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Topical/General Symposia, and Special Programs
Title O, P, I, C Organizer(s) Description
Key, O=Oral, P = Poster, I = Invited, C = Contributed

This information is subject to change.

Topical Symposia: Energy Track O, P, I, C Organizer(s) Description
Hydrocarbons: Exploration, Development, Refining and Processing O,P,I,C Prem Bikkana, prem.bikkina@okstate.edu, Dimitrios Papavassiliou, dvpapava@ou.edu, Javen Weston, jsw7755@utulsa.edu An overview and recent advances in the exploration, development, refining, and processing of hydrocarbon resources.
Chemical Production at Industrial Scale O,P,I,C Daniel Varnado,  daniel.varnado@albemarle.com, Mari Rosen, MSRosen@dow.com A look at where chemicals come from on the macro scale. This symposium will broadly cover a variety of topics relating to the chemical and chemical engineering aspects of extracting hydrocarbon and inorganic mineral resources, and the refining and transformation of those resources to the chemical products required by modern civilization.
Sustainability and Environmental Issues In Hydrocarbon Production O,P,I,C Victora Natalie, victoria.natalie@okstate.edu, Bohm, Brian, Brian.Bohm@apachecorp.com, Jamey Jacob, jdjacob@okstate.edu A consideration of the areas affecting the sustainability and environmental issues in the production of energy.
Solar, Fuel, Wind and Future Energy O,P,I,C Laura Ford, Laura-Ford@utulsa.edu An examination of future energy sources and systems from both the laboratory and industrial perspective.
Catalysis and Energy: Inextricable Links in the Chain of Progress O,P,I,C Jeffery White, jeff.white@okstate.edu, Steven Crossley, stevencrossley@ou.edu Catalysis impacts the transformation of hydrocarbons to useful products for consumer and energy use, while also revealing new directions for materials and energy sustainability including waste polymer upcycling, catalysis for water-rich systems like biomass, and CO2 conversion. This symposium will address emerging problems of interest to industry and academic researchers.
Topical Symposia: Materials Track O, P, I, C Organizer(s) Description
Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Functional Polymeric Materials O,P,I,C Emily Pentzer, emilypentzer@tamu.edu, Cassandra Callmann, ccallmann@utexas.edu This symposium will cover the many aspects that advance polymers. From the synthesis of new polymers, to understanding their structure-property relationships, to identify how they can be used in various applications. Contributions will cover both experimental and computational work.
Polymer Blends and Composites O,P,I,C Brian Grady, bpgrady@ou.edu, Vivek Rohatgi, rohatv@cpchem.com All aspects of polymer blends and composites are of interest, including thermoplastics, rubbers and thermosets. Experimental and computational areas of interest include but are not limited to interfacial treatments or compatibilizers, different filler types, mechanical, electrical, thermal and rheological properties and applications in the aerospace, automotive, pipe/tanks, packaging and electronic industries.
Functional Inorganic Materials O,P,I,C Bayram Saparov, saparov@ou.edu, Yolanda Vasquez, yolanda.vasquez@okstate.edu, Julia Chan, Julia_Chan@baylor.edu This symposium will focus on the preparation and characterization of functional inorganic materials and their incorporation into emerging novel technologies. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the synthesis of clusters, nanoparticles, and extended solids. Applications include batteries, photovoltaics, catalysis, drug delivery, and energy storage materials.
Sustainability and Recycling of Materials O,P,I,C Ranji Vaidynathan, vaidyan@okstate.edu, HN Cheng, hncheng100@gmail.com This symposium will focus on the green polymer chemistry, physical and chemical recycling, and reuse of polymeric, ceramic and metal materials.
Topical Symposia: Biological Track O, P, I, C Organizer(s) Description
Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function O,P,I,C Smita Mohanty, smita.mohanty@okstate.edu, Roberto N. De Guzman, rdguzman@ku.edu This symposium in Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function will cover research on biomolecules especially biologically important proteins and nucleic acids, their structure and function using various biochemical and biophysical techniques.
Computer Simulations of Biochemical Processes: From Quantum to Classical and Back Again O,P,I,C Martin McCullagh, martin.mccullagh@okstate.edu,  G. Andrés Cisneros, andres@utdallas.edu Biochemical processes such as ATP hydrolysis or glycolysis are key components of all cellular processes. The molecular-level mechanisms of these processes are key to our chemical understanding, and also present important targets for acceleration or inhibition. Computer simulations of molecular models offer unprecedented insight into these processes. In this symposium, we will explore the depth of biomolecular simulation going on in the Southwest region including, quantum, classical, and hybrid quantum/classical methods.
Biotechnology Innovation and Partnerships O (only), C, I Charles Rice, rice@ou.edu, Tom Wavering, wavering@ou.edu The partnerships symposium will encompass initiatives across a unique urban-rural region to foster inclusive access to high-wage career pathways, increase R&D programs and partnerships, and expand critical scientific infrastructure that make our region more conducive to commercialization of high-value innovations.
Topical Symposia: Organic/Medicinal Track O, P, I, C Organizer(s) Description
Illicit Fentanyl: A Perfect Storm in Science. O,P,I,C Donna Nelson, djnelson@ou.edu, Alli Timmons, Alli.Timmons@osbi.ok.gov Illicit fentanyl has contributed to deaths of over 200,000 Americans since 2015, and despite ongoing efforts, continues to claim the lives of nearly 200 Americans every day. Synthetic opioids killed over 70,000 Americans in 2021 and is still the primary cause of death among Americans ages 18 to 45.
Cope Scholar Symposium: Enabling Approaches to Chemical Synthesis O,I only Jimmie Weaver, jimmie.weaver@okstate.edu, Jeremy May,  jmay@uh.edu This is a symposium to honor Prof. Dave Nicewicz who is a 2022 Cope Scholar.
Advances in Catalysis for Organic Synthesis O,I only Spencer Pitre, spencer.p.pitre@okstate.edu, Daniel Romo, daniel_romo@baylor.edu This symposium will focus on advancements in chemical methodology that enable synthesis broadly. With a list of exciting academic and industrial speakers, it will be sure to attract many students and other faculty who will come to hear exciting new chemistry.
Topical Symposia: Community College/Chem. Ed. Track O, P, I, C Organizer(s) Description
Undergraduate Poster Session P,I,C Tim Smith, tsmith@se.edu General Call for poster presentations of research conducted by undergraduate students. (Friday)
Community College Chemistry Education: Successes and Strategies O(only),I,C Tim Pillar-Little, tpillar@okstate.edu This symposium will focus on student success and strategies to enhance learning in the community college setting.
Generative AI: A Game-Changer for the Future of Learning and Research O(only),I Eric Eitrheim, eeitrheim@uco.edu, Matt Czapala, mczapla@rose.edu This symposium will consider different aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) on learning and research in the future.
Lessons and Inspiration from the History of Chemistry O(only), I, C Nicolay V. Tsarevsky, nvt@smu.edu, Christine Hahn, Christine.Hahn@tamuk.edu The symposium will consist of papers dealing with important discoveries in all fields of chemistry, and the stories and contributions of the scientists who made them. Papers that cover any aspect of the history of chemistry, including its value in chemical education and popularization of science, or its relevance to art or everyday life, are welcome.
Special Symposia O, P, I, C Organizer(s) Description
Diversity in Chemistry and STEM O,P,I,C Kayunta Johnson-Winters, kayunta@uta.edu, Mario Borunda, mario.borunda@okstate.edu This symposium will offer a focus on the successes, challenges, and scientific advancements in chemistry and STEM in diverse communities. It will also include success stories from these communities.
Best Practices for Successful Small Chemical Businesses O,P,I,C Greg Garrison, garrison@oftesting.com, Dennis Smith, dsmith@chemistry.msstate.edu Case studies and true success stories of startup, growth, and management of small chemical businesses.
Lessons and Inspiration from the History of Chemistry O (only), I,C Nicolay V. Tsarevsky, nvt@smu.edu, Christine Hahn, Christine.Hahn@tamuk.edu The symposium will consist of papers dealing with important discoveries in all fields of chemistry, and the stories and contributions of the scientists who made them. Papers that cover any aspect of the history of chemistry, including its value in chemical education and popularization of science, or its relevance to art or everyday life, are welcome.
Innovative Ways to Convey the Value of Chemistry to the Public O,P,I,C HN Cheng, hncheng100@gmail.com, Scott Goode, Goode@sc.edu Chemists and chemical engineers are doing very interesting work that has high impact to the society, but yet the public is often unaware of the value of chemistry.
Special Meeting Lectures O(only) Frank Blum, fblum@okstate.edu Special meeting lectures in the targeted areas of the meeting at differnet times.
General Continuing Symposia O, P, I, C Organizer(s) Description
Research in Organic Chemistry Education O,P,I,C Donna Nelson, djnelson@ou.edu, Ann Nalley, annn@cameron.edu Research on and practice in all aspects of teaching and learning in organic chemistry.
Evidence-Based Pedagogies/General Chemistry (Poster: Chem. Ed. General) O,P,I,C Jacinta M. Mutambuki, jacinta.mutambuki@okstate.edu, This symposium will feature presentations on evidence-based instructional practices and general papers focused on General Chemistry.
Analytical, General O,P,I,C Sanjeewa Gamagedara, sgamagedara@uco.edu General Call for oral presentations in the area of analytical chemistry
Biochemistry, General O,P,I,C Om Prakash, omp@ksu.edu General Call for oral presentations in the area of biochemistry
Inorganic, General O,P,I,C Laleh Tahsini, tahsini@okstate.edu, Reza Latifi, reza.latifi@okstate.edu General Call for oral presentations in the area of inorganic chemistry
Materials/Polymer, General O,P,I,C Ram Gupta, rgupta@pittstate.edu, Nathan Green, green66@nsuok.edu General Call for oral presentations in the area of materials and polymer chemistry
Organic, General O,P,I,C Bob Kane, Bob_Kane@baylor.edu General Call for oral presentations in the area of organic chemistry
Physical, General O,P,I,C Elijah Schnitzler, elijah.schnitzler@okstate.edu, Yihan Shao, yihan.shao@ou.edu General Call for oral presentations in the area of physical chemistry
Special Programs and Workshops Ticket Organizer(s) Description
Senior Chem Lecture and Breakfast (Ticketed) Ticketed Mike Ferguson jferguson@uco.edu Invited Speaker: Arianne C. Hunter, Ph.D., NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Cal Tech
Women Chemists Committee Lecture and Lunch (Ticketed) Ticketed Smita Mohanty, Oklahoma State U., smita.mohanty@okstate.edu Invited Speaker:  Dr. Kara Bren, Richard S. Eisenberg Professor in Chemistry, Chair, Chemistry, University of Rochester
Oklahoma Chemist of the Year, Lunch and Lecture Lunch-Ticketed Charles Rice, rice@ou.edu, Nathan Green, green66@nsuok.edu The 2023 Oklahoma Chemist of the Year to be Announced.
Hallmarks of a Successful Research Proposal Ticketed ($20 refundable fee required) George Richter Addo, grichteraddo@ou.edu Ever wonder how you can improve the chances of your proposal being successful? What does the review panel really look for in a competitive proposal? This workshop will cover setting up the framework for a good proposal, common flaws in proposal writing, insights into the panel review process, and resubmission (if needed) best practices.
Résumé Development: Marketing Your Brand for an Industrial Chemistry Position Ticketed ($20 refundable fee required) ACS Staff (2 Hr)  Offers strategies and techniques to develop an extremely effective interview. Participants will also learn how to anticipate questions, develop thoughtful, robust responses, and handle difficult questions. The course will not only provide critical practice interview scenarios but will also help participants leave a lasting impression with hiring staff to secure the position well-aligned to their strengths and values. 
Acing the Interview: Making the Most of Your Interview - Outshining the Competition Ticketed ($20 refundable fee required) ACS Staff (2 Hr) Provides an overview of the content of a robust résumé for an industrial chemistry position. Participants will also determine best practices in terms of résumé content and formatting through analysis of résumé exemplars. This workshop will also elaborate on the components of résumé portfolio, including cover letter and research summaries.
Active learning Workshop 9-11 Ticketed ($20 refundable fee required) Scott Donelly, Scott.Donnelly@azwestern.edu Active learning/Higher engagement (AL/HE) teaching pedagogies are commonly discussed in chemistry education reform. There are many reasons - supported by published evidence - for why chemistry faculty should make AL/HE a prominent investment in their teaching portfolio. But what is oftentimes missing in the discussion is how to actually do/carry out AL/HE in the classroom. This workshop focuses on 'how to do' AL/HE and involves Think-Pair-Share, Jigsaw, and Just-in-Time Teaching strategies the workshop presenter uses in both GChem 1 and OChem 1. No theory. Just doing. Just applying.
Saturday Programs and Workshops Ticket Organizer(s) Description
Trust in Science (12 limit) Saturday Ticketed ($20 refundable fee required)
Facilitated by Science Riot!, https://www.scienceriot.org/ an ACS Presidential Initiative This workshop is tailored for ACS members to use elements of humor to listen to and respond in conversations to other people's concerns, thoughts, and issues about a topic in science. Learn how ACS members can become trusted voices for science and scientists. Gain tools to equip members to advocate for this trust with all people - both those trained in science and those who are not. As chemists we know that despite the best efforts of all STEM professionals, even the greatest of scientific innovations and potential solutions cannot achieve their higher purpose if society does not trust and believe in the science and in the scientists telling the story.  
New Two-Year College Guidelines/Panel, Saturday Morning, 8:30-10:00 am none required
Michelle Brooks, m_brooks@acs.org The two-year college guidelines were recently approved by ACS and can be used by community colleges to develop curriculum, improve infrastructure, create a safety culture, and further diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) in the chemistry program or department. Changes from the 2015 guidelines include three categories (Essential Components, Successful Practices, and Aspirational Goals) as well as dedicated sections on safety and DEIR. This panel will discuss the categories, the newest updates to the guidelines including recommendations on virtual lab experiences, and how to use the guidelines to develop your program. We will also discuss new initiatives sponsored by ACS focused solely on faculty in two-year colleges.
Community College Transitions Saturday Morning, Panel, Saturday, 10:30--11:30 am none required
Adrian Singh, adrian.singh@okstate.edu This panel will feature community college faculty and other community college stakeholders. Students in community college chemistry courses range from concurrently enrolled high school students, to adults returning to school, to new college students. Some students will transition directly to the workplace with an associate's degree, while others will transfer to a four-year institution. Panelists will discuss the various transitions and how faculty, institutional policies, curriculum, and services can better support students and aid them in achieving their educational goals.
Community College Faculty Lunch with Panelists 11:30-12:30
Free to participants, but ticket (reservation) required
Cheryl Frech, cfrech@uco.edu