Greater Houston Section

  • 15 Apr 2021 11:01 AM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    A little bit of iron cations in my life

    A little bit of cyanide anions by my side

    A little bit of water is all I need.

    What compound am I?

    Answer:  It's Prussian blue!

    Fe7(CN)18xH2O, where x = 14-16

  • 31 Mar 2021 7:02 PM | Dawn Friesen (Administrator)

    Congratulations to all the 2021 Science & Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH) winners in the Chemistry category! They will be recognized in a special awards ceremony in May. Watch for the announcement!

     A special thanks to the ACS-GHS members that served as judges for the event.

  • 12 Mar 2021 11:08 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    I can be helpful during cold season. I like to break up phlegm and allow coughs to be productive. What compound am I?

    Answer: It's guaifenesin!


  • 20 Feb 2021 3:20 PM | Dawn Friesen (Administrator)

    The 3rd annual IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast event on Tuesday, February 9th was held jointly with the ACS Brazosport section. This year’s theme was Empowering Diversity in Science and included a virtual screening of the documentary "Picture a Scientist" in advance of the event. A 1 hr Zoom networking session followed by a panel discussion around the theme of discrimination and harassment faced by women and minorities in science, as highlighted in the “Picture a Scientist” documentary. Special thanks to our panelists, Carolyn Ribes, Amber Hinkle, Javoris Hollingsworth, and Kerry Spilker, for sharing their experiences and their inspiring words.

    Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 2021 Global Women’s Breakfast Networking and Panel Discussion. It was an amazing experience and wonderful opportunity to meet you all!

     ACS Diversity and Inclusion Resources (provided by Carolyn Ribes)

    In a recent letter, ACS President H.N. Cheng shared the updated emphasis on inclusion within ACS:

    I am proud to report that:

    The ACS Board voted to modify our existing core value of “Diversity, Inclusion and Respect” to include Equity. The revised core value, “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect” (DEIR), better captures our belief in diversity in all its forms. We embrace and encourage an inclusive chemistry enterprise and strongly support an equal and equitable environment for the practice of chemistry. In order to meet the global challenges facing us today and advance chemistry, we need to be more inclusive and respectful of people of all backgrounds, perspectives, experiences and ideas. This important update ensures that we will work to promote equity in the chemistry enterprise.

    The ACS Board voted to adopt a new goal for the ACS Strategic Plan. “Goal 5: Embrace and Advance Inclusion in Chemistry” aims to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and respect; identify and dismantle barriers to success; and create a welcoming and supportive environment so that all ACS members, employees and volunteers can thrive.

    CEN Article:  Confronting Sexual Harassment in Chemistry

    CEN Article:  Watch presentations from ‘Science of Sexual Harassment’ symposium

    ACS Webinars have had some outstanding sessions on diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect this year. For example, Fatima Dainkeh of She+ Geeks Out discusses what microaggressions are, provides every day examples, explains how they manifest, and how we can respond to them:  How to Recognize and Respond to Microaggressions

    The ACS Volunteer/National Meeting Attendee Conduct Policy can be found online at

    A recording of the Panel Discussion is also available on our YouTube Channel.

  • 03 Feb 2021 4:48 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    I fight gram-positive bacteria, but I don't do much in the gut. Someone locally synthesized me. What compound am I?

    Answer: It's vancomycin!


  • 19 Jan 2021 6:19 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    The 2021 GHS Executive Board, volunteers, and interested members met via Zoom on the afternoon of Saturday, January 16th to review the section's strategic goals and annual plans, assign committee chairs and volunteers, and ensure a smooth transition between board members in new positions. We had a great turnout and are thrilled to welcome several new volunteers to our various committees! Great plans are in the works for 2021 despite the ongoing challenges of the COVID pandemic, so stay tuned…

  • 15 Jan 2021 6:26 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    Laura Smith Callahan is a Director of the Greater Houston Section and Chair of the Communications & Technology Committee, where she coordinates with our newsletter editor and website administrator to keep members up to date on important section news. Laura is also the powerhouse behind our social media accounts, sharing our section’s events and achievements along with a wide range of content to drive community interest and engagement in chemistry. She is instrumental in helping us welcome new section members and has been an active participant in several of our virtual program events during 2020. Laura, thanks for your hard work and congratulations on being named the GHS Volunteer of the Year for 2020!

  • 11 Jan 2021 6:50 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    Cats love me, due to my psychoactive effect on them. What compound am I?

    Answer: It's nepetalactone!


  • 14 Dec 2020 5:56 PM | Dawn Friesen (Administrator)

    I'm a dye, a stain, an indicator, and a drug. What compound am I?

    Answer: It's methylene blue!

    Methylene blue-2d-skeletal.svg
  • 09 Dec 2020 4:25 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    22nd ChemLuminary Awards logo with a firey flame

    We are thrilled to share that the Greater Houston Local Section won three ChemLuminary Awards at the 22nd Annual ChemLuminary Awards Ceremony held virtually on December 9th, 2020. These awards are::

    • Best Activity or Program Highlighting ACS Change Driver(s) or Strategic Planning
    • Outstanding Performance by a Local Section (Large Size)
    • Outstanding High School Student Program Award

    Congratulations to everyone for their hard work and dedication to our section!

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