P403: Forensic science and investigation comes to Miami University

Author: Susan Sonchik Marine, Miami University Middletown, USA

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Date: 8/5/14

Time: 11:30 AM11:50 AM

Room: MAN 102

Related Symposium: S2

In June 2013 I participated in Larry Kaplan’s NSF/cCWCS-sponsored workshop on Forensic Science at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. The information and techniques learned there have been used to develop 1) an Introduction to Forensic Science course and laboratory (CHM 121/121L) as a liberal education course for non-science majors and as a required course for future Forensic Investigation majors and 2) Forensic Science and Laboratory (CHM 421/421L) as an upper division elective for chemistry majors and as a required course for future Forensic Science majors. Both courses and labs have received university approval. The Introduction to Forensic Science course and lab will be offered for the first time in Fall 2014; it was piloted as a special topic of CHM 111/111L Chemistry and Modern Society. These courses were developed as part of a new B.S. in Forensic Science and Investigation degree at Miami University Regional campuses. Attending the cCWCS Workshop gave credentials and detailed information for developing the new degree. It also prompted the dean to invest in new instrumentation for the forensic labs!

P78: Recognizing excellence in chemistry-based technology programs, part I: ACS role and hallmarks of success

Author: Susan Marine, Miami University Middletown, USA

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Date: 8/3/14

Time: 2:45 PM3:05 PM

Room: MAK B1120

Related Symposium: S12

As recognition of the important role of two-year colleges in STEM education has grown, so too has the push to recognize and share successes in this part of the chemistry pipeline. In response, the ACS Two-Year College Advisory Board has assembled a working group to explore the development of a framework to recognize excellence in two-year college education. This interactive discussion will focus specifically on the unique needs of chemistry-based technology or applied chemistry degree programs and how ACS can best support them. Participants will explore their goals for ACS recognition, what constitutes excellence in chemistry-based technology programs, and how excellence can be recognized.