Western Carolinas Local Section

September meeting and recognition of 50- and 60- year members.  Bay Breeze Restaurant in Hendersonvile, NC, Tuesday September 19

WESTERN CAROLINAS ACS SEMINAR
FREE TO THE PUBLIC!!
" Women in Chemistry: Past, Present and Future”

Dr. Sally Wasileski
Associate Professor 
University of North Carolina Asheville
Hendersonville, NC
Tuesday September 19th, 2017
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Bay Breeze Restaurant
1830 Asheville Highway
Hendersonville, NC  28793
(828) 697-7106
[http://www.baybreezeseafood.com/]
 Order of Events:
5:30 pm          Meet-n-Greet             Banquet Room: Bay Breeze Restaurant
6:00 pm          Dinner (Optional)      Banquet Room: Bay Breeze Restaurant
7:15 pm          Presentation              Dr. Sally Wasileski (University of North Carolina Asheville)
7:45 pm          Recognition of 50 and 60 year members   
                  
**We ask that you RSVP if you are attending the seminar and/or having dinner so we have a good count for our servers(s) for the night.  As we have done over the past several years, each attendee will pay for their dinner individually.  See the menu at: http://www.baybreezeseafood.com/menu.php
HS teachers and students (both HS and college) will receive a $5 coupon which can be deducted from their final dinner costs. 
Please RSVP  by Friday September 15th to:  wcacs2017@gmail.com and leave: 
1) your name(s), 2) your contact number or email address, 3) how many will be attending seminar and/or dinner, 4) indicate if attendees are students or teachers, and 5) your affiliation (company, school, college etc.)
Please check http://westerncarolinas.sites.acs.org/ for updated information.
 

 
WESTERN CAROLINAS ACS SEMINAR

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!!

" Women in Chemistry: Past, Present and Future”

 

Dr. Sally Wasileski

Associate Professor

University of North Carolina Asheville

--------------------------------

Bay Breeze Restaurant

1830 Asheville Highway

Hendersonville, NC  28793

(828) 697-7106

 Order of Events:

5:30 pm          Meet-n-Greet             Banquet Room: Bay Breeze Restaurant

6:00 pm          Dinner (Optional)      Banquet Room: Bay Breeze Restaurant

7:15 pm          Presentation              Dr. Sally Wasileski (University of North Carolina Asheville)

7:45 pm          Recognition of 50 and 60 year members  

                 

**We ask that you RSVP if you are attending the seminar and/or having dinner so we have a good count for our servers(s) for the night.  As we have done over the past several years, each attendee will pay for their dinner individually.  

HS teachers and students (both HS and college) will receive a $5 coupon which can be deducted from their final dinner costs.

Please RSVP  by Friday September 15th to:  wcacs2017@gmail.com and leave:

1) your name(s), 2) your contact number or email address, 3) how many will be attending seminar and/or dinner, 4) indicate if attendees are students or teachers, and 5) your affiliation (company, school, college etc.)

 

 Abstract

Women have long been an underrepresented group in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and chemistry is no exception.  This presentation will highlight the scientific achievements and barriers to success for women chemists, the current status of gender parity in chemistry, and how we can make an impact in supporting women pursuing careers in chemistry.   


Bio:  Dr. Sally Wasileski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry starting her 13th year at UNC Asheville.  Originally from western Maryland, she graduated with a BS with Honors in Chemistry from Juniata College in 1998 and with a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Purdue University in 2003.  Sally is a dedicated teacher and scholar, focusing on active learning, learning chemistry through authentic research experiences and learning chemistry through cooking.  Her research spans from directing the Chemistry Scholars Program (a student-support and scholarship program in Chemistry at UNC Asheville) -to- using computational chemistry to investigate catalytic reaction mechanisms related to energy generation -to- investigating environmental pollutants at a Superfund site in South Asheville -to- the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning on integrative teaching across disciplines.  She is the 2016 recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching at UNC Asheville.  Sally is happily married, the mother of a beautiful 8-year old daughter, and enjoys cooking, baking, cake decorating, spending time with her family, and traveling.
About our speaker
 
 Dr. Sally Wasileski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry starting her 13th year at UNC Asheville.  Originally from western Maryland, she graduated with a BS with Honors in Chemistry from Juniata College in 1998 and with a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Purdue University in 2003.  Sally is a dedicated teacher and scholar, focusing on active learning, learning chemistry through authentic research experiences and learning chemistry through cooking.  Her research spans from directing the Chemistry Scholars Program (a student-support and scholarship program in Chemistry at UNC Asheville) -to- using computational chemistry to investigate catalytic reaction mechanisms related to energy generation -to- investigating environmental pollutants at a Superfund site in South Asheville -to- the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning on integrative teaching across disciplines.  She is the 2016 recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching at UNC Asheville.  Sally is happily married, the mother of a beautiful 8-year old daughter, and enjoys cooking, baking, cake decorating, spending time with her family, and traveling.
 

Summer Social Event - Sierra Nevada Brewery Tour, Thursday July 27

WESTERN CAROLINAS ACS

Join your fellow Western Carolinas members (and friends) for a summer gathering and tour of Sierra Nevada Brewery.

The tour will be a private version of the General Brewhouse Tours at Sierra Nevada - lasting about 90 minutes. The tour includes a history presentation about the company, a walk-through of the brewing facility and end with a guided tasting.  Although tours are open to ages 12 and older, only those 21 and over will be provided a tasting.  You will have the opportunity to enjoy dinner (not included in the cost of the tour) with the group following the tour.

Sierra Nevada Brewery Tour

Thursday July 27th, 2017

5:00 p.m.  

   Cost: $15      

100 Sierra Nevada Way

Mills River, NC 28732

(located near Asheville Airport) 

https://www.sierranevada.com/brewery/north-carolina/brewery-tour

Seats are limited, therefore please RSVP as soon as possible, including those aged 12-20, and please HONOR your reservation.

Just send your name and those accompanying you to wcacs2017@gmail.com

 

April meeting, awards banquet and poster session - Tuesday April 11 at Furman University

WESTERN CAROLINAS ACS Awards Poster session

 

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!!

TUESDAY APRIL 11, 2017

 

Furman University

The meeting will be in the Atrium of Townes Science Center (Plyler Hall), Furman University. A campus map can be found at http://www.furman.edu/campusmap/   

 

GPS Users: The address is 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC, 29613. The best place to park will be adjacent to the Daniel Chapel across the mall from Plyler.

Non-GPS Usershttp://www.furman.edu/sites/summer/Pages/Directions.aspx 


Order of Events:

5:00 pm - Poster Set-up (Kohrt Commons, Plyler Hall)

5:30 pm - Mix and Mingle & Poster Session (Student presenters should attend to their posters)

7:00 pm - Dinner (Optional)

                 $15 Members/$5 High School Teachers and Student Members

Ø  Spiced Chicken

Ø  Spanish Rice

Ø  Spicy Black Beans and Flour Tortillas with Toppings of Shredded Lettuce, Diced Tomatoes, Dices Onions, Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, House-Made Salsa

Ø  Tortilla Chips

Ø  Cinnamon Tortilla Chipps

Ø  Iced Tea, Water and Coffee

7:45 pm – Awards Presentation

Please RSVP by Friday April 7, 2017 to:  wcacs2017@gmail.com and leave your name, affiliation, contact number or email address, how many will be attending seminar and/or dinner and if student or high school teacher status is applicable.

March Meeting - Thusday March 23 at Converse College

WESTERN CAROLINAS ACS SEMINAR

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!!

" Incorporating Functional Nanomaterials in Layer-by-Layer Amperometric Sensor Designs - Adaptable Templates for Clinically Relevant Measurements”

 

Dr. Michael Leopold

University of Richmond

THURSDAY MARCH 23, 2017

Converse College

Phifer Science Hall

The talk with will be in Dalton Auditorium (Phifer 103) located on the 1st floor of Phifer Hall.

Link to Campus Map:  http://www.converse.edu/about/campus-map/

Phifer is #13 on the map.  P6 is the best place for parking. 

Order of Events:

6:00 pm - Meet and Greet at Phifer Science Hall

6:30 pm - Dinner (Optional) at Phifer Science Hall

                 $15 Members/$5 High School Teachers and Student Members

Ø  Mixed greens salad with cranberries

Ø  Grilled Chicken Breast with Tomato Bruschetta Topping

Ø  Sautéed Fresh Vegetables & Pasta with Spinach & Feta Cheese

Ø  Lemon Garlic Green Beans

Ø  Fresh Rolls & Butter

Ø  NY Style Cheesecake

Ø  Tea & Water

Ø  Coffee will be served outside of the venue hall prior to the lecture

7:30 pm - Dr. Michael Leopold, University of Richmond

Lecture will be in Dalton Auditorium (Phifer 103) located on the 1st floor of Phifer Hall.

**We ask that you RSVP if you are attending the seminar and/or having dinner. 

Please RSVP by FRIDAY MARCH 17, 2017 to:  wcacs2017@gmail.com and leave your name, affiliation, contact number or email address, how many will be attending seminar and/or dinner and if student or high school teacher status is applicable. 


“Incorporating Functional Nanomaterials in Layer-by-Layer Amperometric Sensor Designs - Adaptable Templates for Clinically Relevant Measurements”

 

Abstract: The development of real-time, amperometric sensors and biosensors with potential in-vitro or in-vivo applications continues to be a relevant scientific endeavor for the detection of clinically relevant molecules.  Within this field of study, a large number of reports continue to focus on enzyme-based glucose detection because it serves both as a well-understood fundamental model system and as a clinically relevant sensing goal for diabetics.  It is, however, relatively rare that the same strategies and materials utilized for glucose sensing prove to be robust and versatile enough to be readily adapted to different target molecules with clinical relevance.  It follows then that a significant achievement would be the demonstration of a strategy and the use of materials that offer this type of versatility while maintaining superior performance toward a molecule with bioanalytical implications and possible medical applications.  Our work explores layer-by-layer (LbL) strategies for amperometric biosensor and sensor designs, where each layer or material within the composite film, including the incorporation of different nanomaterials, is functional with respect to sensing sensitivity and/or selectivity.  Fundamental studies proceed with a glucose model system before adapting the strategy and materials to uric acid sensing for the purpose of early detection and monitoring pregnancy-induced hypertension and preeclampsia risk.  Additionally, this research also involves sensor development toward practical and effective clinical usage where the LbL strategies must be successfully adapted and miniaturized to needle or wire electrodes that can potentially function in vitro as a bedside device, within catheters for continuous, real-time measurements, or as an in vivo implant operating in biological media and physiologically relevant concentrations.  

Bio:

Dr. Michael Leopold is currently the Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry at the University of Richmond.  He received his BS degree in Chemistry from James Madison University and his Ph.D. from North Carolina State.  He then performed postdoctoral work at UNC-Chapel with Professor Royce Murray before joining the UR faculty in 2002.  Mike has been a champion of undergraduate research at UR.  His group has been extremely active and prolific, publishing 30 papers predominantly with undergraduate co-authors since 2005.  His students regularly present their findings at regional and national meetings of the American Chemical Society.  His research program has been nationally recognized with a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 2010, a Commonwealth Health Research Board Grant in 2013, and two NSF grants since 2009.  In addition, he has won several awards at UR including the Distinguished Educator Award and Mentor of the Year.  His over-arching philosophy is to immerse undergraduates in a high quality, meaningful, research experience with significant outcomes to prepare and inspire them for a career in the sciences.  

 

February Meeting - Tuesday February 21 at Lander University

WESTERN CAROLINAS ACS SEMINAR
FREE TO THE PUBLIC!!
"Making Connections: Mentoring, Networking and Presenting Provides Opportunities for Growth as High School Educators”

Laura Slocum
2017 recipient of the ACS’s James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2017
Lander University
Directions to campus and parking:
300 Wilson St. Greenwood, SC 29649
Student ACS members will help direct to the correct building on campus

Order of Events:
6:00 pm - Meet and Greet at Dawson Room in the Grier Student Center
6:30 pm - Dinner (Optional) Dawson Room in the Grier Student Center
    $15 Members/$5 High School Teachers and Student Members 
Mixed greens salad
Parmesan crusted chicken
Penne Alfredo with sun-dried tomato
Grilled asparagus
Baguettes
Milk chocolate mousse
7:30 pm - Lecture in Science Building, Room 150
     Laura Slocum
      2017 recipient of the ACS’s James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching


**We ask that you RSVP if you are attending the seminar and/or having dinner.  
Please RSVP by TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2017 to:  wcacs2017@gmail.com and leave your name, affiliation, contact number or email address, how many will be attending seminar and/or dinner and if student or high school teacher status is applicable.  

Please check http://westerncarolinas.sites.acs.org/ for updated information. 

WCACS respects your privacy and will only use your Email address for ACS business. We never sell or give away membership information to third parties. If you would like your name added or removed from the Western Carolinas Section mailing list or if you have comments, please send a message to the WCACS list manager: hholt@unca.edu.

“Making Connections: Mentoring, Networking and Presenting Provides Opportunities for Growth as High School Educators”

Abstract: For the past 27 years, I have almost always been the “lone chemistry teacher” at the various schools I have taught at; however, rarely have I been alone.  During this presentation, I will share about the various ways that high school teachers can make connections with other high school teachers, as well as those in colleges, universities and industry to help them grow professionally. Without the opportunities to make many of these connections, I may not have stayed in the classroom and I certainly would not have had the courage to try some of the innovative practices that I have used in my classroom over the years.  Networking with others, being mentored by others and/or being a mentor to another, as well as finding opportunities to give back to colleagues has allowed me the chance to grow in ways that were not even on my “bucket list”.  These experiences ultimately lead to me using and expanding upon the Modeling Instruction methods in my classroom for the past 7 years.
WESTERN CAROLINAS ACS SEMINAR
FREE TO THE PUBLIC!!
"Making Connections: Mentoring, Networking and Presenting Provides Opportunities for Growth as High School Educators”

Laura Slocum
2017 recipient of the ACS’s James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2017
Lander University
Directions to campus and parking:
300 Wilson St. Greenwood, SC 29649
Student ACS members will help direct to the correct building on campus

Order of Events:
6:00 pm - Meet and Greet at Dawson Room in the Grier Student Center
6:30 pm - Dinner (Optional) Dawson Room in the Grier Student Center
    $15 Members/$5 High School Teachers and Student Members 
Mixed greens salad
Parmesan crusted chicken
Penne Alfredo with sun-dried tomato
Grilled asparagus
Baguettes
Milk chocolate mousse
7:30 pm - Lecture in Science Building, Room 150
     Laura Slocum
      2017 recipient of the ACS’s James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching


**We ask that you RSVP if you are attending the seminar and/or having dinner.  
Please RSVP by TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2017 to:  wcacs2017@gmail.com and leave your name, affiliation, contact number or email address, how many will be attending seminar and/or dinner and if student or high school teacher status is applicable.  

Please check http://westerncarolinas.sites.acs.org/ for updated information. 

WCACS respects your privacy and will only use your Email address for ACS business. We never sell or give away membership information to third parties. If you would like your name added or removed from the Western Carolinas Section mailing list or if you have comments, please send a message to the WCACS list manager: hholt@unca.edu.

“Making Connections: Mentoring, Networking and Presenting Provides Opportunities for Growth as High School Educators”

Abstract: For the past 27 years, I have almost always been the “lone chemistry teacher” at the various schools I have taught at; however, rarely have I been alone.  During this presentation, I will share about the various ways that high school teachers can make connections with other high school teachers, as well as those in colleges, universities and industry to help them grow professionally. Without the opportunities to make many of these connections, I may not have stayed in the classroom and I certainly would not have had the courage to try some of the innovative practices that I have used in my classroom over the years.  Networking with others, being mentored by others and/or being a mentor to another, as well as finding opportunities to give back to colleagues has allowed me the chance to grow in ways that were not even on my “bucket list”.  These experiences ultimately lead to me using and expanding upon the Modeling Instruction methods in my classroom for the past 7 years.
 WESTERN CAROLINAS ACS SEMINAR
FREE TO THE PUBLIC!!
"Making Connections: Mentoring, Networking and Presenting Provides Opportunities for Growth as High School Educators”

Laura Slocum
2017 recipient of the ACS’s James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2017
Lander University
Directions to campus and parking:
300 Wilson St. Greenwood, SC 29649
Student ACS members will help direct to the correct building on campus
FREE TO THE PUBLIC!!
 
 "Making Connections: Mentoring, Networking and Presenting Provides Opportunities for Growth as High School Educators”
 
 
 
 Laura Slocum
 
 2017 recipient of the ACS’s James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching
 
 TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2017
 
 Lander University
300 Wilson St. Greenwood, SC 29649
Student ACS members will help direct to the correct building on campus
300 Wilson St. Greenwood, SC 29649
 Student ACS members will help direct to the correct building on campus
 
 Order of Events
6:00 pm - Meet and Greet at Dawson Room in the Grier Student Center
6:30 pm - Dinner (Optional) Dawson Room in the Grier Student Center
$15 Members/$5 High School Teachers and Student Members
  • Mixed greens salad
  • Parmesan crusted chicken Penne Alfredo with sun-dried tomato
  • Grilled asparagus
  • Baguettes
  • Milk chocolate mousse
7:30 pm - Lecture in Science Building, Room 150 
 
 
 **We ask that you RSVP if you are attending the seminar and/or having dinner.  
Please RSVP by TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2017 to:  wcacs2017@gmail.com and leave your name, affiliation, contact number or email address, how many will be attending seminar and/or dinner and if student or high school teacher status is applicable.
Please RSVP by TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2017 to:  wcacs2017@gmail.com and leave your name, affiliation, contact number or email address, how many will be attending seminar and/or dinner and if student or high school teacher status is applicable.
 
 Making Connections: Mentoring, Networking and Presenting Provides Opportunities for Growth as High School Educators
 
Abstract 

Directions to campus and parking:

300 Wilson St. Greenwood, SC 29649

Student ACS members will help direct to the correct building on campus
 
For the past 27 years, I have almost always been the “lone chemistry teacher” at the various schools I have taught at; however, rarely have I been alone.  During this presentation, I will share about the various ways that high school teachers can make connections with other high school teachers, as well as those in colleges, universities and industry to help them grow professionally. Without the opportunities to make many of these connections, I may not have stayed in the classroom and I certainly would not have had the courage to try some of the innovative practices that I have used in my classroom over the years.  Networking with others, being mentored by others and/or being a mentor to another, as well as finding opportunities to give back to colleagues has allowed me the chance to grow in ways that were not even on my “bucket list”.  These experiences ultimately lead to me using and expanding upon the Modeling Instruction methods in my classroom for the past 7 years.
 
About our speaker
 
Laura Slocum has taught for 27 years, and joined the Heathwood faculty in 2012.  She came to Heathwood from National Cathedral School in Washington DC where she went to share about Modeling Instruction with their science faculty.  Prior to that, she taught for 11 years at University High School of Indiana where she built the chemistry program of that start-up private school when she joined the faculty in year two of the school.  Her first teaching experience in a college-prep day school was at Green Farms, CT. 
 Laura has been actively involved with the American Chemical Society at the local, regional, and national level since 1990.  She held a variety of leadership roles within the ACS and Division of Chemical Education within the ACS in a variety of ways since 1995.  From 2007-2011, she served as the Secondary School Associate Editor for the Journal of Chemical Education.  In 2012, Laura was recognized with the ACS Division of Chemical Education Central Regional Award for Excellence in High School Teaching and in 2014 she was inducted as an ACS Fellow (one of only 8 high school teachers).  She is the 2017 recipient of the ACS’s James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching.
 WESTERN CAROLINAS ACS SEMINAR

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!!

"Making Connections: Mentoring, Networking and Presenting

Provides Opportunities for Growth as High School Educators”

Laura Slocum

2017 recipient of the ACS’s James Bryant Conant Award in High School

Chemistry Teaching

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2017

Lander University

Directions to campus and parking:

300 Wilson St. Greenwood, SC 29649

Student ACS members will help direct to the correct building on campus

Order of Events:

6:00 pm - Meet and Greet at Dawson Room in the Grier Student Center

6:30 pm - Dinner (Optional) Dawson Room in the Grier Student Center

$15 Members/$5 High School Teachers and Student Members

 Mixed greens salad

 Parmesan crusted chicken

 Penne Alfredo with sun-dried tomato

 Grilled asparagus

 Baguettes

 Milk chocolate mousse

7:30 pm - Lecture in Science Building, Room 150

Laura Slocum

2017 recipient of the ACS’s James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching

**We ask that you RSVP if you are attending the seminar and/or having dinner.

Please RSVP by TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2017 to:  wcacs2017@gmail.com and leave

your name, affiliation, contact number or email address, how many will be attending

seminar and/or dinner and if student or high school teacher status is applicable. 

Please check http://westerncarolinas.sites.acs.org/ for updated information.

WCACS respects your privacy and will only use your Email address for ACS business. We never sell or give away membership

information to third parties. If you would like your name added or removed from the Western Carolinas Section mailing list or if

you have comments, please send a message to the WCACS list manager: hholt@unca.edu.

“Making Connections: Mentoring, Networking and Presenting Provides Opportunities for

Growth as High School Educators”

Abstract: For the past 27 years, I have almost always been the “lone chemistry teacher” at the

various schools I have taught at; however, rarely have I been alone. During this presentation, I

will share about the various ways that high school teachers can make connections with other high

school teachers, as well as those in colleges, universities and industry to help them grow

professionally. Without the opportunities to make many of these connections, I may not have

stayed in the classroom and I certainly would not have had the courage to try some of the

innovative practices that I have used in my classroom over the years. Networking with others,

being mentored by others and/or being a mentor to another, as well as finding opportunities to

give back to colleagues has allowed me the chance to grow in ways that were not even on my

“bucket list”. These experiences ultimately lead to me using and expanding upon the Modeling

Instruction methods in my classroom for the past 7 years.

Bio:

B.A. Western Connecticut State University

M.S. Ball State University

Laura Slocum has taught for 27 years, and joined the Heathwood faculty in 2012. She came to

Heathwood from National Cathedral School in Washington DC where she went to share about

Modeling Instruction with their science faculty. Prior to that, she taught for 11 years at

University High School of Indiana where she built the chemistry program of that start-up private

school when she joined the faculty in year two of the school. Her first teaching experience in a

college-prep day school was at Green Farms, CT.

Laura has been actively involved with the American Chemical Society at the local, regional, and

national level since 1990. She held a variety of leadership roles within the ACS and Division of

Chemical Education within the ACS in a variety of ways since 1995. From 2007-2011, she

served as the Secondary School Associate Editor for the Journal of Chemical Education. In

2012, Laura was recognized with the ACS Division of Chemical Education Central Regional

Award for Excellence in High School Teaching and in 2014 she was inducted as an ACS Fellow

(one of only 8 high school teachers). She is the 2017 recipient of the ACS’s James Bryant

Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching.WESTERN CAROLINAS ACS SEMINAR

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!!

"Making Connections: Mentoring, Networking and Presenting

Provides Opportunities for Growth as High School Educators”

Laura Slocum

2017 recipient of the ACS’s James Bryant Conant Award in High School

Chemistry Teaching

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2017

Lander University

Directions to campus and parking:

300 Wilson St. Greenwood, SC 29649

Student ACS members will help direct to the correct building on campus

Order of Events:

6:00 pm - Meet and Greet at Dawson Room in the Grier Student Center

6:30 pm - Dinner (Optional) Dawson Room in the Grier Student Center

$15 Members/$5 High School Teachers and Student Members

 Mixed greens salad

 Parmesan crusted chicken

 Penne Alfredo with sun-dried tomato

 Grilled asparagus

 Baguettes

 Milk chocolate mousse

7:30 pm - Lecture in Science Building, Room 150

Laura Slocum

2017 recipient of the ACS’s James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching

**We ask that you RSVP if you are attending the seminar and/or having dinner.

Please RSVP by TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2017 to:  wcacs2017@gmail.com and leave

your name, affiliation, contact number or email address, how many will be attending

seminar and/or dinner and if student or high school teacher status is applicable. 

Please check http://westerncarolinas.sites.acs.org/ for updated information.

WCACS respects your privacy and will only use your Email address for ACS business. We never sell or give away membership

information to third parties. If you would like your name added or removed from the Western Carolinas Section mailing list or if

you have comments, please send a message to the WCACS list manager: hholt@unca.edu.

“Making Connections: Mentoring, Networking and Presenting Provides Opportunities for

Growth as High School Educators”

Abstract: For the past 27 years, I have almost always been the “lone chemistry teacher” at the

various schools I have taught at; however, rarely have I been alone. During this presentation, I

will share about the various ways that high school teachers can make connections with other high

school teachers, as well as those in colleges, universities and industry to help them grow

professionally. Without the opportunities to make many of these connections, I may not have

stayed in the classroom and I certainly would not have had the courage to try some of the

innovative practices that I have used in my classroom over the years. Networking with others,

being mentored by others and/or being a mentor to another, as well as finding opportunities to

give back to colleagues has allowed me the chance to grow in ways that were not even on my

“bucket list”. These experiences ultimately lead to me using and expanding upon the Modeling

Instruction methods in my classroom for the past 7 years.

Bio:

B.A. Western Connecticut State University

M.S. Ball State University

Laura Slocum has taught for 27 years, and joined the Heathwood faculty in 2012. She came to

Heathwood from National Cathedral School in Washington DC where she went to share about

Modeling Instruction with their science faculty. Prior to that, she taught for 11 years at

University High School of Indiana where she built the chemistry program of that start-up private

school when she joined the faculty in year two of the school. Her first teaching experience in a

college-prep day school was at Green Farms, CT.

Laura has been actively involved with the American Chemical Society at the local, regional, and

national level since 1990. She held a variety of leadership roles within the ACS and Division of

Chemical Education within the ACS in a variety of ways since 1995. From 2007-2011, she

served as the Secondary School Associate Editor for the Journal of Chemical Education. In

2012, Laura was recognized with the ACS Division of Chemical Education Central Regional

Award for Excellence in High School Teaching and in 2014 she was inducted as an ACS Fellow

(one of only 8 high school teachers). She is the 2017 recipient of the ACS’s James Bryant

Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching.

Western Carolinas Local Section Website notes

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