DivCHED serves as a means of focusing and enhancing the interests and efforts of all constituencies involved in the teaching and learning of chemistry at every level.
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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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Call for Symposia for the Fall 2018 ACS Meeting in Boston

Now that our clocks have fallen backwards by an hour, it can only mean that it is time to propose symposia for the fall ACS national meeting to be held in Boston on August 19-23, 2018

The Division of Chemical Education includes members that vary in ethnic/racial background, gender, sexual orientation, and disability status, as well as professional level and area of expertise. To meet the needs of its membership, the Division encourages and supports a wide range of topics for its programming. Specifically, the Division seeks to recruit diverse symposium organizers and to provide programming that attracts speakers of various backgrounds, appeals to a variety of audience members, and focuses on issues related to diversity and inclusion. Proposals are solicited for any topic in chemical education, and it would be especially great to have proposals related to the meeting's primary theme: "Nanoscience, Nanotechnology & Beyond".

2018 DivCHED Officer Election Results

We have concluded the election for the 2018 Division officers. We thank you, our members, for your participation in this effort.

Our newly elected officers for 2018 are:
2018 Chair-elect: Irv Levy
2018-2020 Treasurer: David Licata
2018-2020 Councilor: Roxie Allen
2018-2020 Alternate Councilor: Patrick Daubenmire

The Division wishes to acknowledge and thank all those who ran in the fall election. The candidates were: Scott Donnelly, Irv Levy (Chair-elect), Roxie Allen, Jack Barbera, Patrick Daubenmire, Thomas Pentecost (Councilor/Alternate Councilor), and  William J. "Bill" Donovan, David Licata (Treasurer).

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

Search for new Journal of Chemical Education Editor-in-Chief


The Board of Publication of the Division of Chemical Education (DivCHED) announces the opening of a search for the ninth Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the Journal of Chemical Education (JCE). The EIC the JCE is responsible for all aspects of its publication either directly or cooperatively through the co-publication agreement with the American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications Division. The EIC is expected to have broad knowledge of chemistry content, chemistry education, and chemistry education research; to possess a clear vision of the role of a peer-reviewed journal; to exhibit diplomacy, good interpersonal skills, decisiveness, and writing/editing ability; and to meet publication deadlines while managing a sizable workload.

The EIC is appointed to a 5-year renewable term. To help with the transition, the new EIC will serve in conjunction with the current EIC, Norbert Pienta, for up to a year. The new EIC will assume full responsibility for operating the JCE on January 1, 2020.

New Edition of SACL Available

SACL CoverThe ACS Committee on Chemical Safety has recently revised the popular “Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories,” now in the 8th edition. The PDF of this booklet is at www.acs.org/SACL and it can be purchased in hard copy here. A synopsis of the contents and changes from the 7th edition are located on the purchase webpage. 

Congratulations the DivCHED members who have been named ACS Fellows in 2017

We are fortunate to the include the following 2017 ACS Fellows in the DivCHED membership:

Allen, Roxie V., St. John's School
Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for sustained service as a leader in chemical education for facilitating professional development for teachers of chemistry, encouraging new teachers and students, and serving in many leadership roles.
Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for contributions to the Division of Chemical Education through service as a mentor for students and teachers alike in roles promoting chemical education excellence and equity in K-12.

Baysinger, Grace, Stanford Libraries
Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for significant contributions to the fields of chemical information education and chemistry librarianship, service on boards of scientific publishers, and as a mentor to other chemical information professionals.
Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for service to the Division of Chemical Information; to the Committees on Chemical Abstracts Service, Community Activities, and Publications; and on special ACS task forces, and for organizing symposia.

Corfield, Peter W. R., Fordham University
Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for his research, extensive work with teachers and students in science education, and his impact on diversity in the science workforce through work with minority and economically disadvantaged students.
Contribution to the ACS community: Honored for service in the New York Local Section for over 40 years, including his ongoing support and direction for the educational programs of the Westchester Subsection that he developed.

Goode, Regis Ann, Ridge View High School
Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized as a leader in secondary school chemical education as a teacher of Advanced Placement Chemistry and Chemistry in the Community, and for educating and mentoring others in the profession.
Contribution to the ACS community: Honored for over three decades of involvement in ACS chemical education projects, such as Chemistry in the Community, AACT, ChemMatters, and the Task Force for Safety Education Guidelines.

Gravely, Etta C., North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for 50 years of contributing to innovative chemistry pedagogy for precollege and college students. Facilitated positive quality change in chemical education at many institutions through the College Chemistry Consultant Services.
Contribution to the ACS community: Served in four elected Local Section offices, co-chairing two regional undergraduate research meetings-in-miniature, and chairing a national task force. Led the Local Section to win the outstanding section award.  

Hogue, Lynn, Miami University (Retired)
Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized as a leader, mentor, and role model in outreach and teacher education; her students are using the “Lynn Hogue” model of encouragement, excitement, and inspiration for the next generation.
Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for her excitement, enthusiasm, and innovation of chemistry outreach through her service on the Committee on Community Activities as Chair and the Committee on Public Relations and Communications.

Levy, Irvin J., Gordon College
Contribution to the science/profession: Honored for significant contributions in advancing the field of green chemistry education, including expanding the community of green chemists, contributing scientific communications, and increasing student engagement.
Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for excellence in service to the Division of Chemical Education (CHED), bringing in new, cross-Divisional programming to the CHED program and introducing relevant, green chemistry programming to the Division.

Peters, Dennis G., Indiana University, Bloomington
Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for outstanding mentorship and classroom teaching of graduate and undergraduate students, colleagues, and visitors. Known internationally for excellence in research involving organic electrochemistry.
Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for Local Section activities and sponsorship of undergraduate and graduate students, and for service on ACS award committees and in the Divisions of Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Education.

Varma-Nelson, Pratibha, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
Contribution to the science/profession: Work on face-to-face and cyber versions of Peer Led Team Learning has facilitated understanding of learning chemistry in small groups in the two environments and effective dissemination of innovations.
Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for providing fundamental support to chemists implementing peer teaching methods, serving in multiple capacities within the Division of Chemical Education, and providing national service to C&EN.

Gearing up for the Spring 2018 meeting in New Orleans

Greetings from the Program Committee of the Division of Chemical Education!

Even though we hope you are getting ready to come join us for the D.C. meeting in August, we are also working behind the scenes, gearing up for the Spring 2018 meeting in New Orleans.

This note is to solicit your suggested symposia - something that you might like to organize for this meeting. Proposals are solicited for any chemical education-related topic. It would be especially great to have proposals related to the meeting's primary theme: The Food, Energy, Water Nexus. Sessions that are already in the works are listed below.

If you have an idea, please send it, by June 30, to New Orleans meeting co-chairs Carmen Gauthier Valdez and Nicole Snyder. After that date symposia will still be considered however, they will not appear in the Chemical & Engineering News Call For Papers. 

Best wishes,

Irv Levy - DivCHED Program Chair, 2017 (irv.levy@gordon.edu)
Carmen Gauthier Valdez - New Orleans meeting co-chair (cgauthier@flsouthern.edu)
Nicole Snyder - New Orleans meeting co-chair (nsnyder@snyderglycosciencegroup.org)

ACS Division of Chemial Education Travel Awards

Did you know.....

The Division of Chemical Education offers a number of travel awards to its members?

The Dorothy and Moses Passer Education Grants (Established 1992) provide support for faculty in small programs and who are somewhat isolated from others in their discipline. Awards will be to individuals who teach chemistry or chemical technology as a full time faculty members at an undergraduate 2- or 4-year United States college that does not have a graduate program in the chemical sciences. The next application deadline is September 1, 2017. Visit the Division website for more information and to apply.

The Division of Chemical Education Travel Award grants financial support for travel to BCCE or ACS National Meetings for DivCHED members. To be considered for this award, you must be in at least your third year as a member of the Division of Chemical Education at the time of application. The next award application deadline is September 15, 2017. Click here for more information and to apply.

The Division of Chemical Education International Travel Award supports a member of the Division who presents and fully participates in an international chemical education conference held outside the U.S. The applicant must be a member of the Division of Chemical Education and be a full-time college, university, or high school faculty member. Preference will be given to junior and/or under-represented faculty members who have not had the opportunity to attend an international meeting in chemical education. The next applcation deadline is November 30, 2017. Visit the Division website for more information.

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