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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.


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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.

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 

2018 First Quarter Seminar

Posted 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."

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.

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

2017 Second Quarter Seminar

Posted on April 28, 2017 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

On April 25th, Dr. Joe Vinson visited with members of our local section and gave a quite interesting seminar about the history of coffee from prehistoric times to present days. Who knew that coffeee comes in second place, after oil, as the second most valuable commodity and also in second place, after water, as the most consumed beverage in the world?

Chemistry and Biochemistry of Coffee: A Healthy Beverage? by Dr. Joe Vinson

Posted 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 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.


2017 First Quarter Seminar

Posted 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.