International Activities Committee Report, Fall 2017

The IAC works to engage and connect with other networks of chemistry educators with global interests. Through these networks, we will exchange ideas about chemistry education research and practices that promote equity and diversity in chemistry education. We are very interested in learning how we can better assist our Division members to get involved with our committee, please contact Division Chair Resa Kelly if you want to learn more about our committee.

Since the IAC last met at the ACS National meeting in San Francisco, we have been active with the following items:
1) Travel award winner Dr. Mageswary Karpudewan of Malaysia presented at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco. She gave a great talk and shared her experiences on our DivCHED IAC website http://www.divched.org/committee/international-activities.

2) An American Chemical Society(ACS)- Sociedad Cubana de Quimica(SCQ) workshop was held April 7-8th in Salt Lake City, Utah at the University of Utah. Past DivCHED IAC Chair Charles Atwood, Professor Joel Harris and DivCHED Chair Resa Kelly organized the workshop which brought together a group of Cuban chemists with US chemists to present on their research and teaching practice. Tours of labs and facilities at the University and a visit to a local high school were highlights. The workshop ended with a brainstorming session on future collaborative projects. A future workshop will be held at the University of Havana – Nov. 23rd through Nov. 25th and following the workshop is a conference in Santiago de Cuba – 22 Conferencia de Química – 70 años de Historia – Nov. 29th to Dec. 1st.


From left to right ACS-SCQ Attendees: Tom Wenzel (Bates College), Joel Harris (U of U), Shelley Minteer (U of U), Resa Kelly (San Jose State University), Loreley Morejón Alonso (University of Havana), Carmen Valdez Gauthier (Florida Southern College), Ana Margarita Esteva Guas (University of Havana), Charles Atwood (U of U), Cristina Isabel Diaz Lopez (University of Havana), Manuel Alvarez Prieto (University of Havana), Lesli Yanez Gonzalez (University of Havana), Alicia Marcelina Diaz Garcia (University of Havana), Armando Augusto Palenque Quevedo (University of Havana), Margarita Villanueve Tagle (University of Havana), Susan Olesik (Ohio State University).

3) On May 3rd, nine of thirteen IAC members voted to approve the revised vision and goal statements for the committee. The approved vision and goals follow.

Vision: As the International Activities Committee of the Division of Chemical Education, our aim is to engage and connect with other networks of chemistry educators with global interests. Through these networks, we will exchange ideas about chemistry education research and practices that promote equity and diversity in chemistry education.

To accomplish these goals, we will:

  • Host symposia and events both in and out of the United States, wherein the co-organizers will consist of one veteran DivCHED IAC member, one new DivCHED IAC member and one international ACS DivCHED member.
  • Disseminate information pertaining to international events through our DivCHED website and social media.
  • Support global research interests by offering a yearly travel award in the amount of $2000 to support an ACS DivCHED member to attend international meetings.
  • Promote and arrange collaborations. 

4) Our first online meeting was held July 21st using Zoom meeting, a service provided by DivCHED. Items that were discussed: Planning for a future IPG proposal, promoting the travel award application and advertising the award through social media outlets (Facebook and Twitter).

Plans for the Spring 2018 ACS National Meeting in New Orleans are underway. Charlie Cox, Wendy Schatzberg and Alexey Leontyev will be organizing a symposium titled – Chemistry Teaching Practices from International Viewpoints. This is a remodel of the traditional Multicultural Symposium. Charlie and Wendy have also been busy working on an ACS book proposal that examines international activities.

We are investigating forming joint symposia with other DivCHED committees to help these committees appeal to a global community.

Thank you for reading!

DivCHED IAC Chair Resa Kelly

 

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