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Volunteer judges needed for 2019 Bartlesville Science Fair

Posted on January 29, 2019 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Dear NOKACS Members,

We are in need of Volunteer judges for the 2019 Bartlesville District Science Fair to be held on Friday, Feb. 22, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 23, from 7:45-11:30 a.m. at the Phillips 66 Research Center.

Pizza will be served before judging on Friday. Coffee, breakfast and pizza will be served before and after judging on Saturday.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill up this survey:

Contact Paul Oblad or Sourabh Pansare with any questions.

2018 NOK ACS Technician of the Year Award

Posted on October 8, 2018 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The Northern Oklahoma Section of the American Chemical Society (NOK ACS) proudly invites you to attend their annual NOK ACS Technician of the Year Award ceremony on October 23 at 2pm.

Over the last 70 years, NOK ACS has supported and promoted chemistry in the communities of Bartlesville, Ponca City, and surrounding areas. Awards sponsored by NOK ACS recognize chemists at every level of proficiency, from high school seniors with aspirations to study chemistry, to seasoned technicians and chemists.

Every year, The NOK ACS Technician of the Year Award honors excellence and professionalism among technicians, operators, analysts, and other applied chemical technology professionals within the Northern Oklahoma Local Section. Nominations are judged based on technical achievements, leadership, mentoring, communications/publications, awards, community outreach, contributions to quality, safety, and other initiatives.

Three winners of the 2018 NOK ACS Technician of the Year Award were selected this year. The Overall Winner is Laura Nielsen, of Phillips 66. Two additional winners were selected: Jared Barr and Tony Crain, both of Chevron Phillips Chemical.

NOK ACS will honor Laura, Jared, and Tony at an award ceremony scheduled for October 23th, 2:00-3:00PM in the Cafeteria at the Phillips 66 Research Center.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners.

Matt Lundwall, Chair, NOK ACS

Chad Ellis, Chair-Elect, NOK ACS

3rd Quarter Speaker Tour

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (1)

We had a great time listening to Bill Mattson, Ph.D. present “Creative Problem Solving in Chemical Research”. The talk was very interactive, and we had several volunteers participate on stage. Bill even showed us a few magic tricks! It was certainly a fun evening. Thank you to Tumble Weeds Steak House for doing a great job preparing the food and servicing our event. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, be on the look-out for our 4th quarter meeting announcement and join the fun the next time around.


NOK ACS elections are upon us. If you would like to run for an officer position, please send an email to so we can get your name on the ballot.

2018 NOK ACS Technician of the Year Award

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello NOK ACS Members,

The Northern Oklahoma section of the ACS has finished judging for the local Technician of the Year award. We are happy to announce this year’s winners. The candidate pool, the applications, and the letters of support were all remarkable and the NOK ACS board would like to express its gratitude toward all participants in this annual recognition process.

Historically, one to three winners have been selected with one winner being named “Overall Winner.” This year, three winners were selected. Laura Nielsen, Technician at Phillips 66, was selected as this year’s Overall Winner with Jared Barr and Tony Crain, both Technicians at Chevron Phillips Chemical, also winning awards.

Please join the NOK ACS board in congratulating these folks. An award ceremony will be held the afternoon of October 23rd at the PRC. More details will follow—we hope to see you there!

2018 3rd Quarter Speaker Announcement

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings Northern Oklahoma ACS Members,

Please join us for the 3rd Quarter Local Sections Seminar Speaker Tour

When: Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Time: 6:00-9:00 pm, Social hour 6:00-6:30 in the bar area (cash bar). (Free for NOKACS Members, $10 for non-members)

Where: Tumble Weeds Steak House, 4049 Nowata Rd, Bartlesville, OK 74006

Ph: 918-333-9300

RSVP to “” by Monday September 24th.

Speaker: Bill Mattson, Ph.D.

Title: "Creative Problem Solving in Chemical Research"

Abstract: Enjoy an interactive presentation while strengthening an important skill--problem solving. In the day-to-day work environments of chemists and others, it is essential to be able to solve problems creatively. Such problems might involve obtaining new research ideas, improving processes and production in industry, or dealing with problems that arise during research. Oftentimes people apply a random process rather than something more directed, and the results are often poor. This presentation will provide insights that will allow you to improve your creative problem-solving abilities. The speaker has been teaching creative problem solving for many years and has proven that it can be learned! Past audience responses suggest that regardless of whether you are a chemist, this interactive presentation will be worthy of your time for both its value and its thought-provoking and entertaining elements.

The Northern Oklahoma section will be the second stop on Bill’s tour across the local sections in our area: Wichita, Tulsa, and Oklahoma.

Please join us in what should be a great topic for both members and non-members.

2018 2nd Quarter Speaker

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Belated thank you to speaker Jeremey Praetorius, Ph.D. for presenting “Beer, Chemistry and the Art of Homebrewing” on July 31st at the Frank Phillips Club in Downtown Bartlesville, OK.

We had a great time listening to Jeremy discuss everything related to beer brewing and the chemical reactions that help distinguish beer flavors. We also had a tasting from local brewer’s stock and some uncommon commercial brands. Special thank you to Raj Kailasam, NOK ACS secretary, for making this event a night to remember.


Posted on September 20, 2018 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to our Northern Oklahoma ACS members who have completed milestones for 50 and 75 years of membership and service to the American Chemical Society in 2018!

75 Year Member(s):

  • Lewis Drehman

50 Year Member(s):

  • Herbert Robert Pinnick Jr.
  • John Hugh Runnels

2018 NOK ACS Excellence in Chemistry Award

Posted on May 25, 2018 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Please join us in congratulating James Martinez of Bartlesville High School as the recipient of the Excellence in Chemistry Award in 2018.

This year’s Excellence in Chemistry Award was presented on May 18th during the Bartlesville High School Senior Awards Ceremony. James had participated in the Chemistry Olympiads and qualified for the National competition. He has also has won several awards in the local and state Science Fair competitions and taken a number honors science and math classes. The awards ceremony was well attended by over 400 seniors, teachers and parents. About 40 categories of awards were given to over 100 students during the event. The awards covered a wide range of topics from a number of local businesses and organizations. Northern Oklahoma ACS Councilor, Mazi Sardashti, presented the Excellence in Chemistry award on behalf of the ACS.

2018 Chemistry Olympiads

Posted on May 25, 2018 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The Northern Oklahoma ACS would like to thank all of the students and volunteers who participated in the 2018 Chemistry Olympiads. We had the an excellent turn-out this year, with 17 students taking the exam. Special thanks to Keith Lawson, Gary Layman, Joel Martin and PK Das for making this possible.

The awards dinner was held at Montana Mikes in Bartlesville on May 2nd:

  • Sohaib Ali, Top Performer
  • Liza Williams, Runner up
  • Elena Fries, Top Sophomore
  • Meagan Landers, Runner up Sophomore

Congratulations to these students!

ACS award winners at the Bartlesville District Science Fair

Posted on March 16, 2018 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The 2018 Bartlesville District Science Fair, hosted at the Phillips 66 Research Center on February 23-24, gathered around 300 students from Bartlesville and vicinities. Our 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.

The Northern Oklahoma section of the ACS presented awards to students in all three divisions:

  • Elementary division - John Lawson “Acid Based Indicators, Color Changers”
  • Junior division – Claire Osburn “How Much Energy is Stored in Different Types of Food”
  • Senior division – Claire Chipinda and Kianna Shaw “Homemade pH Indicators”

Congratulations to these winners!