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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!

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 Science Fair Chemistry Award Winners

Posted by Natalie Rebacz on May 6, 2016 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Northern Oklahoma Section congratulates and proudly recognizes winners of the Best Chemistry Project from the 2016 Bartlesville District Science Fair.

Tristan Thompson White Light Elementary Division
Ashley Ramsey Ice Cream Junior Division
Corbin Wright Prolonging Chemiluminescent Reactions Senior Division

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.  

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

The Tradition of Energy Days Continues

Posted by Natalie Rebacz on April 11, 2016 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

About 900 5th graders from Bartlesville and surrounding areas attended the 2016 Energy Days event at the Bartlesville Community Center from March 8-10. Pictured at right are students exploring the operation and technical application of infrared cameras. Many ACS local members volunteered to help with the event. A big thank you to all volunteers for making Energy Days a great success!  

Spices and Herbs: Chemistry and Health

Posted by Natalie Rebacz on April 11, 2016 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

On February 23, Northern Oklahoma Section hosted a successful seminar event with Dr. Carolyn Fisher, Senior Scientist at Decernis. Dr. Fisher presented an overview of the bioactive components of spices and herbs, and discussed how their strong taste and anti-microbial activity interested the food industry. She discussed the health effects of the biologically active components of numerous spices, including rosemary, ginger, peppers, and cinnamon, with an emphasis on their antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-diabetic activities. It was a well-received seminar by the audience consisting of over 36 people including ACS members and their family. Thank you to all members and guests who attended this presentation.  Special thank you to Carolyn Fisher for a great talk.  

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.