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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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So you want to be more involved in the ChemEd community…now what?

by Thomas Bussey, University of California, San Diego

ChemEd can sometime be an isolating and uphill battle. For those of us in a science department, many of our colleagues/other students, however supportive, may not really understand what it is that we do.  For those of us fortunate enough to have ChemEd colleagues/group members, we may find that the diversity of our field leads us to very different research agendas while the demands of teaching/coursework take up a significant portion of our time. With an already full plate, why not add a little more, right? In fact, getting involved in the wider ChemEd community is often extremely beneficial as this outlet can offer a unique source of camaraderie, for networking, and for possible collaboration, and can begin to prepare you for the competing demands of your future career.

Congratulations to the April 2014 Passer Awardees

The Passer Award Committee has approved the following five proposals for funding. Congratulations to the April 2014 awardees!

Dolores Aquino, San Jacinto College Central, Pasadena, TX to attend the cCWCS “Distance Learning and Hybrid Teaching” workshop in Atlanta, GA in May 2014.

Rebecca Eikey, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA to attend the cCWCS “Developing and Implementing Case Studies in Undergraduate Chemistry Courses” at the University of California-Riverside in June 2014.

Sean Mulcahy, Providence College, Providence, RI to attend the Avance I training session in 2-D NMR Spectroscopy at Brucker Biospin facilities in Billerica, MA in June 2014.

Karen Torraca, Houghton College, Houghton, NY to attend the cCWCS “Teaching Guided Inquiry Organic Chemistry Laboratories” at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in June 2014.

Frank Yepaz Castillo, Misericordia College, Dallas, PA to attend the cCWCS “Green Chemistry in Education” workshop at the University of Oregon  in July 2014.

For more information on the visitThe Dorothy and Moses Passer Education Fund.

ACS Student Representatives to UN Climate Conference in Lima, Peru

The deadline to apply to serve as an ACS student representative to the December UN climate conference in Lima, Peru is July 1, 2014. The purpose of this 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 StatementPlease download this flyer for additional information

Registration and abstract submission for CERM 2014

Registration is now open and abstracts are being accepted for the 45th ACS Central Regional Meeting.

ACS-CEI Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemistry Education

The deadline for nominations for the ACS-CEI Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemistry Education is August 29, 2014. As part of the American Chemical Society’s goal to “Advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people”, the Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement seeks to recognize those individuals or groups who have made exemplary contributions to the incorporation of sustainability into chemical education. Download the flyer for more information.

Spring 2014 ConfChem


We would like to announce the start of the Spring 2014 ConfChem on the Flipped Classroom, organized by Jennifer Muzyka and Chris Luker.

A long and winding road

by Stephanie Philipp, Miami University, Oxford, OH

A common thread I have seen in recent blog posts is that career trajectories are as varied as the people who live them and mine is no exception.  My story is a bit different from others that have been shared, in that my journey from chemistry major to chemistry education researcher has taken more time with quite a few stops along the way.  If you are just starting a career, know that it is entirely possible that what you envision for your vocation may be far different from what you eventually choose or feel called to do, and that a career is not like a projectile moving in a smooth parabolic path, but maybe more like a naturally winding stream!

Celebrate Earth Day with JCE!

The Wonders of Water - Chemists Celebrate Earth Day 2014

Congratulations to Tom Greenbowe and Melanie Cooper

Congratulations to Tom Greenbowe and Melanie Cooper, the winners of the ACS's Pimentel Award and Award for the Advancement of Research on the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry. Tom Greenbowe and Melanie Cooper

What’s Behind Door Number Two? Other Chemistry Education Research Career Options- Part 1

By: Stephanie Ryan, Ph.D., Science Test Development Specialist, American Institutes for Research

A common misconception that many graduate students (and others) have is that there is a single career path after the completion of a doctorate degree. We are all familiar with the traditional route in academia.

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