ChemConf '97

Summer On-Line Conference on Chemical Education

June 1 to August 1, 1997

Sponsored by the Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society. Organized by Donald Rosenthal, Department of Chemistry , Clarkson University, and by Tom O'Haver, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Maryland at College Park. Hosted by the Academic Information Technology Center, University of Maryland at College Park, Jennifer Fajman, Director.


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Internet addresses

The abstracts, papers, discussion archives, and other information for this symposium are available at:

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Technical Program

Abstracts of Papers

Paper 1. "Using Netscape as a Presentation Manager"
Scott E. Van Bramer, Widener University, Chester, PA 19013., Discussion of Paper 1

Paper 2."Assessment in Chemistry/New Strategies for New Times"
I. Dwaine Eubanks, ACS DivCHED Examinations Institute, Clemson University, Clemson SC 29634 Discussion of Paper 2

To view Paper 2, you will also need to download and install a copy of the free program Adobe Acrobat Reader. There is also an alternative site from which to download this paper.

Paper 3. "What Every Chemist Should Know About Computers, II"
Mary L. Swift, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College Of Medicine, Howard University, Washington DC 20059-0001. , and Theresa Julia Zielinski, Chemistry Department, Niagara University, Niagara University, NY 14109. Discussion of Paper 3

Paper 4. "The Costs of Incorporating Information Technology in Education"
Brian M. Tissue, Department of Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0212. Discussion of Paper 4

Paper 5. "Using Pseudoscience to Teach General and Analytical Chemistry"
Michael Epstein, Margaret Bullard, Brad Buehler, Robin Koster, Department of Science, Mount Saint Mary's College, Emmitsburg, MD 21727. Discussion of Paper 5

Paper 6. "Nature Doesn't Solve Equations, So Why Should We? Mathematically-lean simulations in Chemistry"
Hugh M. Cartwright, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford University, South Parks Road, Oxford, England OX1 3QZ.

Alternative source of Paper 6 with smaller in-line images. Discussion of Paper 6

Paper 7. "Supplemental Instruction: A Model Program That Goes Against the Grain"
Cory Emal, Tanya Johnson and Paul Kelter, Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588-0304. Discussion of Paper 7

Paper 8. "The Use of Excel in Physical Chemistry Seminars"
A. A. Kubasov, V. S. Lyutsarev and K. V. Ermakov, Moscow State University, Russia.

Alternative source of Paper 8 in North America. Discussion of Paper 8

Paper 9. "Are Simulations Just a Subsitute for Reality?"
Harry E. Pence, Chemistry Department, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY, 13820. Discussion of Paper 9

Paper 10. "Environmental and Industrial Chemistry - An On-Line Intercollegiate Course"
Leonard J. Archer (1), James M. Beard (2), Sylvia R. Esjornson (3), Aline M. Harrison (4), Reed Howald (5), Peter Mahaffy (6), Maria Pacheco (7), Erik Ricker (8), Donald Rosenthal (9), and James N. Stevenson (10).

(1) Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph, MO
(2) Catawba College, Salisbury, NC
(3) Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, OK
(4) York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA
(5) Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
(6) The King's University College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
(7) SUNY- Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY
(8) Niagara University, Niagara University, NY
(9) Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
(10) Concordia University, Austin, TX
Discussion of Paper 10

Paper 11. "A Practical Guide to the Development of Interactive, Intercollegiate Learning Experiences for Chemistry Students."
George R. Long, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA 15705 Discussion of Paper 11


June 1 to June 20 - On-Line Session 1 June 23 to July 11- On-Line Session 2 July 14 to Aug. 1 - On-Line Session 3 July 29 to August 1 - General Discussion and Evaluation

Summary of Evaluation Survey

1997-1998 School Year Online Sessions

The format of the school year sessions is that one week will be devoted to the discussion of each paper. Short questions will be sent on Friday and discussion will occur on Monday through Thursday. The fall semester session will occur between September 5 and November 26, 1997. The spring semester session will occur between January 30 and May 1, 1998. A number of papers have already been promised. Additional authors should contact Thomas O'Haver (, 301-405-1831). The deadlines for school year papers are:

Other Chemistry Online Conferences and related Internet Resources

For more information, contact:
Donald Rosenthal            OR     Thomas C. O'Haver
Department of Chemistry            Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Clarkson University                University of Maryland
Potsdam NY 13699-5810              College Park MD 20742
315-265-9242                       301-405-1831

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