International Activities Committee Report, Spring 2017

The current goal of the DivCHED IAC is to promote issues on global education by organizing or co-sponsoring programs both nationally and internationally. In future meetings, the committee will be working to clarify the mission and vision while also examining specific duties and responsibilities that members can perform

One of the primary actions of the committee has been to review applications and to select a 2017 travel award recipient. The IAC had three applicants for the $2000 travel award and the award went to Dr. Mageswary Karpudewan. Dr. Karpudewan is a senior lecturer in chemistry education at the School of Educational Studies in Saint Malaysia and she is also an international member of the ACS and DivCHED. She will be attending the ACS National meeting in San Francisco this spring and she will speak during the International and Multicultural symposium which is co-organized by IAC members: Sarah Hansen, Charlie Cox and Wendy Schatzberg.

In addition to the travel award the committee has been working to sharpen its website and a new blog was posted highlighting international experiences of DivCHED members. The current post is by Joshua Adams and Dr. MaryKay Orgill who share their blog on the international field research of seven high school teachers in Yunnan Province of China. We hope to determine ways to share the work of all members of the Division of Chemical Education who do work internationally.

In more recent news, Past Chair Butch Atwood, Chair Resa Kelly and Dr. Joel Harris of the ACS Analytical Chemistry Division, who received two ACS awards, recently returned from a trip to Havana, Cuba where they toured the Chemistry Department facilities at the University of Havana and met with a variety of faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students. They visited a Pedagogical University where future chemistry teachers are trained and educated and they visited two local high schools. Atwood and Kelly interacted with the teacher candidates and high school students. The visit led to deep discussion of how Cuba and the US might begin to collaborate. Currently, Atwood, Kelly and Harris are organizing a workshop for eight Cuban Delegates to engage in further brainstorming to construct plans and actionable items for future collaborations. The workshop will be held immediately after the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco.

In closing, the committee wishes to formally thank past chair, Dr. Charles “Butch” Atwood, for his service to the committee and leadership in strengthening our international presence.
We would also like to acknowledge the service of past members whose work was of great value to the DivCHED IAC: Anil Banerjee, Lourdes Echegoyen, Sonali Raje and Santiago Sandi-Urena.

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