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    "Do Real Work, Not Homework" by Prof. Brian Coppola (Univ. of Michigan)

    September 20, 2012
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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    Benedictine University; Krasa Center/Student Union 2nd Floor
    5700 College Rd
    Lisle, IL 60532

    Please join the Chicago Section of the ACS for Education Night! We are pleased to hold this meeting jointly with the Chemistry Department of Benedictine University and the Chicago Chemists Club.

    Our featured speaker is Prof. Brian P. Coppola, from the University of Michigan, who will talk about a fundamental rethink of homework.


    Traditional academic “homework” is limited in what it can accomplish.  In this presentation, I will outline some principles for more authentic tasks (“real work”) that can promote the complex outcomes we want from education.  I will provide examples of how we have designed “real work” learning environments as well as how research has allowed us to understand them.


    5:00 - 6:00 PM · Job Club 
    6:00 - 6:30 PM · Social Hour

    6:30 - 7:30 PM · Dinner served buffet style
    7:30 - 9:00 PM · High School Scholarship Exam Award Presentations, General Meeting, and after-dinner talk

    DINNER: Italian-themed meal, served buffet style:

    • Antipasto platter
    • Caesar salad with homemade croutons
    • Sautéed fresh zucchini
    • Pasta bar with penne pasta
    • Marinara sauce and pesto cream sauce
    • Home-style meatballs in marinara sauce
    • Traditional chicken cacciatore
    • Parmesan cheese
    • Mini cannolis


    Professor Coppola received his B.S. degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984.  He became a member of the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1986; at that time he joined an active group of colleagues in the design and implementation of a revised undergraduate chemistry curriculum.  He became a full professor in 2001, has served as the Department’s Associate Chair since 2002 and also serves as the Associate Director for the University of Michigan-Peking University Joint Institute, in Beijing, China.  Professor Coppola also co-directs the IDEA Institute (Instructional Development and Educational Assessment), a collaboration between the College of Literature, Science and the Arts and the School of Education.  His recent publications range from mechanistic organic chemistry research in 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions to educational philosophy, practice and assessment.

    In 1994, Dr, Coppola received the 4th campus-wide "Golden Apple Award" for outstanding teaching, a recognition organized and administered solely by undergraduate students.  In 1996, he was awarded a United States Department of Energy, Undergraduate Computational Science Education Award.  In 1998, Dr. Coppola was selected as part of the first group of Carnegie Scholars affiliated with The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's CASTL program (Carnegie Academy on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning).  In 1999, Dr. Coppola received the Amoco Foundation Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; and in 2002 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  In 2003, he received the Kendall-Hunt Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award from the Society for College Science Teachers.  In 2004 he was named the State of Michigan Professor of the Year in the CASE/Carnegie US Professor of the Year program; in 2006, he received the American Chemical Society’s James Flack Norris Award for work that has impacted the field of chemistry education.  In 2009, he was selected as the CASE/Carnegie US Professor of the Year (for doctoral institutions).

    He is a member of the editorial boards of The Chemical EducatorThe International Journal of Science Education, The Journal of Science Education and Technology, and The Journal of Chemical Education.  He is an Associate Editor for The Journal for Research in Science Teaching, and he is the editor in chief of The Hexagon, the quarterly publication of Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity.




    $37.00 Member

    $39.00 Non-member

    $20.00 Student/Unemployed/Retired

    $0.00 Cash at the door: $35 member/ $37 nonmember/ $20 student/retired/unemployed