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2018 Northern Oklahoma ACS Executive Committee - Election results

Posted by Elena Platon on December 12, 2017 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Following the local ACS election closed at the end of November, the opened positions; Chair-Elect and Secretary, were filled up by Chad Ellis and Raj Kailasam, respectively. They joined the rest of the team that includes Tom Upshaw (Treasurer), Mazi Sardashti (Councilor) and Joe Allison (Alternate Councilor). The new elected 2018 Northern Oklahoma ACS Executive Committee will be led by Matt Lundwall. Congratulations!

2017 National Chemistry Week

Posted by Elena Platon on November 13, 2017 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to the willingness and dedication of more than 70 volunteers from Phillips 66, ConocoPhillips, and Chevron Phillips companies, retirees and high school students, this year National Chemistry Week (NCW) was again a big success. From October 23rd to November 3rd, the 19 teams of volunteers visited 13 elementary schools from Bartlesville and surrounding areas and shared their knowledge and experience with more than 1350 students.

The NCW team thanks everyone for their support!

Q3 2017 Seminar - The Fracking Revolution: Environmental and Energy Implications

Posted by Elena Platon on October 13, 2017 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Dr. Paul Philp, Professor of Petroleum Geochemistry at the University of Oklahoma, gave an engaging seminar on hydraulic fracturing at the Tri County Technology Center on Oct 3rd. More than 60 local students and members of the community attended the seminar and enjoyed the pizza dinner. The seminar covered historical perspectives on hydraulic fracturing and common “talking points” discussed by both sides of the contentious subject.


2017 National Chemistry Week

Posted by Elena Platon on October 6, 2017 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear National Chemistry Week Supporters,

We are looking for volunteers again to help take some hands on science demos to 4th and 5th grade students in local schools. The Northern Oklahoma Chapter of the American Chemical Society (NOKACS) celebrates the 30th year of National Chemistry Week this year from October 23rd to November 3rd. The theme is "Chemistry Rocks" and, if interested to help, please check the attached flyer for additional information.

Thank you for you support!

The NCW Team

Q3 2017 Seminar - The Fracking Revolution: Environmental and Energy Implications

Posted by Elena Platon on September 6, 2017 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Local ACS Members,

Northern Oklahoma section has the privilege to announce that Dr. Paul Philp from the University of Oklahoma will be giving a presentation entitled, "The Fracking Revolution: Environmental and Energy Implications" at the Tri County Technology Center on October 3rd. The seminar will be free for all to attend. Please RSVP by September 25th if interested in attending. More details on the presentation and Dr. Paul Philp can be found on the attached flyer.

2017 Northern Oklahoma Technician of the Year

Posted by Elena Platon on August 28, 2017 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Northern Oklahoma ACS members,

It is with great pleasure that we announce Nathan Freeman (Phillips 66) as the 2017 NOKACS Technician of the Year. 

The NOKACS Technician of the Year Award honors excellence and professionalism among technicians, operators, analysts, and other applied chemical technology professionals within the Northern Oklahoma Local Section. The nominations received are judged based on technical achievements, leadership, mentoring, communications/publications, awards, community outreach, contributions to quality, safety, and other initiatives.  

Nathan will be recognized during an afternoon award ceremony scheduled later this fall at the Phillips 66 Research Center. These details will be communicated at a later date.

NOK ACS Science Grants

Posted by Elena Platon on July 25, 2017 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Northern Oklahoma ACS Members,

We have entered into a partnership with the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) to support chemistry-based initiatives at Bartlesville public schools! We hope that this synergistic relationship will lead to more visibility for the ACS and our funding programs. Last year the Foundation awarded over $125,000 to Bartlesville public schools. Please forward this information to anyone in education that you think may be interested in learning more. Additional details can be found on the page created Northern Oklahoma American Chemical Society Science Grants.

Also, our local section has other mechanisms to provide science-based grant opportunities to Northeast Oklahoma educators; just send an e-mail to

STEM Initiatives at the University of Tulsa

Posted by Elena Platon on July 7, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Northern Oklahoma ACS proudly announces this joint event between the local ACS and AIChE sections. Dr. Jim Sorem is invited to the Phillips 66 Research Center to discuss STEM at The University of Tulsa (TU). Dr. Sorem has a PhD in mechanical engineering and was a Design Engineer/MAPICS Implementation Manager at GASO Pumps in Tulsa. He currently serves as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences at TU.

Following the talk there will be a pizza lunch provided with an opportunity to network with other members from ACS and AIChE. The details for the event are as follows:

Date: Thursday, July 27

Time: Seminar at 11 AM, Lunch/Networking at 12 PM

Location: Phillips 66 Research Center, Research Forum building, Lecture Hall

Cost: Free

For Non-PRC members of ACS and AIChE: Use the free visitor parking near the main entrance of Phillips 66 Research Center. The visitor parking is north of the Research Forum building, adjacent to US 60. After parking, the receptionist at the main entrance will let you in after buzzing the intercom and there will be signs to the Lecture Hall. (If you plan to attend, RSVP to the invitation and bring a form of identification the day of the event.)

Please RSVP by Friday, July 21 by e-mailing or

NOK-ACS Excellence in Chemistry Award

Posted by Elena Platon on June 23, 2017 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to Henry Williams, the 2017 NOK-ACS Excellence in Chemistry Award recipient! Henry graduated with Honors from Bartlesville High School and was one of the students that qualified to take the National Exam for Chemistry Olympiad in 2016.

Every year, the Northern Oklahoma section of the American Chemical Society recognizes one of the local high school seniors for their achievements in chemistry, other sciences, math and all around academic performance. This award is presented during the Senior Award Ceremony, which is held every year in the second week of May at the Bartlesville High School’s Fine Arts Center. 

2017 Second Quarter Seminar

Posted by Elena Platon on April 28, 2017 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

On April 25th, Dr. Joe Vinson visited with members of our local section and gave a quite interesting seminar about the history of coffee from prehistoric times to present days. Who knew that coffeee comes in second place, after oil, as the second most valuable commodity and also in second place, after water, as the most consumed beverage in the world?