From the Chair, Cheryl Frech, Fall 2018

BCCE News: By the time you read this, more than 1600 chemistry educators will have returned home from the 25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, held at Notre Dame University July 29-August 2, 2018. Many thanks to Steve Wietstock, Cate Reck, and Jim Parise plus their organizing committee for planning and executing a fantastic BCCE. Marcy Towns, who delivered a memorably cool opening plenary talk in the ice rink, delved into the history of the Biennial Conferences, which began with a small invitation-only gathering in Aspen, Colorado in the summer of 1970. If you weren’t able to attend the BCCE this year, mark your calendar for the next one, to be held July 18-23, 2020 at Oregon State University, in Corvallis, OR. Please note that the dates of the 2020 BCCE are more than a week earlier than we have typically met, and adjust your future summer plans accordingly.
ACS Boston: Many CHED committees will meet in Boston at the 256th ACS National Meeting. Committee meetings start as early as Friday, August 17 when Finance Committee convenes. Our hats are off to the tenacious chair, Cathy Middlecamp, who has worked with our financial firm, Turbo Execs, and Division Treasurer, David Licata, and the entire Finance Committee to bring order to the Division’s financial affairs.
The Division Executive Committee meets on Saturday, August 18. If you want to be in the “room where it happens” (otherwise known as the open session of ExComm) please join us from 1:30-4:00 pm in the Seaport World Trade Center Waterfront Ballroom 3.
An ongoing project this year has been the revision of the Division’s Operations Manual. Each committee has been asked to update their Ops Manual entries according to a standard format. Our Division member-at-large, Deanna Cullen, is coordinating this complex effort. If you are on a committee, please provide input on the Ops Manual process to your chair.
If you are attending the Boston ACS meeting, check out the intriguing programming in CHED. The meeting theme is “Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, and Beyond”. Multiple symposia incorporate this theme, including “What are undergraduates learning about nanoscience nanotechnology?” and  “State-of-the-Art: From Making Nanomaterials to Understanding Their Global Impact”. Also in Boston, the GSSPC symposium, entitled “Frontiers in Computational Chemistry: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Experiment. A Symposium in Memory of Dr. Jeffry D. Madura”, is focused on highlighting the recent advancements in computational chemistry and its broader impact on the chemical enterprise. GSSPCs are completely planned and organized by graduate students; this meeting’s team is from Duquesne University.
CHED hosts a reception at 5:30 pm Sunday at the Boston ACS meeting (Seaport World Trade Center Cityview Ballroom 2). Please come by and say hello.
We need YOU! The work of the Division of Chemical Education is accomplished by a number of committees, boards, officers, and members. Just one person can make an impact by getting involved. A simple way to voice your interest is to volunteer through the webpage: http://www.divched.org/content/nominations-ched-committees-elected-positions . If you have a question about a particular committee or role, please don’t hesitate to inquire.

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