Thinking about attending the ACS Northeast Regional Meeting 2022? We are hosting a Professional Development Dinner in collaboration with Aldon Corporation, American Chemical Society Younger Chemists Committee, and the ACS Senior Chemists Committee on Sun, Oct 2nd from 6-9 PM at the Rochester Museum and Science Center! Register for the dinner and conference at: http://tinyurl.com/NERMRegistration. Already registered? No problem! You can edit your registration at the same site! Event registration costs $30 #NERM2022. Also check the YCC Roadmap here.
We are excited to share the wonderful news that the ACS 2022 president, Angela K. Wilson, has agreed to preside and speak at the NERM2022 Awards Dinner on October 3, 2022. Dr. Wilson will be presenting on the “Future of the Chemical Sciences and ACS During the Transformative Age of Chemistry: Our Most Valuable Commodity – People”.
Abstract: Throughout history, periods of time have been marked by human progress – the Iron Age, the Bronze Age, the Industrial Age, and, in more modern times, the Information Age. For chemistry, several periods have been referred to as the “Golden Age” – the golden age of alchemy (~1300-1700), the Golden Age of Science and Technology (~780-1248 CE), the Golden Age of Science (~1950’s), Gold Age of Chemistry (~1920’s-1960’s), and numerous references to the Golden Age of Chemistry. Looking into the next decades, we are ushering in a new age – the Transformative Age of Chemistry –with vital global challenges that must be addressed worldwide. Challenges such as the growing need for food, water, and energy; increasing scarcity of vital elements; melting of the polar ice caps; addressing sustainable processes and products; and so many more, call for chemical solutions. These solutions must be driven by a strong, vibrant, and diverse workforce. A look at our workforce, what ACS is doing, and what we can each be doing to ensure a strong future chemical enterprise will be overviewed.
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The 2022 American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education (CHED) Northeast Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching is awarded to Christopher M. Sgro, Highland High School, Highland, New York.
Since 2008 Mr. Christopher M. Sgro has served as the chemistry teacher at Highland HS in Highland, NY. He is an outstanding science educator who is well-liked by students, parents, colleagues, and the school administration. He has a thorough knowledge of chemistry that, combined with his excellent rapport with students, enables him to engage with students and teach chemistry in creative ways. Some of his most creative lessons involve having students generate work that demonstrates their learning. One such example is having students develop board and card games that demonstrate chemical principles. Another is Project STEAM, his final project in a college-level course where students produce art to demonstrate principles either figuratively or literally. This has yielded paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and other artistic media that play a prominent role in his future lessons. In addition to his creative approach to instruction, Mr. Sgro demonstrates the ability to inspire and engage his students. He is a firm believer in making chemistry accessible to all students while at the same time promoting rigor. He inspires students to persist through difficult coursework and has developed unique scaffolding techniques to help students foster metacognition. In addition, he challenges students to communicate their findings thoroughly with written lab reports that demonstrate student process.
In addition to his work in the classroom, Mr. Sgro has become part of the extracurricular culture at Highland HS. He has served as an advisor to the Science Olympiad team for six years, the Mock Trial team for five years, and Junior Class Advisor for three years. He currently serves as the Senior Class Advisor, a position he has held for the last ten years, as well as an announcer for the Varsity Football team for the past twelve years.
Outside of his high school teaching duties, Mr. Sgro has spent the past eight years enrolled in a Ph.D. program for Science Curriculum and Instruction part-time through the University of Albany. As part of his studies, he has become a published author in the STEM education field and is currently writing his dissertation, which investigates how students use chemistry in STEM lessons.
Mr. Sgro is a member of the ACS Mid-Hudson Local Section, previously serving as Member-At-Large for three years. He is also a member of the NSTA.
Here is his Biography
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