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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
SENCER for Chemistry Majors

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Since becoming involved with SENCER in 2007, civic engagement activities have been incorporated into all of the science courses for non-majors that are offered in our department including Sustainable Physical Science, Earth Science, Climate Change and Introduction to Environmental Science, to name a few. This was a fairly facile process since the content of these courses can be quite flexible. On the other hand, incorporating civic engagement activities into the majors' courses is more difficult since the content is fairly rigid and must be covered.

However, content will not be sacrificed if such activities are creatively incorporated into the laboratory components of these courses. Further, it has been well established that linking content to real world issues positively impacts student learning. This presentation is a brief description of how we have incorporated civic engagement into our majorsÍ curriculum such as first year chemistry, organic chemistry, and instrumental analysis.

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Richard Sheardy

Professor and Chair, Texas Woman’s University
Richard Sheardy was born in Lake Orion, MI and received his BS in Chemistry Education at Michigan State University. After earning his PhD in organic chemistry at University of Florida, he had a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in biophysics at University of Rochester. Sheardy began his academic career at the Hazleton Campus of Penn State University and then went to Seton Hall University where he initiated his research on DNA conformation and... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Kim Center 105

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