Archived 2022 Events and Information




Friday March 22nd


The Chemistry of Glass
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Presenter: Charlene Smith, PhD, Corporate Fellow, Corning Incorporated

Abstract: Glass is part of our lives.  The windows that protect us from the elements while letting us enjoy natural light; the smart phone screens that we trust won’t shatter; the optical fiber that transmits our data; the baking dishes that we use to make dinner; the screens on our large format TVs – these are all made of glass, engineered with specific compositions for each particular application.  In this talk we’ll discuss glass composition and what compositions are used for different applications.  We’ll also discuss chemical trends of different glass components and how these trends affect glass properties.



Friday April 15th


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Birds of a Feather Session (DEI BoF)


Akiko Nakamura, Gulf Coast State College (FL)

Carol Stallworth, Hillsborough Community College (FL)

Ken Friedrich, Portland Community College (OR)
Monica Marie Arroyo, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico

Abstract: Interested in DEI or have some interesting DEI experiences to share? Come to the DEI BoF! We will have a short panel discussion followed by moderated conversations about what faculty such as yourself have done, would like to do, and wish they knew. There is something here for everyone. Looking forward to sharing and hearing your ideas and experiences!



Friday March 25th


Students' Understandings of Multiple Representations in Chemistry
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Presenter: Stacey Lowery Bretz, Ph.D.

Title: Special Assistant to the Provost for Academic Initiatives, University Distinguished Professor

Affiliation: Miami University

Abstract: Learning in STEM courses requires students to become fluent in the symbolic language of the particular discipline. Developing expertise, however, requires that students move beyond manipulating symbols to creating explanations using particulate models of matter for observations in the laboratory. Failure to accurately interpret and connect these multiple representations of matter creates challenges for students when learning. Our research group designs measurement tools to advance our understanding of how students understand and interpret representations for a variety of core concepts. Findings regarding students’ reasoning with multiple representations and the implications for assessment will be presented using examples from multiple chemistry courses.

Friday February 18th


Toxicology for Chemists: Integrating Toxicology Principles into Higher Education Chemistry Courses
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Presenter: Nimrat Obhi, PhD

Title: Program Manager

Affiliation: Higher Education at Beyond Benign

Abstract: A current key sustainability challenge is that scientists are not trained how to address hazards when designing chemical products. Specifically, chemists lack training in toxicology: what makes a molecule hazardous to human health and the environment? To address this knowledge gap, Beyond Benign – a non-profit dedicated to universal green chemistry education – has designed and released an open-access Toxicology for Chemists curriculum. The curriculum has been developed by a group of key experts and contains lectures, supplementary material, and additional resources to allow educators and current and future scientists to understand and practice chemistry that is safe and responsible for society. In this talk I will provide an overview of the curriculum, how the course modules can be used, and the support that Beyond Benign can provide to educators who want to implement elements into their courses.


Friday February 11th


The Effect of Multiple Assessment Opportunities on Student Achievement in a Large General Chemistry Course
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Presenter: Jill K. Robinson, PhD

Title: Teaching Professor

Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, Indiana University


Abstract: Mastery-based grading involves assessing student mastery of a defined set of learning objectives. Students have multiple attempts to demonstrate understanding of an objective and are not penalized for failing on earlier attempts.  A mastery grading system was piloted in a small general chemistry course at Indiana University and resulted in a remarkable increase in student achievement.  However, it would be too complicated and time consuming to implement a similar grading scheme in a very large class.  Instead, multiple assessment opportunities and collaborative, post assessment exercises were used in a large general chemistry course with 700 students.  The practical implementation of additional assessments, outcomes of student achievement, and lessons learned will be discussed.

Friday February 4th


Climate Justice in Undergraduate STEM Teaching: Incorporating Civic Engagement (C-JUSTICE)
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Presenter: Sonya Remington Doucette, PhD

Professional title: Senior Association Professor of Chemistry and Earth & Space Sciences

Affiliation: Bellevue College (WA)

Abstract: This presentation will provide an overview of a climate justice faculty professional development (PD) curriculum that incorporates community and civic engagement across the STEM curriculum. The faculty PD curriculum was developed at Bellevue College (BC) by Dr. Sonya Remington Doucette in 2018 and adopted by North Seattle College (NSC) under the leadership of Dr. Heather Price in 2019, forming a collaboration between the institutions that led to a successful NSF IUSE grant that is currently underway. BC and NSC are community colleges located in the Puget Sound region of Washington state. This presentation will describe the faculty PD curriculum and the goals of C-JUSTICE NSF IUSE project, and will include preliminary findings of the IUSE evaluation of the project.

Friday January 28th


How to Incorporate Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Respect in the Chemistry Classroom
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Presenter: Akiko Nakamura, PhD

Professional title: Associate Professor of Chemistry

Affiliation: Gulf Coast State College

Abstract: With changes in the nation’s demographic profile, it is important to identify approaches to foster appreciation for diversity, equity, inclusion and respect (DEIR) into the chemistry classroom.

Join me to learn about DEIR activities encouraging awareness of diversity and understand implicit bias in order for science and engineering education to broaden perspectives and become more inclusive.

What you will learn:

          The importance of DEIR.

          How to incorporate DEIR activities in chemistry education.

          Students’ feedback on effective activities that promote the importance of DEIR and social awareness.