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2018 NOK ACS Excellence in Chemistry Award

Posted by Elena Platon 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 by Elena Platon 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 by Elena Platon 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!

63rd Annual Oklahoma ACS Pentasectional Meeting

Posted by Elena Platon on February 19, 2018 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear all,

The 2018 Pentasectional will be held on April 21st at The University of Tulsa. I have attached a Call for Abstracts to be distributed to officers, members, and colleges/universities throughout your section. An abstract template (in WordDoc format), link to registration website, and additional information can be found on If there are any questions, feel free to contact me or Gabriel LeBlanc.

Thanks for your time,

Angus Lamar 

2018 First Quarter Seminar

Posted by Elena Platon on January 31, 2018 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Northern Oklahoma ACS chapter is pleased to announce the first quarter seminar scheduled for February 27th at at Sterling’s Grill in Bartlesville, OK. The invites speaker, Dr. William F. Carroll, will be presenting “Reese's Pieces: The Best of C&EN's "Newscripts" by Ken Reese”

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Time: Social hour at 6:00PM, Dinner at 6:30PM.

Venue: Sterling’s Grill, 2905 E Frank Phillips Blvd, Bartlesville, OK 74006

RSVP: by February 23, 2018 (reply to

Cost: Dinner is free for ACS member, $10 for non-members / family members

Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr. Biography

Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. He is currently Vice President, Industry Issues for Occidental Chemical Corporation and also Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Indiana.

Bill is a Past President (2005) of the American Chemical Society, and a current member of its Board of Directors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and chair or member of a number of committees for the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a member of advisory boards for DePauw University, Tulane University and the Colorado School of Mines, and is 2009 chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents.

On behalf of OxyChem he has chaired numerous committees for industry associations, including the American Chemistry Council. He has served on expert groups commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme, the US Environmental Protection Agency and three states most recently the California Green Ribbon Science Panel.

Bill has received the Henry Hill Award, sponsored by the ACS Division of Professional Relations, the Michael Shea Award from the ACS Division of Chemical Technicians, an Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award and the Vinyl Institute’s Roy T. Gottesman Leadership Award for lifetime achievement.

He holds two patents, and has over sixty publications in the fields of organic electrochemistry, polymer chemistry, combustion chemistry, incineration and plastics recycling.

Abstract Reese's Pieces: The Best of C&EN's "Newscripts" by Ken Reese

"If you’re like me, you probably read the beginning and end of Chemical and Engineering News before (and maybe instead of) the stuff in the middle. The back page of C&EN, Newscripts, was the province of Ken Reese for nearly 35 years. His eclectic and wry sense of humor made that section the place many of us turned first as we learned to read the literature. This talk, which is an extension of a presentation made in the late Professor Jack Stocker’s symposium “Whimsy in Chemistry” is a compilation of and commentary on of some of the best and funniest blurbs presented in Newscripts between 1930 and 2000."

2018 Bartlesville District Science Fair - Volunteers are needed!

Posted by Elena Platon on January 10, 2018 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Science Fair Supporter,

We are seeking judges for the 2018 Bartlesville District Science Fair (BDSF)!

The 2018 BDSF will be hosted at the Phillips 66 Research Center on Friday evening, February 23 (Elementary Division), and Saturday morning, February 24 (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 SurveyMonkey 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 or call 918-977-5489.


BDSF Judging Team

2017 NOK ACS Achievements

Posted by Elena Platon on January 10, 2018 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This year NOKACS have set up the NOKACS Science Grant. The grant will be administered through with the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) to support chemistry-based initiatives at Bartlesville public schools. Grants are awarded to projects that enhance the science instruction in a classroom and make science more engaging to the students. This year we received 5 grant requests and approved 3. The grant is aligned with the mission of the NOK Section to further science education in the local communities, and we are thankful to BPSF for helping us set this up.

NOK continued to provide science-based grant opportunities to northeast Oklahoma educators outside of the Bartlesville School District.

On Thursday July 27th, the Northern Oklahoma ACS local section, in conjunction with the local American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) organization, facilitated a well-attended seminar and luncheon with Dr. Jim Sorem, Dean of College of Engineering and Natural Sciences at The University of Tulsa (TU). Dr. Jim Sorem gave quite an interesting seminar about TU’s participation in STEM initiatives, how STEM initiatives have impacted local communities, and opportunities for collaboration. One of the goals was to ensure that folks at the Phillips 66 Research Center, particularly the new hires with maybe less than 5 years of experience, know of the different opportunities available to engage with the community.

Northern Oklahoma continued to lead the 5 neighboring Section's seminar circuits. 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. I n the second quarter seminar scheduled for April 25, 2017 in Bartlesville, OK, we invited Dr. Joe Vinson, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Scranton, Northeastern Pennsylvania. His talk examined the fascinating history of coffee from its beginnings in prehistoric time, interesting mythologies, and the reasons for its popularity in various cultures. In the third quarter, Dr. Paul Philp, Professor of Petroleum Geochemistry at the University of Oklahoma, gave a seminar on hydraulic fracturing at the Tri County Technology Center. High school students were invited to this seminar and we had about 65 attendees. Local students really enjoyed the seminar, engaged in the Q7A session and pizza dinner.

Since 2008, the NOK ACS has recognized 20 outstanding technicians from COP, CPChem and P66. Nathan Freeman (Phillips 66) was the 2017 NOKACS Technician of the Year. The NOKACS 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. NOK continued to sponsor Bartlesville Science Fair monetary prizes and a Bartlesville high school senior award for excellence in chemistry.

Northern Oklahoma honored Dr. James Donald Brown, one of its 60 year members during December dinner. Dr. Brown kindly agreed to talk about their many years of experience in the science field. NOK maintained existing collaborations with schools in the section through NCW (19 teams of volunteers visited 13 elementary schools from Bartlesville and surrounding areas and shared their knowledge and experience with more than 1350 students), Science Fairs, and Energy Days, Chemistry Olympiad and student recognition awards.

2018 Northern Oklahoma ACS Executive Committee - Election results

Posted by Elena Platon on December 12, 2017 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Following the local ACS election closed at the end of November, the opened positions; Chair-Elect and Secretary, were filled up by Chad Ellis and Raj Kailasam, respectively. They joined the rest of the team that includes Tom Upshaw (Treasurer), Mazi Sardashti (Councilor) and Joe Allison (Alternate Councilor). The new elected 2018 Northern Oklahoma ACS Executive Committee will be led by Matt Lundwall. Congratulations!

2017 National Chemistry Week

Posted by Elena Platon on November 13, 2017 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to the willingness and dedication of more than 70 volunteers from Phillips 66, ConocoPhillips, and Chevron Phillips companies, retirees and high school students, this year National Chemistry Week (NCW) was again a big success. From October 23rd to November 3rd, the 19 teams of volunteers visited 13 elementary schools from Bartlesville and surrounding areas and shared their knowledge and experience with more than 1350 students.

The NCW team thanks everyone for their support!

Q3 2017 Seminar - The Fracking Revolution: Environmental and Energy Implications

Posted by Elena Platon on October 13, 2017 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Dr. Paul Philp, Professor of Petroleum Geochemistry at the University of Oklahoma, gave an engaging seminar on hydraulic fracturing at the Tri County Technology Center on Oct 3rd. More than 60 local students and members of the community attended the seminar and enjoyed the pizza dinner. The seminar covered historical perspectives on hydraulic fracturing and common “talking points” discussed by both sides of the contentious subject.