Congratulations to the winners of this year's DivCHED officer election

Chair-Elect: Vicente Talanquer
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Arizona




Treasurer: Rick Moog
Professor of Chemistry
Franklin & Marshall College









Roxie Vought Allen
St. John’s School
K-12 Independent School
Houston, Texas









Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh
FT Chemistry Faculty
Central New Mexico Community College






Alternate Councilors

Congratulations to the appointed and reappointed board members

The following members were elected to be appointed and reappointed to the ACS Exams Institute Board of Trustees or the Board of Publication during the Fall 2020 Executive Committee meeting . Congratulations and thank you for your service!

Exams Institute Board of Trustees

Dr. Alex Grushow, Chair, 2015-2017, 2018-2020, 2021-2023
Rider University
Professor & Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Thomas José, Member, 2015-2017, 2018-2020, 2021-2023
Blinn College
Professor of Chemistry

Board of Publication

2020 Outstanding Service to the Division Awardee, Marcy Towns

Dr. Marcy Towns, Purdue University

Dr. Marcy Towns, Purdue University, was awarded the 2020 Outstanding Service to the Division Award. Marcy's service includes:

  • Division leadership includes Chair succession, Program Chair, Alt. Councilor
  • Associate Editor, JCE
  • Member of the Exams Institute Board of Directors
  • Key member (sometimes chair) of several committees including CER, program committee, strategic planning, CPN
  • Organizing committee for 2006 BCCE and General chair for 2022 BCCE
  • Strong promoter of the Division, Chemistry, and Chemistry Education Research in the US and internationally.
  • Congratulations, Marcy! Thank you for your division service!

Report from Secretary Dan King, Fall 2020

Greetings! I hope everyone is staying safe during these difficult times. After a challenging spring term for many of us, I know that we were hoping that things would be improving by now. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The uncertainty associated with the return to classes (however that will look for you) creates a tremendous amount of stress. If the Division can provide any help or support, please let us know.

During the month of September, the Division election will be held. As we did last year, we will be using Survey Monkey for the election. We hope that it will run as smoothly as it has in the past. Please be sure to let me know if there are any problems with the ballot or the election process. Here is the slate for this year’s election.

Chair-elect: Robert (Bob) Pribush and Vicente Talanquer

Treasurer: W. Gary Hollis, Jr. and Rick Moog

Councilor/Alternate Councilor: Roxie Allen, Marty Perry, Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh, Steven Fleming

Best of luck and thanks to all of the candidates for volunteering to serve the Division.

Biennial Conference Committee Announcement, Fall 2020

The Biennial Conference Committee encourages any individual or institution interested in hosting a BCCE to contact MaryKay Orgill ( or Dan Sykes ( or any member of the BCC ( Currently, we are identifying hosts for the 2026 and 2028 BCCEs.

Planning for the 27th BCCE at Purdue University is under way. Updates will be provided in subsequent newsletters. Please contact the General Chair, Marcy Towns (, with any questions.

Message from the Chair, Dawn Del Carlo, Fall 2020

Greetings DivCHED Members!

I hope this newsletter finds you all in good health and peace of mind. 

I can honestly say that both personally and professionally, little of the past 6 months was easy.  In that time, we faced tough decisions about the BCCE, National ACS meetings, budgetary issues within the Division from lost National meeting programming revenue and the cancellation of the BCCE, and facing the necessary and difficult conversations about racism, implicit bias, diversity, and inclusion in our classrooms, institutions, and society. For me, intellectual growth, self-awareness, and mindfulness have all been critical in working through these (and other) issues and hopefully, making me a better professional, leader, educator, and human. I hope you all have found similar growth and resolve.

Notes from the Ledger

This will be my last message to the Division as Treasurer. My term is up, and I will not be running for the post again. So I want to take a few moments to make some final comments and send my appreciation to those who have been such a big help during my term.

When my term started, the Division had a budget deficit that threatened the health, and perhaps even the viability of the Division. As a result, I have had to take a very hard line on expenses, and ask everyone to help us make cuts. Of course that is never a popular thing to have to do – the person in charge of cuts always takes the blame. But, I have to say that everyone in the Division has responded with understanding and helpfulness. So all of you deserve my appreciation.

The budget that ExComm will vote on at the Fall National Meeting will have a deficit nearly equal to the expected returns on our investments. Thus, we expect to spend only the money that we expect to receive. Technically, the budget is not yet balanced, as it will require a withdrawal of earnings from the investment accounts. However, what is the investment account for if not to help fund the programs of the Division?

Congratulations to the 2020 ACS Fellows

The American Chemical Society named 53 members as ACS fellows in 2020. The following list includes those named who are DivCHED members. Congratulations!

Penny J. Beuning, Northeastern University
Deborah H. Cook, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (Retired)
David J. Malik, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (Emeritus)
Ajay Mallia, Georgia Gwinnett College Zaida
Cecilia Morales-Martinez, Florida International University (Emeritus)
Sarah E. Morgan, University of Southern Mississippi
Michael A. Morgan, Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School, Los Angeles
John M. Newsam, Tioga Research
MaryKay Orgill, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Erica A. Posthuma, University High School of Indiana
Sherri Conn Rukes, Libertyville High School
Margareta Séquin, San Francisco State University

View From The Past Chair

Irvin J. Levy, Past ChairI write on the day that I had originally planned as a travel day to Philadelphia for our national meeting. Of course, everything has changed. It is no longer the International Year of the Periodic Table and the ACS has cancelled a national meeting for the first time in its history; sadly, it will take over 100 years for ACS to break its record of uninterrupted meetings that ended this spring. Many people are in my thoughts as the meeting-that-will-not-occur nears. I feel especially sad for the undergraduates who come to a national meeting and are often blinded by science and energized in their trajectory for a very fulfilling career. I also have special empathy toward the many organizers whose countless hours of, mostly volunteer, effort have now been laid waste by a novel virus. After spending 10 years as the program chair in the division, I am fairly well acquainted with the seemingly endless myriad tasks that fall upon the organizers.

Message from the Chair, Dawn Del Carlo

Greetings DivCHED Members!

Well, I have to say, it’s been a VERY eventful start to my time as Chair. As I’m sure you all know by now, we will not be meeting in Philadelphia for the Spring national meeting and like many of you, I am currently in the process of trying to figure out how I can reasonably (and hopefully effectively) teach chemistry on-line. That being said, DivCHED leadership, including our many committee chairs, have been working diligently behind the scenes to try to maintain or reschedule all the great work, events, and symposia that were planned during the Spring meeting. If you’re involved with any of our committees be on the lookout for emails and virtual meetings (if you haven’t been inundated with them already) and THANK YOU for all you do for the Division!

Positions available at Northern Arizona University


DivCHED-CERC Webinar Coming This March

**POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - The ACS DivCHED-CER webinar planned for this coming March will feature Stacey Lowery-Bretz (CER) and Mike Klymkowsky (BER) having a conversation and discussing strengths, limitations, and challenges of using concept inventories in research and practice. We would like their conversation and discussion to be guided by questions of interest to the community of chemistry and biology educators (researchers and practitioners). What questions do you have that you would like them to address? You can post your questions here or email them to Alena Moon ( or Vicente Talanquer ( Help us enrich and motivate this conversation!