International Activities Committee Report, Fall 2013

The International Activities Committee met in New Orleans.  Among the issues discussed were: 1) International Conferences, 2) Participation at the New Orleans and Dallas ACS National Meetings, 3) Promotion of the IAC-CHED travel award, 4) Discussion of collaboration with international organizations to promote chemical education.

New Orleans ACS-National Meeting:

Santiago Sandi-Urena and Sonale Raje organized a full day symposium on “Chemical Education: International and Multicultural Perspectives.”  The symposium had the participation of scientists from Canada, Macau and Peru in addition to scientists currently working at US institutions.

At the IAC-CHED meeting the committee discussed ways to increase the number of applications for the CHED International Travel Award.  The committee will send the application information to the 2YC3 listserve , CER listserve and the CHED website.   The committee also discussed ways to increase collaborations with other international chemical educators.  The committee is currently working with chemical educators in Peru to organize a symposium on chemical education research and practice prior to 2014 Latin American Congress of Chemistry (October 14-17). 

Mort Hoffman provided a list of international conferences of interest to the chemical education community:

  • Virtual Conference on Computational Chemistry, August 1-31, 2013, Mauritius.
  • International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry, August 4-7, 2013, Nottingham, England.
  • IUPAC World Congress, August 11-16, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • World Conference on Science and Technology Education, September 29-October 3, 2013, Kuching, Malaysia.
  • Australian International Education Conference, October 8-11, 2013 Canberra, Australia.
  • First African Conference on Research in Chemistry Education (ACRICE-1), December 5-7, 2013, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Gordon Conference on Physics Research and Education, June 8-13, 2014, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 22nd Symposium on Chemistry and Science Education, June 19-21, 2014, Bremen, Germany.
  • European Conference on Research in Chemical Education, July 6-10, 2014, Jyvaskyla, Finland.
  • International Conference on Chemical Education, July 13-18, 2014, Toronto, Canada.
  • International IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry, August 16-20, 2014, Durban, South Africa.

Future Symposia sponsored by CHED-IAC:
The committee has submitted a proposal to the International Conference on Chemical Education (ICCE-2014) to organize a symposium on “Chemistry Education: International and Multicultural Perspectives.”  The symposium will be organized by Santiago Sandi-Urena and will have co-organizers from Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico and Spain.

The committee will also organize a similar symposium at the Dallas ACS National Meeting.  We invite contributions by individuals who are involved in teaching chemistry at all levels to discuss challenges in the classroom and laboratory, effective teaching/mentoring strategies, and educational policies and views.  The committee greatly appreciates the efforts of Santiago Sandi-Urena and Sonali Raje in organizing the spring meeting symposium.

DivCHED Travel Grant
The Travel Award supports a DivCHED member who attends and fully participates in an international chemical education conference held outside the U.S. An applicant must be a full-time college, university, or high school faculty member, and be a current member of our division. Preference is given to junior and/or under-represented faculty members who have not had the opportunity to attend an international meeting in chemical education. The application deadline is November 30, 2013 for a 2014 conference. Please encourage your eligible colleagues to apply or take this opportunity to nominate yourself!
Finally, if you are interested in being part of this committee, please let me know (cgauthier@flsouthern.edu) or join us at the Indianapolis meeting. We will be meeting on Sunday, September 8, 2010 at 8 am in the Columbus room at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.  Also, if you have ideas for our committee, please let us know. 

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