Toledo Local Section ACS (since 1917)


See below for Section Awards and Recognition

Section Awards Night and Dinner 2018

Lots of good cheer among chemistry colleagues and friends ! 
First, Thanks to John Hull for sharing his own and his consulting company’s story and work on a wide scope of environmental, infrastructure and energy issues. 
Secondly, CONGRATULATIONS to many as described below:
* The Detroit Local ACS section, represented by Chair Denise Grimsley and Recognition Committee Chair Sue White, surprised our 4 Section Organizers of the 2018 Glass City Chemistry Conference, GCCC, (CERM 2018) with Salute to Excellence Awards.
Those receiving the awards were Toledo Section Chair for 2018, Brenda Snyder and GCCC Champion; GCCC General Chair Edith Kippenhan (Past Section Chair etc); Dr. Nate Beres, GCCC Program Chair and current Section Treasurer; and Zane Wilhelm, GCCC Treasurer and current Section Chair Elect. WELL DONE!
* Although not in attendance, Somnath Dutta was recognized with a Salute to Excellence Award for his efforts and leadership of running the Section’s high school Chemistry Olympiad program for multiple years; presented by Brenda Snyder on behalf of the Section.
* Brenda Snyder also presented Salute to Excellence Awards to the current Presidents of our most active ACS student chapters: University of Toledo (Michelle Klingberg) and Heidelberg University (Kevin Scrudders) for their energy, community outreach activities, and overall excellence.
* Also unfortunately not in attendance, 3 Section Members were recognized for their longevity as ACS members.
* Last but not least, Zane Wilhelm presented a Past Chair ACS pin to Brenda and thanked her for stepping up to the plate as Chair this year and having a successful 2018 leading the Section.
20 attendees enjoyed a delightful evening and buffet dinner.


L-R  Detroit Section ACS Recognition Chair Sue White, Toledo Section Chair 2018 Brenda Snyder, Edith Kippenhan, Zane Wilhelm, Dr. Nate Beres, and Detroit Section Chair Denise Grimsley

 Heidelberg University Student ACS Chapter President Kevin Scrudders, Section Chair Brenda Snyder, and University of Toledo Student ACS Chapter President Michelle Klingberg

Link to FB photo album  with more photos from Awards dinner

Toledo Local Section WINS: ChemLuminary Award for Most Innovative New Activity or Program in 2017 

or the Section's Centennial-End-of-Year Celebration, Outreach and Display             "Oh Chemis-tree, Oh Chemis-tree" at Wildwood Preserve Metropark Manor House.

Over 29,000 community members attended and saw the display.

Presentation was made at the 20th Annual ChemLuminary Awards Ceremony at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA on August 21, 2018, in conjunction with the  American Chemical Society 256th National Meeting & Exposition.



Accepting for Toledo Local Section ACS Joanna Hinton, center, with Andy Jorgensen (Section Councilor), Kathy Wall (Section Alt Councilor), James Slama  (Secretary) with Jason Ritchie, Chair of LSAC and Bonnie A. Charpentier, ACS President-Elect 


CONGRATULATIONS to Daniel Liu, 2018 Chemistry Olympiad Highest Honor Recipient


CONGRATULATIONS to Daniel Liu , of Ottawa Hills High School, who received HIGHEST HONORS in this year’s United States National Chemistry Olympiad; he was in the top 50 of all high schoolers taking the National exam!

Exceptionally remarkable is that Daniel is only 12 yrs old (13 in June). 
Thanks to Somnath Dutta who coordinates the Toledo ACS Section’s administration of the exams.
Thanks to Mary Kate Hafemann, Chemistry Teacher and Science Chair at Ottawa Hills HS.

This news was posted on our Facebook Page on May 17, 2018, after receiving permission from parents.

ACS Salute to Excellence Awards presented during Chem-tennial Banquet    Nov 11, 2017

Dr. Andy Jorgensen, retired Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at University of Toledo, received an ACS Salute to Excellence Award for his commitment to improving the public’s perceptions of chemistry by serving as a Climate Chemistry Educator/Ambassador (presenting over 170 invited talks) and serving as Section Councilor for nearly 18 years.

The Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education at Bowling Green State University was also honored with an ACS Salute to Excellence Award for their commitment to improving the public’s perceptions of CHEMISTRY and other STEM fields by organizing and hosting the largest free, family-fun, hands-on STEM- in-the-Park event at Bowling Green State University for all of NWOhio and Southeastern Michigan. Associate Provost of BGSU, Dr. Bob Midden accepted the honor on behalf of all who work to bring STEM-in-the-PARK to our community every September.

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CONGRATULATION to Dr. Nina McClelland


City of Toledo‏Verified account @city_of_toledo Sep 27
.@ToledoMayorPHH speaking at OAWWA conference where she just gave #SafeDrinkingWater Pioneer, Dr. Nina Mc Clelland, a key to the city. 



ChemLuminary 2017 Finalist, Best Section in 2016 of Medium Small Size

YES!  WE had a wonderful time in Washington D.C., but alas did not walk away with the coveted ChemLuminary Award. 

We received exciting news on May 17: Toledo Local Section has been selected as a FINALIST for the ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding Performance by a Local Section (Medium Small Size)!

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2016 EC, volunteers and section members! ChemLuminary Award winners will be announced on August 22 during the 254th National ACS Meeting in Washington, DC.

CONGRATULATIONS KEN MEINECKE   Toledo ACS Section 2017 Outreach Volunteer

LINK to ACS page, scroll down to Toledo

 Ken Meinecke, a retired chemistry/physical sciences teacher from Maumee Valley Country Day School, was recently recognized for his chemistry outreach efforts on April 27 at The McMaster Auditorium of the Toledo-Lucas County Main Public Library (TLCPL) during the OPEN BOOK Partnership Event The Glass City: Toledo and the History of the Industry that Built It. Immediate Past Chair of the Toledo Section of the American Chemical Society (Toledo ACS) Joanna Hinton, of Sylvania Township, presented Ken with the 2017 Toledo ACS Volunteer of the Year Award “in recognition of his exemplary volunteer outreach effort.”  She said, “Ken has been an invaluable partner and true chemistry ambassador for Toledo ACS the last 3 years planning and volunteering at numerous of our free hands-on outreach events in the Toledo community; his enthusiasm and passion are contagious.” Ken taught chemistry and physics at Maumee Valley Country Day School for 33 years serving as Science Department Chairman for the last 9 year. While at Maumee Valley he coached the chess team, which won the Toledo City League Championship twice and runner up once. In 2008, he received his Masters in teaching Physics from BGSU. He has been married to his wife, Leigh Ann, for 33 years with 3 grown children. Ken resides in Maumee, OH. As a retired teacher, he now works at Thrivent Financial and enjoys volunteering for the Toledo ACS. Ken explained “I enjoy the opportunity to continue to share the joy of doing chemistry with students and helping them discover and understand the many phenomena our world has to offer.”

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253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, April 1- 6, 2017

Congratulations to the Heidelberg Univ Student ACS Chapter at ACS 253rd Nat Mtg in San Francisco! They received the Outstanding Award, the highest award given to a student chapter. They also earned the Green Chemistry Award for their work in educating others about the importance of green chemistry. Heidelberg StACS is one of 3 active student chapters in the Toledo Section. #HUSanFran


 Congratulations to the University of Toledo Student ACS Chapter at ACS 253rd Nat Mtg in San Francisco! They received the Outstanding Award, the highest award given to a student chapter. They also earned the Green Chemistry Award for their work in educating others about the importance of green chemistry. UToledo  StACS is one of 3 active student chapters in the Toledo Section.


Congratulations to Dr. Nina Mcclelland! Dr. Nina McClelland, Distinguished Toledo Section ACS member, received the ACS Division of Professional Relations Henry A Hill Award. The Award "honors persons who have served the profession in the area of professional relations in a unique and distinguished manner." The Henry Hill Award Reception was Tuesday, April 4 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the Hotel Nikko Ballroom III.     LINK to Program

 L-R  Joanna Hinton (Past Chair & Chem-tennial Coordinator), Andy Jorgensen(Councilor), Edith Kippenhan (Past Chair, UToledo Student Chapter Adviser), Dr. Nina McClelland, Brenda Snyder (Past Treasurer and Past Alternate Councilor), Kathy Wall (Alt Councilor), Jim Slama (Treasurer)

CONGRATULATIONS to our ACS Members (yrs)

2017:  These members were honored at our OPEN BOOK Apr 27, 2017 Event

  • Ms. Mary Ann Louy (60 yr)   
  • Dr  Deane Avent Horne  (50)
  • Dr  Ernest  Laverne Lippert Jr.  (50)
  • Dr  Arthur C. Lowell   (50)
  • Dr  Nina I. McClelland  (50)

2016:  These members will be honored at our OPEN BOOK Apr 27, 2017 Event

  • Mr. Stephen Peter Barus, Jr  (50)
  • Ms. Elizabeth Lofgren   (50)

2015: These members were honored at our Nov. 2, 2015 Awards Evening

  •  Dr George Burtis Clemans  (50)
  •  Dr. Gilbert H. Nelson  (60) 
  •   Mr Alred Burzynski  (60)

 2014 Recognized Honorees, recognized Nov 13, 2014:

  •  Mr.Jack Georgal  (50)
  •  Mr Walter Long (50)

2013 Honorees were recognized Nov 2, 2015 (oops we missed in 2013):

  •  Dr. Elmer Williams (60)
  •  Dr. Jimmie Edwards (50)
  •  Dr. David Newman (50)

2009 Honorees were recognized Nov 2, 2015 (oops we missed in 2009)

  •  Dr. Douglas Neckers (50)
  •  Mr. Arthur Ruess (50)

Nina McClelland, Toledo ACS Section member and former Chair of the Board of ACS  receives National Wildlife Federation’s 2016 Women in Conservation Award  

Nina McClelland has won the National Wildlife Federation’s 2016 Women in Conservation award for her work in science and conservation efforts!!
Congratulations, Nina!!  
 Mayor Hicks-Hudson and Dr. Carol Stepien, University of Toledo, congratulate Dr. Nina McClelland on receiving the 2016 National Wildlife Foundation Women in Conservation Award. Dr. McClelland began her extraordinary career in environmental chemistry with the City of Toledo. April 1, 2016

2016 Toledo Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year 

Congratulations to Joanna Hinton, Toledo Section ACS 2016 Outreach Volunteer Awardee!      Award  was presented during OPEN BOOK Event on March 3, 2016 at the McMaster Auditorium, Toledo-Lucas County Main Library

Frank Butwin, of Perrysburg and Immediate Past Chair of the Toledo Section of the American Chemical Society (Toledo ACS), presented Joanna with the 2016 Toledo ACS Volunteer of the Year Award “in recognition of her exemplary volunteer outreach effort.”  Joanna for the past 3 years has coordinated a multitude of free chemistry hands-on outreach programs at libraries throughout the Toledo area to coordinate with the Library’s’ Summer Reading Theme (2015 Super Chemistry of Super Heroes; 2016 will be Fitness FUN with Chemistry; date for Sylvania Branch Library will be Wed June 8 at 2 pm ). She also organized the Toledo ACS table at STEM-in-the-PARK last September at Bowling Green State University, preparing all materials and recruiting volunteers. Furthermore,she implemented the partnership with the Toledo-Lucas County Library (in 2014) to bring science authors for OPEN BOOK Events at the Toledo Main Library downtown, of which to date there have been 3. On Thursday, March 3, Ms Jeannette Brown, chemist and author of the book African American Women Chemists, was the latest such event Joanna organized. Joanna invited Ms Brown and intentionally scheduled her OPEN BOOK talk as a celebratory link between National Black History Month (Feb) and National Women’s History Month (March). The title of the talk was “African American Women Chemists Hiding in Plain Sight” and was co-sponsored by Toledo ACS, AWIS NWO, and TLCPL. It was a fitting event for Joanna to receive her 2016 Toledo ACS Outreach Award.  Currently, Joanna Hinton serves as Chair of the Toledo Local Section ACS, which was founded in 1917; the section has about 360 members and includes the NW OHIO counties of Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood; plus Lenawee County in SW Michigan. She is preparing for 11 scheduled summer library outreach programs.

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 Link to ACS Website Announcement

Link to Sylvania Advantage article, page 2 

Link to C&EN online article 

Link to Toledo Blade article 

 Nov 2, 2015, Annual Section Meeting and Awards Night with Keynote Speaker ACS President Diane Schmidt

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2015  ACS Salutes to Excellence Award Recipients, presented during the Nov 2, 2015 Awards Evening

Terri Mortemore, of Maumee High School:   Toledo Local Section 2014 High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year and Section’s 2015 Nominee for the Central Region High School Teacher of the Year

link to article in Toledo Blade, Dec 7  

link to U Toledo Alumni News 

Tina Hubbell:  For her exemplary leadership as Vice-Chair (2010, 2011) and Chair (2012, 2013) and leading effort to update section’s By Laws after 29 years

Joanna Hinton: For her passionate leadership in 2014 and 2015, reinvigorating outreach and member programming, building an award winning partnership with the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, and leading section to first ChemLuminary Award   link to article in Holland-Springfield Journal 

Frank Butwin:  For his dedicated leadership in serving the section as an officer (Treasurer, Vice-Chair & Chair each multiple times), Alternate Councilor and volunteer over last 20 years; Toledo Local Section Nominee for the 2015 E. Ann Nalley Award for Volunteer Service in the Central Region  link to article in Perrysburg Messenger

 Click here link to program

Clink her for link to photo album 

  2015 ChemLuminary Award at 250th    National ACS Meeting in Boston

Toledo Section ACS was recognized and awarded a ChemLuminary Award for our OPEN BOOK Program last year, featuring Sam Kean, at the 250th National ACS Meeting in Boston, MA, Tuesday, Aug 18;and our effort to increase Senior Chemists' participation in our events.

The Toledo Section's first ChemLuminary Award!

The Award will be on display at our Oct 19 OPEN BOOK meeting/event at McMaster Auditorium featuring Science Journalist & former Associate Editor of C&ENews, Ms. Sarah Everts,
 as well as at our Nov 2 Awards Evening Event & Meeting at Ward Pavillion, Wildwood Preserve MetroPark.
Hope you will be able to attend one if not both of these program events! details can be found under our 2015 Section Events Tab

 See Boston photo album  for other photos


      2015 P3 Award at JGLCRM

Toledo Lucas County Library and Toledo Chemists Honored as Partners in Progress and Prosperity

 The Toledo-Lucas County Library System and the Toledo Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) were honored recipients of the Central Regional P3 Award (Partners in Progress and Prosperity) from the American Chemical Society on Friday, May 29, 2015, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Ben Malczewski, Library Humanities Department Manager, along with Joanna Hinton, Chair-Elect and representing the Toledo Section, each received a framed Award Certificate, a Gold and Silver Medal and jointly split $1000. award money to further their partnership.

 The Toledo Section ACS initiated and developed an outstanding partnership with the Toledo Lucas County Library to bring in chemistry/science authors to their widely acclaimed authors and open book forum series, as a means to promote science literacy and outreach in our community. Last November, together they hosted best-selling science author Sam Kean (The Disappearing Spoon, The Violinist’s Thumb, and The Tale Of The Dueling Neurosurgeons) who entranced a capacity audience at McMaster Auditorium with his wit and historical tales of science. This October 19,2015, the partners will co-host science writer Ms. Sarah Everts, who will speak on the Somber History of Chemical Weapons.  Ms. Everts is an Associate Editor of Chemical & Engineering News (leading ACS Science magazine) and author of their acclaimed series on the Centennial of Chemical Warfare.  In another aspect of the partnership, the Toledo Section ACS has brought free hands-on chemistry demonstration to youth at numerous branches in partnership with the Library Youth Services (Manager Nancy Eames). This summer, they will be providing 6 free outreach programs in conjunction with the Escape the Ordinary Super Hero Reading Program.Left to right: Treasurer Jim Zubricky, Chair Frank Butwin, ACS President Diane Grob-Schmidt,Chair-Elect Joanna Hinton and Toledo Lucas County Library Humanities Manager Ben Malczewski


 WE are in the Paper! click link

 JGLCRM Announcement Partners for Progress and Prosperity.pdf

Dr. Amanda C. Bryant-Friedrich winner of 2014 CERM Stan Israel Award for Diversity

The 2014 Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences Winner – Dr. Amanda C. Bryant-Friedrich!

Stan Israel Award was presented to Amanda at the ACS
Central Region Meeting (CERM) Awards Banquet on Thurs. Oct 30, 2014 in Pittsburgh.

with Toledo Section Treasurer Jim Zubricky, Chair-Elect Frank Butwin and Chair Joanna Hinton

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2015 Outreach Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Jim Zubricky, Toledo Section ACS 2015 Outreach Volunteer Awardee!      Award was presented during Dr. William Carrol Event Wed. March 4, 2015

 James R. Zubricky III

Toledo Local Section

Jim has brought new life and energy to Toledo ACS. Serving as Treasurer for the last couple of years, he has also been involved in outreach activities in the Toledo community, including The Blade Corporate & Community Spelling Bee benefiting Read for Literacy, Toledo MetroParks, and our Sam Kean 2014 event in partnership with the Toledo Lucas County Library. Jim has been instrumental in getting Bowling Green State University to be active again, coordinating several events, and re-establishing their student chapter. Jim has also reached out to establish a connection with the Adrian College Student Chapter.ACS web page


2014 Outreach Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Ms. Edith Kippenhan, Toledo Local Section 2014 ACS Outreach Volunteer Awardee! Ms Kippenhan was unable to attend the November 13, 2014, event to receive her award.

 Edith Preciosa Kippenhan

Toledo Local Section

After 15 dynamic years as elected officer on Toledo Executive Committee (Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair), Edith is leaving the EC yet will continue to actively volunteer.  NCW Coordinator since 2002, she implemented event partnerships with Toledo Zoo and now Toledo Imagination Station; she acted as CCED coordinator and Membership Chair for multiple years.  On several community committees (AAWS, NWOSTEM, YBTC), she works with area schools to promote ACS and science education. She serves as faculty advisor for University of Toledo Student ACS Chapter since 2006 (visiting area schools for chemistry demonstrations; hosting campus visits by groups/prospective students; campus programs).acs web link