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70th Annual Convention 2017: Chemistry Section

Chemistry Summary

Friday, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
“Using Assignment Timing to Enhance Student Engagement”
Cengage Learning
Dr. Greg Gellene, Professor, Texas Tech University

Friday, 4:00 – 4:35 p.m.
“Using the ACS Assessment Tool for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs”
Dr. Dolores C. Aquino, Professor of Chemistry, San Jacinto College–Central; and Thomas José, Professor of Chemistry, Blinn College–Bryan

Friday, 4:40 – 5:15 p.m.
“STEM Intervention”
Dr. Ann Cartwright, Professor of Chemistry, San Jacinto College; and Dr. Rachel Garcia, Physical Sciences Department Chair, San Jacinto College

Saturday, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
“How to Use ‘Chemistry the Central Science’ in Your Flipped Classroom”
Dr. Matthew W. Stoltzfus
, Chemistry Lecturer, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


Friday, February 24th, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

“Using Assignment Timing to Enhance Student Engagement”

General Chemistry has been regarded as a gateway course to careers in health professions, engineering, and other STEM fields because it is often the first college level science course taken by students targeting these careers. Unfortunately, much too frequently the course operates as a gatekeeper rather than a facilitator with less than 50% successful course completion being not uncommon. This mismatch between career interest and required course success, especially in essential STEM fields, has motivated the development of novel schemes at TTU for enhancing student engagement in General Chemistry, i.e., regular active class attendance and on time assignment completion, as a vehicle for improving course performance. Chief among these is a redistribution of the typical weekly or biweekly homework assignments to a series of three smaller assignments sets per week highly correlated to the lecture content with each set containing an instructional component anticipating the content of the next lecture and understanding confirming component addressing the content of the previous lecture. This distributed homework approach had three immediate beneficial effects: (1) class attendance improved with student reporting the lecture had more value, (2) a larger fraction of the total homework was completed because students found it easier to stay current with a near continuous series of small, short-duration assignments than with fewer large assignments, and (3) course grade improved. Extending this strategy to the laboratory component of the course to amplify the value of laboratory work in reinforcing lecture content will also be presented.

Dr. Greg Gellene, Professor, Texas Tech University

Dr. Greg GelleneDr. Greg Gellene earned his B.S. degree in Biochemistry at Georgetown University and completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University focusing on physical and theoretical chemistry. After a brief post-doctoral appointment at Cornell, Dr. Gellene joined the faculty of Notre Dame University before moving to Texas Tech University. Dr. Gellene has taught over 20 different courses at Texas Tech throughout the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and developed the first fully distance delivered graduate and undergraduate chemistry courses in the department.


Friday, February 24th, 4:00 – 4:35 p.m.

“Using the ACS Assessment Tool for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs”

Two-year programs are under increasing pressure to perform self-assessments and document their outcomes. The ACS Assessment Tool for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs is a resource to help your institution identify strengths and opportunities for growth in the context of the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs. During this session, the assessment tool will be presented along with data which reflects how institutions use the results. Additional ideas on how to use the assessment tool will be discussed, and participants will have a chance to start working on a section of the document. Participant will leave with an action plan to complete all or part of the assessment tool. Our goal is to decrease the activation barrier for using this resource.

Dr. Dolores C. Aquino, Professor of Chemistry, San Jacinto College–Central

Dolores Aquino

Dolores C. Aquino has been Chemistry Professor at San Jacinto College–Central Campus since 1993. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Ohio State University in 1977. Dolores has been active in TCCTA, ACS, and the Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium (2YC3). In 2014 she was named Outstanding Chemistry Teacher in a Two-Year College by the Greater Houston Section of the American Chemical Society.

 

 

Thom José, Professor of Chemistry, Blinn College–Bryan

Thomas JoséThom José has been a Chemistry Professor at Blinn College–Bryan campus since 2003. He received his Masters in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2002. Thom has been active in TCCTA, ACS and the Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium (2YC3). He was recently appointed to the American Chemical Society Exams Institute’s Board of Trustees.

 

 

 


Friday, February 24th, 4:40 – 5:15 p.m.

“STEM Intervention”

A new initiative at San Jacinto College–Central Campus called “Promising Actions for Student Success” was implemented by the Department of Physical Science initially by an analysis of withdrawals and incompletes in courses in physical science for fall, spring and summer of 2015. Based on the results, a STEM Intervention pilot study was devised for General Chemistry.  Results of that intervention for spring and fall 2016 will be discussed.

Dr. Ann Cartwright, Professor of Chemistry, San Jacinto College

Dr. Ann Cartwright

Ann Cartwright has taught chemistry at San Jacinto College since 1979.  During that time she has served as Chair of the Department of Physical Science and is currently serving as STEM Coordinator for the District and Chairs the STEM Council and the Central Campus Safety Committee.  During her career she has received numerous teaching awards including the NISOD Excellence Award, Chemical Manufacturing Association Catalyst Award, American Chemical Society Greater Houston Section Two-Year College Teaching Award, Minnie Stevens Piper Award and is Distinguished Professor Level III at San Jacinto College.  Her main interests are the recruitment and retention of STEM students through STEM Service Learning and the STEM Outreach Program at San Jacinto College.

Dr. Rachel Garcia, Physical Sciences Department Chair, San Jacinto College

Dr. Rachel Garcia

Dr. Rachel Garcia serves as the department chair of physical science at the San Jacinto College Central Campus. She has made it a mission of the science department to capture potential STEM students early on by supporting outreach activities geared toward K-12 students and hosting events to register college students in STEM courses. Having once worked as a quality control technician in construction chemicals at BASF, Garcia incorporated her knowledge of the industry into her curriculum as a chemistry professor at San Jacinto College. Before entering the workforce and higher education, she studied electron donor acceptor compounds used in photosynthetic systems abroad at Osaka University in Japan as a Japan Global COE Research Assistant. She holds a doctorate degree in inorganic analytical chemistry from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology from Houston Baptist University. Last semester, she served as co-chair of the American Chemical Society’s 2YC3 National Chemistry Conference and was invited for a second time this semester to serve on a grant review panel on the national level in Washington, D.C. She aims to defy stereotypes associated with STEM education and encourage more women to enter STEM careers.


 Saturday, February 25th, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

“How to Use ‘Chemistry the Central Science’ in Your Flipped Classroom”

In its simplest form, the students in a flipped classroom watch traditional lectures for homework and do traditional homework in class in the presence of a content expert. Much attention in the flipped classroom has been given to creating and delivering lecture videos, however, when students watch lecture videos the transfer pace is set by the video, the viewer is passive, the students attention tanks as time passes, and it is an isolated/individual experience. In contrast, students are active and the transfer pace is set by the reader when reading a textbook. Perusall capitalizes on these aspects of the text and places students in an interactive environment where they are automatically graded on their online engagement to ensure they are prepared for class. Instructors are also provided with a simple, concise “confusion report” so they can utilize polling platforms, such as Learning Catalytics, to facilitate peer instruction in class. Pre/Post test results from the ACS General Chemistry Concepts Exam from two Ohio State General Chemistry courses will be shared and compared to previous years.

Dr. Matthew W. Stoltzfus, Chemistry Lecturer, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Dr. Matthew Stoltzfus

Dr. Matthew W. Stoltzfus, or “Dr. Fus” to his students, is an accomplished chemistry Lecturer and Digital First Faculty Fellow at The Ohio State University, where he has taught general and advanced inorganic chemistry. He is experimenting with the “flipping the classroom” lecture approach, which has been featured recently on ESPN and NPR mainly due to his iTunesU General Chemistry course, which has an enrollment of over 189,000 students. In addition he is currently a contributing author on the 13th Edition of “Chemistry the Central Science” textbook, co-authors the “Chemistry the Central Science” lab manual, is faculty fellow and house director for the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, serves on the advisory board for the Team Buckeye Peloton, and has served as a faculty facilitator for LeaderShape, the Council of Student Affairs, the Second Year Transformational Experience faculty committee, the College of Arts and Sciences eLearning committee, and the President and Provost’s Teaching Institute Advisory Committee. He is a recent recipient of The Ohio State University Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer, was announced as an Apple Distinguished Educator, and is a TEDxOhioStateUniversity speaker. Follow him on Twitter: @Dr_Fus

 

 

Chemistry Section Co-Chairs:
Elizabeth Bell, Blinn College, and Thomas José, Blinn College–Bryan