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Welcome to the ACS Division of Chemical Education website. Here you can keep up-to-date with activities, news, and opportunities in chemical education. Do you have something interesting you'd like to share with the Division?
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Call for abstracts for the 2016 Fall ACS Meeting in Philadelphia

Greetings, Members and Friends of the ACS Division of Chemical Education,

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 252nd ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, Penn. (August 21-25, 2016) can now be submitted.  The theme for this National Meeting is Chemistry of the people, by the people, and for the people, you can find a list of symposia in the CHED program for this meeting here.  

Abstracts can be submitted through the MAPS system via the acs.org website:
Abstracts for the CHED program for this meeting will be accepted until 11:59 pm EST on March 28, 2016.

If you have any questions or need for clarification, please do not hesitate to contact one of us.

Patrick Daubenmire (pdauben@luc.edu), Meeting Program Co-Chair
MaryKay Orgill (marykay.orgill@unlv.edu), Meeting Program Co-Chair
Irv Levy (Irv.Levy@gordon.edu), Program Chair

ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety extending DCHAS member registration discounts to DivCHED members in 2016

The ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety (DCHAS) is pleased to announce that it is now extending DCHAS member registration discounts to ACS DivCHED members for day long chemical safety workshops held at the ACS national meetings in 2016.

Tenure Track position at San José State University

Tenure Track position in Science Education at SJSU linked below. PhDs with K-12 teaching experience are strongly encouraged to apply. Search committee indicates that they will view completed applications through Feb 5th. Message Resa Kelly if you have questions. resa.kelly@sjsu.edu


You Will Never Know Never You Ask: Undergraduate Research in Chemistry Education

by William Marmor, Rochester Institute of Technology

An Unexpected Beginning
So many people wonder how the influential and prestigious men and women of the world end up where they are today. Who would not want to be successful and admired for years of hard work finally paying off. For some it happens, accepting a Nobel Prize in front of your family, friends and that one high school teacher who never believed in you. As you reach out and grasp that medal a grin comes across your face as cameras flash and an applause erupts! Then, the sound and lights instantly disappear as the medal shoots out of your hand. Your grin slips away and your eyes open wide, as only the sound of the shower head fills your ears. Groggy and tired you bend down and grab the bar of soap, once a gold medal, off the shower floor. Brought back to reality, you can’t help but enjoy the day dreams of an early morning shower. Time to get ready for work.

Group Insurance Plans for ACS Members

In 2015, in response to member concerns, the Board of Trustees, Group Insurance Plans for ACS members launched a new insurance plan -- Chemical Educators Legal Liability plan. The new Chemical Educators Legal Liability policy applies to members employed by an academic institution when they are acting on behalf of their employer. Because both plans provide liability coverage for outreach events, to avoid confusion we prepared a guide which compares  the features of the new Chemical Educators Legal Liability Plan and the ACS General Liability plan. 

Call for symposia proposals for the Fall 2016 ACS National Meeting

Now that the "pumpkin-spiced everything" is on all of the store shelves, that can only mean that it is now time to propose symposia for the fall ACS national meeting to be held in Philadelphia on August 21-25, 2016. 

Proposals are solicited for any chemical education-related topic. It would be especially great to have proposals related to the meeting's primary theme: "Chemistry of the People, for the People, and by the People". Many thanks to those of you who have already submitted symposia for the meeting!

Please send your ideas for symposia to your meeting co-chairs, MaryKay Orgill (marykay.orgill@unlv.edu) and Patrick Daubenmire (pdauben@luc.edu). To submit a symposium, please send to MaryKay and Patrick a title, contact info for each organizer, and brief abstract by November 30. 

ACS National Awards Nominations Software


As some of you know, the software used to submit nominations for ACS national awards recently “crashed.” This was particularly disconcerting for those of us associated with the national award program because it happened near the deadline for submitting nominations. Please note the following:

  • We believe the software is functioning at this time.
  • The deadline for submitting nominations has been extended until November 16th.
  • If you experience any difficulties with uploading documents into the national award software, send them to awardselection@acs.org and ACS staff will upload the documents for you.

Please let me know if you have any questions by contacting me at gmbodner@purdue.edu.

George Bodner
ACS Board of Directors
Grants & Awards Committee

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