International Activities Committee Report, Fall 2014

Carmen Valdez Gauthier, Chair (2012-2014)

The committee continues its efforts to promote issues on global education by organizing or co-sponsoring programs both nationally and internationally.  More recently, committee members have been actively engaged in applying for funding through the Division Activities Committee and the ACS-International Activities committee. Dr. Resa Kelly was successful in obtaining funds through an innovative project grant entitled “Uniting International Chemical Societies through a Traveling Symposium;” funds will be used to support a traveling symposium centered on education for sustainable development and technological innovations.  Dr. Santiago Sandi-Urena was successful in obtaining funds to support the participation of three educators in the symposium of Chemical Education Research and Practices of the Americas at the Latin American Chemistry Congress (CLAQ) in Lima-Peru and to establish a Chemical Education Network of the Americas (CENA).  Additionally, the committee has been working closely with the International Activities Office of ACS to choose eight students from the Americas to the attend the CLAQ meeting in October, present posters at the education symposium and volunteer at the Festival de Quimica, which will take place October 14, 2014. 

The CHED-IAC International Travel Award winners Nicole DePaul from the YES Prep Public Schools in Houston, Texas and Sarah J. Hansen a graduate student from Columbia University will be attending the ICCE meeting in Toronto.  Dr. DePaul will present a paper on “Using Facebook as a communication and collaboration tool for general chemistry at the college/university level,” while Ms. Hansen will work on developing an international network with the aim to develop learning communities from kindergarten through college.  The committee is organizing a symposium on “Chemistry Education: International and Multicultural Perspectives” at the ICCE 2014 in Toronto, Canada.  Also, committee member Hannah Sevian is co-organizing a symposium  on “The Role of Education in Responsible Research and Innovation” at the ICCE 2014 meeting.

CHED International Travel Award
This award is designed to support a DivCHED member who attends and fully participates in an international chemical education conference held outside the U.S.  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. Information about the travel award and deadlines can be found at  If you or someone you know meet the criteria, please encourage them to apply.  The application deadline for the 2014 CHED Travel Award is November 30th  2014. 

ACS National Spring Meeting, San Francisco 2014
Global Perspectives in Chemical Education: Research and Practice
This is a full day symposium that will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014 at the Moscone Center in Room 121.  Speakers will discuss issues from teaching abroad, assessment, collaboration and building an international network.  The symposium will conclude with a panel discussion.

CLAQ 2014, Lima Peru, October 13-17, 2014
International Symposium on Chemical Education Research and Practice
This will be a one-day symposium sponsored in collaboration with the ACS-IAC, FLAQ and the GIDEEQ (Research Group for the Development of Strategies for the Teaching of Chemistry at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru).  Speakers for the symposium are Melanie Copper and Maria Oliver-Hoyo from the US, Johanna Camacho from Chile and Carolina Lizarro from Colombia.  The goals of the symposium are to bring together chemical educators and researchers in chemical education from the Americas and to create a Chemical Education Network of the Americas (CENA). 

ACS National Spring Meeting, Denver 2015 and 98th Canadian Chemistry Exhibition in Ottawa, Canada
A traveling Symposium between the U.S. and Canada: Uniting International Chemical Societies to Share Work on Chemical Education for Sustainable Development and Innovative Technologies for Implementation
Resa Kelly and Peter Mahaffy from the Canadian Chemical Society will be co-organizing this symposium.  You are invited to submit an abstract to the symposium. We will post information about this symposium on the CHED website.

PacifiChem 2015, Hawaii, December 15-20, 2015
Chemistry Education: International and Multicultural Perspectives.  Santiago Sandi-Urena is the symposium organizer. 

The CHED-IAC meeting will be held from 8:00–9:30 am on Sunday, August 10, 2014, in the Moscone Center, Room 202/204 South Building.  The committee will discuss the Latin American Congress of Chemistry to be held in Peru in 2014, and IAC participation in future national and international meetings.  If you are interested in international issues, please join us; we always welcome new ideas.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Carmen Valdez Gauthier

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