Regional Meetings Committee Report, Fall 2013

The Regional Meetings Committee (RMC) Meeting of April 7, 2013

RMC voted to:

  1. Have the DivCHED representative to each Regional Meeting submit an/the abstract for a 2013 Division Poster and present the poster in one of the ChemEd or General Poster Sessions.
  2. Submit the following guideline to ExCOMM for approval.

DivCHED High School Award Options When No Regional Meeting is Held

The Division of Chemical Education realizes that there are circumstances when a region decides not to hold an annual regional meeting. In the event that a regional meeting is not held for one or more years, the regional board may choose to do the following in regards to the Excellence in High School Teaching award:

  1. Continue to solicit nominees from across the entire region and give the award at an ACS event in the year of the award.
  2. At the next scheduled regional meeting of the section, 2 awards may be given: One for the current year and one for all the previous years. Each award must have the minimum number of nominees as outlined in the award prospectus.
  3. In the years of no regional meeting, the regional board may choose to skip those years (i.e. with no award) and continue to give the award only when a regional meeting is held.

2013 Awards for Excellence in High School Teaching: Volume 1

The Division of Chemical Education provides financial support to each Regional Meeting through an unrestricted grant of $500.00 to support development of Chemical Education programming at each meeting and a grant of $1,000.00 to be awarded to a high school teacher as an ACS Division of Chemical Education Regional Award for Excellence in High School Teaching. Thus far in 2013 the teaching awards have been presented at the following meetings:

44th ACS Central Regional Meeting May 15-17th, 2013 in Mt. Pleasant, MI

Betty DabrowskiThe winner of the 2013 Division of Chemical Education Central Region Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching is Elizabeth (Betty) M. Dabrowski of Magnificat High School in Rocky River, OH.

Betty, who received her B.S. from John Carroll University and M.S from Case Western Reserve University., has taught Chemistry at Magnificat H.S. an all-girl Catholic School for 34 years. She is active in many programs -not only as a member but serving in various positions- including: ACS Chartered Chemistry Club, Magnificat High School Science Department, Iota Sigma Pi National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry, National Mole Day Foundation (Oct 23 is a major holiday for her), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Science Education Council of Ohio, Pulaski Franciscan Community Development Corporation, National Science Teacher Association, Cleveland Regional Council of Science Teachers, and, reactivating the Northeast Ohio H.S. Chemistry Teachers Group . Ms. Dabrowski has been involved with the ACS Cleveland Section as Past Chair, Trustee, Secretary, Heller Award Juror, Awards Committee, High School Affairs Committee, and the National Chemistry Week Committee. She not only works with several publishers such as Kendall-Hunt, Prentice Hall, and, Holt Rinehart and Winston, editing high school chemistry books, but she has also authored or co-authored several publications and presentations including a prepared polymer lesson plan which can be found on the NASA Glenn and Macrogalleria web sites ( for the latter). In 1998 she teamed up with fellow Magnificat teachers and students along with Kent State University Liquid Crystal Institute to develop a “Remote Wind Tunnel Experiment”.

Ms. Dabrowksi is the 1998 recipient of the Irene C. Heller Award for High School Chemistry Teaching. She is a 2011 ACS Fellow, and was honored by the AIAA Northern Ohio Section for teacher involvement. Her career is also featured in the book “How Jane Won” by Dr. Sylvia Rimm.

Ms. Dabrowksi provides opportunities for her students to participate in competitive events including National Chemistry Week, Plastics Essay Contests, LEGO Robotics, Chemistry Olympiad, International Science and Engineering Fairs, NASA sponsored robotics competitions (including the first one), East Ohio Energy Contests. Her students have described her as fun, unconventional, tech-savvy, energetic, well-loved, and, in the words of a former student, she is ….”an inspiring teacher who pushed (her students) to achieve more than they could dream.”

ACS Philadelphia Section Meeting May 16, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA

Jayasree SankarThe winner of the 2013 Division of Chemical Education Middle Atlantic Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching is Dr. Jayasree Sankar of Bergen County Technical High School.

Dr. Sankar was born and received her formative education in India—earning a M.Sc. in organic chemistry and a Ph.D in Inorganic chemistry at the University of Calicut. She worked as full time lecturer at Calicut University before moving to Canada to join the group of Dr. Phuddaphatt at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Sankar worked on chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of thin film materials and earned a Ph.D in organometallic and materials chemistry in 2000. After graduating she joined her husband in New Jersey and worked as a R&D scientist at the Blacklight Power Company (Cranbury, NJ) examining CVD of thin film diamond for electronics applications. In 2004, Jayasree joined the faculty of Bergen Technical High School at Teterboro. She has taught general chemistry, organic chemistry, food chemistry, honors and advanced placement chemistry. She enjoys advising students and her encouragement has resulted in the growth of student participation in the ACS Chemistry Olympiad. Dr. Sankar has performed R&D projects with her students and she serves as a mentor for minority students who participate in science research activity called Young Science Achievers Program. In 2011, she received the Edward J. Merrill Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching Excellence from the North Jersey Section ACS. Dr. Sankar is married to Vijay Kumar and they have an 11 year old son, Nikhil Kumar.

68th ACS Northwest Regional Meeting July 21-24, 2013 in Corvallis, OR

Brett TaylorThe winner of the 2013 Division of Chemical Education Glenn & Jane Crosby Northwest Region Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching is Brett Taylor of Sentinel High School Missoula, MT.

Brett graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1978 earning a B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry. After a variety of jobs with the National Park Service and the California Department of Fish & Game, he discovered his true passion in 1982 when he began his teaching career at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley, California. His first job involved teaching biology, chemistry, AP chemistry, and coaching basketball. In 1990, he moved his young family to the northern Rocky Mountains of west-central Montana and settled in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley. The move to Montana gave him the opportunity to become involved with the Montana High School Chemistry Project through the University of Montana in Missoula. During his ten years with this project, his has been part of a curriculum development team that is providing guided inquiry based chemistry lessons to high school teachers throughout the state. He is currently working at Sentinel High School in Missoula where he teaches chemistry I and II and “I find I enjoy working with and guiding my students just as much as I did when started teaching 31 years ago”. He and Leslie, his wife of 33 years have two grown sons, Zach and Derek.

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