April 13, 2007 Lunch Meeting
Gabriela C. Weaver
Gabriela C. Weaver

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN

"Authentic Research Experiences for the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum"

Date:  April 13, 2007 Lunch Meeting
Location:    Hackney's on Lake
1514 East Lake Street
Glenview, IL 60025

Cost:  $20.00 for members of ACS and their guests, $22.00 for non-members,
     $10 for students or unemployed

Lunch reservations are required and should be received in the Section Office via phone (847-647-8405), fax (847-647-8364), email (chicagoacs@ameritech.net), or web by noon on Tuesday, April 10.   PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all dinner orders.  No-shows will be billed.


10:30 AM   Job Club
11:00 AM   Social Hour
12:00  Noon   Lunch
1:00  PM   General Meeting

Topic: "Authentic Research Experiences for the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum"

Professor Gabriela C. Weaver, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Abstract: Research experiences can often be inspiring and life-changing for young college students. It is possible that research experiences are pivotal in making decisions about college majors and careers. We have started to implement research as part of the regular curriculum for first and second year students in chemistry at a variety of institutions. In this presentation, I will discuss the structure of the Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education (CASPiE) project and describe our progress towards providing research experiences to early undergraduates as part of their regular curriculum. The center utilizes authentic research projects, a remote-access network of chemical instruments, the peer-led team learning (PLTL) model, and the mainstream laboratory course for giving students a research experience.

Biography:  Gabriela Weaver received her B.S. from Caltech, 1989 and a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder with Stephen Leone in 1994.  She was an Assistant Professor in Chemistry (Physical Chemistry and Chemical Education), 1994-2001, University of Colorado at Denver. She has been an Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Education at Purdue University since 2001.

Map and Directions

Parking:   Free


Fresh Stuffed Tomatoes with Crab Meat, served with home baked muffin and a cup of fresh fruit

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Chicken Breast
Crisp spinach leaves topped with fresh strawberries and tossed with chicken breast julienne and roasted pine nuts served with poppy seed dressing.

Grilled Fresh Asparagus and other Vegetables over Penne Pasta
Grilled fresh asparagus and other vegetables served over a bed of seasoned penne pasta, served with garlic bread and parmesan cheese.

All of the above entrees include unlimited soft drinks and coffee, and a chocolate sundae for dessert.

Updated 3/15/07