International Activities Committee Report, Spring 2012

Carmen Valdez Gauthier, Chair (2012-2014)

The committee continues to promote international collaborations by attending, organizing, and co-sponsoring national and international symposia.

CHED Travel Award Update

The CHED-IAC completed the Travel Award evaluation for 2011.  The recipient of this year’s travel grant is Samuel Pazini from the Chemistry Department at the University of New Hampshire.  Dr. Panzini requested funds to attend the 22nd International Conference on Chemical Education, July 15-20, 2012 in Rome, Italy, where he will present a paper on “Design and Assessment of an Intervention Strategy for Low Skilled Comprehenders in General Chemistry,” and build connections with the international chemistry community.  Dr. Panzini will share his experiences at the conference with the CHED community by writing a report that will be published in the CHED newsletter.  Additionally, Dr. Panzini will work with the IAC committee in organizing a symposium at either the BCCE conference or one of the ACS National Meetings in 2013.  More information on the meeting can be found at

The 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 the CHED website. If you or someone you know meet the criteria please encourage them to apply, the deadline for the submission of application for the 2012 CHED Travel Award is November 15, 2012. 

CHED – IAC Activities:

  1. EurAsia 2012 Conference , April 16-21, Island of Corfu, Greece: Dr. Zafra Lerman and Dr. Rachel Mamlok-Naaman from the Weizman Institute are organizing a symposium on Chemical Education.  Information can be found at .
  2. ACS Meeting in San Diego: Dr. Sonali Raje and Dr. Santiago Sandi-Urena are organizing a symposium: Chemistry Education: International and Multicultural Perspectives.  The symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from 8:30-12:30. 
  3. 22nd ICCE and 13th ECRICE, July 15-20, 2012, Rome, Italy. CHED-IAC will co-sponsor a symposium at the ECRICE-ICCE in Rome, July 2012.  More information on this conference can be found at:

The CHED-IAC meeting will be held from 8:00–9:30 am on Sunday, March 25, in the Default room of the Westin San Diego.  The committee will hear a report from the 2011 CHED-IAC award recipient, Dr. Vasiliki Lykourinou participation in the 10th European Conference on Research In Chemistry Education.  New ideas related to the business of the IAC are always welcome, please send me an email at or simply attend the meeting.  We look forward to hearing form you!

Thank you.

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