Greater Houston Section

  • 29 Aug 2022 12:31 AM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    We are incredibly pleased to share that the ACS Greater Houston Section was awarded the ChemLuminary for Outstanding Local Section Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) at the 24th Annual ChemLuminary Awards held during ACS Fall 2022 in Chicago in recognition of our 2021 YCC events. A huge thank you to all our amazing members and volunteers who made this possible.

  • 09 Aug 2022 6:42 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    We were pleased to host Dr. Bridgett Rakestraw, Project Lead/Formulator at CPI Fluid Engineering in Midland, Michigan as our July seminar speaker. Dr. Rakestraw shared her personal career journey and the role that ACS's Project SEED had in starting her on the road to a rewarding career in chemistry, as well as the importance of giving back to the community. Bridgett attributed her success in chemistry to three recurring themes:

    1. Perseverance - as her grandmother* said, "If you start something, you've gotta finish it!"
    2. Representation - the importance of having mentors and role models that look like you
    3. Networking...networking, networking!

    The second portion of Dr. Rakestraw's presentation was a review of lubricants used in automotive air conditioning systems and how changes in government regulation of refrigerants has driven innovation in the lubricants industry. Thanks to Dr. Rakestraw for spending the evening with us and to all our seminar attendees!

    *Ethel Johnson, one of the first professional black women wrestlers.

    Did you miss this seminar or want to see it again? You can watch the recording below or check out our YouTube channel for this and other recordings!

  • 02 Aug 2022 1:26 AM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Greater Houston Section members Dr. Catherine Faler (ExxonMobil), Dr. Megan Robertson (University of Houston), and Dr. Christy Landes (Rice University) for recently being named 2022 ACS Fellows for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the Society.

  • 23 Jul 2022 12:02 AM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Team USA for winning 1 gold & 3 silver medals at the 54th International Chemistry Olympiad hosted by China. Pictured left to right are members of the team, Jack Liu, silver medal, Nathan Yihe Ouyang, gold medal, Phoenix Wu (Seven Lakes High School, Katy, TX), silver medal, & Gideon Tzafriri, silver medal.

    See here for the complete announcement.

    Photo Credit: Margaret Thatcher/ACS

  • 13 Jul 2022 10:46 AM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    Mamie W. Moy is the recipient of the 2023 Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society. Created in 2001, the award recognizes individuals who exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and have contributed significantly to ACS’s goals and objectives. Mamie is being honored for more than 40 years of volunteer service to the ACS, to education, and to humanity.

    Mamie Moy.

    Since 2013, Moy has held the post of professor emeritus in chemistry at the University of Houston. Mamie joined ACS in 1967, and in 1984 she served as chair of the Greater Houston local section. She has since served as a councilor for our local section for over 35 years, stepping down into an alternate councilor role in 2022. In 2019, the Greater Houston local section established the Mamie W. Moy Distinguished Service Award to honor of her decades of dedicated service. Congratulations on your well-earned recognition, Mamie!

    Read the full announcement here!

  • 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)

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