year in October, The Northeastern Section of
the American Chemical Society (NESACS) and
the Education Committee of the Northeastern
Section invite high school chemistry teachers
to a program at Burlington High School (Burlington,
Jerry A. Bell is a Faculty Associate in the Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison where he works with the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy (WISL). He taught at the University of California-Riverside (1962-67) and Simmons College (1967-93; awarded Emeritus status 2010), before joining the American Association for the Advancement of Science as Director for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Programs in the Education and Human Resources Directorate (1992-99) and then the American Chemical Society (ACS) as Senior Scientist in the Education Division (1999-2009).
He was Chief Editor for the ACS textbook, Chemistry. During 1984-86 he served as Director of the Division of Teacher Preparation and Enhancement in the Directorate for Science and Engineering Education at the National Science Foundation. His major professional interest has been science (chemical) education at all levels, especially the use of hands-on approaches to teaching and learning. He has been on the instructional staff and/or directed workshops and institutes for science teachers at all levels and continues to enjoy these activities. He Chairs the ACS Presidential Climate Science Working Group that developed the ACS Climate Science Toolkit, www.acs.org/climatescience.
The Fourteenth Annual Connections to Chemistry program took place at Burlington High School (Burlington, MA) on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013. The program is aimed at connecting high school chemistry teachers with the educational resources of the American Chemical Society. Each registrant participated in two of four different workshops which included a National Chemistry Week themed workshop on “Artificial Photosynthesis: A Workshop on Solar Cell Design” (given by Dr. Jonathan Rochford, UMass Boston), a presentation on “Hands-on Climate Change Science for Your Classroom” (given by Dr. Jerry A. Bell from the American Chemical Society), another National Chemistry Week themed workshop on “Electric Vehicle Powered by Renewable Energy” (offered by Dr. Deyang Qu, UMass Boston) and a workshop on “Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Recent Lab Practicals from the US National Chemistry Olympiad” (given by Mr. Steven Lantos, Brookline High School). Thirty-five registrants attended.
The participants were welcomed by Marietta Schwartz, Connections Program Chair and Chair of the NESACS Education Committee..
Following the workshops and dinner (highlighted by the traditional baked apples with caramel sauce), the keynote address was given by Dr. Bell. His talk, entitled “Energy: Now and Forever?” gave an overview of the ACS Climate Toolkit and the basics of global climate change, why we should be informed on it, and what we can do to make sure that there is, in fact, a “Forever”. His address was followed by the traditional raffle of American Chemical Society items.
All of the participants received a one year’s subscription to ChemMatters, an award–winning magazine for high school chemistry, published by the ACS. Participants also received copies of the Journal of Chemical Education, Chemical & Engineering News, and The Nucleus.