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All the remaining events of the East Texas Section for 2020 have been cancelled due to COVID-19. In October, members of the section should receive their ballot to vote for Chair-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. If you are interested in one of these offices, contact Ronda Howe at

We look forward to seeing everyone in 2021. Until then, please stay healthy.

Ruth Hathaway

Spring Section Activites

Posted by Ruth Hathaway Mar 18, 2020

Due to the corona virus and many of the schools, colleges and universities in the East Texas Local Section region being closed, all scheduled events are being cancelled through May. We will resume our meetings in the fall. Any events taking place this summer may be found on the calendar (on this site) and will be posted here closer to those event dates.

Ruth Hathaway

April 23 Section Meeting

Posted by Ruth Hathaway Feb 17, 2020

Join us at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall the evening of April 23, 2020 for our next meeting.

Speaker: Dr. Yvette Fobian

Title: Driving Small Molecule Drug Discovery in Pfizer Through Synthesis

Yvette Fobian is Senior Director, Head of Synthesis for Inflammation & Immunology Medicinal Chemistry at Pfizer. She received her BS in chemistry from Southeast Missouri State University and obtained her PhD in organic chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis where she worked on the development of conformationally restricted peptide-mimetics with Professor Kevin D. Moeller.  Following a post-doc in Monsanto's Corporate Research division developing new routes to glyphosate (the active ingredient in Round-up), she joined the Searle/Monsanto Medicinal Chemistry Group in St. Louis, MO in 1997 and through a series of mergers and acquisitions joined Pfizer in 2003. Over the course of her tenure in St. Louis, Yvette worked in a variety of therapeutic areas including  inflammation, oncology, cardiovascular, neuroscience and pain; contributing to the advancement of a number of clinical candidates. In 2010 Yvette assumed the role of director in Groton, CT for a new medicinal chemistry group supporting the inflammation and immunology portfolio.  Her team has been instrumental in driving the discovery of potential new small molecule medicines for the Inflammation and Immunology portfolio through the design and development of synthetic innovations that drive medicinal chemistry strategies. Over the last decade, Yvette and her team have delivered numerous clinical candidates across a multitude of therapeutic indications and have helped create Pfizer’s JAK franchise of clinical assets.  Yvette has held a number of global and local leadership roles within Pfizer medicinal chemistry contributing to the development and implementation of proprietary data mining tools, informatics infrastructure for synthesis, and initiatives with Drug Safety to improve safety attrition in early discovery programs and is an author or inventor on more than 50 scientific publications and patents.  Yvette has lived coast to coast having been born in Alameda, CA, growing up in southeast Missouri, and now living in East Lyme, CT with her husband, Jim Fobian, a retired landscape architect.  She has two grown children, Kayla and Nathan, who share the family passion of scuba diving and volleyball.  

The East Texas Salt Water Company

February 6, 2020


East Texas Oil Museum

1301 S Henderson Blvd

Kilgore TX


Pat Nault will discuss the history of the East Texas Salt Water Company and how it is so vital to economic health of this region.  He will also touch on some of the field’s water chemistry and how we chemically treat it. 


Pat is currently the President/CEO of the East Texas Saltwater Disposal Company.  He has over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas business with over 27 years in the East Texas Field.  Mr. Nault has served on the Boards of many local civic organizations including Laird Memorial Hospital, East Texas Treatment Center, Piney Woods American Red Cross, Kilgore United Way, Kilgore Lions Club, East Texas Engineering Association, East Texas American Petroleum Institute, Kilgore Chamber of Commerce, Kilgore Economic Development Corporation, Kilgore National Bank, Kilgore College Foundation Board and several youth Baseball, Basketball and Football Associations.  Pat was awarded the Community Builder Award from the Danville Masonic Grand Lodge #101 for 2002 and the 2010 Kilgore Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Nault has a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Next Section Meeting

Date:               Thursday, October 3

Time:               7:30 pm (light refreshments will be available)

Location:         Freeman P. and Carrie E. Hodge Center

                        (facing University Ave across from Thomas W. Cole Library)

                        Wiley College

                        Marshall, TX


The Impact of Mentoring

Dr. Jennifer Jamison

LeTourneau University


Dr. Jamison will discuss the impact mentoring has had on her pursuing undergraduate and graduate education, as well as surviving and thriving in her career.  In addition, she will discuss what students and early career professionals can do to cultivate strong and positively impactful mentoring relationships as a part of reaching their career aspirations.

The East Texas Section meeting tonight, September 19 at Stephen F Austin is CANCELLED due to Imelda.

         Next Section Meeting

Date:               Thursday, September 19

Time:               7:00 pm (light refreshments will be available)

Location:         Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building Room 402/403

                        Stephen F Austin University

Nacogdoches, TX



Chemistry by the Gulf

Dr. Melanie Moser

Texas A&M University at Galveston


Texas A&M University’s Galveston campus is ideally located for research and education associated with the oceans and coastal environments. Our non-traditional high impact hands-on approach to chemistry includes a boat trip for all freshman chemistry lab students where they learn about water chemistry and field sampling. Chemistry is an integral part of understanding the ocean, from its processes to tracking the impact of human and natural events.


Dr. Melanie Moser received her BS in Chemistry from Lamar University and her PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Houston. She has been at Texas A&M University at Galveston since 1983 where she is an Instructional Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Marine Sciences. Dr. Moser is an ACS Fellow and has been active in the Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division, has served on several ACS National Committees. Her research interests are in chemistry education and organic compounds for novel application. She has numerous publications and presentations, which include “Is there any connection between the da Vinci Code and the tetrahedral bond angle? A simple geometrical construction of the latter”, “Designing Tactile and Collaborative In-Class Exercises, with Examples”, and "Synthesis and Spectral Data of Some New N-Nitroso-N-Phenylhydroxylamine (Cupferron) Derivatives".

apr cover pagea.jpgJoin us as we network with students and discuss their research - Tuesday, April 16 from 7-8:30 on the 3rd floor of the Ratliff Building South on the campus of UT-Tyler.


Date: Tuesday, October 2

Place: Room FAC 1009 in the Cowan Center

3900 University Blvd

The University of Texas at Tyler

Tyler, TX

Dinner: On your own (refreshments will be provided)

Time: 7:00 P.M.




Kiepersol Estates

The presentation will involve a review on winemaking and how science is integrated as well as touch on some of the basic analytics in a wine laboratory.


Speaker Bio

Michael McClendon is a winemaker at Kiepersol Enterprises. Michael worked at Kiepersol in their laboratory as an intern in 2008 while attending UT Tyler. After completing his BS degree in biology in 2009 he became a full time employee at Kiepersol—working as an Enologist and later to lead the production team.

Michael has become more involved in the East Texas wine community as a board member for the Piney Woods Wine Trail. He has also started a custom crush facility to better serve the burgeoning Texas wine industry. One of his honors is being recently named “a Young Turk of Texas Wine” by wine writer and author of Wine Slinger Chronicles Dr. Russ Kane.