Boston University Chemist Elected 2005 Chair of Education Division of American Chemical Society

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(Boston, Mass.) — Morton Hoffman, a professor of chemistry in Boston University’s Department of Chemistry, has been elected chairman of the Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Hoffman will serve as chairman-elect throughout 2004 and will assume his duties as chairman on January 1, 2005.

The 6,000-member Division is one of the largest and most active groups within the ACS. Its members include chemistry educators from high schools, colleges, and universities as well as individuals from industry and government who have a particular interest in chemical education. The many programs and services of the Division include publication of the Journal of Chemical Education, the leading journal on chemical education in the United States, and oversight of the Society’s Examinations Institute, which develops and provides standardized chemistry exams to educators at institutions of secondary and higher education.

Hoffman has been an active member of the Division for nearly four decades and sees his tenure as chairman-elect and chairman as an opportunity to give something back to an organization he has found to be important to his career as an educator.

“I look forward to interacting with other Division members and, especially, to being the Division’s representative to the other divisions of ACS,” says Hoffman. “I think it is vital to keep the Division active and to bring more members into the ‘chemical education family.’”

Hoffman also hopes to reach out more to high-school chemistry teachers, improve divisional programming at the eight or more of the Society’s regional meetings held annually throughout the United States, and upgrade the Division’s website to ensure it contains useful, current information needed by today’s chemical educators.

The Department of Chemistry at Boston University is one of 24 departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. Boston University, the nation’s fourth largest independent university, has an enrollment of more than 29,000 in its 17 schools and colleges.