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!

Google’s directions to Belhaven University.  
avatar for Steven Bachofer

Steven Bachofer

Saint Mary’s College
Moraga, CA
Steven Bachofer is a professor of chemistry at Saint Mary's College of California. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of the Pacific and his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Brown University.  Steve worked as a research chemist in the consumer products industry before he began teaching. Building on that experience, he studies the changes in cationic surfactant aggregate morphology with added organic counterions as a research area that he shares with undergraduates.  Steve regularly teaches an environmental chemistry course where he has incorporated civic engagement lab experiences, using X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF).  In 2004, Steve was awarded a Dreyfus Foundation Special Grant to purchase a field portable XRF to continue this educational work. In 2008, Steve had an XRF soil sampling lab published in the Journal of Chemical Education (2008, 85(7), 980-982).

Steve developed a new general science education course with a focus on environmental issues. This course, Urban Environmental Issues, was taught as a part of the learning community with Phylis Martinelli (sociology) where the redevelopment of a Superfund site, Alameda Point, was the focal point. The learning community, RETUrN – Renewable Environment: Transforming Urban Neighborhoods, became a SENCER model in 2005.  Steve is currently working with Lindsay Wildlife Museum and Hospital under the SENCER-ISE program.