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Late June Announcements 2020

1.  CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2020 ED-DIV AWARDS

Please nominate a colleague for the 2020 AIChE Education Division awards. All three awards have a completed nomination deadline of June 30, 2020.

Questions and nominations should be addressed to the awards committee Chair, Matt Liberatore.

Education Division Awards Committee 2020: Monica Lamm, Matt Liberatore, Don Visco, Christy Wheeler West

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2.  CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: JULY 1 WEBINAR ON TEACHING ONLINE LABS

First hand experiences teaching chemical engineering lab classes online

Wednesday. July 1, 3-4pm EDT

  • Stephanie Loveland (Iowa State University)
  • Steve Ritchie (University of Alabama)
  • Yonathan Thio (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Laura Ford (University of Tulsa)

Many chemical engineering departments are contemplating the need to teach laboratory classes fully or partially online in the fall. This panel discussion will share insights from first hand experiences teaching unit ops labs online during the current summer semester at Iowa State University, the University of Alabama and Georgia Tech. In addition, Laura Ford will share information and ongoing activities resulting from an open working group that has been hosted by AIChE’s Education Division for several months. The group will also discuss approaches for teaching unit ops labs in a “hybrid” in person/online mode. 

Register for the webinar or join directly at

 https://aiche.webex.com/aiche/onstage/g.php?MTID=e630664407f00138b7c89e5e11642d507

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3.  MOLECULAR FOUNDRY 2020 USER MEETING – FREE & ONLINE

The Molecular Foundry is a nanoscience research facility that provides visiting researchers (“users”) with access to cutting-edge expertise and instrumentation in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment.

The Molecular Foundry’s 2020 Annual User Meeting will be hosted virtually with free registration to bring our scientific community together in a safe and accessible format. This annual conference focuses on frontier research topics of interest to that community of users, providing a forum to disseminate results and exchange ideas, and bringing together leading researchers, junior scientists, postdocs, and students.

Please join us!

Register by August 13, 2020: https://usermeeting2020.foundry.lbl.gov/register/

Contribute an abstract for a poster by August 6, 2020, or a talk in one of our themed symposia by July 10, 2020: https://usermeeting2020.foundry.lbl.gov/abstract-submission/

For more information, contact: foundry-useroffice@lbl.gov or Shannon Ciston sciston@lbl.gov

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4.  CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: ED-DIV VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE

To support faculty during the remote instruction transition and related uncertainties, dozens of Chemical Engineering faculty created 5 virtual communities of practice (VCPs) during the past few months. While some groups are on hiatus during the summer, the group focusing on lab courses is still meeting weekly.

The themes of the VCPs are:

  1. Material and Energy Balances + Thermodynamics
  2. Transport phenomena + Separations
  3. Reaction engineering + Control
  4. Design
  5. Lab

Each VCP has collected resources, e.g., slides, links, etc., that may help with your future courses. If you have ideas, want to participate or lead future meetings, or would like more information, please contact AIChE Education Division officers Matt Liberatore (mailto:matthew.liberatore@utoledo.edu) and/or Daniel Lepek (mailto:daniel.lepek@cooper.edu).

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5. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: CHEMICAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION SPECIAL ISSUE

The Editorial Staff of Chemical Engineering Education (CEE) invite article submissions for a special issue of the journal exploring the impact and reaction of the chemical engineering education community to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and pandemic. This special issue will provide ideas and descriptions of how educators and students met challenges during the pandemic. We encourage authors to describe approaches that worked as well as ones that did not work as anticipated.

If you have an idea for a paper and would like to explore whether it fits within the scope of this special issue, please contact the special issue editor, Allison Godwin (godwina@purdue.edu).

Additionally, the journal will prioritize the publishing of Teaching Tips on these topics over the next several issues. CEE publishes one-page (approximately 600 words) peer-reviewed Teaching Tips in most issues of the journal. Teaching Tips related to effective responses to the COVID-19 global pandemic will be prioritized for publication in upcoming issues of CEE. Teaching Tips provide short reflections about instructional experiences and advice shared with the chemical engineering education community. Please submit Teaching Tips through the journal website (https://journals.flvc.org/cee). Include Teaching Tips in the title and specify Teaching Tips as the article type.

Please submit proposals by September 1, 2020 (not more than 1000 words) that include: a) brief literature review, b) rationale for the study, c) methods/approaches, d) outcomes, e) and application of outcomes for chemical engineering and related educators. Proposals are not required for Teaching Tips.

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6. FUTURE FACULTY MENTORING PROGRAM: CALL FOR MENTORS

The Future Faculty Mentoring Program is seeking experienced Chemical Engineering faculty (tenure track and teaching/continuing track) to take part in a year-long mentoring program for prospective faculty, and we need YOU!

Take this opportunity to mentor a senior graduate student or post-doc who is seeking a chemical engineering faculty position. Help them navigate the application process, the interview, the offer, the negotiation, the start-up package, and provide advice on their research and teaching ideas. Are there things you wish you had known when going through the process? Then this is your chance to impart that wisdom to the next up-and-coming generation of ChemE faculty!

For more information and to apply to be a mentor, please visit the Ed Div website at: 

https://www.aiche.org/community/sites/divisions-forums/education-division/future-faculty-programsApplication Deadline is Friday September 4, 2020!

We always are mentor-limited (especially for female faculty), and have many more mentee applicants than we can serve - so if you can’t participate this year, please consider forwarding this on to other colleagues that you think would be great mentors!

For any questions regarding the program, please contact Daniel Burkey at daniel.burkey@uconn.edu.

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7. SUBMITTING ED-DIV ANNOUNCEMENTS

To submit an EdDiv announcement, please prepare a maximum of a 2-3 paragraph description including any relevant URLs and contact information as well as a subject line. Do not include any attachments. Email this information to Katie Cadwell <kdcadwel@syr.edu> with the email heading “For EdDiv Announcements.” Announcements will be sent out near the beginning of each month.  Each announcement will be included once, unless otherwise requested. Announcements will also be recorded on the Division website: http://www.aiche.org/community/sites/divisions-forums/education-division .

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