DivCHED serves as a means of focusing and enhancing the interests and efforts of all constituencies involved in the teaching and learning of chemistry at every level.
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-Chemical Education News & Announcements-

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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What Chemists Do - Formulation Scientist, Dow Chemicals - Jaime Curtis-Fisk, PhD

DivCHED member Jaime Curtis-Fisk, PhD, is featured in the ACS What Chemists Do video series. Dr. Curtis-Fisk is a formulation scientist at the Dow Chemical Company. Curtis-Fisk uses her knowledge in polymer chemistry to create ingredients that are applicable to our everyday life. Take a watch as Curtis-Fisk's explains her work at Dow and what she sees as a common challenge for female scientists in the workplace. Take a look at the video below.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN seeking Assistant Professor in Chemical Education Research

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level.

Tips for Temporary Teaching

by Jordan Harshman

Fresh from graduate school, I was really looking forward to my first shot at teaching at the University of Iowa. Being a visiting assistant professor was finally my time where I could exercise autonomy and teach the class how I wanted to teach it. No more being a teaching assistant where everything was prescribed for me, no more asking anyone else “is it okay if a student does x, y, or z?”

ACS Student Representative to UN Climate Conference in Morocco

The deadline to apply to serve as an ACS student representative to the December 2016 UN climate conference (COP 22) in Morocco is June 15, 2016.  You can find a direct link to the application here, or email gfoy@ycp.edu.  COP22 will be take place in Morocco from November 7-18, 2016.  The purpose of this ACS sponsored student project is to promote climate science literacy among college and university students by employing social media as a tool and the annual UN climate conference as a platform. “Climate Change Literacy and Education” is one of four “Actions” recommended by the ACS Climate Change Public Policy Statement.  Please download this flyer for additional information.

2016 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry

Nominations for the 2016 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry are being solicited. The purpose of this award is to recognize achievement by undergraduate students in inorganic chemistry and to encourage further study in the field. Every ACS-certified department is eligible to nominate one student for this award.

Nominations for the 2016 Award can be submitted to https://www.ionicviper.org/dicaward/ and will be accepted until June 30, 2016. Questions about the award can be directed to inorganic.undergrad.award@gmail.com.

Feedback requested by DivCHED and SOCED

The ACS Division of Chemical Education (DivCHED) and Society Committee on Education (SOCED) created a task force last year to propose a process by which general chemistry performance expectations could be developed. A draft report has been written to summarize how this could be done and both DivCHED and SOCED would like your feedback. A copy of this draft report can be downloaded here. Please send your comments/feeback to Dr. Donald J. Wink at dwink@uic.edu.

Answering the Conference Call

If you see a fork in the road, take it!
As a beginning researcher wondering how I was going to make anything out of my interest in chemistry education, the international travel award from the CHED International Activities Committee was just such a fork. And boy, am I glad I took it!

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