Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Chemistry as a Second Language: Chemical Education in a Globalized Society

In my day job I work as the Senior Adviser for International Initiatives in The College at The University of Chicago. One of my responsibilities is to serve as the liaison between the Dean of Students Office and the undergraduate program chair of the Chemistry and Biological Chemistry majors so I thought I’d post the call for papers for the 2009 autumn meeting of the American Chemical Society scheduled in Washington, DC on August 16-20, 2009. As this upcoming ACS autumn meeting will focus in part on international and cross-cultural issues faced in the field of Chemistry I thought this was a perfect blend of my international education and Chemistry/Biological Chemistry liaison responsibilities.

The following description of the meeting is taken from IIE.Interactive: February 23-27, 2009:

“Collaborations between scientists often transcend borders and cultural differences. The fundamental nature of science allows scientists to communicate using their knowledge of their field but the institutions that support them are often hindered by financial and cultural barriers. As a result, US students are often unaware of opportunities for chemistry study in countries other than the United States.

This symposium will discuss ways in which barriers to cross-cultural scientific exchange can be lowered. Papers on international exchange programs, classroom methods, and international experiences are invited. In particular, authors from organizations with a vested interest in chemists with a global perspective are encouraged to present.”

For more information visit www.acs.org. Paper submissions can be done here.

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