International Activities Committee Report, Winter 2012

The committee met at the ACS Fall National meeting.  The committee continues its work on promoting and organizing symposia at national and international meetings.  Several members of the CHED-IAC committee attended the 22nd International Conference on Chemistry Education (ICCE) in Rome which was a join with the 12th European Conference on Research in Chemistry Education (ECRICE).  Dr. Sam Pazini, recipient of the 2012 CHED-IAC International Travel Award, presented a paper focused on chemical education research interfaced with Inorganic Chemistry, and describing how language affects learning science.  A report of his participation can be found in the newsletter.  Drs. Hoffman, Katz, Lerman, Sandi-Urena and Gauthier presented oral papers at the conference.  The committee is organizing a symposium Chemical Education: International and Multicultural Perspectives at the New Orleans meeting on.  Drs. Sonali Raje and Santiago Sandi-Urena are the organizers.  I hope you will be able to join us in New Orleans as we explore new opportunities for collaboration with members of the international community.

Below is a list of several conference of interest to chemical educators:

  • 40th Anniversary of the College Chemistry Canada Conference 1972-2013, Newfoundland, Canada (June 6-8, 2013)
  • Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice, Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.A (June 9-14, 2013).
  • 5th Eurovariety in Chemistry Education Conference, Limerick, Ireland (July 3-5, 2013).
  • 5th International Conference Network for Inter-Asian Chemistry Educators (NICE), Pingtung, Taiwan (July 25, 27, 2013)
  • 44th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, Istanbul, Turkey (August 11-16, 2013)

At the Philadelphia meeting, the committee welcomed Professor Solomon Derese of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, who discussed ways in which the ACS can help the African Journal of Chemical Education (AJCE). The AJCE is based in Ethiopia. The first issue of the journal came out in 2011 to celebrate IYC 2011.  Five issues have since been published. The editor of the journal is Dr. Temechegn Engida (temechegne@faschem.org; temechegn@gmail.com) and the journal is hosted at http://www.faschem.org/. The journal publishes research papers, short news reports, reviews, laboratory experiments and demonstrations, scientific theories, activities and indigenous knowledge and chemistry in Africa among other chemical education articles. Suggested ways that ACS can help is by providing exposure to AJCE by piggy-backing some issues of the journal with the Journal of Chemical Education and providing technical support to the editors.  If you are interested in assisting the African Journal of Chemical Education please contact Prof. Derese at sderese@gmail.com.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Committee Chair Carmen Valdez Gauthier (cgauthier@flsouthern.edu).  We look forward to hearing from you! 
Thank you.

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