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Chemistry Faculty Well-represented at Chemical Education Conference

September 20, 2016

Four faculty members from St. John Fisher College’s Chemistry Department presented oral talks at the 2016 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, held at the University of Northern Colorado from July 31 to August 4, 2016.

Kermin Martinez-Hernandez

Kermin Martinez-Hernandez

Dr. Kermin J. Martínez-Hernández, assistant professor in chemistry; Dr. Irene Kimaru, chair of chemistry department, Dr. Nahyr D. Rovira-Figueroa, general chemistry coordinator adjunct faculty, and Lafayette Eaton, visiting assistant professor, delivered presentations. First-time conference attendee Dr. Andrea Bills also participated in several workshops and established new collaborations.

"This conference is the most important conference in the area of chemical education in the United States,” said Martínez-Hernández, who presented the results of his partnership with Dr. Marie LoRe, an Advanced Placement chemistry teacher at Pittsford Sutherland High School.

He also delivered a talk on a collaboration with Dr. Fernando Ontiveros, from Fisher’s Biology Department, and Dr. Nahyr D. Rovira-Figueroa, “Implementing a microfluidic experiment in an undergraduate general chemistry laboratory: Lesson learned.”

Kimaru presented on two topics, including “How the 2013 cCWCS forensic science workshop initiated a new chemistry course” and “Teaching quantitative chemical analysis laboratory using real world pharmaceutical and environmental applications.”

Rovira-Figueroa and Eaton presented on “Students collaboration in real-time using Google Sheets in a general chemistry laboratory course” and “Using electronic portfolios to assess student reflections from a learning component in general chemistry laboratory courses.”