Greater Houston Section

  • 16 Jul 2020 12:07 PM | Dawn Friesen (Administrator)

    We’re still experimenting with online events for our members, and on July 15th we ran a small social networking event via Google Meet. Seven people participated (host not shown), and the conversation ranged from bioluminescent squid, experiences being a volunteer docent at the Museum of Natural Science, and shifting careers from accounting to chemistry, to good online courses for statistics as applied to chemical problems. It was wonderful to meet everyone who participated!


    Sound interesting? Keep an eye on our event calendar or subscribe to our e-newsletter to get the scoop on our next virtual networking event.

    Bonus Archive Content:

    The squid discussed: Hawaiian Bobtail Squid (and Vibrio fischeri)

    The free statistics course discussed: Statistical Thinking for Industrial Problem Solving (SAS/JMP)

  • 06 Jul 2020 12:32 PM | Dawn Friesen (Administrator)

    I am an ionizing solvent, used as an RNA stabilizer in gel electrophoresis, and in tissue preservation. What compound am I?

    Answer: It's formamide!

    Structural formula of the formamide molecule

  • 26 Jun 2020 12:19 AM | Dawn Friesen (Administrator)

    The ACS Greater Houston local section held our first virtual networking event via Zoom on Wednesday, June 24th and it was a hit! The evening kicked off with introductions and an invitation for everyone to share their favorite element – carbon and oxygen definitely had the most fans in the group. After a few brief remarks from the event host, GHS Past Chair Snigdha Chennamaneni, attendees were split between two breakout rooms to discuss a range of suggested topics including the current pandemic and personal development. It was great to meet and chat with everyone who attended and we’re looking forward to our next virtual meet-up!

  • 11 Jun 2020 6:21 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    Guess the Molecule - May

    I am a solvent in beverages, a feedstock for producing other chemicals, and—more recently—as a transportation fuel. What compound am I?

    Answer:  It's ethanol!

    Skeletal formula of ethanol

  • 27 May 2020 5:59 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    I am an electrophile that is often used in Diels-Alder reactions and is also an effective topical treatment for psoriasis. What compound am I?

    Answer: It's dimethyl fumarate! 

    Dimethyl fumarate

  • 27 May 2020 2:25 PM | Dawn Friesen (Administrator)

    We're pleased to announce the launch of a new video series hosted on the ACS Greater Houston Section YouTube Channel! "Meet Your ACS-GHS Leaders" is a series of short interviews with members of the Greater Houston local section leadership. The GHS executive board is made up of members from all areas of chemistry and we hope to provide some insight into the different career paths available to chemists in the Houston area, as well as the impact that the ACS can have on its members, both personally and professionally.

    The first video in the series is an interview with Dr. Crystal A. Young, Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and the 2020 ACS-GHS Chair. Watch now or check out our YouTube channel for more video content, including Curtis Swisher's seminar on "Career Management During Uncertain Times".

    Did you know that ACS members have access to career planning resources like ChemIDP and Personal Career Consultants? It's one of the many benefits your membership has to offer!

    Let us know what you think about this video series - we'd love to hear your feedback at acs-ghs@acs-ghs.org or in the video comments.

  • 03 May 2020 2:35 PM | Dawn Friesen (Administrator)
    I am one of the world’s most widely prescribed antibiotics for bacterial infections and on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines. I am a descendant of norfloxacin. What compound am I?


    Answer: It's ciprofloxacin!

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  • 09 Mar 2020 6:45 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)


    The ACS-GHS Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) hosted a post-Career Day Happy Hour networking event immediately following ACS Career Day Houston. YCC Chair Kevin Ramirez organized the event, which was held at State Fare on Gessner Rd., a local restaurant/bar located near the Career Day Venue. Attendees were able to wind down with good company and social conversation, and even got to network with Professor Molenium who, as always, was the life of the party. It was great to meet everyone that attended, and we look forward to seeing you at future events!


  • 09 Mar 2020 6:07 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    The ACS Career Day took place in Houston on Saturday, March 7th. This year’s career event was hosted by members of the ACS National team and provided a wealth of career advice and networking opportunities. The morning kicked off with a series of workshops designed to get attendees thinking about how they can prepare for interviews and demonstrate their value to an employer.

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    Dr. Samina Azad started with a presentation on "Getting the Interview", asking the question of how you distinguish yourself from a list of great candidates. The answer? Do your research! Understand the company and be prepared to discuss how you fit their needs, as well as how you could contribute to company growth. Dr. Azad also noted that when interviewers ask, "Why do you want to work for us?", it’s not just small talk, it's a serious question. Make sure you have a good answer that shows your understanding of the company and doesn’t just say how convenient the job would be for you.

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    Dr. Amanda Brown gave an excellent workshop talking about the importance of transferrable "soft" skills and how to both inventory your existing skill set as well as plan for future development. As she pointed out, your current skill set is what gets you in the door but it’s where you grow from there that makes the biggest difference to your career.

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    After a brief coffee break, Jahari Soward presented a great breakdown of how to start building your professional network. Who needs to network? Everyone! Shy or introverted people can consider talking to other quiet people at events or setting a personal goal to make a specific number of new connections. Remember that networking shouldn't just be about asking for a job but about building relationships that are productive and positive for both parties. A final suggestion was to have a 30 second elevator speech ready for on-the-spot or impromptu networking.

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    The final program session was the Ask a Recruiter panel where attendees had the opportunity to ask two professional recruiters about the finer details of candidate recruitment and the hiring process. Attendees were then offered the opportunity to practice their networking skills over lunch and attend one-on-one meetings with ACS Career Consultants throughout the afternoon. Thanks to the ACS National team for putting on a wonderful event, and particular thanks to everyone who attended. We hope the information presented helps you take the next step in your career!

    Did you know that ACS members have access to a professional career development program to help build individual career plans? Check out different career paths and set personal growth goals at https://chemidp.acs.org. Members can also take advantage of personal career consulting as part of their member benefits. Find out more at https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/careers/personal-career-consulting.html.

  • 03 Mar 2020 5:59 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    I am a dense, insoluble salt. I can be used in oil well drilling fluids, X-ray imaging, paint pigments, fireworks and brake linings. What compound am I?

    Answer:  It's barium sulfate!

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