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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.


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!

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.

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.


Posted by Elena Platon on February 20, 2017 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Local Section Members,

Energy Days 2017 is March 7-9 at the Bartlesville Community Center, and volunteers are needed. Phillips 66, ConocoPhillips and ChevronPhillips Chemicals support the event to give area fifth-graders the opportunity to learn about the oil and gas industry and how energy impacts their lives. Volunteers help as guides or work with hands-on activities. There are two sessions each day: 9:30-11:30 a.m. and noon-2 p.m. Contact to volunteer, or for any questions regarding the event or how you can become more involved.


2017 Spring Seminar

Posted by Elena Platon on February 8, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Later this month Northern Oklahoma section will be hosting a seminar by Dr. Mary Orna, Chemistry Professor at College of New Rochelle, on the use of Analytical Chemistry for the conservation and investigation of art pieces.


The methods of modern chemistry can be used as probes to examine the provenance and to aid in the conservation of art objects and artifacts. In addition, these methods can help enormously in clarifying the techniques by which these objects were made, in determining their content, and in dating their origins. A variety of methods will be illustrated in the examination of such materials as medieval stained glass, Middle Eastern obsidian and pottery, and 20th century art forgeries. Although such methods can give great insight into the objects in question, there are limits to such technology; these limitations will also be discussed.

DATE: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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

VENUE: Montana Mike's Steakhouse, Bartlesville, OK

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

Bartlesville District Science Fair February 24-25

Posted by Elena Platon on January 27, 2017 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Science Fair Supporter,

We are seeking judges for the 2017 Bartlesville District Science Fair (BDSF)!

The 2017 BDSF will be hosted at the Phillips 66 Research Center on Friday evening, February 24 (Elementary Division), and Saturday morning, February 25 (Junior/Senior Division). We ask that judges arrive at the Research Forum Lecture Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 7:45 a.m. on Saturday. Judging typically finishes before 8:30 p.m. on Friday and before 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. We will serve pizza before judging on Friday. We will offer coffee and breakfast before and pizza after judging on Saturday.

Please respond to the" target="_blank">Survey Monkey link to indicate your preferences.

We thank you for your contribution to science, engineering and math in Bartlesville! Please share this invitation link with anyone who may be interested in volunteering. With continued support from volunteers in the local science, engineering and education community, we can offer a positive experience for area students.

Please contact Gabriella Farnham with any questions.


BDSF Judging Team

Sponsorship from Phillips 66 Company, ConocoPhillips Company and ChevronPhillips Company


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!