The conference was held on the beautiful campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana from July 27th through the 31st, 2008. The 20th BCCE, like all of its predecessors, was designed to provide you with opportunities for interacting with chemistry instuctors of all levels in formal and informal settings. There was a mixture of plenary lectures, symposia, workshops, chemical demonstrations, poster sessions, exhibits and tours of chemistry research areas.
The integration of material from five CWCS workshops at a 4 year liberal arts college of 900 students will be presented. From the grant sessions provided at these workshops, 2 NSF grants have been submitted, one of which has been funded and the other pending. A new forensic science concentration within the chemistry major was developed with course content for the introductory course provided by the workshop
Attendance at the CWCS workshop on forensic science at Williams College resulted in rekindled interest in chemistry at Ferrum College. It also provided momentum for the development of an interdisciplinary minor in forensic science that has resulted in better student recruitment and retention in the sciences (and also in criminal justice) at Ferrum College. This presentation will discuss the changes to introductory chemistry and the forensic science curriculum and its impact.
Practical Forensic Microscopy: The Importance of Teaching Developing Chemists and Forensic Scientist When and How to Use a Microscope
Forensic science is a discipline that applies science to questions arising from criminal investigations or litigation. Since the popularity of forensic science as a career choice has emerged, many colleges and universities have developed criminalistics and forensic science programs. Faculty in these programs are often analytical chemists so their background in instrumental techniques is fully developed. However, the microscope is often the first tool applied to a piece of evidence.
The Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences is a National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement sponsored initiative. The CWCS provides workshops for faculty at eligible US institutions including 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. Individuals, including post-docs and graduate students who plan to embark on a college teaching career, and conservators, forensic, biomedical and public health scientists with significant educational responsibilities, are also eligible.
Forensic science, as introduced in the CWCS workshop, gives an engaging framework for a special course introducing students to college life. Hands-on activities developed from the CWCS course such as fingerprinting, analysis of glass, bullets, DNA and GC-MS identification of drugs, are easily applied at the freshman level. A crime scene quickly draws the student group together, and critical thinking skills can be developed as students interpret conflicting pieces of evidence and write progress reports.
Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences (CWCS): Promoting Innovation in Chemical Education Through Workshops and Community Building
A retrospective: Over the past seven years, the Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences (CWCS) has provided 74 workshops at 27 host institutions on a variety of topical areas. These have served more than 1350 participants who have used the material from the workshops in a number of ways to improve undergraduate education at their home institutions. An overview of the Center's activities will be presented to highlight the broad impact of the program.
Comparison of Art-Chemistry and Forensic Science for Fostering Critical Thinking Skills in the Chemistry Curriculum
This longitudinal and cross-sectional study compares two versions of Art-Chemistry (Conservation-Art and Alchemy-Art emphases), two courses of an Introductory Forensic Science (with a writing emphasis), and two courses of General Chemistry taught by two instructors who have participated in CWCS workshops. At Colorado College, courses are taught using a unique