From the Chair-Elect, Marcy Towns, Fall 2014

Marcy TownsSummer greetings to all!

I hope that this newsletter finds you having a pleasantly paced and productive summer.  We are getting ready for the BCCE at Grand Valley State University in just over two weeks.  The program looks fantastic and there will be engaging presentations that can help improve classroom practices, laboratories, research endeavors, and many other things that touch our profession. 

Next year I’ll become chair of the ACS division of chemical education.  Simultaneously I am serving on the IUPAC Committee on Chemical Education as a national representative from the US.  The efforts to improve chemical education around the globe are enormous.  There is a great deal of effort taking place to develop materials K-12 that engage students in science, especially chemistry.  Sustainability is also a focus on a worldwide scale. 

There are a number of other initiatives that impact the division that are bubbling along.  We continue to have our members recognized as ACS Fellows. This fall at the ACS meeting in San Francisco we will discuss the divisional process for securing nominations. Our division can support four candidates as ACS Fellows.

We continue to develop ways to engage our membership and to connect our members to initiatives and activities that add value to their personal and professional lives.  I will look forward to working with you across the next two years!

Sincerely,

Marcy Towns
Chair-Elect, ACS DivCHED

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