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Thursday, September 20, 2012 Meeting

Education Night


Brian P. Coppola
Prof. Brian P. Coppola

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
University of Michigan

Do Real Work, Not Homework

Date:  Thursday, September 20, 2012

Benedictine University
Krasa Student Center,
2nd floor, east end
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532

Cost:  $15.00 for members of ACS and their guests, $15.00 for non-members, and $15 for students, retired, or unemployed

Dinner reservations are required and should be received in the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091), email (, or web by noon on Wednesday, September 19.   PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all food orders.  No-shows will be billed.  Seating will be available for those who wish to attend only the meeting.


5:00 - 6:30 PM · Social Hour
5:00 - 6:00 PM · Job Club
5:30 - 6:15 · Pre-dinner talk:  “Preparation of Metal-replaced Myoglobin to Promote New Reactivities” by Dr. Kari Stone

6:30 - 7:30 PM · Dinner served buffet style
7:30 PM · HS Scholarship Exam Award Presentations and General Meeting

After-Dinner Presentation:  “Do Real Work, Not Homework”

Abstract:  Traditional academic “homework” is limited in what it can accomplish.  In this presentation, I will outline some principles for more authentic tasks (“real work”) that can promote the complex outcomes we want from education.  I will provide examples of how we have designed “real work” learning environments as well as how research has allowed us to understand them.

Biography:  Professor Coppola received his B.S. degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984.  He became a member of the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1986; at that time he joined an active group of colleagues in the design and implementation of a revised undergraduate chemistry curriculum.  He became a full professor in 2001, has served as the Department’s Associate Chair since 2002 and also serves as the Associate Director for the University of Michigan-Peking University Joint Institute, in Beijing, China.  Professor Coppola also co-directs the IDEA Institute (Instructional Development and Educational Assessment), a collaboration between the College of Literature, Science and the Arts and the School of Education.  His recent publications range from mechanistic organic chemistry research in 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions to educational philosophy, practice and assessment.

In 1994, Dr, Coppola received the 4th campus-wide "Golden Apple Award" for outstanding teaching, a recognition organized and administered solely by undergraduate students.  In 1996, he was awarded a United States Department of Energy, Undergraduate Computational Science Education Award.  In 1998, Dr. Coppola was selected as part of the first group of Carnegie Scholars affiliated with The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's CASTL program (Carnegie Academy on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning).  In 1999, Dr. Coppola received the Amoco Foundation Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; and in 2002 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  In 2003, he received the Kendall-Hunt Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award from the Society for College Science Teachers.  In 2004 he was named the State of Michigan Professor of the Year in the CASE/Carnegie US Professor of the Year program; in 2006, he received the American Chemical Society’s James Flack Norris Award for work that has impacted the field of chemistry education.  In 2009, he was selected as the CASE/Carnegie US Professor of the Year (for doctoral institutions).

He is a member of the editorial boards of The Chemical Educator, The International Journal of Science Education, The Journal of Science Education and Technology, and The Journal of Chemical Education.  He is an Associate Editor for The Journal for Research in Science Teaching, and he is the editor in chief of The Hexagon, the quarterly publication of Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity.

Pre-dinner presentation:  “ Preparation of Metal-replaced Myoglobin to Promote New Reactivities ”

Presenter:  Dr. Kari Stone, assistant professor of inorganic chemistry at Benedictine College

Abstract:  Metal-replaced hemoproteins have been examined by biochemists for their functionality, but have not been thoroughly investigated.  By replacing hemoproteins with non-native metals, heme-containing proteins could be capable of performing a range of chemistries not allowed for in the native protein.  The metal within the heme of the oxygen-carrying hemoprotein, myoglobin, can readily be replaced with other first row transition metals such as cobalt, chromium and manganese.  Manganese-replaced myoglobin is the focus of this study since manganese does not bind dioxygen in air for ease of experimentation with undergraduate researchers.  We have discovered that the new myoglobin has some interesting oxygen transfer abilities when reacted with two-electron oxidants (meta-chloroperbenzoic acid) and with the addition of suitable substrates (phosphines).  By replacement of the metal ion at the active site of myoglobin, we have effectively turned an oxygen-carrying protein into one that has atom transfer abilities.

Map and Directions

Parking: Free, just west of the Krasa Student Center 


Italian-themed meal, served buffet style:




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