International Activities Committee Report, Fall 2012

From the San Diego ACS Meeting

At the San Diego meeting the committee sponsored a symposium “Chemistry Education: International and Multicultural Perspectives” organized by Santiago Sandi-Urena and Sonali Raje. There were nine presentations ranging from summer programs to challenges in multicultural education. We thank Sonale and Santiago for their efforts in organizing a very successful symposium. The CHED-IAC will continue to sponsor symposia at the spring ACS National Meeting; we will explore partnering with other ACS division/committees in co-sponsoring the symposia. This will help to broaden our dissemination efforts on issues related to global chemical education.

The committee also heard a report from Dr. Lourdes Echegoyen on the Global Readiness Task Force (GRTF) and responded to a request from the Division of Chemical education to send a slate of three candidates to serve as a liaison between the Division of Chemical Education and IUPAC. The committee nominated Charles Atwood, Lourdes Echegoyen and Carmen Valdez Gauthier to the DivCHED Executive committee. The committee also heard from Dr. Zafra Lerman on the EurAsia 2012 Conference, April 16-21, Island of Corfu, Greece. Dr. Lerman will organize the Chemical Education program at the conference and invited IAC members to participate and help disseminate this information.

CHED–IAC at the Philadelphia ACS Meeting

At the Philadelphia meeting the committee will continue to discuss ways to promote international collaborations in chemical education. The committee will also hear a report from members of the IAC-CHED committee that will be participating at the 22nd ICCE and 13th ECRICE conference on July 15-20 in Rome, Italy. More information on the meeting can be found at

At our meeting, the Committee will receive a report from this year’s winner of the CHED-IAC Travel Award, Samuel Pazini. We will also consider the symposium being planned for the 2012 ACS meeting in New Orleans. Dr. Santiago Sandi-Urena has already submitted a proposal for a symposium entitled: Chemistry Education: International and Multicultural Perspectives. The committee will discuss partnership opportunities for this symposium

CHED–IAC Travel Award

Please consider applying to the CHED-IAC Travel Award. This award is designed to assist a member of the Division of Chemical education who is a full-time college, university, or high school faculty member. Preference will be given to junior and/or under-represented faculty members who have not had the opportunity to attend an international meeting in chemical education. More information about the award can be found at the DivCHED Web site ( Please note that the deadline is November 30, 2012.

New ideas related to the business of the IAC are always welcome. If you are interested in joining us as member of this committee, please contact Committee Chair Carmen Valdez Gauthier ( We look forward to hearing from you! Thank you.

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