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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?
Let us know!

ACS Divisions of Chemical Health and Safety and Chemical Information Survey

Chemistry colleagues,

I write to you with a request for participation in short survey created by the Divisions of Chemical Health and Safety and Chemical Information of the ACS. The purpose is to gather training and education needs on the subject of chemical hazard information.  The audience for this survey are those who work with chemicals in laboratories; either as a student, teacher, lab technician, lab supervisor, or researcher. These individuals search for chemical hazard information and use it to make decisions of how they should conduct themselves while using these chemicals. The goal of this survey is to understand what type of chemical hazard information this group needs, where the gaps are in their understanding of what they need and preferred delivery methods of the information for the many different types of laboratory settings.

The survey is at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/23VSXY5

Please share this email with a range of folks in the target audience.  Please respond by Monday, Dec 7, at 5 PM.  Thanks for your help in this project!

Call for symposia proposals for the Fall 2016 ACS National Meeting

Now that the "pumpkin-spiced everything" is on all of the store shelves, that can only mean that it is now time to propose symposia for the fall ACS national meeting to be held in Philadelphia on August 21-25, 2016. 

Proposals are solicited for any chemical education-related topic. It would be especially great to have proposals related to the meeting's primary theme: "Chemistry of the People, for the People, and by the People". Many thanks to those of you who have already submitted symposia for the meeting!

Please send your ideas for symposia to your meeting co-chairs, MaryKay Orgill (marykay.orgill@unlv.edu) and Patrick Daubenmire (pdauben@luc.edu). To submit a symposium, please send to MaryKay and Patrick a title, contact info for each organizer, and brief abstract by November 30. 

ACS National Awards Nominations Software


As some of you know, the software used to submit nominations for ACS national awards recently “crashed.” This was particularly disconcerting for those of us associated with the national award program because it happened near the deadline for submitting nominations. Please note the following:

  • We believe the software is functioning at this time.
  • The deadline for submitting nominations has been extended until November 16th.
  • If you experience any difficulties with uploading documents into the national award software, send them to awardselection@acs.org and ACS staff will upload the documents for you.

Please let me know if you have any questions by contacting me at gmbodner@purdue.edu.

George Bodner
ACS Board of Directors
Grants & Awards Committee

ACS National Meeting Abstract Deadline

Greetings CHED members,

We hope you are planning to join us in San Diego this March at the ACS national meeting. Please be aware that the DEADLINE for authors is Monday, October 26 at 11:59 PM EST.

We strongly recommend that you celebrate National Chemistry Week  by getting your submission complete no later than Mole Day! That way, if there are any glitches in submission you've got some time to resolve it.

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)
Cinzia Muzzi - 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. 

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