While at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, get a sneak peek of the upcoming 7th edition of Chemistry in Context: Applying Chemistry to Society.
The new edition of Chemistry in Context, available in January 2011, will open with a chapter that introduces themes relating to sustainability and green chemistry. These themes are later illustrated with examples throughout the rest of the book.
For a lively discussion of how sustainability fits into the chemistry curriculum and how it can engage a wide variety of students, the authors of this new edition invite you to attend three symposia sponsored by the Division of Chemical Education:
To play, open the .swf file directly into a browser, or create a link to it from within a PowerPoint presentation. McGraw-Hill, the publisher of Chemistry in Context, has kindly made these files available for use at no charge.
ACS representatives, including Cathy Middlecamp, editor-in-chief for the 7th edition of Chemistry in Context, were in China for the National Meeting of the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS). One of the events was the official launch of the Chinese version of Chemistry in Context. The Peking University translated the text, in collaboration with the ACS, CCS, McGraw-Hill, and China's Chemical Industry Press.
Many of the real-life illustrations in the text were based on the US version. The translation team from Peking University helped add examples that would be more familiar to their readers. "I think I can speak for the past editors and say that we all welcome the chance to learn from our colleagues in China how we might improve the book and make it truly about chemistry in a global context," said Middlecamp. "We are very excited." For more information read the Chemical & Engineering News article.
The Chemistry in Context textbook and lab manual are being used by the Brothers of Charity, a religious order in Belgium that devotes service to those in need, particularly in developing nations. The ACS helped secure the donation of Chemistry in Context in May 2008 to train workers from around the world as psychiatric nurses and special education teachers. These workers then return to their native lands to serve. The ACS and the authors of CiC are happy to be a part of this important work.
Chemistry in Context was used as part of a workshop held at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Indiana University in July 2008. Workshop participants representing a variety of high schools and colleges, including two from Qatar, were very enthusiastic about the use of the textbook and lab manual. One woman noted that the low cost of the laboratory experiments was particularly helpful when working with limited budgets.
In October 2008, Cathy Middlecamp, chief editor of the 7th Edition of Chemistry in Context, keynoted the annual meeting of the Washington College Chemistry Teachers Association, gave a workshop on teaching the chemistry of air quality and served as a resource faculty to the follow-on meeting (a chemistry faculty learning community participating in the Curriculum for the Bioregion Initiative) all towards the integration of Chemistry in Context ideas into various classes.