Angela O. Bedenbaugh, PhD

Angela Bedenbaugh

Title: Research Associate Professor (Retired)
Company: The University of Southern Mississippi
Location: Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States

Angela O. Bedenbaugh, PhD, who recently retired from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Science.

She was born in Seguin, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at Austin to receive a BS, cum laude, in 1961. Dr. Bedenbaugh earned a PhD in physical organic chemistry from the University of South Carolina in 1967. She has served on the Committee on Services and Resources for Women (1980-83 and 2000-03) as well as being a member of the Executive Board of the USM Women’s Studies Program (1996-97) at the University of Southern Mississippi.

As leader in science education in the state of Mississippi she was a participant at the Governor’s Conference on Compulsory School Attendance (1976), member of the advisory committee to the State Superintendent of Education (1998), chair of the Reading, Math and Science Activities for Elementary Teachers Miniconference (2002) and an invited attendee at the Governor’s Education Summit (2004).

Dr. Bedenbaugh taught chemistry beginning in 1960. She has had grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (A non-Fermentation Route to Ethanol from Biomass), two web projects from NASA, and four grants from the National Science Foundation totaling $3,039,315 for state-wide science teacher education. She was a project director with the mathematics and science partner program with the U.S. Department of Education for state-wide science teacher education (totaling $2,580,123). It is estimated that between them the approximately 700 teachers who participated in the projects impacted 80,000-100,000 students. She has worked with government agencies as a website director under two NASA grants, as well as the private sector as a co-principal investigator in a Bell South Foundation grant for science and mathematics teacher mentoring.  Dr. Bedenbaugh is known for her patented discovery of a chemical process for converting carboxylic acids to aldehydes and amines (U.S. Patent #3,819,704) (1974).

She presented the program “Linking Science & Mathematics With Dimensional Analysis” at the Arkansas Conference on Teaching, November 7 and 8, 2002 Little Rock, AR  Subsequently she was a participant in People to People International’s U.S.-Egypt Education Forum, Cairo Egypt; November 26 to December 2, 2007.

Her professional memberships include The Society of the Sigma Xi (science research honorary), The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (women teachers honorary), the National Science Teachers Association, and the American Chemical Society.

In the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International she has served as a member and chair of the state Research Committee, chair of the state World Fellowship Committee, chair of the state Program Committee, and chair of the state Legislatrive Committee (2007-present). She is currently a member of the State Educational Excellence Committee. Beyond the state level she has served on the International Research Committee (1976-78). From 1978-1980 she was Chair of the International Research Committee and a member of the International Program Committee, and Organizer and Chair of the Computer Share Fair at the 1994 International Convention in Nashville, TN and was a member of the International Rules Committee at the International Convention in 1992. She was a chosen participant in the 1980 International Leadership Management Seminar at Baylor University. Her audio video presentations on “Pioneer Women Educators in Mississippi” and “Professional Image” were well received at the 1978 International Convention in St. Louis, MO. As part of the U.S. Forum Committee she was the Southeast Regional Representative 2008-2010, Committee Chair 2010-12, and editor of the U.S. Forum Connection 2000-present. She received the Zeta State (Mississippi) Achievement Award in 2007. She was a panelist to compare education in the United States with that in Iceland and Costa Rica at the New York City International Convention in 2012.

In the Mississippi Science Teachers Association she is an Executive Board Member (1994-present), State President (1998-2000), state coordinator for Building a Presence for Science 2002-10, State Legislative Liaison, and Continuing Education Coordinator 2010-present. In the National Science Teachers Association she has served as a member of the National Resources Review Panel 1984-present and was a member of that organization’s National Congress from 2000-02.

In the American Chemical Society Dr. Bedenbaugh was Chair (president) (1980-82) of the Mississippi Section, co-chair of the Mississippi Section’s Education Committee 1986-2004, and the Section’s Chemical Olympics Coordinator from 1984-1996. She received the section’s Chemist of the Year Award (1991) and the section’s first Johnnie Marie Whitfield Service Award (2004). She was an invited chair of a session on at the 11th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Atlanta, GA (1990) and again at the 14th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Clemson, SC (1996). She is a referee for the nationally recognized Journal of Organic Chemistry.

She is author of the book Nomenplayture (an original collection of crossword puzzles related to chemistry) and co-authored the books The Handbook for High School Chemistry Teachers, Teaching High School Chemistry (2 volumes), Teaching Physical Science (2 volumes) and her American Chemistry Society awards and grants, Dr. Bedenbaugh had the John and Angela Bedenbaugh Award named for her by the Coastal Mississippi Association of High School Chemistry Teachers in 1996.

As a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and a Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award, Dr. Bedenbaugh has appeared in the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.


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