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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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Fall 2015 Election Results - Division of Chemical Education Officers

We have concluded the election for the 2016 Division officers. We thank you, our members, for your participation in this effort.

Our newly elected officers for 2016 are:
MaryKay Orgill - Chair-Elect (2016)
Sally B. Mitchell - Councilor (2016-2018)
Rick Moog - Alternate Councilor (2016-2018)

The Division wishes to acknowledge and thank all those who ran in the fall election. The candidates were:
Amina El-Ashmaway (chair-elect),Cinzia Muzzie (Councilor/Alternat Councilor), Patrick Daubenmire (Councilor/Alternate Councilor), Thomas B. Higgins (Councilor/Alternate Councilor), Daniel King (Councilor/Alternate Councilor).

Congratulations again to our new officers! We look forward to your leadership in the new year! 

2016 National ACS Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following award recipients for 2016. These recipients will be honored at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in conjunction with the 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego, CA.

ACS Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry, sponsored by Pearson Education, Avi Hofstein, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching, sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific, Julia Winter, Alchemie Games and Detroit Country Day School, Michigan.

George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education, sponsored by Cengage Learning and the ACS Division of Chemical Education, Richard S. Moog, Franklin & Marshall College and The POGIL Project.

For the full list of ACS award recipients, visit http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/awards/national/rec...

Frank J. Creegan, Richard S. Moog, and James Spencer to receive the 2015 James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry

The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) has announced the recipients of the 2015 James Flack Norris Award:

  • Frank J. Creegan, the W. Alton Jones Professor Emeritus at Washington College;
  • Richard S. Moog, Professor of Chemistry at Franklin & Marshall College; and
  • James Spencer, the William G. and Elizabeth R. Simeral Professor Emeritus at Franklin & Marshall College.

Who are being recognized for their leadership of the Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) method that is widely used in a wide range of disciplines in high schools, colleges, and universities across the country. The James Flack Norris Award will be presented to the trio at the November 12, 2015 meeting of NESACS. 

Post-doctoral Fellow in Chemistry Education Research, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Miami University, Oxford, OH

The primary responsibilities of the post-doctoral fellow include: work on an NSF-funded project to investigate the role of cluster analysis in identifying misconceptions regarding particulate, symbolic, and macroscopic representations in undergraduate learning of chemistry; mentor chemistry education research (CER) graduate and undergraduate students; participate in joint group meetings of the CER groups at Miami University; present research at conferences and draft  manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication.

Green Chemistry Education Roadmap Initiative Survey

Dear Member of the Division of Chemical Education:

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute invites you to participate in our Green Chemistry Education Roadmap Initiative Survey. We are seeking your input about current chemistry teaching practices, the importance of teaching certain chemistry concepts, and barriers to curriculum changes.

Sally Mitchell named 2015-16 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow

Congratulations to Sally Mitchell who was named a 2015-16 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow by The U.S.

How I Survived My First Year as a New Faculty Member

by David Wren, Assistant Teaching Professor & Director of the Chemistry Center at Wake Forest University, Department of Chemistry

Congratulations, you have a “real” job in academia. Prepare for the crushing weight of expectations, doubt that you really belong in front of the class, and unmatched excitement that you have finally “made it”. My first year teaching at Wake Forest University was the most difficult year of my life. It was also one of the most exciting. What I expected to be hard was much easier than what expected to be easy. Here is my autoethnographic study of my first year of as a new faculty member in a Chemistry department.

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