Northern Oklahoma

Building Bonds with Chemistry in Northern Oklahoma

Blog

Fall Outreach: Robert Bates Seminar

Posted by Natalie Rebacz on January 5, 2016 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Over 73 people came to Oklahoma Wesleyan University on Sep 23, 2015 to hear Professor Robert Bates’ presentation on Food Chemistry. The audience included fifty-six high school and college students, making the event one of the highest attended social outreach events in recent times. The talk “What you Always Wanted to Know about Chemicals in Food but were Afraid to Eat” was well received and generated great discussion among the audience. The section would especially like to thank the speaker, Professor Robert Bates, as well as the teachers who encouraged their students to attend: Rosie Rovia-Truitt, Brian Turner, Ryan Shae, and Gary Layman.  A special thank-you goes to Rosie Rovia-Truitt for coordinating with Oklahoma Wesleyan University to host the seminar.

Bartlesville Chemistry Students Compete in National Chemistry Olympiad

Posted by Natalie Rebacz on August 17, 2015 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Four Bartlesville Chemistry Students qualified to participate in the 2015 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Competition because of their excellent marks in the local competition. Congratulations to Alex Platon Jr. and Kaycee Shaper from Bartlesville High School in Chris Ruhl's Chem II class, and to Palak Sharma and Clayton McFarland from Bartlesville Mid-High in Gary Layman's Chem I class.  Only two students per school may be nominated to take the national exam.  These four Bartlesville Chemistry students are among only about 1000 students nationwide who competed on the national level in 2015.  

(L to R) Keith Lawson, Palak Sharma, Chris Ruhl, Kaycee Schaper, Alex Platon Jr., Clayton McFarland.  

Dr. Keith Lawson, NOK member and chemist at Phillips Research Center, coordinates and leads Monday night training sessions for those students who are interested in taking the Chemistry Olympiad challenge.  Training sessions continue for about two months prior to the local exam, and extend to the national exam.  The National Exam is a 3-part 4-hour and 45-minute exam with multiple choice, problem solving, and lab practical components.  The National Exam is usually held in mid- to late-April of each year.  

Thanks to the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise for helping to recognize these students' achievement.  

The Tradition of Energy Days Continues

Posted by Natalie Rebacz on May 12, 2015 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Energy Days 2015 were held from March 10-12 with the help of 170+ volunteers. This three-day annual event is designated for Bartlesville area fifth grade students to help foster an interest in the science and technology of energy through demonstrations and activities. This year, 19 schools attended the event with almost 1000 students. A big thank you to all volunteers for making Energy Days a great success!

Over 170 volunteers from Phillips 66, ConocoPhillips, CPChem and retirees from the companies are required to make this a successful and educational event. The activities provide the students an introduction to the science of petroleum from production through the final products. Alternative energy, safety and remediation aspects of the industry are also highlighted.


Kudos to the 2015 Bartlesville District Science Fair NOK ACS Award Winners

Posted by Natalie Rebacz on April 6, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Over 360 students participated in the 2015 Bartlesville District Science Fair.  Northern Oklahoma sponsored three monetary awards for Best Chemistry Project, and proudly recognizes the winners as follows.

  • Kaelynn Duncan, Elementary Division, "What Causes a Brain Freeze?"
  • Sarah Covell, Junior Division, "Chlorine Removal"
  • Carly Gillman, Senior Division, "Creating Ethanol from Biomass"

Congratulations to Kaelynn, Sarah, and Carly for their excellent use of a scientific approach toward answering important chemistry questions.