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    Purdue University

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    George Bodner is the Arthur E. Kelly Distinguished Professor of
    Chemistry, Education, and Engineering at Purdue University. He began
    his academic career as a history/philosophy major at the institution
    now known as the University at Buffalo. He found, much to his
    amazement, that chemistry was fun, and changed his major under the
    mistaken impression that jobs were easier to find as a chemist. After
    a mediocre career as an undergraduate (B. S., 1969), he entered
    graduate school at Indiana University (Ph.D., 1972) where he
    apparently did well enough as a double major in inorganic and organic
    chemistry to gain an appointment as a visiting assistant professor at
    the University of Illinois (1972-1975). Two things became
    self-evident during his tenure at Illinois. He found that teaching
    was fun, and he realized that his research could best be described as
    searching for definitive answers to questions no one ever asked. When
    the time came to leave Illinois, he therefore took a job as
    two-thirds of the chemistry faculty at Stephens College where he
    lasted for two years (1975-1977), teaching general, organic,
    inorganic, and biochemistry. He moved to Purdue University in 1977 to
    take a position in something known as "chemical education." He is the
    author of more than 120 papers and 48 books or laboratory manuals.
    His interests include the development of materials to assist
    undergraduate instruction, research on how students learn, and the
    history and philosophy of science. Several years ago, he was selected
    to receive the Nyholm Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the
    Pimentel Award in Chemical Education from the American Chemical
    Society, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, the
    University at Buffalo.


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