Monday, October 20, 2014   



The Councilor Talking Points from the recent meetings of the ACS Board of Directors and Council held at the Society’s national meeting in Dallas, Texas can be downloaded HERE. We hope that you will find this document helpful.


Members in the News

Lisa Houston, Director of Process Analytics, PAC Lisa Houston, ACS-GHS Treasurer was featured in the article "No Hurdle Too High" published by C&EN Volume 92 Issue 16/2014 (pp. 42) in article . Mrs. Houston described her career path in chemical science and personal challenges she had to overcome.

Izabela Tworowska, RadioMedix Inc. (LINK)

American Chemical Society Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry

Newsletter Spring 2014

"Melanoma's taste for sweets could be the basis for new molecular  targeted therapies."   


Robert Botto (LINK)

The Houston Chronicle, published on 2/19/2014

"Chemist returns to running after illness." 


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Joe Hightower, 
Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University, 
passed away July 26, 2014.
We are saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague. Since 1967, with a PhD from Johns Hopkins University, Joe W. Hightower, Professor Emeritus also served as a Councilor representing the ACS Greater Houston Section 1975 through 2009.  In 2011, Joe Hightower was one of 216 esteemed individuals honored as a fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Hightower's research during his 34 years at Rice focused on heterogeneous  catalysts that play critical roles in energy production, chemicals manufacture and pollution control. Joe chaired the ACS Petroleum Research Fund for a decade, and his testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Science and Technology Subcommittee on Emissions Control contributed to the installation of catalytic converters that are now a part of every vehicle on the road today. In 1968, Joe cofounded the Hospitality Apartments, a free temporary 46 unit apartment complex designed for families that live at least 50 miles away from Houston and receive medical treatment in the Texas Medical Center. He also served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Human Resources Development Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that manages these apartments.

His memorial service is scheduled for Saturday September 13th
 at 2 p.m. at Bering Drive Church of Christ, 1910 Bering Dr. in Houston.


2014 Project Seed Summer One - Mentors and Intern Assignments


The 2014 Project SEED program is sponsored by the Greater Houston Local Section (GHS) which recruits talented and disadvantaged high school students and places them in research laboratories. Since reestablishing the program in 2008, GHS has formed relationships with eleven school districts and multiple universities. Since that time, ACS-GHS has hosted more than fifty-five (55) interns. In 2014, GHS will collaborate with Baylor College of Medicine to merge the two Project Seed programs into one program with the benefits of each program being transferred as well. In 2014, the internships will be hosted by mentors at the University of St. Thomas, Sam Houston University, Shell Global Solutions, Rice University, Prairie View University, Baylor College of Medicine, Bayer, and University of Texas Galveston. Schlumberger is also hosting a high school teacher for a Project Seed Research/Technology internship sponsored by Bayer. The program period is set for June 9, 2014 through August 4, 2014. A seminar featuring the work of the interns will be held on August 1, 2014. List of Mentors and Intern Assignments is attached. For further information on the 2014 program, visit our Project SEED website or contactCarolyn Burnley, Project Seed Area coordinator at

2014 Thomas Aczel Award

Ms. Usha Devathosh from Jefferson Davis High School has been awarded the 2014 Thomas Aczel Award for Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher. She will be honored at the Spring Awards Banquet hosted by Dr. Simon Bott, the ACS-GHS Education Committee Chair.  Details of the event will be announced when they become available. 

Summer with ACS-GHS     August, 1-2th, 2014 at 7:30pm
Join us at the Miller Outdoor Theatre for a fun night of socializing and sophistocated culture with other ACS members. Pack a picnic and meet us halfway up the hill before the play at 7:30 pm. Look for the ACS flag. The plays start promptly at 8:30 pm. For more information contact: 

American Chemical Society -Greater Houston Section (ACS-GHS)  
is seeking nominations for the following positions of the ACS-GHS Board of Directors:


American Chemical Society -Greater Houston Section (ACS-GHS) is seeking nominations for the following positions of the ACS-GHS Board of Directors:
  • One (1) Chair Elect to serve for a term of three (3) years as Chair Elect, Chair and Past Chair;
  • One (1) Secretary to serve for a term of two (2) years;
  • Two (2) Councilors to serve for a term of three (3) years;
  • Four (4) Alternate Councilors to serve for a term of three (3) years;
  • And Four (4) Directors to serve for a term of one (1) year.
In these positions, as a member of the ACS- GHS board of directors the officers shall have responsibility for supervision, control and direction of the affairs of the local section of the Greater Houston local section, its committees and publications; shall determine its policies and the board will actively participate in formulating its objectives and in supervising the disbursement of its funds. The term of office will begin in January of the year following their election. (Click Here to View the Current List of Officers). The nominated officer shall be:* An ACS Member;* Willing to assist with the completion of annual goals and activities;* Willing to fully engage in their roles to promote chemistry throughout the Greater Houston Areas

All nominations should utilize the attached nomination form. A self nomination is permitted.
* Nominations must be received by October 1, 2014.
* Current ACS members may nominate one candidate per open position 
* All nominees should review the roles and responsibilities of the position or role that are nominated for as listed on the ACS-GHS website.
Nomination Deadline: October 1, 2014
Nominations may be sent by email to or the nominations may be sent directly to Carolyn Burnley, 2014 Chair, Nominating Committee, via email:

After October 1, 2014, the nominating committee will compile the nominations and distribute a full list to the members of ACS- GHS for their review and vote.

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