WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2010 — George M. Bodner, Ph.D., chemistry professor at Purdue University, has been elected to the board of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. He will begin his three-year term as District II Director on Jan. 1, concurrent with the start of the International Year of Chemistry in 2011.
Bodner received his B.S. from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in 1969 and his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1972. An ACS member since 1969, Bodner has held numerous regional ACS offices including nearly 30 years as a chair, councilor, treasurer and other positions with the Purdue Local Section. He has also been active with the Southern Indiana Local Section.
The Arthur E. Kelly Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Education and Engineering since 1977, Bodner was also honored as a Distinguished Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1985. Additional honors include: Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2010; ACS Fellow, 2009; ACS Pimentel Award in Chemical Education, 2003; Royal Society of Chemistry Nyholm Medal, 2003; and many others.
“I have dedicated much of my career to improving how we teach chemistry,” said Bodner. “There are significantly more high school students taking chemistry now than there were in the 1980s, but there are important changes in academia we need to make. Far too many students graduate from our academic institutions with no understanding of how the results of discovery are transformed into products that are ready for delivery. With our current economic crisis, this is a critical point to address.”
Bodner resides in West Lafayette, Ind., with his wife, Chris.