Chemical Education Research Committee, Winter 2011

Vickie M. Williamson ( submitted 11/8/2011

At the Spring 2011 ACS National Meeting, the Chemical Education Research Committee (CERC) hosted a Peer-Reviewed Chemical Education Research Symposium session in Anaheim, CA.  The committee has voted to repeat this symposium at the 2012 BCCE, in addition to our normal Chemical Education Research (CER) Symposium. The peer-reviewed symposium is offered no more than once a year, while the regular CER symposium occurs at every national ACS and BCCE meeting.

Diane Bunce, Deborah Herrington, JessieVanden 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, please submit a 1000-word abstract to by January 4, 2012. The abstract must include: 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 will be 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 are encouraged to submit.

The CERC meetings, which in the past have usually occurred on Monday afternoons, are moving to Sunday afternoon.  These are held at the National ACS and BCCE meetings, 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 meeting will be at the Spring ACS meeting in San Diego, CA.

The CERC would like to thank those members whose terms expire at the end of 2011 for their commitment and hard work.  These include: Deborah Herrington, Greg Rushton, Cianán Russell, Peter Zhao. The members of the CER Committee for 2011 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
Nathaniel Grove, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Deborah Herrington, Grand Valley State University
Willie Hunter, Illinois State University
Greg Rushton, Kennesaw State University
Cianán Russell (Secretary), Georgia Institute of Technology
Jessica Vanden Plas, Northern Arizona University
Ningfeng Zhao, East Tennessee State University

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