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Courses, Seminars, Meetings, Opportunities ACS Chemistry Workshop, June 26–30, 2003 Have you been trying or considering an activity-based, student-centered approach to teaching your general chemistry course? The new textbook, Chemistry (a project of the American Chemical Society), is designed to support and reinforce this approach. The textbook is part of a bold new initiative to re-think and re-work the general chemistry course that too many students perceive as a barrier rather than a pathway to their future. Chemistry includes traditional chemistry concepts in a non-traditional order using pedagogy built on active learning and group interactions. The concepts and principles in Chemistry are developed as often as possible by the analysis of data obtained in classroom activities. Because the approach requires more effort on the part of both students and instructors and what we are trying to accomplish may be unfamiliar, the ACS is supporting an intensive four-day workshop to help prospective users develop a better understanding of the textbook’s content and pedagogy. The workshop will be held at Collin County Community College near Dallas, TX, on June 26–30, 2003. Announcements Do you have news to share with the JCE community?

Send contributions for the JCE Announcements column to Elizabeth A. Moore, associate editor, by email at [email protected] or at the address on the masthead. Contributions should be concise, to the point, and appropriate for the Journal’s audience. They may be edited for clarity, timeliness, or length.

DNA Anniversary Poster The year 2003 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most important breakthroughs in science—the discovery of the DNA double helix by James Watson and Francis Crick in Cambridge in the spring of 1953. A photograph of the pair with their original model of DNA, taken by Antony Barrington Brown in May 1953, has become an icon of scientific discovery, heralding the creation of the biotechnology industry. To celebrate the discovery of the DNA double helix, Science Photo Gallery has produced this anniversary poster of Watson and Crick with their DNA model (see above). The poster’s text explains how the DNA double-helix structure works, provides a short history of the discovery of the DNA structure, and gives biographies of Watson and Crick. The poster costs U.S. $14.99, plus shipping. To order a copy or for further details go to For more information about the discovery of DNA, visit the Nature Web site, index.html. You will find a special 50th anniversary collection of reprints of the 1953 papers that were the basis for proposing a double-helix structure with complementary pairing of nitrogenous bases. In addition there are 20 contemporary articles that provide historical context for the discovery and views toward the future of research in the field. If you are interested in the role played by Rosalind Franklin and her X-ray data in the discovery, in how it was learned that DNA is the carrier of genetic information, or a nicely crafted description of how DNA behaves differently in cells from our standard textbook abstractions of its structure, go to this Web site. It provides fascinating information about science and scientists in a readily accessible format. New NSF Solicitation The Teacher Professional Continuum (TPC) program at the National Science Foundation announces new funding opportunities to conduct research studies, as well as research • Vol. 80 No. 4 April 2003 • Journal of Chemical Education


photo and poster courtesy Science Photo Gallery

The Green Chemistry Institute (GCI) and the American Chemical Society (ACS) established in 2000 the Joseph Breen Memorial Fund, which commemorates Joseph Breen’s commitment to and accomplishments for the advancement of green chemistry. Each year the fund will award one or more Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowships. The award funds are used to sponsor the participation of a young international green chemistry scholar in a green chemistry technical meeting, conference, or training program. In order to promote green chemistry among young scientists, the award criteria limiting this fellowship to a “young” international scholar is defined as undergraduate and above but below the level of assistant professor. Application deadline is May 1, 2003. The contact person is Mary Kirchhoff, Green Chemistry Institute, American Chemical Society; phone: 202/872-4562; email: [email protected].

Space in the workshop is limited; participants will be chosen based on the order in which applications are received, with the exception that preference will be given to faculty committed to using Chemistry for Fall 2003. For more information on applying for the workshop or obtaining a copy of the textbook, contact Marta Gmurczyk ([email protected]) before April 18, 2003. Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been accepted as soon as possible, but no later than April 25, 2003.

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Proposal Deadlines National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) These NSF deadlines have been established. •

Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Preliminary Proposals April 23, 2003 Formal Proposals October 15, 2003 National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Digital Library (NSDL) Letters of Intent (optional) March 12, 2003 Formal Proposals April 21, 2003

Official deadline dates for proposals will be specified in the new program solicitation for each program, to be published at least three months before the relevant deadline date. Other Funding Opportunities for STEM Education may be found at other_ programs.asp. Program solicitations are available electronically through NSF’s Online Document System at and through the NSF DUE site DUE; phone: 703/292-8670; email: [email protected]. The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. • • • • • • • •

Camille Dreyfus Teacher–Scholar Awards Program: mid-November 2003 Faculty Start-Up Grants for Undergraduate Institutions: May 15, 2003 Henry Dreyfus Teacher–Scholar Awards Program: June 30, 2003 New Faculty Awards Program: May 15, 2003 Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry: February 26, 2004 Scholar/Fellow Program for Undergraduate Institutions: June 30, 2003 (Note revised guidelines.) Senior Scientist Mentor: August 28, 2003 Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences: Preliminary Proposals: June 16, 2003 Completed Proposals: August 28, 2003

Further information and confirmation of the above deadlines may be obtained from The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., 555 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022-3301; phone: 212/753-1760; email: [email protected]; WWW: http://

Research Corporation • • • •

Cottrell College Science Awards: May 15 and November 15 Cottrell Scholars: First regular business day in September Research Innovation Awards: May 1 Research Opportunity Awards: May 1 and October 1

Further information may be obtained from Research Corporation, 101 North Wilmot Road, Suite 250, Tucson, AZ 85711; phone: 520/571-1111; fax: 520/571-1119; email: [email protected]; WWW:


News & Announcements and development projects for K–12 science, technology, and mathematics (STM) education. This professional continuum includes K–12 experiences, teacher preparation programs, instructional practice, professional development, leadership development, and other life and professional experiences. The principal mission of the TPC program is to promote quality K–12 STM teaching through the production of resources, the development of infrastructure, and the advancement of knowledge. To fulfill its mission, the TPC program set these goals, seeking to: •

Improve the quality and coherence of the learning experiences that prepare and enhance STM teachers

Develop innovative curricula, materials, tools, ideas, and information resources that prepare and support STM teachers and administrators

Research, develop, and identify models, organizational structures, and systems that support the teacher professional continuum

Research teacher learning throughout the teacher professional continuum and its impact on teaching practice using scientifically-based investigations

Advance the knowledge base on the preparation, enhancement, and retention of STM teachers, and on the strategies that strengthen and diversify the STM teaching profession

Disseminate this knowledge and research, as well as innovative models and resources, to a national audience

Research studies from first-time Principal Investigators are especially encouraged. The deadline for required preliminary proposals is May 19, 2003. For more information and the TPC program solicitation visit the NSF Web site at Other programs in the Division of Elementary, Secondary and Informal Education (ESIE) include: Centers for Learning and Teaching (, Informal Science Education ( programs/ise/ise.asp), Instructional Materials Development (, and Presidential Awards ( Call for Experiments, National Educators’ Workshop In 2003 the 18th annual National Educators’ Workshop (NEW): Update teams up with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) joining NASA’s Celebration of 100 Years of Flight. The workshop will focus on gathering experiments and teaching strategies related to newer materials developments for faculty at both the college and pre-college levels. The Workshop will be held October 19– 22, 2003, in Hampton and Newport News, VA. It will emphasize experiments and demonstrations for use in classrooms and lab courses, improved methods for teaching technical content, and plenary sessions on emerging technology.

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To date more than 600 experiments and demonstrations have been generated through NEW: Updates and are available on CD-ROM. Request registration materials by writing a short note, including your name and address, to NEW: Update 2003, School of Science and Technology, Norfolk State University, 700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23504-8060; Attention: Jim Jacobs. You may also request materials by email at this address: [email protected]. Consult the Web site for further information: Those interested in providing experiments should submit a brief abstract to the postal or email addresses above no later than May, 1, 2003.

Mole Day 2003 National Mole Day celebrates its 13th anniversary on October 23, 2003, with the theme Rock ‘N Mole. Mole Day, celebrated each October 23 from 6:02 a.m. until 6:02 p.m., commemorates Avogadro’s Number and is coordinated by the National Mole Day Foundation. Information about the foundation, its award program, and projects and celebrations in previous years is available at or by writing the National Mole Day Foundation, Inc., Maurice Oehler, Executive Director, 1220 South 5th Street, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821; [email protected]. • Vol. 80 No. 4 April 2003 • Journal of Chemical Education