Meeting/Event Information

    “The Journal of Chemical Education: Print Journalism Enters the Digital Age” - Norbert J. Pienta, U. Iowa

    September 23, 2011
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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    Loyola University - Chemistry Department (Flanner Hall)
    1064 West Sheridan Road
    Chicago, IL 60660

    Abstract: In the early 1920’s, members of the ACS held several meetings to discuss the educational aspects of chemistry. Due to travel constraints, not all who were interested could attend these meetings. It was noted by this group that there was no place for papers on this topic to be published; so one of the leaders of this group, a chemist named Neil E. Gordon, decided the solution was to produce a journal that covered all facets of chemistry education. So, in 1923, Gordon, who was at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, went to ACS national headquarters with a proposal for a new publication — the Journal of  Chemical Education (JCE).

    ACS nixed the idea though. However, in a private bet, the ACS’s secretary challenged Gordon to go ahead on his own and raise the necessary advertising and operating funds. Somehow there became a January 1924 issue. Since that time, The Journal of Chemical Education has served the chemistry community, providing a forum for reporting and discussing topics of interest to its subscribers and constituencies. 

    This talk will provide a historical context and an introduction to potential future directions for journalism about chemical education. As stated by Diane Bunce (feature editor of the educational research section of JCE, a member of its board and associate professor of chemistry at the Catholic University of America), "JCE never stands still, it's always one step ahead."

    Cost:  $13.00 for members of ACS and their guests, $13.00 for non-members, and $13 for students, retired, or unemployed

    Dinner reservations are required and should be received in the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091), email ([email protected]), or web by noon on Wednesday, September 21.   PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all food orders.  No-shows will be billed.  Seating will be available for those who wish to attend only the meeting.

      Please  REGISTER ON LINE 

    All activities will take place in Flanner Hall lobby or lecture hall, except for the dinner, which will be a short walk south across West Sheridan Road to the Simpson Living Center.

    4:30 - 6:30 · Registration in Flanner Hall lobby
    4:30 - 5:30 PM · Social Hour
    4:30 - 5:30 PM · Poster Session, Loyola chemistry student research
    5:00 - 6:00 PM · Job Club 
    5:30 - 6:15 · Pre-Dinner Talk by Dr. Grace Wolf-Chase

    5:00 - 6:45 PM · Dinner served Cafeteria-style at Simpson Living Center
    7:15 PM · High School Scholarship Exam Awards Presentation
    7:30 PM · General Meeting

    Biography:   Dr. Pienta received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Rochester in 1974 and in 1978 obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).  From 1978-1980 he did post-doctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh.

    In 1980 he became a member of the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Arkansas. He returned to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989 where he served as the Director of Undergraduate Laboratory Development and the Director of Laboratories until 1999. A move to the University of Iowa then occurred where he has since served as the: General Chemistry Coordinator (1999-2002); Director of Center for Teaching (2005-2008) and Director of Undergraduate Studies (2003-now).  His efforts, in part, at Iowa have led to the number of chemistry majors nearly doubling since 2003 and the redesign of the department’s first-year chemistry sequence that has brought about a significant increase in student success rates in those courses.

    He has published a variety of papers in the fields of nanotechnology and chemical education and is a author [or co-author] of several textbooks, including Chemistry in Context: Applying Chemistry to Society, (2006) and the Instructors’ Resource Manual for General Chemistry (2008).  Currently he also serves as the 8th Editor of The Journal of Chemical Education, a position that he has held since 2009.

    Pre-Dinner Presentation:

    “A Tale of Two Initiatives to Improve Public Understanding of Science: Zooniverse and the PARSEC Project”


    Grace Wolf-Chase, Ph.D.

    Astronomer, Adler Planetarium Astronomy Dept.
    Senior Research Associate, 
    University of Chicago Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics

    Dr. Grace Wolf-ChaseAbstract:  A growing body of evidence demonstrates that most science is learned outside of school, in informal environments. The nature of this learning is shaped by public perception of science. Examples of perceptions that often inhibit learning include views of science as remote from everyday life; as merely a technocratic activity for specialists; and as in conflict with religious convictions. In this presentation, I will briefly describe two distinct initiatives aimed at altering these perceptions. The first initiative, Zooniverse, is a suite of web-based citizen science initiatives whereby members of the public make real and tangible contributions to our knowledge of the Universe. The second initiative, PARSEC (PARtners in Science Education and Communication), is a project that builds partnerships among scientists, informal science educators, and clergy, making use of studies that indicate much of the perceived conflict between science and religion among the public is largely absent from educated clergy, and that a great deal of informal science education already takes place in religious settings.

    Biography:  Grace Wolf-Chase has held a joint position between the Adler Planetarium and the University of Chicago Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics since 1998. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Arizona. Grace was awarded a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship to study the early stages of star formation at NASA/Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA (1994-1996), and a University of California President’s postdoctoral fellowship to continue these studies at U.C. Riverside (1996-1998). Her primary research efforts focus on the earliest stages of star formation, from the formation of low-mass stars similar to our Sun, to the formation of massive stars in rich clusters. She has made important contributions to understanding the scope and effects of outflows generated by forming stars.

    Grace is a member of the science team for the “Milky Way Project”, one of a large suite of citizen science initiatives in the “Zooniverse”. She is active in exhibit development, sky show production, mentoring student and postdoctoral research projects, and working with diverse audiences to help bring the excitement of scientific research to public audiences. Grace served on a task force to develop a Social Statement on Education for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The statement was adopted at the Church-wide Assembly in Chicago in August 2007. She and her spouse, Dennis Chase, live in Naperville with their three teenaged children.

    Map and Directions

    Parking:   Enter the campus at the intersection of Kenmore and Sheridan Road and bear to the left. Parking is available at the parking deck next to Flanner Hall for $7.00. Enter the garage at the entrance marked “Faculty, Students, Guests, Visitors.” When leaving the garage, first purchase an exit parking ticket at the pay station machine located near the garage stairs and elevators.


    An excellent dinner will be in the nearby Simpson Living Center and is served cafeteria style. The cafeteria provides a large variety of items on an all-you-can-eat basis. A portion of the cafeteria will be reserved for ACS attendees. Dinner admission tickets are obtained at the ACS registration table in Flanner Hall for a flat charge of $13.00 per person. No discounted dinners for students, retirees or unemployed.



    $15.00 Member

    $17.00 Nonmember ticket