Columbus Section

of the American Chemical Society

October 10, 2017 Meeting Announcement

Challenges with and for Chemistry-Being prepared

Dr. Peter K. Dorhout

Kansas State University-Vice President for Research

American Chemical Society 2017 President-Elect

Chemical Abstracts Service

2540 Olentangy River Rd.

Columbus, Ohio 43202

Columbus Section High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year

Mr. Joshua Manner of Dublin Jerome High School has been named the High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year by the Columbus Section of the American Chemical Society.  Mr. Manner will be recognized for this award at the Columbus Section’s October 10th meeting.  Both Mr. Manner and Dublin Jerome High School will receive cash awards for this prestigious honor.

Mr. Manner graduated with a B.A. in chemistry from The Ohio State University in 2006 and earned his master’s degree in secondary science education from OSU in 2007.  He has been a chemistry teacher for eleven years and has taught physical science and all levels of chemistry courses, including Advanced Placement.

Mr. Manner has participated in a variety of leadership roles within the Dublin School District including their annual leadership academy where he has presented numerous sessions about topics related to science teaching and mastery learning.  He has explored creative ideas like project based learning, flexible working spaces, standards-based grading, and flipping the classroom instruction.

 Mr. Manner’s colleagues and administrators describe him as a teacher who constantly pursues new instructional approaches to help his students learn chemistry.  He has made a tremendous impact on how chemistry is taught in his school, and the strength of his school’s chemistry program is perhaps best reflected by the over 100 students who annually enroll in AP chemistry.

About our speaker

Peter K. Dorhout

A 32-year member of ACS from the Kansas State University local section, Dr. Dorhout has served since 2012 as professor of chemistry, Dean of Arts & Sciences, and most recently as Vice President for Research.  He spent time working in industry (DuPont), government laboratories (Los Alamos), and in academics at institutions with proud land grant heritages.  He has served as a local section and division councilor, learning the needs of both groups which are critical to the success of the ACS.

 He has been an elected ACS Councilor for 15 years – including 4 years on the ACS Board of Directors.  He was elected by Council to serve on the Committee on Committees (2 years as secretary and 1 year as chair) and to Nominations and Elections.  He currently serves as a member of the Committee on Budget & Finance and past chair of the Communications subcommittee.  While on the Board, he served on the Grants & Awards committee, chairing the Nominations subcommittee and working to diversify the national awards program.  He also served as the chair of the Professional & Member Relations committee and was elected twice to serve on the Board's executive committee.  Prior to his Board service, he also chaired the Graduate Education advisory board and the International Activities committee, developing the strategy for the International Year of Chemistry programming for the Society.

Presentation Abstract

Challenges with and for Chemistry – Being Prepared

As I have been getting prepared for my year as ACS President, I have been reminded by the many challenges facing our members and the discipline of chemistry today.  In keeping with my Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared, I wanted to highlight a few challenges that I’ve heard the past few years and present some opportunities for ACS and its members to work together to address those challenges.  It begins with re-establishing our credibility as scientists in the eyes of the public, which starts with educating the next generations of chemists.  In particular, promoting the responsible conduct of research, advocating for enhancements to safety training, and enriching our communications with the public will continue to be part of my activities over my three years in the Presidential succession.  Being prepared for global challenges in chemistry includes developing skills for life-long learning, building a portfolio of global experiences and perspectives, and learning to work on teams with diverse members.  How we infuse these skills and perspectives into our undergraduate, graduate, early-career, and mid-career members will depend on us and our creativity to work as a broader Society to enhance our members and their professional experiences. 

Program Details

5:00-6:00 PMExecutive Committee Meeting
6:00-7:00 PMSocial Hour-Wine and cheese reception
7:00-7:45 PM

Dinner entrée choices

  • Chicken piccata with dill-roasted red skin potatoes, grilled Roma tomatoes and wilted spinach
  • Pan-seared salmon with butternut squash risotto, wilted garlic butter spinach and parmesan cheese
  • Vegetarian ratatouille with gnocchi and parmesan cheese
  • Assorted desserts
  • Beverages
7:45-9:00 PM


High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year – Josh Manner/Dublin Jerome

Columbus Section 50/60/70-year members
  Presentation: Challenges with and for Chemistry-Being Prepared

CAS is graciously underwriting the cost of this event and the section is very thankful to have such a supportive partner.

Awardee (and Plus One) and emeritus member costs are fully underwritten.  Otherwise $10 per person for regular members, $15 per non-member, $5 for retired and unemployed members, and $5 per student.  Payment will be collected at the door.  Cash and checks accepted.  There is no cost to attend only the program.  Remember that this is a dinner order and must be paid.  Please help control costs by honoring your order.

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Reservation Deadline
Thursday, October 5 at noon. This is a HARD deadline
Program Contact
James J. Wasil, Wasil Group LLC, 

Directions & Parking

From the North Take Route 315 South to the Ackerman Road exit. Turn left onto Ackerman Road and continue past the Olentangy River Road intersection.  The Chemical Abstracts entrance drive will be on the right. 

From the East –Take I-670 West to Route 315 North. Take the Ackerman Road exit. Turn right onto Ackerman Road and continue past the Olentangy River Road intersection. The Chemical Abstracts entrance drive will be on the right. 

From the West –Take I-670 East to Route 315 North. Take the Ackerman Road exit. Turn right onto Ackerman Road and continue past the Olentangy River Road intersection. The Chemical Abstracts entrance drive will be on the right.

From the South –Take Route 315 North to the Ackerman Road exit. Turn right onto Ackerman Road and continue past the Olentangy River Road intersection. The Chemical Abstracts entrance drive will be on the right.

You may drop off any passengers at the main entrance.

Parking is free in the adjacent lot.  


From the East – Take I-70 West to exit 100 B for Fourth Street (toward US 23 North).  Turn right onto South 4th Street.  Turn left onto West Broad Street.  Restaurant will be on your left just beyond COSI between the railroad trestles.


From the West – Take I-70 East to Exit 97 for US 40/West Broad Street.  Turn left onto US 40 (West Broad Street).  Restaurant will be on your right between the railroad trestles.  If you see COSI, you’ve gone too far!


From the South – Take I-71 North to exit 106A/106B on the left and merge onto OH 315 North.  Take US 62/OH 3/Rich Street exit toward Town Street.  Turn right onto OH 3/US 62/West Rich Street.  Turn left at the 3rd cross street onto South Gift Street.  Turn right onto West Broad Street.  The restaurant will be on your right between the railroad trestles.  If you see COSI, you’ve gone too far

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