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The American Chemical Society (ACS), the SENCER Centers of Innovation Southwest and South, and Bellhaven University welcome you to Jackson, Mississippi and to our symposium with a theme of STEM Education in Mississippi: Issues and Innovations. Throughout a full-day of activities, we will focus on use of innovative and proven pedagogy to reduce barriers to learning, student success, and retention. Presenters include educators and administrators from throughout the country. 

We look forward to seeing you at Belhaven’s Kim Center -- Friday, September 29, 2017! Remember to REGISTER so we know how many meals to prepare!

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Friday, September 29 • 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Turning SENCER Questions into Real Research Projects

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The SENCER approach to teaching science courses leads to an examination of problems that our society needs to address. If the questions that arise have a local connection, there is a great opportunity to transform the questions into an undergraduate research experience. This talk will illustrate how a selection of issues that arose in an introductory chemistry class led to actions that constituted aspects of undergraduate research. Examples to be illustrated include: impacts to surface water from chemical street deicers, lead and chromium in yellow curb paint, construction of a grassy swale parking lot at a WalMart facility and a re-examination of local bus service routes. In all cases, undergraduate students contributed to the solution of environmental problems in the community. Students remarked on the empowerment they felt through participation in the activities.

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Garon Smith

Professor Emeritus, University of Montana
Garon Smith is a Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Montana. He received his B.A. degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1973 and his Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry from the Colorado school of Mines in 1983. He has previously served on the faculties of Colorado School of Mines, Colorado College and SUNY College at Fredonia. At The University of Montana in Missoula since 1991, Dr. Smith taught the first half of the introductory chemistry sequence for applied science majors as well as upper division and graduate courses in analytical and environmental chemistry. He retired from full-time teaching in July 2015.Since 1992, Dr. Smith has been the chemist for the University of... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Kim Center 103