June 2004 Meeting
Joint with the Chicago Chemists Club
Education Night

Speaker:   Dr. Donald Wink
University of Illinois at Chicago
Topic:   Relevance and chemistry education
Date: Friday, June 25, 2004
Location: Fountain Blue Banquets
2300 Mannheim Rd
Des Plaines, IL

Abstract:     Many chemistry teachers attempt to make their classes relevant through different strategies. What those strategies should include and problems in creating relevant curricula will be discussed.

Biography:    Dr. Wink received his B.S. from the University of Chicago in 1980 and his Ph.D. in 1985 from Harvard University.  He is currently developing innovations in the teaching of undergraduate chemistry.  His research in chemical education is focused on the use of interdisciplinary teams to improve student understanding of chemistry.  One program has developed a new curriculum for chemistry and mathematics.  Another works on the introduction of perspectives from other university research and teaching programs that use chemistry.  This is called the Chemical Professional Laboratory Program.   Another incorporates the methods of a field ecologist who uses acid-base titration to determine the rate of decomposition of leaves.

The methods of chemical education research are used in his programs to help design and evaluate the work. Quantitative questionnaires are used to track changes in student attitudes and performance. Qualitiative measures, including focus groups and classroom observation, provide summary information about what happens in the teaching environment.  Finally, literature studies of the impact of educational psychology are a new area of research.

Dr. Wink is the director of the small molecule crystallography program of the University's Research Resources Center.  This has given him the opportunity to collaborate with eight groups in the department, and two outside, in the determination of single crystal x-ray structures to assist research in inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and pharmacology.

A meeting of the Chicago Section JOB CLUB will be held at 5 PM.   The JOB CLUB provides a continuing opportunity for unemployed members of the Section to meet one another, share their experiences and develop a network that may help in identifying employment opportunities.   Bring plenty of resumes and business cards to distribute to your colleagues.

Should you wish to attend the Section meeting following the JOB CLUB, the fee for unemployed members is only $15 and you can continue your networking activities over dinner.

Topical Group Presentation

Topical Group Meeting: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Dr. Michael Davis, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Hands on Lesson in Ethical Decision-making

Social Hour: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Dinner: 7:00 PM
Meeting: 8:00 PM

Don't miss the Education Night Awards Presentations to the winners of the High School Scholarship Exam just prior to the general meeting.

Cost:  $30.00 for members of ACS/ $32.00 for non-members/ $15.00 for students & unemployed members

Reservations:   (847)647-8405   
                    by noon, Tuesday, June 22

Please honor your reservations. We must pay for all dinners ordered. No-shows will be billed.
Map and Directions:
From 290 East/West
Take 290 from either direction and exit 294 North.  Continue until you reach the exit for 190 West (to O'Hare). Exit and immediately pay toll. Exit Mannheim Road North. Go North for 2 miles.

From 90 East/West
Take 90 from either direction and exit 190 West (to O'Hare). Pay toll and immediately exit Mannheim Road North. Go North for 2 miles.

From 294 North/South
Take 294 from either direction and exit 190 West (to O'Hare). Pay toll and immediately exit Mannheim Road North. Go North for 2 miles.

From 88 East
Take 88 East to 294 North. Then follow the directions for 294 North/South.


Updated 5/28/04