Chemical Education Research Committee, Spring 2012

At the 242nd National Meeting of the ACS in Denver, CO, Michael J. Sanger and Jack Barbera organized the ‘Chemical Education Research’ symposium. There were presentations in 4 sessions at this fall meeting. At the 243rd National Meeting of the ACS in San Diego, CA the CER symposium is under the direction of Cianán Russell and Gautam Bhattacharyya.

Diane Bunce, Deborah Herrington, Jessie Vanden Plas, Vickie Williamson are serving as organizers for the Peer-Reviewed CER Symposium at the 2012 BCCE. Members and friends of the CERC are serving as reviewers. This symposium will feature in-depth presentations of completed chemical education research studies that have undergone blind peer review by a subcommittee of the Chemical Education Research Committee. To be considered for this symposium, authors submitted a 1000-word abstract by January 15, 2012. The abstract included: the study's theoretical basis or rationale, the research questions posed, a brief overview of methodology and data analysis, and summary of findings. Individuals selected for participation in this symposium were notified by February 1, 2012 and invited to submit a 125-word abstract online through the normal BCCE submission (2/28 deadline). After a double-blind review, those not selected for this symposium will be encouraged to submit abstracts to the regular CER symposium. Graduate students and post-docs were encouraged to submit.

The CER Committee seeks to increase the number of quality nominations for the ACS Award in Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry, which requires a minimum of ten nominations per year. Nominations are active for a period of three years. Renee Cole from CERC serves as liaison to the ACS Canvassing Committee (Michael Abraham, Tom Greenbowe, and Michael Sanger) to work on increasing the number of nominations for this award. Please contact any of these persons if you have questions about the award or nomination process. The Canvassing Committee will work to ensure that candidates will be nominated and asks that anyone who is nominating a colleague for this award to send a courtesy e-mail to one of the Canvassing Committee members so they can adequately track the number of candidates nominated for this award.

The CERC meetings are held on Sunday afternoon at the National ACS and BCCE meetings. These are open to the entire chemical education community. The CERC is an equal opportunity committee, and we are continually working to make it an open and welcoming environment for the sharing of ideas and opinions of all ACS members—from graduate students in chemical education to faculty who are new to chemical education research and would like some guidance to junior- and senior-level chemical education research faculty members. Our next meetings will be at the Spring ACS meeting in San Diego and the 2012 BCCE. Approved meeting minutes are posted on the CERC page on the DivCHED website.

The CERC would like to thank Deborah Herrington who has served two terms, the latter of which expired at the end of 2011. Her commitment and hard work was much appreciated by DivChed. The members of the CER Committee for 2012 are:

Vickie M. Williamson (Chair), Texas A & M University
Gautam Bhattacharyya, Clemson University
Diane Bunce, Catholic University of America
Renee Cole, University of Central Missouri
Melanie Cooper, Clemson University
Tom Greenbowe, Iowa State University
Nathaniel Grove, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Willie Hunter, Illinois State University
Greg Rushton, Kennesaw State University
Cianán Russell (Secretary), Georgia Institute of Technology
Marilyne Stains, University of Nebraska
Jessica Vanden Plas, Northern Arizona University
Ningfeng Zhao, East Tennessee State University

Members of the CERC serve for a term of three years, with the terms of four members expiring each year. Perspectives from those who are experienced researchers and who are new to chemical education research are valued. Those who would be willing to serve on the Chemical Education Research Committee should contact Vickie Williamson ( Please include one sentence to describe what you would hope the committee can accomplish and one sentence about what skills, ideas, and energy you would bring to the committee to accomplish the goals. A list of those interested will be forwarded to the CPN committee for membership appointments beginning Jan 2013. The CERC is looking for hard working individuals who want to promote chemical education research.

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