International Activities Committee Report, Spring 2013

Carmen Valdez Gauthier, Chair (2012-2014)


Our Committee would like to thank Dr. Margaret Azirvatham, and Dr. Mary Virginia Orna for their contributions to the CHED-IAC. We welcome three new members: Dr. Resa Kelly, Dr. Provi Mayo, and Dr. Hannah Sevian. Currently there are eleven members on the committee.

CHED Travel Award Update

The CHED-IAC completed the Travel Award evaluation for 2012.  The recipient of this year’s travel grant is Nicole DePaul from the YES Prep Public Schools in Houston, Texas.  Ms. DePaul requested funds to attend CHEMED 2013, at the University of Waterloo from July 28-August 1, 2013.  She plans to present results from her dissertation research on: “Using Facebook as a communication and collaboration tool for general chemistry at the college/university level.” She will also promote the Division of Chemical Education through her role as member of the New Members Committee.

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  If you or someone you know meet the criteria please encourage them to apply, the deadline for the submission of application for the 2013 CHED Travel Award is November 30th  2013. 

CHED – IAC Activities in New Orleans:

  1. Chemistry Education: International and Multicultural Perspectives, April 8, 2013, All day symposium
    Drs. Santiago Sandi-Urena and Sonale Raje are the organizers and presiders of the symposium.  Eleven papers will be presented; several of them are collaborations between chemical educators in the US and abroad.  Please join us.
  2. CHED IAC Meeting
    The CHED-IAC meeting will be held from 8:00–9:30 am on Sunday, April 7, 2013, in the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, Room 351.  The committee will discuss the 2013 International Travel Award, organization of a symposium at the next 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 welcome new ideas.  I look forward to hearing from you!


Carmen Valdez Gauthier

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