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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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2016 Spring ConfChem: Science, Disarmament, and Diplomacy in Chemical Education: The Example of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

The 2016 Spring ConfChem online conference has begun. The title of this conference is "Science, Disarmament, and Diplomacy in Chemical Education: The Example of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons". This conference will run May 2 - June 30, 2016. Visit http://confchem.ccce.divched.org/2016SpringConfChem to participate.

Tips for Temporary Teaching

by Jordan Harshman

Fresh from graduate school, I was really looking forward to my first shot at teaching at the University of Iowa. Being a visiting assistant professor was finally my time where I could exercise autonomy and teach the class how I wanted to teach it. No more being a teaching assistant where everything was prescribed for me, no more asking anyone else “is it okay if a student does x, y, or z?”

Answering the Conference Call

If you see a fork in the road, take it!
As a beginning researcher wondering how I was going to make anything out of my interest in chemistry education, the international travel award from the CHED International Activities Committee was just such a fork. And boy, am I glad I took it!

You Will Never Know Never You Ask: Undergraduate Research in Chemistry Education

by William Marmor, Rochester Institute of Technology

An Unexpected Beginning
So many people wonder how the influential and prestigious men and women of the world end up where they are today. Who would not want to be successful and admired for years of hard work finally paying off. For some it happens, accepting a Nobel Prize in front of your family, friends and that one high school teacher who never believed in you. As you reach out and grasp that medal a grin comes across your face as cameras flash and an applause erupts! Then, the sound and lights instantly disappear as the medal shoots out of your hand. Your grin slips away and your eyes open wide, as only the sound of the shower head fills your ears. Groggy and tired you bend down and grab the bar of soap, once a gold medal, off the shower floor. Brought back to reality, you can’t help but enjoy the day dreams of an early morning shower. Time to get ready for work.

ACS National Awards Nominations Software

Colleagues:

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

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.

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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