International Activities Committee Report, Fall 2010

CHED International Activities Committee
Carmen Valdez Gauthier, Chair (2010-2012),

CHED–IAC at the Boston ACS Meeting.

The committee has invited representatives from the International Year of Chemistry – Team Theme leaders, Lynn Hogue and Ingrid Montes to discuss the IAC involvement in promoting the IYC internationally and locally. We will have a representative at the focused follow-up discussion of the IUPAC-ACS Collaborative Summit that will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, Room Commonwealth from 10:00-11:30 am. The discussion will be centered on progress, best practices and lessons learned from groups currently working on collaborative IUPAC-ACS symposia and other activities. We have also invited Frank Creegan to give us an update on the POGIL symposium he is organizing at the 43rd IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in Puerto Rico.

At our meeting, the Committee will receive a report from this year’s winner of the CHED-IAC Travel Award, Santiago Sandi-Urena, who attended the European Conference on Research in Chemical Education held in Kraków, Poland. Other agenda items will include a discussion on the CHED-IAC Travel Award criteria, submission of application, deadline and the formation of a sub-committee to review the proposals for the Travel Award. As always if you have any ideas for IAC or would like to be a member of this committee, please contact Committee Chair Carmen Valdez Gauthier ( The committee will meet on Sunday, August 22, 2010 from 7:00-9:00 am at the Seaport Hotel, Flagship B Room.

Dr. Hoffman is organizing a symposium on “Connections to Germany and Europe: Education and Research Opportunities” on Sunday, August 22, 2010 from 1:00-5:00 pm at the Seaport Hotel, Constitution Room.

CHED–IAC Travel Award

Our Committee would appreciate help from ExComm members in identifying appropriate applicants for the 2011 Travel Award. This is an important opportunity to provide mentoring for a full-time college, university, or high school faculty member who is a current member of our Division. Preference is given to junior and/or under-represented faculty members who have not had the opportunity to attend an international meeting in chemical education. Note that the next deadline is November 30th, 2010. Details of the application will be posted after the Boston meeting on the Division of Chemical Education website ( and in the October issue of the Journal of Chemical Education. Here are a few conferences with an international chemical education component.

  • May 19-22, European Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Education Network (EC2E2N) Plenary Meeting, Bratislava, Slovakia Division of Chemical Education, Inc., Executive Committee Meeting, August 21, 2010 40
  • June 5- 9, Canadian Chemistry Conference (CCC) and Exhibition, Montreal, Quebec,
  • July 30-August 7, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Congress and General Assembly, San Juan, Puerto Rico,
  • September 5-8, Asian Chemical Congress. Bangkok, Thailand,
  • September 27-29, IUPAC International Conference on Chemical Research Applied to World Needs (CHEMRAWN) on “Renewable and Sustainable Energy from Biological Resources,” Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
  • November 27-December 1, New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand,

CHED – IAC Activities:

  1. 21st BCCE 2010: Denton, TX, August 1-5, 2010:
    Dr. Jack Kotz organized a symposium: Chemical Education Around the World. The symposium covered issues related to the International Chemistry Olympiad Program and advances in chemical education throughout the world.
    Dr. Carmen Valdez Gauthier attended the Long Range Planning Committee. The international members in attendance were Stuart Bennett, President of the Education Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and Tina Overton, Past President of the Education Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry. One of the recommendations by the committee was to invite international participants at ACS or BCCE meetings to participate in International Activities
  2. Dr. Morton Hoffman just returned from the ICCE meeting in Taipei, Taiwan. He reported that approximately three hundred members attended the conference and that there were ten plenary sessions including one by Richard Zare and a Presidential Plenary that included Joseph Francisco of ACS. His formal report will appear at the CHED newsletter.
  3. Pacifichem 2010, Honolulu, Hawaii, December 15-20, 2010:
    Dr. Zafra Lerman and Dr. Lucy Eubanks are organizing a symposium: Best Practices for Teaching Chemistry at Every Level. This symposium is sponsored by the International Activities Committee of the Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society. This symposium will focus on creative teaching methodologies developed in the last decade to teach chemistry Division of Chemical Education, Inc., Executive Committee Meeting, August 21, 2010 41 at all education levels from elementary schools, high schools, universities and to the general public. More information can be found at

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