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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. 

ACS Award Winners at the Bartlesville District Science Fair

Posted by Elena Platon on March 6, 2017 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The 2017 Bartlesville District Science Fair, hosted at the Phillips 66 Research Center on February 24-25, gathered around 300 students from Bartlesville and vicinities. Participation in the science fair is an excellent way to help students develop an understanding of the scientific process along with strengthening their communication skills.

Northern OK ACS awarded students in all three divisions:

  • Elementary Division - John Seo, How Does Salt Freeze Homemade Ice Cream?, Northeast Elementary School
  • Junior Division - Kendall Martin, Does Temperature Matter When Making Sugar Candie, Central Middle School
  • Senior Division - Carmen Collier, The Danger of Fertilizer: Aquatic Life, Bartlesville High School

Congratulations to these winners!

Dr. Kay Bjornen - 2017 Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year Award

Posted by Elena Platon on February 26, 2017 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

On February 21st, the Northern Oklahoma ACS section presented Dr. Kay Bjornen with the 2017 Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year Award.

Dr. Kay Bjornen worked for ConocoPhillips Co. and taught high school chemistry and AP chemistry. She played a critical role as the Chair of the Pentasectional Regional Meeting 2016 for the Northern Oklahoma Local Section. She serves on the board of the Bartlesville Public School Foundation and has been an active member of the local section through the NCW, Bartlesville District Science Fair and Energy Days for more than 10 years. Dr. Bjornen should be recognized for her continued dedication and ability to inspire the students in the community.

2016 Kang Yang Scholar

Posted by Natalie Rebacz on May 6, 2016 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to Laura Kleinmann for winning the Kang Yang College Scholarship. The Kang Yang award is given to a single Ponca City High School senior each year. The criteria include majoring in a hard science discipline and academic achievement in high school. 

Dr. Kristi Fjare, past Councilor of Northern Oklahoma, presents the Kang Yang Certificate to Laura Kleinman.  

Bartlesville Students Qualify to take Chemistry Olympiad National Exam

Posted by Natalie Rebacz on April 21, 2016 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

From January until spring break, Northern Oklahoma ACS member Dr. Keith Lawson trained a core group of about 20 Honors Chemistry I and Chemistry II AP students to take the Chemistry Olympiad Exam. The local exam, administered shortly after spring break, consisted of 60 multiple choice questions. Congratulations to juniors Palak Sharma and Russell Drummond, and sophomore Marisol Aranda for taking second place in the local exam. Congratulations to junior Henry Williams and sophomore Kayla Hoelscher for their top scores, which qualified them to take the National Exam. The National Exam consisted of 60 multiple choice questions plus two laboratory experiments.  

2015 NOK-ACS Technicians of the Year Award

Posted by Natalie Rebacz on January 5, 2016 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The Northern Oklahoma section of the American Chemical Society recognizes technicians that have displayed a high degree of professionalism, technical achievement, leadership, commitment to safety, and community involvement through the NOK-ACS Technicians of the Year Award. The 2015 recipients are Ronnie Brown, Judy Waters, and Derek Willman. Ronnie Brown is a Senior Technician in Research Services Engineering and Operations Group at Phillips 66. Judy Waters is a Senior Staff Technician with Flow Assurance Labs at ConocoPhillips. The Overall Technician of the Year for 2015 is Derek Willman a Technician in Crude and Desalting at Phillips 66.

2015 Technician of the Year Award Winners.  From Left: Judy Waters, Derek Willman, and Ronnie Brown.  

After the awards were presented, Rodger Hudgins, Foreman of Production Lab Services at ConocoPhillips, gave a comemerative talk, "Three Timeless Keys to Being an Outstanding Laboratory Technician."  We thank Rodger Hudgins for his thoughtful speech.  We thank Dr. Keith Stanger, Elena Platon, and Gianna Bell-Eunice for organizing the award activities. We thank Phillips 66 for kindly hosting the award ceremony.  

Rodger Hudgins presents, "Three Timeless Keys to Being an Outstanding Laboratory Technician."

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.  

2014 Technicians of the Year

Posted by Natalie Rebacz on January 16, 2015 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The Technician of the Year Award is an annual recognition of 3 chemical technicians within the Northern Oklahoma Local Section, with one technician being recognized as overall winner.  The candidates are judged on the same criteria as the ACS National Technician of the Year Award:

  • Technical achievements
  • Leadership and mentoring
  • Communications and publications
  • Safety
  • Quality
  • Other initiatives
  • Awards
  • Professional and community activities

The 2014 recipients of the Technician of the Year Award are: 

  1. Mike Terry (Overall), Operator, Chevron Phillips Chemical
  2. Laura Young, Senior Technician, Phillips 66
  3. Shane Bowman, Lab Technician, Chevron Phillips Chemical
Congratulations to Mike, Laura, and Shane on winning the award.