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2017 ACS Oklahoma Pentasectional Meeting

Posted 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 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!

Spring 2016 Seminar: Ruth Ann Armitage

Posted 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

Spices and Herbs -- Carolyn Fisher

Posted 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.  

Fall Outreach: Robert Bates Seminar

Posted on January 5, 2016 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Over 73 people came to Oklahoma Wesleyan University on Sep 23, 2015 to hear Professor Robert Bates’ presentation on Food Chemistry. The audience included fifty-six high school and college students, making the event one of the highest attended social outreach events in recent times. The talk “What you Always Wanted to Know about Chemicals in Food but were Afraid to Eat” was well received and generated great discussion among the audience. The section would especially like to thank the speaker, Professor Robert Bates, as well as the teachers who encouraged their students to attend: Rosie Rovia-Truitt, Brian Turner, Ryan Shae, and Gary Layman.  A special thank-you goes to Rosie Rovia-Truitt for coordinating with Oklahoma Wesleyan University to host the seminar.

Robert Bates Seminar on Wed, Sep 23

Posted on September 1, 2015 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

On Wednesday, September 23, Professor Robert Bates of the University of Florida will give a seminar, "What you Always Wanted to Know about Chemicals in Foods but were Afraid to Eat," to the Northern Oklahoma local section.  This seminar is part of a week-long seminar series in which Professor Bates will also visit the Wichita, Tristate, Tulsa, and Oklahoma local sections of the ACS.  Special thanks to Oklahoma Wesleyan University for kindly hosting the seminar.  


  • Date:  Wednesday, September 23, 2015
  • Time:  Pizza at 6 pm, Seminar at 7 pm
  • Venue:  Oklahoma Wesleyan University (map), Drake Library (map) Rooms 201 and 202  
  • Cost:  Free and open to the public


Yes, foods are a mixture of chemicals – some natural, some otherwise, and they even contain additional natural and synthetic (unnatural?) chemicals. Some are essential to the stability, palatability, safety, nutritional value, and economy of our food supply. Others are detrimental to health. Some are both essential and detrimental. If this sounds confusing, wait until the next research report or headline – which will further confuse the issue! Misinformation will always exceed information, but there are useful science-based guidelines to tell the difference. Fortunately, some understanding of chemistry combined with common sense and a proactive approach your own diet and food preferences can alleviate “panic in the pantry”.

Professor Robert Bates

Bob Bates received his B.S. degree in food technology from MIT. After several years in the food industry, he obtained an M.S. degree in food science from the University of Hawaii and a Ph.D. in food science from MIT. After a year at the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama in Guatemala, he joined the University of Florida. He is presently a professor emeritus of food technology in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department. Bates’ areas of interest are food processing and utilization, small-scale process and equipment development, fermentation technology and byproduct recovery, food product development, and international technical assistance. His major responsibilities involve teaching graduate and undergraduate food science processing and product development courses; and conducting research/extension activities in home, community, and small-scale industrial food processing operations. He has completed short and long-term international assignments in many countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Asia. He fields frequent inquiries on food science and technology and related subjects from national, international, and industrial sources. Bates has developed and presented many short courses in the U.S. and overseas and has been an ACS tour speaker on various food science and technology topics for over 30 years.

Professor Eric Bosch Seminar

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

On March 2, Northern Oklahoma enjoyed a successful seminar event with Professor Eric Bosch of Missouri State University.  In his talk, "Chemistry and Art", Professor Bosch highlighted the interplay between chemistry and art as he described the chemistry of 30,000-year-old cave paintings, and the methods used to create modern forgeries of classic paintings. Professor Bosch spoke to an audience of over 35 people, including professional chemists, chemical engineers, chemistry teachers, students, and the general public.  Northern Oklahoma is grateful to have had the opportunity to host a seminar speaker so passionate about his subject matter.  

Professor Eric Bosch explains the chemical composition of different colors and pigments used in cave paintings.