Columbus Section

of the American Chemical Society

Contents of Membership Groups

High School Teachers

The ACS High School Chemistry Teachers Group has been active in Central Ohio for many years. The group started as an "Interest Group" and, in 2000 the Columbus Section offered teachers the opportunity to join as Affiliate Members. In 2009 the American Chemical Society changed its bylaws so that high school chemistry teachers can become regular members of the Society.

Thus, High School Chemistry Teachers in Central Ohio can participate in the benefits that ACS membership offers, including access to regular meetings, special educator events, ACS curriculum resources, and participation in the enthusiastic, teacher-driven activities, such as the Summer Workshop. For information on this workshop, please contact Jeff Bracken:

Members are instrumental in the success of various programs such as the Chemistry Olympiad, Science Fairs, National Chemistry Week, to mention a few.

Each year the Columbus Section gives an award to the Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year and his/her school.  

Silver Circle

The ACS has noted that older and/or retired chemists often have different interests than those in full career.  Thus the Society established the Silver Circle program and encouraged local sections to participate.  Over one third of Columbus Section membership is age 55 or older, and a survey of members in this cohort showed interest in having periodic luncheon meetings on a variety of topics.

For the last several years the Columbus Section has subsidized luncheon meetings of our local Silver Circle group.  These meetings typically consist of a tour and a technical talk; they are open to spouses and non-members of any age on a non-subsidized basis.  Attendance ranges from one to two dozen people at about four meetings a year. 

Typical locations have been the Rumpke Recycling Center, Edison Welding Institute, the Ohio State University Byrd Polar Research Center, the Ohio State University Olentangy Wetlands Research Center, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency / Ohio Department of Agriculture labs, etc.  In addition to attending technical luncheons, members have volunteered for National Chemistry Week activities and as State Science Fair judges. 

Suggestions for speakers, programs and topics are always welcome.  For further information contact Tom Weeks at or the current section chair.