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Western Maryland Section of American Chemical Society Offering Lecture on ‘Toxicological Chemistry and Toxic Terror’

The Western Maryland chapter of the American Chemical Society will present a public lecture on “Toxicological Chemistry and Toxic Terror” featuring guest speaker and chemistry professor Stanley Manahan at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Ponderosa Steakhouse, 12107 Winchester Rd. in LaVale. The talk is free and open to the public. Participants are invited to meet at 6:30 p.m. prior to the presentation for dinner at the restaurant.

Toxicology is concerned with the effect of poisons upon living organisms. Toxicological chemistry is the science that deals with the chemical nature and reactions of toxic substances, including their origins, uses, chemical aspects of exposure, fates and disposal. The talk will focus on information about toxic substances in the environment, basic toxicology, toxicological chemistry as a specific discipline and various chemical classes of toxic substances. The role of toxicological chemistry in dealing with terrorist threats will also be part of the lecture.

Manahan is a professor of chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he has been on the faculty since 1965. He received his A.B. in chemistry from Emporia State University in Kansas in 1960 and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Kansas in 1965. Since 1968, his primary research and professional activities have been in environmental chemistry, with recent emphasis on hazardous waste treatment. Manahan has taught courses on environmental chemistry, hazardous wastes, toxicological chemistry, and analytical chemistry and has lectured on these topics throughout the United States and in a number of countries, including France, Italy, Austria, Japan, Mexico and Venezuela. He has written numerous books on subjects that range from environmental chemistry to green chemistry to hazardous wastes and industrial ecology.

The American Chemical Society is a self-governed individual membership organization that consists of more than 158,000 members at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry. The organization provides a broad range of opportunities for peer interaction and career development, regardless of professional or scientific interests.

For information on the event and to register to attend the dinner, please contact Don Weser, professor of chemistry at Frostburg State University, at (301) 687-4157, or e-mail

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