View from the Program Chair, Tyson Miller, Spring 2017

As the West Coast begins to emerge from one of the more precipitation-filled winters (snow where I am, rain west of the Cascade mountains), it’s time to ponder the exciting program we’re about to have this spring at the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA from April 2-6, 2017.

Before going further, I want to take a few minutes to acknowledge the immeasurable contributions of Irv Levy, who served as the lead CHED Program Chair from 2011-2016. There are few people in CHED who haven’t either worked a program with him or served with him in some capacity. We owe him a great “Thank You!” for a job well done. He and Cinzia Muzzi are your San Francisco meeting co-chairs, and they have created a fabulous program. We are blessed to have Sally Mitchell, Jenelle Ball, and Greta Glugoski-Sharp as our team for the High School program. I hope you can join us in San Francisco and take the time to personally thank Irv, Cinzia, Sally, Jenelle, and Greta for their work on your behalf.

There are always folks behind the scenes that provide critical support for our programming at a national meeting. We owe thanks to ACS staff who take care of many things great and small that make our meetings organized and enjoyable. Special thanks go to Robin Green, Nicole DiFabio, Jessica Roberts, and Beverly Johnson for their contributions. A shout out also goes to Heather Johnson for all her work at the Division level. A quality meeting would not happen without their vital work.

Our meeting program will be held in the San Francisco Marriott Marquis this time. It features 40 symposia, along with the High School Program and Undergraduate Posters, with 7-8 concurrent sessions the entire meeting – including Thursday! CHED is honored to host four ACS award symposia: George C. Pimentel Award in Chemistry Education (Tom Holme); ACS Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry (Marcy Towns); ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences (Saundra Y. McGuire). In addition, the James Bryant Conant Award (Laura Slocum) will be given during the High School Program. While CHED programming is always worth celebrating, we have a great deal more to celebrate this year in San Francisco!

And speaking of the High School Program, it is anticipated to be one of our largest ever, with over 100 teachers expected. We will have the traditional Sunday AM session/CHED-HS Interface Luncheon/PM session format. For pre-college teachers who want to get extra content especially designed for their use, Polymer Ambassador Sherri Rukes will once again provide a program for teachers on Monday night at the meeting. This is a very popular session, and we are glad it has become a standard element at national meetings.

We will host a state-of-the-art symposium in San Francisco titled “State of the Art: Applying Chemistry Education Research to Practice”. Thanks go out to Patrick Daubenmire and Deborah Herrington for bringing this to our division. For those of you who might have an idea for a state-of-the-art symposium for the future, let us know! There’s usually at least a year’s worth of planning that goes into these special sessions.

The Call for Papers for the Fall 2017 ACS National Meeting in Washington D.C. has already gone out. Denyce Wicht and Beatriz Rios-Mckee are assembling a fine program. We hope to see you there as well! Please submit an abstract.

The deadline for submission to Washington D.C. is March 27, 2017.

We are here to produce programming at national meetings that is useful, relevant, and serves the needs of CHED members. Let us know how we can improve the program, and what role you might play as a volunteer. Please do not hesitate to contact me ( with your ideas. I look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

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