Department of Chemistry holding free public lecture series

Through Aug. 2, the Penn State Department of Chemistry is holding "Education for Everyone!" -- a free public lecture series, which is a part of the 22nd biennial Conference on Chemical Education. This international event, with free lectures open to the public as well as special sessions for registered participants, is the largest gathering of chemistry educators in the world, bringing together more than 1,200 teachers committed to inspiring tomorrow's leaders in the sciences. At this five-day event, middle-school science teachers, high-school chemistry teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, and college faculty will connect with colleagues through technical and poster sessions, workshops, plenary lectures, and a vendor exhibition.

The lecture series is open to the public and is being held at Eisenhower Auditorium on the University Park campus. The lectures in this series are as follows:

-- 5:30 p.m., Sunday, July 29: Bassam Shakhashiri, the current president of the American Chemical Society (ACS), will present "Chemistry: a Key to Human Progress";
-- 8:15 a.m., Monday, July 30: Joseph Francisco, former president of the ACS, will present "Chemistry in a Global Economy -- An Education Agenda";
-- 8:15 a.m., Tuesday, July 31: Subha Das, Carnegie Mellon University, will present "Molecular Cuisine: A Spoonful of Context Helps the Chemistry Go Down";
-- 8:15 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1: Stephen Pruitt, of Achieve Inc., and member of the National Research Council committee that developed the Next Generation Science Standards, will present "Developing the Next Generation Science Standards"; and
-- 8:15 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 2: Henry Lee, forensic scientists, will present "The Utilization of Chemical Evidence in Forensic Investigations".

The 2012 biennial Conference on Chemical Education is a celebration of the sesquicentennial of the Land-Grant College Act, which brought higher education within reach of all Americans. The 1862 Act changed the very nature of higher education to increase its focus on science, engineering and agriculture. 

Scientists who register to attend the five-day conference will participate in symposia that address all aspects of teaching and learning. Daily sub-themes of the conference will include the land-grant system, green and sustainable chemistry, food chemistry and molecular gastronomy, and forensic chemistry. The conference schedule and other conference information are available on the conference website at http://www.bcceprogram.haydenmcneil.com/.

For more information about the lectures, contact Dan G. Sykes at 814-863-0796.

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Last Updated July 30, 2012