including making fake snow and chromatography butterflies with the public. This was the second year that the ACS-GHS participated in the Discovery Green Earth Day event.
Clockwise from top left: A full house at the MFAH; Dr. David Bomford chats with GHS member Dave Singleton at the post-lecture reception; Dr. Bomford receives a chromium element tile from GHS Chair Elect Dr. Crystal Young; Dr. Mamie Moy from the GHS Board thanks Margaret Mimms from the MFAH for organizing the Van Gogh lecture.
"Paintings fade like flowers." Dr. David Bomford's lecture on the materials and techniques Van Gogh used in his art was delivered to a full lecture hall at the MFAH on March 23rd. Van Gogh chose his materials knowing that certain pigments would fade over time, but Dr. Bomford showed how conservation science is providing insight into what Van Gogh's paintings looked like in their prime, and how analytical techniques like spectroscopy are being used to shed new light on Van Gogh's working methods. The lecture was followed by a small reception in the Museum Cafe.
The ACS-GHS is grateful for the opportunity to share Dr. Bomford's experiences with our members and the community, and wishes him well as he retires from the MFAH at the end of March. Special thanks to Margaret Mimms at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for partnering with the ACS-GHS and organizing this special lecture and reception.
HBU celebrates the periodic table with the ACS Program in a Box
One-hundred and fifty years ago, Dmitri Mendeleev first presented his periodic system to the Russian Chemical Society, forever shaping the way we look at the elements. His system, which organized the elements based on atomic weight, valence, and measurable properties, laid the foundation for today’s Periodic Table. In honor of this, The United Nations has declared 2019 to be the International Year of the Periodic Table.
Hundreds of groups from around the U.S. and the globe celebrated of one of chemistry’s greatest achievements, including local groups at the University of St. Thomas and Houston Baptist University (shown above).
"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!
The Global Women’s Breakfast aims to assist women chemists to expand their network of contacts, both locally and internationally. During the breakfast, women of different horizons interacted and shared their experience with one another and discussed the challenges that women still face today at work. GHS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) Chair Valerie Lafitte welcomed 10 participants to the Houston event, with attendees representing undergraduate and graduate students, academia and industry. This was a successful event, and the ACS-GHS was very pleased to be part of this unique worldwide initiative.
See how other groups around the world celebrated at IUPAC's Global Breakfast page.
The incongruity of the reviewers’ comments with the criteria that one thinks should govern the evaluation of a paper or proposal is what makes the cartoon funny. But, as is always true in Sidney Harris’s cartoons, there is another message under the surface: Perhaps scientists should embrace the “broader audience” of their papers, or the “outreach” criteria of the granting agencies more openheartedly. Nothing in the nature of the world or the understanding of scientists would be damaged if humor and suspense were allowed to enter scientific papers. Gatekeepers relax!
-- Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University
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