Committee on Computers in Chemical Education Report, Fall 2010



Report to the ACS Division of Chemical Education, Aug 12, 2010

Robert E. Belford, Chair

The CCCE seeks to encourage, publicize and support the development, assessment and use of computing technologies in chemical education. This report summarizes some CCCE activities in pursuit of these objectives from February 2010 through July 2010. Committee members are identified with an asterisk (*) after their names.

1) CONFCHEM - ON-LINE COMPUTER CONFERENCES. The conferences provide an opportunity for authors to present papers on the CONFCHEM website and for discussion of the papers using the CONFCHEM Discussion List. Discussion of the papers generally includes: a day devoted to short questions, responses from the author, and then several days for discussion of each paper. The CONFCHEM Discussion List currently has over 700 registrants. The CONFCHEM website is managed by John Penn* and Robert Belford* manages the CONFCHEM Majordomo Discussion List.

From May 7- June 30 we ran the Spring 2010 ConfChem, Educating the Next Generation: Green and Sustainable Chemistry, which was organized by Robert Belford* and Loyd Bastin

a) Scheduled Upcoming Conferences

i) Winter 2011 (Jan.-Feb): “Development and Assessment of Computer Simulations and Animations for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry” organized by Jack Barbera*

ii) Spring 2011 (May-June): "Case Based Studies in Chemical Education" organized by Clyde Herreid

iii) Spring 2012 (May - June) "Assessment", organized by Rene Cole*

2) COMPUTERS IN CHEMICAL EDUCATION NEWSLETTER. The committee publishes a newsletter that provides educators an opportunity to share innovations in the use of technology for teaching chemistry. The newsletter is published electronically. Following publication, each article is discussed online using the CONFCHEM Discussion List. This provides readers an opportunity to ask the author questions about their article. Resa Kelly* is editor of the Newsletter and Bob Belford* chairs the on-line discussion of papers. The next edition of the newsletter is scheduled for publication in November 2010.

3) SYMPOSIA AND OTHER SESSIONS AT NATIONAL MEETINGS. The CCCE and its members organize symposia and present papers at National ACS Meetings and at the BCCCE. During the 21st BCCE the CCCE sponsored 1 symposium with 4 sessions and 5 workshops sessions. Division of Chemical Education, Inc., Executive Committee Meeting, August 21, 2010 33

a) 21st BCCE Symposia and Workshops

i) “Online Resources for Chemical Education” Symposium organized by Robert Belford*, John Penn* and Bob Hanson with 4 sessions and 31 papers.

ii) "Using Social Networking for Chemical Education" workshop organized by Robert Belford*, Harry Pence*, Justin Shorb and Antony Williams

iii) "Online Public Compound Databases - Chemical Structure Based Resources for Chemical Educators" workshop organized by Robert Belford*, Harry Pence*, and Antony Williams organizing a workshop at the 21st BCCE titled

iv) "Advanced Jmol Techniques" workshop organized by Robert Hanson, Angel Herraez and Jonathan Gutow*

v) "An Introduction to Jmol Techniques workshops organized by Robert Hanson, Angel Herraez and Jonathan Gutow* . There were two different sessions of this workshop

b) ACS National Meeting Symposia

i) "Computers in Chemical Education", 239th ACS Meeting, San Francisco, organized by Jack Barbera* and Jessica VandenPlas

ii) "Social Networking: The Next Generation", 240th ACS Meeting, Boston, organized by Harry Pence* and Laura Pence.

iii) "Web Based Resources for Chemical Education", 241st ACS Meeting, Anaheim, organized by Bob Belford*, John Penn* and Bob Hanson


a) Open and closed meetings of the CCCE are held at BCCE Meetings. Meetings were held at the 2010 BCCE Meeting at the University of Northern Texas.

i) A task-group is being set up to work on the ConfChem 2.0 project.

ii) Jonathon Gutow* has agreed to tackle the committee's web page on the division site.

iii) Antony Williams of the RSC ChemSpider joined the closed meeting and we discussed potential cheminformatic resources and the development of an education portal.

iv) Adrienne Kozlowski of the CINF education Committee joined the open committee and is willing to liaise with the CCCE. We are also looking into developing an OLCC (On-Line Chemistry Course) with CINF on cheminformatics. The last OLCC was run in the Fall of 2004 which was done with CHAS on Chemical Health and Safety.

b) An online meeting using Skype was held in April

5) CCCE WEBSITE. This website is used to provide information about past, present and future CCCE activities. John Penn* is the website manager a. http://www.chedccce. org.


a) Scott Van Bramer* is working with Norb Pienta to try and get the proceedings from the 2010 ConfChem published in JCE.

7) CCCE MEMBERS 2010. The CCCE Committee currently consists of 13 members. Names, affiliations and e-mail addresses are provided below. Additional information about Committee member may be found at .

a) Dr. Jack Barbera, Northern Arizona University,

b) Bob Belford, University of Arkansas at Little Rock,

c) Renee Cole, Central Missouri State University,

d) Elizabeth Dorland, Washington University,

e) Mitch Garcia, UCLA

f) Robert Gregorius, Canisus College,

g) Jonathan Gutow,

h) Resa M. Kelly, San Jose State University,

i) Brian Pankuch, Union County College,

j) John H. Penn, West Virginia University,

k) Michael J. Sanger, Middle Tennessee State University,

l) Gwen Sibert, RGVS,

m) Rick Spinney, Ohio State University,

n) Jerry P. Suits, University of Northern Colorado,

o) Jason Telford.

p) Gary Trammell, University of Illinois at Springfield,

q) Bhawani Venkataraman, NewSchool,

r) Scott E. Van Bramer, Widener University,

The following members will be joining in 2011

Mark Bishop, Monterey Peninsula College,

Jordi Cuadros, Universitat Ramon Llull,

Lance Dewey, Trinity High,

Robert Kojima, UCLA,

Harry Pence, SUNY-Oneonta,

Bob Tatz, Ohio-State,

Malka Yayon, Weizmann Institute of Science,

Gary Trammell has retired and will no longer be serving on the committee as an active member. Gary has organized several ConfChems, was instrumental in the development of the last OLCC and his energy and wisdom will be missed.

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