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February 28, 2015 (Kevin Ashley)
The March meeting for the Cincinnati Section will be held at Miami University on March 18 and will honor our Chemist and Research Associate of the Year. The Chemist of the Year for 2015 is Stacey Lowery Bretz, a Volwiler Distinguished Research Professor of Chemistry at Miami University. The Research Associate of the Year for 2015 is Jennifer Roberts from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Prof Lowery Bretz will also be the featured speaker for the evening and will present "Measuring Misconceptions: Student Understanding of Multiple Representations in Chemisty".
For more information and to register, please follow this link. Registration will close at noon on Friday, March 13.
Announcing 2015 Researcher and Chemist of the Year
February 28, 2015 (Kevin Ashley)
Jennifer L. Roberts is a BS Chemistry graduate of Xavier University working as a chemist for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the agency’s Division of Applied Research and Technology (DART). Jennifer is a model research associate for the agency, fulfilling multiple roles. She is an analytical chemist who specializes in GC-MS analysis of organics in the air of workplaces captured on thermal desorption tubes for exposure assessment purposes. In support of NIOSH research studies, Ms. Roberts analyzes field samples for volatile organic compound screening for critical health hazard assessment studies. These studies include exposure assessments at nanomaterial manufacturing sites, chemical processing plants, electronic manufacturing facilities, polyurethane foam application sites, and local hospitals. She also coordinated the work efforts of a summer students to review information on analytical reports supporting NIOSH researchers. As a result of these investigations, Jen has co-authored at least a half-dozen peer-reviewed research papers and has presented her work at national conferences on several occasions. Moreover, Ms. Roberts coordinated a research effort installing and troubleshooting new instrumental chemistry technology within CEMB. She conducted maintenance of laboratory instruments and equipment changing gas cylinders, filling hydrogen generators, arranging for preventative maintenance visits and repair, and organizing calibrations for lab accreditation. Also, Jen has helped develop a new Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for NIOSH.
Stacey Lowery Bretz is the Volwiler Distinguished Research Professor of Chemistry at Miami University in Oxford, OH. She earned her B.A. in chemistry from Cornell University in 1989 and an M.S. in chemistry from Penn State in 1992. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry education research (CER) at Cornell University in 1994 and completed a post-doc in CER in the Department of Chemistry at UC Berkeley. Dr. Bretz's research expertise includes the development of assessments to characterize chemistry misconceptions and learning in the chemistry laboratory. Of particular interest is method development with regard to the use of multiple representations (particulate, symbolic, and macroscopic) to generate cognitive dissonance, including protocols for establishing the reliability and validity of these measures. She has published 68 papers, given 131 invited seminars, and been awarded external research funding in excess of $4.5M. Dr. Bretz is both a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. She chaired the Gordon Research Conference on CER in 2005. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the American Chemical Society Examinations Institute since being appointed in 2002; she served as Chair of the Board from 2009-2014. She served on the National Academy of Science National Research Council Committee on Discipline-Based Education Research. Stacey Lowery Bretz was honored with both of Miami University’s highest awards for teaching: the E. Phillips Knox Award for Undergraduate Teaching in 2009 and the Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Instruction and Mentoring in 2013.
February Meeting -- Nanomedicine
January 26, 2015 (Kevin Ashley)
The February section meeting will be held Thursday, February 12, at Mount St Joseph University. The featured speaker for the evening is Dan Feldheim, a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
The focus of Prof Feldheim's research is the use of synthetic nanoscale crystals for the treatment of viral and bacterial diseases. The title of Prof Feldheim's talk will be “Nanometer-Scale Therapeutics for the Treatment of Multi-Drug Resistant Infectious Diseases”.
For more information and to register, please follow this link. Registration will close at noon on Monday, February 9.
Many thanks to Praxair for serving as sponsor for the February meeting!
January Edition of CINTACS
January 1, 2015 (Adam Bange)
The January edition of CINTACS is now available.
Check it out here!