published March 6, 2013

Upcoming Presentations: SENCER Panel focused on Analytic Chemistry at PITTCON 2013 and at Faculty Development Convocation at US Military Academy

PITTCON 2013: MICHAEL SAMIDE and OLUJIDE AKINBO, SENCER alumni and professors of Chemistry at Butler University, have organized a panel focused on new approaches to teaching analytic chemistry for the Pittcon 2013 Conference to be held in Philadelphia. The panel is scheduled for March 18. One of 2000 sessions to be offered at this giant meeting, is entitled: Practical Methods for Implementing the Undergraduate Analytical Science Curriculum. It will feature presentations by Michael and Olujide, along with THOMAS WENZEL (Bates College), DAVID BURNS (National Center for Science and Civic Engagement), JILL KIRSTEN ROBINSON (Indiana University), CHRISTOPHER R. HARRISON (San Diego State University), JUSTIN SHEARER (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) and SAYO OLAWALE FAKAYODE (Winston-Salem State University).

WEST POINT: "Interdisciplinary Education at West Point" is the title of a faculty development workshop to be held on March 19 organized by the leaders of the USMA's new "energy spine" curricular effort that embraces and advances core SENCER ideals. (A detailed description on this initiative will be one of the featured articles in next issue of our Journal.) DAVID BURNS has been invited as the guest speaker at this meeting designed to review progress, consider preliminary outcomes, and plan for the future. USMA's goals for their energy-focused course are ambitious and comprehensive. The Academy seeks to educate students who "will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Understand the fundamental issues and scientific principles underlying energy security, consumption, reduction, and production as they apply individually and socially.
  • Construct and utilize mathematical models to facilitate analysis and understanding of energy consumption, reduction, and production at the individual and organization levels of use.
  • Increase personal and professional (civic) responsibility for energy use in the Army by understanding and applying theories of individual, group, and societal behavior in the context of change.
  • Communicate orally and in writing, ideas, issues, and arguments concerning energy consumption, reduction, and production as they apply individually and socially.
  • Develop an interdisciplinary perspective that supports knowledge transfer across disciplinary boundaries and supports innovative solutions to complex energy problems/projects."