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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 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 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!

63rd Annual Oklahoma ACS Pentasectional Meeting

Posted 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 

2017 NOK ACS Achievements

Posted 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.

2017 National Chemistry Week

Posted 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!

2017 National Chemistry Week

Posted on October 6, 2017 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear National Chemistry Week Supporters,

We are looking for volunteers again to help take some hands on science demos to 4th and 5th grade students in local schools. The Northern Oklahoma Chapter of the American Chemical Society (NOKACS) celebrates the 30th year of National Chemistry Week this year from October 23rd to November 3rd. The theme is "Chemistry Rocks" and, if interested to help, please check the attached flyer for additional information.

Thank you for you support!

The NCW Team

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

Posted on September 6, 2017 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Local ACS Members,

Northern Oklahoma section has the privilege to announce that Dr. Paul Philp from the University of Oklahoma will be giving a presentation entitled, "The Fracking Revolution: Environmental and Energy Implications" at the Tri County Technology Center on October 3rd. The seminar will be free for all to attend. Please RSVP by September 25th if interested in attending. More details on the presentation and Dr. Paul Philp can be found on the attached flyer.

NOK ACS Science Grants

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Northern Oklahoma ACS Members,

We have entered into a partnership with the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) to support chemistry-based initiatives at Bartlesville public schools! We hope that this synergistic relationship will lead to more visibility for the ACS and our funding programs. Last year the Foundation awarded over $125,000 to Bartlesville public schools. Please forward this information to anyone in education that you think may be interested in learning more. Additional details can be found on the page created Northern Oklahoma American Chemical Society Science Grants.

Also, our local section has other mechanisms to provide science-based grant opportunities to Northeast Oklahoma educators; just send an e-mail to

STEM Initiatives at the University of Tulsa

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Northern Oklahoma ACS proudly announces this joint event between the local ACS and AIChE sections. Dr. Jim Sorem is invited to the Phillips 66 Research Center to discuss STEM at The University of Tulsa (TU). Dr. Sorem has a PhD in mechanical engineering and was a Design Engineer/MAPICS Implementation Manager at GASO Pumps in Tulsa. He currently serves as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences at TU.

Following the talk there will be a pizza lunch provided with an opportunity to network with other members from ACS and AIChE. The details for the event are as follows:

Date: Thursday, July 27

Time: Seminar at 11 AM, Lunch/Networking at 12 PM

Location: Phillips 66 Research Center, Research Forum building, Lecture Hall

Cost: Free

For Non-PRC members of ACS and AIChE: Use the free visitor parking near the main entrance of Phillips 66 Research Center. The visitor parking is north of the Research Forum building, adjacent to US 60. After parking, the receptionist at the main entrance will let you in after buzzing the intercom and there will be signs to the Lecture Hall. (If you plan to attend, RSVP to the invitation and bring a form of identification the day of the event.)

Please RSVP by Friday, July 21 by e-mailing or