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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.

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

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?

Chemistry and Biochemistry of Coffee: A Healthy Beverage? by Dr. Joe Vinson

Posted by Elena Platon on April 4, 2017 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Northern Oklahoma ACS chapter is pleased to announce the second quarter seminar scheduled for April 25, 2017 in Bartlesville, OK. Our invited speaker is Dr. Joe Vinson, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Scranton, Northeastern Pennsylvania. His talk will examine the fascinating history of coffee from its beginnings in prehistoric time, interesting mythologies, and the reasons for its popularity in various cultures.

DATE: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

TIME: Social hour at 6:00PM, Dinner at 6:30PM, Seminar starts at 7:30PM

VENUE: Sterling's Grille, 2905 E Frank Phillips Blvd, Bartlesville, OK

COST: Free for ACS members, $10 for guests; Attending only the seminar is free.

Please Contact Us for any additional information.

62nd ACS Pentasectional meeting, March 24-25, 2017

Posted by Elena Platon on March 17, 2017 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from the Wichita Falls-Duncan Section of the ACS,

The 62nd ACS Pentasectional meeting is rapidly approaching and we are looking forward to hosting you next week. We thought we ought to provide an update as to the upcoming events.

The preliminary programs for both presentations and posters are attached to this e-mail. They can also be found at and you will see a link to them there. Please let us know of any scheduling issues ( you may have.

We have 45 oral presentations and a little over 60 poster presentations scheduled. At this point we have 150 people registered for the meeting so we are looking forward to having a very good meeting.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask Gary Buckley.


2017 First Quarter Seminar

Posted by Elena Platon on March 5, 2017 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

On February 21st, Northern Oklahoma ACS local section facilitated a well attended seminar with Dr. Mary Orna, Chemistry Professor at College of New Rochell. She talked about the use of Analytical Chemistry for the conservation and investigation of art pieces and about how much these methods helped to identify the techniques used to make these objects, to determine their content, and also to date them.

2017 ACS Oklahoma Pentasectional Meeting

Posted by Elena Platon on January 27, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Wichita Falls - Duncan Section of the American Chemical Society will host the Oklahoma Pentasectional Meeting March 24 -25th at Cameron University in Lawton, OK.

We will soon be outlining undergraduate programming opportunities for Friday night in addition to the all day events on Saturday.

Abstracts are due February 9th as outlined on the Abstract link below. Early registration goes through March 9th.

Additional information can be found on Wichita Falls Duncan webpage.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate person listed on the Information Sheet.

For questions about the Online Registration please contact Gary Buckley.


September Seminar: Jeff Bryan

Posted by Natalie Rebacz on August 10, 2016 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Northern Oklahoma is pleased to announce that the third quarter seminar speaker will be Jeff Bryan.  The title of his seminar is, "Nuclear Science and Fiction in Star Trek."

Event Details

Venue Tri County Technology Center, Wichita Room
Date Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Cost Free and open to the public
Time Pizza will be served at 6:30 pm, Seminar will begin at 7:15 pm.


Much of the Star Trek universe can be understood or disputed based on our current understanding of nuclear chemistry and physics. This presentation will examine "future" technologies such as photon torpedoes, transporters, and holodecks using contemporary nuclear science. We'll also boldly go where few scientists have gone before to try to understand what dilithium really is and what it does in a starship. Even if you're not a trekkie (or a trekker), don't worry, the context of each topic will be provided through video clips from the shows and movies. Engage!

Spring 2016 Seminar: Ruth Ann Armitage

Posted by Natalie Rebacz on April 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Northern Oklahoma ACS is pleased to announce the spring seminar event in Ponca City, OK. Dr. Ruth Ann Armitage, from Eastern Michigan University will give her talk, "Archaeological Chemistry of Rock Paintings: Radiocarbon Dating and Chemical Analysis," on Tuesday, April 26th, at Zino's Restaurant.  


While still a chemistry student at Thiel College in Pennsylvania, Ruth Ann Armitage participated in an archaeological field school and confirmed her desire to combine the seemingly disparate disciplines of archaeology and chemistry. She completed a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Texas A&M University on radiocarbon dating of charcoal-pigmented rock paintings and has worked with archaeologists at historic and prehistoric sites around the world. Dr. Armitage, Professor of Chemistry at Eastern Michigan University, and her students develop mass spectrometry methods to characterize archaeological materials, including rock paintings, dyes in ancient textiles, and ceramic residues to help archaeologists understand our ancient past.


Archaeological Chemistry of Rock Paintings: Radiocarbon Dating and Chemical Analysis

Rock paintings, or pictographs, are unique cultural remains that are difficult to place into archaeological contexts because they are not a part of the buried stratigraphic record of a site. Direct radiocarbon dating of the paint itself would ideally be used to determine their age. The paint is typically an inorganic pigment (iron oxides and hydroxides are common) presumably mixed with an organic binder or vehicle to make the paint flow and adhere to the rock surface. Dating rock art by conventional radiocarbon techniques would have required completely destroying the paintings; the advent of accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) for direct measurement of 14C changed that. A plasma-chemical oxidation method was developed in the 1990s to selectively remove organic carbon from small samples of paintings, yielding CO2 for radiocarbon analysis by AMS. Some paintings contain easily recognized organic material, such as charcoal, but most do not. At EMU, we are using chromatographic and mass spectrometric methods to determine the nature of the organic material present in rock paintings, and using the plasma-chemical oxidation/AMS method to date them. Results of our work on paintings from locations around the world will be presented.

Event Details

Date Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
Venue Zino's Restaurant, 200 N 2nd St., Ponca City, OK 74601. Ph: 580-718-0100
Social Hour 6:00 pm
Dinner 6:30 pm
Seminar 7:30 pm
Cost Free for all ACS members. $10 for non-ACS members. No charge for only attending the seminar

Spices and Herbs -- Carolyn Fisher

Posted by Natalie Rebacz on February 11, 2016 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Chemists and chemistry enthusiasts are invited to join Northern Oklahoma on Feb 23rd, 2016 at Sterling's in Bartlesville, OK for a seminar on "Spices and Herbs: Chemistry and Health" by Dr. Carolyn Fisher.


A general overview of the components of spices and herbs is presented, along with their attributes for the food industry. Rosemary, Ginger, Capsicum, and Cinnamon as well as others are surveyed. Bioactivities of their components are discussed, with emphasis on antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-diabetic activities.

Dr. Carolyn Fisher’s Biographical Sketch

Dr. Fisher received her B.S. from Wayne State University and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her career moved from Research (Kalsec, 1978-1991) to Teacher (Univ. of Delaware, 1992-1996) to Book Author (Flavours: Biology & Chemistry, 1997; Royal Society of Chemists; available in English and Spanish). At McCormick & Co., Carolyn was a member of cross-functional teams developing visions, strategies and action plans for more efficient commercialization processes, moving from Quality Assurance (1996-2005) to Regulatory (2005-2010) to Knowledge Management (2011). She completed the 5-year leadership training program known as the Corporate Multiple Management Board. Using her QA skills in regulatory, she managed cross-training and consensus sessions for regulatory professionals which resulted in updated Desk Procedures, communications explaining the science behind certain regulatory compliance strategies and a course within the Learning Development Center for McCormick professional development.

As Senior Scientist at Decernis (2012 – present), Carolyn directed data capture of over 160 countries’ food additive regulations and supported the development of rule-based queries to provide regulatory evaluation of ingredients and formulas for global compliance. She translates customer desires into actionable working solutions as well as provides customer training and issue resolution related to gComply and gComply Plus.

An active IFT member and Fellow, Carolyn was an instructor for the IFT short course, Labeling Requirements and Implications for Foods Marketed in the U.S. (2008 – 2014) and is currently on the IFT Board of Directors (2015-2017). She is also an active member of the Flavor & Extract Manufacturers Association and the American Chemical Society.

Event Details

  • The social hour will begin at 6 pm (cash bar).  Dinner will be served at 6:30, and the seminar will begin at 7:30 pm.  
  • Dinner is free for ACS members, $15 for non-members/spouses.  
  • No charge for only attending the seminar.