Greater Houston Section

  • 06 Jul 2022 4:16 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)


    The ACS-GHS is sad to hear of the passing of Dr. Robert F. Curl Jr. on July 3rd, 2022. In addition to being a long-term faculty member at Rice University and a Nobel Laureate, Dr. Curl was also our 2021 Joe W. Hightower Award winner and we were very lucky to enjoy his company as the guest of honor at our Annual Awards Banquet last October. GHS Executive Committee member Tom Malloy shared the following comments on Dr. Curl:

    Robert Curl

    To anyone who knew him, he was just Bob. I met Bob Curl over 50 years ago when I was a graduate student at A&M and would have done a post-doc with him if I didn’t have an offer from MIT. I convinced an MIT student to join Bob’s group, probably out of guilt for not doing so myself.  

    Bob was always incredibly generous with his time. Whenever I came back to Houston to visit family, I would stop by Rice to see him, unannounced. If he was in, he would stop, introduce me to the members of his group, give me a tour of his lab and then just sit and talk science. Throughout the years, we met and talked many times. When I saw the Nova program on PBS about buckyballs in the early 90’s, I told my wife that they would get the Nobel prize for that work. It wasn’t long before that came true.  

    I returned to Houston and worked for Shell for a number of years and then was on the faculty at my undergraduate alma mater, the University of St. Thomas. Bob accepted an invitation to give a seminar at UST and spent the whole day with our students. He kind of sheepishly had asked me if he could talk about something other than buckyballs but realized that buckyballs were what the audience wanted the hear. My family was thrilled when he went to dinner with us that night. I had many interactions with Bob at ACS events throughout the years. He was always supportive of ACS. 

    Bob was a giant in the scientific world, but more than that, just an incredibly nice, generous, gentle man. He is one of the few, outside of family members, whose passing has brought tears to my eyes. I will miss him. 

    -Thomas B. Malloy, Jr., Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry and PhysicsUniversity of St. Thomas

    Photo: Mamie Moy, Robert Curl, Jonel Curl, and Anne Hightower at the ACS-GHS Annual Awards Banquet, October 2021

  • 05 Jul 2022 6:58 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    How about these topics: Chemistry Escape Rooms, Chemistry and Art, Digital and Interactive Resources, Drop-wise Chemistry, Fact or Fiction Formative Assessments, Organic Apps, Favorite labs, Round Table Discussions, Taste the Chemistry, and many more. These were just a few of the selections of workshops that several chemistry teachers from the Greater Houston Section, including Jamie Flint, Alicia Doffing, Roxie Allen, Amiee Modic and others were able to attend at the Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas Biennial Conference in June at Texas A&M San Antonio. The Biennial conference is a 3-day event held during the summers of even-numbered years and provides chemistry teachers from across the state a chance to meet, network, and share labs, activities, and pedagogies.

    Check out this awesome Density Conundrum video!

    Award-winning attendees, Left to Right: Jamie Flint, Jane Gray, Amiee Modic, Roxie Allen, and Jane Smith (Schulz – DFW)

  • 05 Jul 2022 6:56 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)
    The ACS Greater Houston is proud of Mr. Phoenix Wu of Seven Lakes High School, who has been selected as a member of Team USA for the 54th International Virtual Chemistry Olympiad. Congratulations, Phoenix! We wish you best of luck in the international competition!

    See here for the complete announcement.

    2022 Team USA and alternates, Left to Right: Yufei Chen, Gideon Tzafriri, Nathan Yihe Ouyang, Phoenix Wu, Jack Liu, and Mingwen Duan (Photo Credit: Robin Polk)

  • 07 Jun 2022 11:35 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    Fourteen high school students were nominated from the Greater Houston Section to participate in the National Chemistry Olympiad competition in person at the University of Houston Main Campus. The Greater Houston Section is proud of the selection of Phoenix Wu from Seven Lakes High School and Anantshri Asthana from Dulles High School among the twenty finalists nationwide to join the Study Camp for the International Chemistry Olympiad. More impressively, this is the third consecutive year that two students were selected from our section!

    Great job and congratulations, Phoenix Wu and Anantshri Asthana!

    Please see here for the full announcement of the top 20 finalists. Students who also performed well and received High Honors and Honors in the national competition can be found here.

  • 06 Jun 2022 11:19 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    June Invention and Innovation Articles and Statistics about Houston and Texas

    June Invention and Innovation Resource
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  • 24 May 2022 11:36 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)
    The Greater Houston delegates had an enriching experience at the 2022 ACS Leadership Institute, an annual invitation-only conference where ACS leaders come together to learn both management and leadership skills to enable them to be successful leaders.


    Pictured (L to R): Eme Abu (Chair), Tracey Simmons-Willis (Alt. Councilor), Safia Mohamed (Younger Chemist Leadership Development Award recipient), and Lisa Houston (Director, District IV).

  • 10 May 2022 7:56 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    "It’s because of my local [ACS] section network that I’m still in chemistry today." - Dr. Angela K. Wilson, May 3, 2022.


    For our first seminar of 2022, we were proud to welcome Dr. Angela Wilson, 2022 President of the American Chemical Society and John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University. Dr. Wilson walked us through her personal career journey, and highlighted the importance of good networks – both professional and computational – in expanding our knowledge of chemistry and driving personal growth as a scientist. Thanks to Dr. Wilson for sharing her work with us, and to all our seminar attendees!


  • 02 May 2022 11:43 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    May Invention and Innovation Fun Facts

    May is National Inventor Month! Here are some fun chemistry inventions:

    May Invention and Innovation Resource

    The US Patent and Trademark Office recently launched the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) Pro Bono Program to assist independent inventors with free legal assistance in preparing ex parte appeals to the PTAB.

  • 26 Apr 2022 11:37 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    The ACS booth had plenty of volunteers from the University of St. Thomas and they did a great job interacting with families during Chemists Celebrate Earth Week.


    Since the theme this year was Bug Chemistry, we brought awareness to how crickets and superworms help our Earth's environment. For example, superworms can digest plastic and are believed to help possibly reduce pollution in the future! Volunteers also led a mini activity of creating a personal magnifying glass and gave out ACS Earth Day goodie bags which included an ACS 2022 Earth Day booklet, science mood pencil, and stickers. In all, it was a success!


  • 24 Apr 2022 8:52 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    Photo Credit: Charlie Hinrichsen

    The ACS-GHS Senior Chemists Committee was pleased to host a coffee tasting and social get-together on April 20th at Java Pura Coffee Roasters. Attendees had an enjoyable morning tasting regional coffees from Costa Rica, Ethiopia, and Sumatra, followed by conversation and lunch at Auntie Pesto's. The event was a great success!  Everyone at the event made new friends and shared the fun and interesting activities that keep them busy as retirees. The ACS-GHS Senior Chemists Committee looks forward to hosting future events and we already have a new volunteer host for the next event!  See you then and if you have any ideas for a senior activity, please let us know...we are open to old and new fun.

    Photo Credit: Charlie Hinrichsen

    A well-caffeinated bunch!

    Photo Credit: Charlie Hinrichsen

    Time to taste!

    Photo Credit: Carolyn Burnley

    The coffee process from bean to cup

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