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Professor Bodner receives national ACS award


Writer(s): Steve Scherer


Professor George Bodner was presented the American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry at the ACS national meeting in New Orleans, in March 2018.

The award honors his contributions to the development of discipline-based educational research on the teaching and learning of chemistry in both introductory and advanced-level courses.

In 2003, Bodner received two national awards: The ACS George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education and the RSC Nyholm Medal in Chemical Education. He is the only person who has won both ACS awards in chemical education, and the only one to receive both of these awards and the RSC Nyholm Medal.

Purdue’s Chemical Education program is the top-ranked program of its kind, and four of the 12 individuals to win the ACS Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry have been Purdue faculty.

In addition, every member of the chemical education division who has spent 10 or more years at Purdue has won one of the two ACS national awards in chemical education.

Purdue faculty who have won national ACS chemical education awards:

Achievement in Research Award: Dudley Herron (2007), Mary Nakhleh (2013), Marcy Towns (2017), George Bodner (2018)

Pimentel Award in Chemical Education: Derek Davenport (1981), George Bodner (2003), Bill Robinson (2011)

Photos from ACS New Orleans Conference  (click to enlarge)

Bodner and Students

Dr. Bodner and current/former Chemical Education students

Seminar speakers

Dr. Bodner and Chemical Education seminar speakers