Dallas-Fort Worth Local Section

Past Events

October Schulz Award Dinner
 Join us on Saturday, October 7!

Join the Dallas-Fort Worth Local Section of the American Chemical Society for an evening honoring Mrs. Jo King of Heritage High School!

Saturday, October 7

Registration deadline: Wednesday, October 4, 5pm

 Click here to register & pay online through EventBrite.

You MUST register through EventBrite to attend the event.

 

Mrs. Jo King Biography

Jo King has taught chemistry for almost 30 years and currently teaches Pre-AP and AP courses at Heritage High School in Frisco, Texas.  She has been involved in various aspects of ACS and currently is the Co-Chair of the High School Committee for the Division of Chemical education.  She received her BS in psychology with a chemistry minor from Midwestern State University and her MS in chemistry/chemistry education from the University of North Texas.

 

Schedule

6-7pm Social hour

7-8pm Dinner & Local Section Announcements

8-9pm Awards Presentation & Lecture

 

Menu

Queso

Southwestern Caesar Salad

Grilled chicken and steak fajitas

Blue corn cheese enchiladas

Ginger rice, smoky black beans, sweet corn cake

Assorted mini cheesecakes

Beverages: 2 drink tickets for social hour (beer/wine/soda), Tea & water with dinner

 

Registration deadline: Wednesday, October 4, 5pm

Questions? Contact 2017 Chair-Elect Kirby Drake, kirby.drake@klemchuk.com, and CC DFWchemists@gmail.com.

 
May Local Section Meeting
Join us on Friday, May 19!
Event Overview:
Join us for our February local section meeting featuring a lecture by Dr. John McIlroy, a forensic chemist with the Drug Enforcement Administration at the South Central Laboratory in Dallas, TX. The evening will include a social hour, dinner, and Dr. McIlroy's talk: "China White, Spice, Bath Salts, and N-Bombs: Designer Drugs in America"

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Meeting Schedule: (6-9pm)
6pm  Social Hour (Light appetizers and drinks)
7pm  Dinner (menu TBD)
7:45pm  Local section announcements

Join us for our May local section meeting featuring a lecture by Dr. Robert Landolt. The evening will include a social hour, dinner, and a talk: "Climate Science is the Answer, but What are the Questions?"

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Meeting Schedule: (6-9pm)
6pm Social Hour
7pm Dinner
7:45pm Local section announcements
8pm "Climate Science is the Answer, but What are the Questions?"

Location: Texas Wesleyan University, Lou's Place, 1112 Wesleyan St, Fort Worth, TX 76105

 

 *Everyone MUST RSVP to attend*

Click here for more info & registration: Info & Registration 

Abstract:

Dr. Landolt will describe “things that work (and some that don’t),” with touches of humor, based on experiences since 2013, when he wrote the successful proposal for the Dallas/Fort Worth Local Section’s ACS Climate Science Challenge Grant.  The grant supported activities designed to facilitate use of theACSClimate Science Toolkit, in line with the Society’s Position Statement on Climate Change.  With matching funding from the Local Section, our efforts provided faculty from the Dallas and Tarrant County Community College systems with orientation to Climate Change issues.  Ancillary programs also were presented for local church and civic groups as well as for the 2014 Southwest Regional ACS Meeting and the 2015 Annual Conference of the Science Teachers Association of Texas.

 

Speaker Biography:

R. G.(Bob) Landolt, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Texas Wesleyan, spent his academic career at Muskingum University,1967-1980, and at Wesleyan, 1981-2010.  His approximately 30 peer-reviewed publications resulted largely from research involving undergraduate co-authors,and he has conducted ‘real world’ research projects for Battelle Columbus Laboratories, the Radian Corporation, and the Naval Research Laboratory.  He served as an ACS Congressional Fellow with Jim Wright in 1986, Director for the 1991 ARP/ATP Grant competition for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy in 2004. He has directed the Climate Science Toolkit Challenge Grant Project for the DFW Local Section since 2013.  The opinions expressed are his own.

 Valuable resources with references include:

 The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment (https://health2016. globalchange.gov/)

Climate myths and facts (skepticalscience.com/about.shtml)

ACS Position Statement (https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/policy/publicpolicies/sustainability/globalclimatechange.html)

ACS Climate Science Toolkit (http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/ climatescience.html) 

 

Contact 2017 ACS DFW Chair, Katie Walker (erinkatewalker@gmail.com)
with any questions about the event and registration. 
 
April Awards Dinner
On Tuesday, April 25, we honored the 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Awardees, the 2017 Outstanding Community College Student Awardees, and the 2016 and 2017 50 and 60 year ACS Members in the local section during an Awards Dinner at Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse. We had over 70 attendees at the meeting!
 

Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Meeting Schedule: (6:30-9:00pm)
 
Location: Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse, Upper Private Dining Room
18010 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75287 
 
March Meeting  
Event Overview:
Event Overview:
Join us for our February local section meeting featuring a lecture by Dr. John McIlroy, a forensic chemist with the Drug Enforcement Administration at the South Central Laboratory in Dallas, TX. The evening will include a social hour, dinner, and Dr. McIlroy's talk: "China White, Spice, Bath Salts, and N-Bombs: Designer Drugs in America"

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Meeting Schedule: (6-9pm)
6pm  Social Hour (Light appetizers and drinks)
7pm  Dinner (menu TBD)
7:45pm  Local section announcements
Our March local section meeting featuring a lecture by Dr. Kathleen Holley and Trey Seastrunk. The evening will include a social hour, dinner, and a talk: "Playing with Fire: Chemistry and Physics of Fireworks." 
 

Date: Friday, March 24, 2017
Meeting Schedule: 6-9pm 
Location: The University of North Texas Chemistry Building,1508 W. Mulberry St., Denton, TX

Presentation Info & Speaker Bio

Title:
China White, Spice, Bath Salts, and N-Bombs: Designer Drugs in America

Abstract:
Drug abuse is at crisis levels across the United States.  Millions of Americans are addicted to prescription opioids.  Over forty thousand Americans die each year from drug overdoses.  There has also been an explosion of designer drugs referred to as “synthetics”.  In this talk, a general overview of current drugs of abuse and common public misconceptions will be discussed.  There will be a focus on emerging designer drugs including synthetic cannabinoids (spice), cathinones (bath salts), and opioids.  

Bio:

Playing with Fire: Chemistry and Physics of Fireworks

Fireworks have fascinated people for centuries. As chemists, many of us have also taken delight in demonstrations that produce flames and loud noises. We started with burning alcohol and exploding hydrogen balloons for demonstrations and then for stage effects. That’s where we crossed over the boundary between chemistry and pyrotechnics. Since then, we’ve handled a wide range of pyrotechnic devices in a large variety of situations. Along the way, we’ve earned pyrotechnics licenses and developed an extensive base of practical knowledge about fireworks.

 We will show you how the combination of chemistry and physics produces pyrotechnics. Demonstrations will illustrate characteristics of fireworks and how they function. We will bring our firing system to acquaint attendees with terminology used in pyrotechnics. The critical importance of safety will be emphasized throughout the presentation. Weaving everything together will be stories of our own experiences with fireworks. Let us show you how we play with fire!

Speaker Info:

Kathleen Holley has been a science educator for the past 30+ years. She holds a B. S. in biochemistry from UT Arlington, an M. S. in elementary science education from Texas Woman’s University, and a Ph. D. in chemistry from the University of North Texas. She currently teaches Advanced Placement chemistry, International Baccalaureate chemistry, chemistry, and physics at her alma mater, Lamar High School in Arlington. At Lamar, she also sponsors the Masters of the Universe science demonstration team. In addition to pyrotechnics and other hobbies, Kathleen has been a musician for most of her life. She plays flute and piccolo for the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra and plays alto and bass flute with the Flutissimo! and Flutes Unlimited flute choirs. She also combines music and chemistry as a member of Al D. Hyde and the Keytones, where she plays alto sax and flute. This all-chemist cover band plays every two years at the Biennial Conference for Chemical Education.

 Trey Seastrunk is an industrial engineer who has done science as a hobby since he was in high school. Holding a B. S. in Technology Management, he currently works in Planning and Logistics for Ventura Foods. In addition to professional pyrotechnics, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair. He also volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra. This summer, Trey plans to celebrate his birthday by photographing a total solar eclipse.

Kathleen and Trey met during National Chemistry Week in 1993 at the Science Place in Dallas. Trey was working weekends doing public programs and Kathleen was volunteering for the ACS performing demonstration shows. They’ve had great chemistry together ever since. 
 
February 2017 Meeting - Friday February 24, 2017
Event Overview:
Join us for our February local section meeting featuring a lecture by Dr. John McIlroy, a forensic chemist with the Drug Enforcement Administration at the South Central Laboratory in Dallas, TX. The evening will include a social hour, dinner, and Dr. McIlroy's talk: "China White, Spice, Bath Salts, and N-Bombs: Designer Drugs in America"

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Meeting Schedule: (6-9pm)
6pm  Social Hour (Light appetizers and drinks)
7pm  Dinner (menu TBD)
7:45pm  Local section announcements
Our February local section meeting featured a lecture by Dr. John McIlroy, a forensic chemist with the Drug Enforcement Administration at the South Central Laboratory in Dallas, TX. The evening included a social hour, dinner, and Dr. McIlroy's talk: "China White, Spice, Bath Salts, and N-Bombs: Designer Drugs in America"  

 
Location: The University of Dallas, Haggar University Center, 2900 Haggar Circle 

Presentation Info & Speaker Bio

Title:
China White, Spice, Bath Salts, and N-Bombs: Designer Drugs in America

Abstract:
Drug abuse is at crisis levels across the United States.  Millions of Americans are addicted to prescription opioids.  Over forty thousand Americans die each year from drug overdoses.  There has also been an explosion of designer drugs referred to as “synthetics”.  In this talk, a general overview of current drugs of abuse and common public misconceptions will be discussed.  There will be a focus on emerging designer drugs including synthetic cannabinoids (spice), cathinones (bath salts), and opioids.  

Bio:

China White, Spice, Bath Salts, and N-Bombs: Designer Drugs in America 

Drug abuse is at crisis levels across the United States. Millions of Americans are addicted to prescription opioids. Over forty thousand Americans die each year from drug overdoses. There has also been an explosion of designer drugs referred to as “synthetics”. In this talk, a general overview of current drugs of abuse and common public misconceptions will be discussed. There will be a focus on emerging designer drugs including synthetic cannabinoids (spice), cathinones (bath salts), and opioids.  

John McIlroy is a forensic chemist with the Drug Enforcement Administration at the South Central Laboratory in Dallas, TX.  Dr. McIlroy has completed basic forensic chemist and clandestine laboratory investigation training.  He is actively engaged in evidence analysis, field support functions, and performing both internal and external training classes.  Dr. McIlroy has earned his Ph. D. in analytical chemistry and Master’s degree in forensic chemistry from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.  He has earned bachelor degrees in biochemistry and forensic science with a minor in law enforcement from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA.  Prior to working for DEA, Dr. McIlroy has also worked as a police officer with the Ocean City, MD Police Department and as a park ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Raystown Lake in Hesston, PA.  
 
 
2017 January Meeting - Saturday, January 28, 2017
4th ACS DFW Young Investigators Meeting
Meet DFW's new young investigators and learn about exciting research in the DFW section! This is an excellent opportunity to network in the local section, meet local academic and industry leaders, and develop collaborative research projects. Oral presentations will be provided by young faculty in the DFW area.
 All early career faculty, postdocs, and senior graduate students in the DFW area are invited to present a poster for the poster session. Location: The University of Texas at Dallas
Symposium will be in the Science Learning Center (SLC 2.303).
Lunch and poster session will be in the Bioengineering Science Building (BSB)

CLICK HERE FOR SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM & POSTER ABSTRACTS 

Meeting Schedule: 8am-2:30pm
Schedule:
  8:00 am                   Coffee (SLC 2.303) / Poster setup (BSB)
  8:30 am                   Opening remarks (SLC 2.303)
  8:45 am                   Ronald Smaldone, Assistant Professor, UT Dallas
  9:15 am                   Peng Tao, Assistant Professor, SMU
  9:45 am                   Alex Lippert, Assistant Professor, SMU
  10:15 am                 Coffee Break
  10:30 am                 Alejandro Bugarin, Assistant Professor, UT Arlington
  11:00 am                 Jiyong Lee, Assistant Professor, UT Dallas
  11:30 am                 Saiful Chowdhury, Assistant Professor, UT Arlington              
  12:00 pm                 Lunch and Poster Session (BSB) 

  1:30 pm                  Tour of the new Bioengineering Science Building (BSB) (opened 2016)

 

2016 November Meeting - Friday, November 4, 2016 
An evening of BBQ, Beer, and Brewing! Meeting included Rudy's BBQ dinner, a brewery tour, master brewer Q&A, and a souvenir pint glass for tasting 3 local brews. The meeting was held at Four Bullets Brewery (640 N. Interurban Street, Richardson, TX, 75071).
 
 
2016 October Schulz Award Meeting - Tuesday, October 18, 2016 

An evening honoring Mrs. Gale Hunt, our 2016 Schulz Award Winner. Mrs. Hunt presented a talk: "My Journey on the Big School Bus." The meeting included a social hour, dinner, awards presentation, and Mrs. Hunt's talk. The meeting was held at Saltgrass Steakhouse in Plano.

2016 September Doherty Award Meeting - Friday, September 16, 2016

Event Overview:
Join us for an evening honoring Professor Elfi Kraka, our 2016 Doherty Award Winner. Prof. Kraka will present a talk:
A New View on Chemical Reactions –“Riding" the Reacting Complex Through the Reaction Valley into the Energy Mountains

Date: Friday, September 16, 2016      
Meeting Schedule: 
6pm Social Hour with appetizers and drinks
7pm Dinner: Buffet (menu below)
8pm Award Presentation & Prof. Kraka's talk
Join us for an evening honoring Professor Elfi Kraka, our 2016 Doherty Award Winner. Prof. Kraka will present a talk:

An evening honoring Professor Elfi Kraka, our 2016 Doherty Award Winner. Prof. Kraka presented a talk: A New View on Chemical Reactions –“Riding" the Reacting Complex Through the Reaction Valley into the Energy Mountains. The meeting included a social hour, dinner, awards presentation, and Dr. Kraka's talk. The meeting was held at SMU.

2016 August Group Event - Friday, August 19, 2016

Group Outing to Frisco RoughRiders Baseball Game!

Location: Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco, TX 75034 

On Friday, August 19, 2016. the local section reserved a block of premium group seats to watch the Frisco RoughRiders take on the Tulsa Drillers! The game had a rain delay but still happened. Our group had All-You-Can-Eat food and received a special event cup. There was a Fireworks show immediately following the game. The event was a great last summer activity with family and friends before the 2016-2017 school year started!
 
Comet Chemistry Camp - July 25-29, 2016
Location: The University of Texas at Dallas
The local section sponsored a week long chemistry camp for middle school girls. The camp was paid for by the local section and an Innovative Projects Grant from National ACS.
 
ACT2 Biennial Conference 2016 - June 27-30, 2016
Location: Texas A&M Commerce 
The local section sponsored the travel and registration for the plenary speakers for this conference targeted at local high school chemistry teachers.