CSR Workshop on Undergraduate Chemistry Education

 

Undergraduate Chemistry Education 

May 22-23, 2013
National Academy of Sciences

 

Organized by:

Emilio Bunel, Argonne National Laboratory

Mark Cardillo, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Miguel Garcia-Garibay, University of California, Los Angeles

Patricia A. Thiel, Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University

On behalf of the Chemical Sciences Roundtable 

The workshop first explored the broader context in which STEM education and undergraduate chemistry education exist, with a particular focus on drivers internal and external to academia that could affect the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. Participants were then introduced to evidence-based education research to help frame the discussions, followed by examples highlighting reforms and modifications being implemented within chemistry departments to respond to some of these drivers. The final session of the workshop explored the challenges, opportunities, and realities of implementing the kinds of improvements suggested throughout the course of the meeting. Building on earlier presentations, department chairs and audience members shared their views about how the kinds of reforms discussed during the workshop and suggested in national reports could affect the future of undergraduate chemistry education.

The workshop was intended to provide participants from a spectrum of the chemistry and chemistry education communities with an introduction to some of the work being done in this area, to stimulate further discussions, and to serve as a complement to other forums conducted by organizations such as the American Chemical Society, the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Gordon Research Conferences, and studies on undergraduate education conducted within the National Research Council.

 A summary of the workshop is currently in preparation.

 


Workshop Agenda


 All recorded presentations can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.

Wednesday May 22, 2013

Welcome and Opening of the Workshop

8:30  Introduction to the Workshop and its Goals: Patricia A. Thiel, Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University [Slides], [View Presentation]

 

Drivers and Metrics: Evaluating the Need for Change
8:40 Introduction to the Session by Chair: Miguel Garcia-Garibay, University of California, Los Angeles [Introduction]
8:45 The Role of the ACS Guidelines for Bachelor's Degree Programs: Anne McCoy, Ohio State University [Slides], [View Presentation]

 9:15 Is American Science in Decline?: Alexandra Killewald, Harvard [View Presentation] *Due to technical errors, the speaker's presentation slides do not begin until 11:13 in the video. [Slides]

9:45 A PCAST Perspective on STEM Education in the New Millennium: S. James Gates, Jr., University of Maryland [Slides], [View Presentation]
10:15 Break
10:45 Chemistry and the Premedical Curriculum:  The Impact of MCAT2015: Joel Shulman, University of Cincinnati [Slides], [View Presentation]
11:15 Lessons Learned at NSF: Susan Hixson, NSF (retired) [Slides], [View Presentation]
11:45 Discussion

12:15 Lunch break

 

Industry Perspectives: Is there a Need for Change?
 [Slides], [View Panel Discussion]

Chair: Emilio Bunel, Argonne National Laboratory

12:45 Panelists:

Shannon Bullard, DuPont
David E. Harwell, Assistant Director, Career Management and Development, American Chemical Society 

Francine Palmer, Director, Research and Innovation North America, Rhodia/Solvay

Robert Peoples, Executive Director, Carpet America Recovery Effort

 

1:30 Break

 

Innovations and Barriers (Part 1)
Chair: Mark Cardillo, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

2:00 Introduction to the Session: Mark Cardillo
2:15 Propagating Meaningful Reform in Chemistry Education and the Relative Roles of Enthusiasm and Evidence, Thomas Holme, Iowa State University [Slides], [View Presentation]
3:00 Teaching Introductory Chemistry with a Molecular and Global Perspective: The Union of Concepts and Context: James G. Anderson, Harvard University [Slides], [View Presentation]
3:30 Survey of Large-Classroom Reforms: Clark Landis, University of Wisconsin, Madison [Slides], [View Presentation]
4:00 What Gets Measured is What Gets Learned: Assessing Student Understanding: Angelica Stacy, University of California, Berkeley [Slides], [View Presentation]
4:30 Open Comment and Discussion Period

5:00 Adjourn for the day


Thursday May 23, 2013

8:30 Welcome to the Second Day of the Workshop: Mark Cardillo, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

 

Innovations and Barriers (Part 2)
Chair: Mark Cardillo, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation [Introduction]

8:40 Today's Students and Tomorrow's Leaders: Integrated Concentration in Science: Scott Auerbach, University of Massachusetts, Amherst [Slides], [View Presentation]
9:10 Online Education and MOOCs: Experience with 3.091x, Introduction to Solid-State Chemistry: Michael Cima, Massachusetts Institute of Technology [Slides], [View Presentation]
9:40 Taking Off the Training Wheels: Dealing with Risk, Failure and Uncertainty: Jeffrey Moore, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign [Slides], [View Presentation]

10:20 Break

 

Wrap-up Panel Discussion among Department Chairs
[Slides] [View Panel Discussion]

Chair: William Carroll, Occidental Chemical Corporation

10:40 Panelists:
Michael Doyle, University of Maryland
Miguel Garcia-Garibay, University of California, Los Angeles
Sarah A. Green, Michigan Technological University
Susan Olesik, Ohio State University
Jeffrey Reimer, University of California at Berkeley
William Tolman, University of Minnesota

11:45 Closing Remarks
Patricia A. Thiel, Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University [Closing Remarks]

12:00 Workshop Adjourns

 

Information for Further Reading

a. National Research Council. 2012. Discipline-Based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13362


b. National Research Council. 2012. Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13398

c. White House. 2012. Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, engineering, and Mathematics. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/pcast-engage-to-excel-final_feb.pdf

d. Grand Challenges in Science Education. 2013. Science 340(6130). http://www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6130.toc

e. National Research Council. 2000. How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=9853#toc

[The content of materials published by authors other than the National Research Council (NRC) is the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the views of the NRC]


For more information, please contact Ayesha Ahmed (sahmed@nas.edu)

 

Undergraduate Chemistry Education

May 22-23, 2013

National Academy of Sciences

 

Organized by:

Emilio Bunel, Argonne National Laboratory

Mark Cardillo, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Miguel Garcia-Garibay, University of California, Los Angeles

Patricia A. Thiel, Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University *** NOTE the edit in Pat’s affiliation

On behalf of the Chemical Sciences Roundtable