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Upcoming Events



Creating Community
228th conference of the 2YC3
Date: May 13-14, 2022


Rochester Community and Technical College

Hosted at Rochester Community and Technical College


Registration and abstract submission will open around the first of the year
Conference Chair: Heather Sklenicka -


How to Incorporate Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Respect in the Chemistry Classroom
Date: Friday, January 28, 2022
Start: 11:00 Pacific = noon Mountain (+ Arizona) = 1:00pm Central = 2:00pm Eastern
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Presenter: Akiko Nakamura, PhD

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.



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Climate Justice in Undergraduate STEM Teaching: Incorporating Civic Engagement (C-JUSTICE)
Date: Friday, February 4, 2022
Start: 11:00 Pacific = noon Mountain (+ Arizona) = 1:00pm Central = 2:00pm Eastern
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Presenter: Sonya Remington Doucette, PhD

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.


The Effect of Multiple Assessment Opportunities on Student Achievement in a Large General Chemistry Course

Date: Friday, February 11, 2022
Start: 11:00 Pacific = noon Mountain (+ Arizona) = 1:00pm Central = 2:00pm Eastern
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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.


Toxicology for Chemists: Integrating Toxicology Principles into Higher Education Chemistry Courses

Date: Friday, February 18, 2022
Start: 11:00 Pacific = noon Mountain (+ Arizona) = 1:00pm Central = 2:00pm Eastern
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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.


2023 In-Person Conferences

Our traditional events are small, regional affairs (~100 people) with low registration costs (~$50 not including membership for $25).  Come join us for these two-day events where you can meet other community college chemistry instructors in person!  These events are tentatively planned, with the current health crisis in mind.  If you would like to host a conference (and we would LOVE for you to) please email Kathy Carrigan at


27th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education – Summer 2022

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana


229th 2YC3 Conference – Tentative Fall 2022

Wake Tech Community College, Southern Wake Campus; Raleigh, North Carolina


Past Events


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