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-Chemical Education News & Announcements-

Welcome to the ACS Division of Chemical Education website. Here you can keep up-to-date with activities, news, and opportunities in chemical education. Do you have something interesting you'd like to share with the Division?
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You Will Never Know Never You Ask: Undergraduate Research in Chemistry Education

by William Marmor, Rochester Institute of Technology

An Unexpected Beginning
So many people wonder how the influential and prestigious men and women of the world end up where they are today. Who would not want to be successful and admired for years of hard work finally paying off. For some it happens, accepting a Nobel Prize in front of your family, friends and that one high school teacher who never believed in you. As you reach out and grasp that medal a grin comes across your face as cameras flash and an applause erupts! Then, the sound and lights instantly disappear as the medal shoots out of your hand. Your grin slips away and your eyes open wide, as only the sound of the shower head fills your ears. Groggy and tired you bend down and grab the bar of soap, once a gold medal, off the shower floor. Brought back to reality, you can’t help but enjoy the day dreams of an early morning shower. Time to get ready for work.

Group Insurance Plans for ACS Members

In 2015, in response to member concerns, the Board of Trustees, Group Insurance Plans for ACS members launched a new insurance plan -- Chemical Educators Legal Liability plan. The new Chemical Educators Legal Liability policy applies to members employed by an academic institution when they are acting on behalf of their employer. Because both plans provide liability coverage for outreach events, to avoid confusion we prepared a guide which compares  the features of the new Chemical Educators Legal Liability Plan and the ACS General Liability plan. 

ACS National Awards Nominations Software


As some of you know, the software used to submit nominations for ACS national awards recently “crashed.” This was particularly disconcerting for those of us associated with the national award program because it happened near the deadline for submitting nominations. Please note the following:

  • We believe the software is functioning at this time.
  • The deadline for submitting nominations has been extended until November 16th.
  • If you experience any difficulties with uploading documents into the national award software, send them to awardselection@acs.org and ACS staff will upload the documents for you.

Please let me know if you have any questions by contacting me at gmbodner@purdue.edu.

George Bodner
ACS Board of Directors
Grants & Awards Committee

Fall 2015 Election Results - Division of Chemical Education Officers

We have concluded the election for the 2016 Division officers. We thank you, our members, for your participation in this effort.

Our newly elected officers for 2016 are:
MaryKay Orgill - Chair-Elect (2016)
Sally B. Mitchell - Councilor (2016-2018)
Rick Moog - Alternate Councilor (2016-2018)
Cinzia Muzzi - Alternate Councilor (2016-2018)

The Division wishes to acknowledge and thank all those who ran in the fall election. The candidates were:
Amina El-Ashmaway (chair-elect),Cinzia Muzzie (Councilor/Alternat Councilor), Patrick Daubenmire (Councilor/Alternate Councilor), Thomas B. Higgins (Councilor/Alternate Councilor), Daniel King (Councilor/Alternate Councilor).

Congratulations again to our new officers! We look forward to your leadership in the new year! 

2016 National ACS Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following award recipients for 2016. These recipients will be honored at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in conjunction with the 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego, CA.

ACS Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry, sponsored by Pearson Education, Avi Hofstein, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching, sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific, Julia Winter, Alchemie Games and Detroit Country Day School, Michigan.

George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education, sponsored by Cengage Learning and the ACS Division of Chemical Education, Richard S. Moog, Franklin & Marshall College and The POGIL Project.

For the full list of ACS award recipients, visit http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/awards/national/rec...

Frank J. Creegan, Richard S. Moog, and James Spencer to receive the 2015 James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry

The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) has announced the recipients of the 2015 James Flack Norris Award:

  • Frank J. Creegan, the W. Alton Jones Professor Emeritus at Washington College;
  • Richard S. Moog, Professor of Chemistry at Franklin & Marshall College; and
  • James Spencer, the William G. and Elizabeth R. Simeral Professor Emeritus at Franklin & Marshall College.

Who are being recognized for their leadership of the Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) method that is widely used in a wide range of disciplines in high schools, colleges, and universities across the country. The James Flack Norris Award will be presented to the trio at the November 12, 2015 meeting of NESACS. 

Green Chemistry Education Roadmap Initiative Survey

Dear Member of the Division of Chemical Education:

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute invites you to participate in our Green Chemistry Education Roadmap Initiative Survey. We are seeking your input about current chemistry teaching practices, the importance of teaching certain chemistry concepts, and barriers to curriculum changes.

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