|Posted on January 10, 2018 at 12:15 AM|
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.