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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Richard Sheardy

Texas Woman’s University
Professor and Chair
Denton, TX
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 stability.  At Seton Hall, Sheardy mentored sixteen PhD students. In 2006, Sheardy moved to Texas Woman’s University where he is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Dick teaches freshman chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry and continues his research focusing on the structure, stability and ligand binding properties of DNA quadruplexes and DNA i-motif. Sheardy is the Conference Chair for the North American Calorimetry Conference (CALCON), and a SENCER Leadership Fellow.  Although recently stepping down as Co-Director of SCI-Southwest, Dick will continue to work as the center’s liaison to our SCI-SW advisory board. 

Sheardy has organized symposia for national meetings of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in the Division of Chemical Education. As a result of the first symposium, Sheardy edited a book titled “Science Education and Civic Engagement: The SENCER Approach” published by the American Chemical Society Symposium Books series and also contributed a chapter to that book. More recently, he co-edited, and contributed to, a book titled “Science Education and Civic Engagement: The Next Level” which contains the proceedings of a second SENCER symposium at a national meeting of the ACS.