General Chemistry Symposium 2013

Cleveland State University’s

Second Annual General Chemistry Symposium

March 14th and 15th

Symposium Schedule of Events
Video Directions to Symposium From Parking Garage
Video Directions to Symposium From Euclid Avenue
Video Directions to Teaching Labs from Symposium

Registration is now Open

Registration Deadline is March 7, 2013
A general chemistry symposium offers a forum for the teachers from both large lecture halls and small classrooms to meet, listen, and discuss both the successes and difficulties of their experiences. The symposium is open to teachers and students from high schools, community colleges, liberal art colleges, and universities to attend and advance the teaching of introductory level chemical concepts and applications. All are welcome. The second annual CSU spring general chemistry symposium will be held on March 14 and 15 in the new Student Center at Cleveland State University. The Activities of the symposium will include speakers, demonstrations, workshops, and posters which address our concerns to become more effective chemistry teachers.

The invited speakers for the symposium will include:

Dr. George Bodner, Purdue University
Dr. Bodner’s research is based on the contructivist theory of knowledge, which assumes that knowledge is created in the mind of the learner. One of his long-term interests has been problem solving in chemistry.


Dr. Melanie Cooper, Michigan State University
Dr. Cooper, an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Michigan State University, has focused her research on improving teaching and learning in large enrollment introductory chemistry courses including general and organic chemistry.


Dr. Andrew Jorgensen, University of Toledo
Dr. Jorgensen’s professional activities have included Washington Fellow, Council of Scientific Society Presidents (1994-95), Councilor for Toledo Section, American Chemical Society, (2001-present), Senior Fellow, National Council for Science and the Environment (2008-9), and Editorial Board Member, Encyclopedia of Earth (2008-present).


Mr. Paul Orban, BHDP Architecture
Chemistry Lab Renovation at CSU
Mr. Orban maintains a primary focus on Higher Education clients with expertise in the design in the design of Science, Learning, and Student Life spaces.


Mr. George Kemper, BHDP Architecture
Chemistry Lab Renovation at CSU
George Kemper has been the primary laboratory planner for the last 20 years at BHDP planning over one million square feet of lab space and has project experience in Higher Education, R&D, Pharmaceutical, Clinical lab markets and animal research facilities.


Dr. Paul Sampson, Kent State Universiy
Implementation of ALEKS Chemistry as an Assessment and Remediation Tool for General Chemistry I.

Other topics open for the symposium’s workshops, demonstrations, and both paper and poster presentations are clicker assessment, coping with cheating, effective large-class teaching, eLearning technology, flipped classrooms, transition from secondary to upper educational learning, formative and summative assessment, green chemistry, laboratory teaching and safety, placement examinations, POGIL, preparatory chemistry, problem-based learning, REEL chemistry, remediation, and undergraduate research. Additional topics are welcome. Presentations can be delivered in-person or through Wimba application.
Symposium Schedule of Events

Call for abstracts

Abstracts submitted must be limited to 100 words or less. With your abstract please include your name, the name of your institution, a short biography (one paragraph), and presentation type: paper, poster, workshop, or demonstration. Submit your abstract by February 15th to Pathways to Chemistry  (


Registration for the symposium is now open. The registration fee will be $35.00, which can be paid by check or money order. Deadline for registration is March 7, 2013. Make check payable to Cleveland State University and send to:

Richelle Emery
Cleveland State University
Department of Chemistry
Room SR 397F
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

This fee for the two day symposium will include breakfast, lunch, a wine and cheese social hour, and discount rates on lodging. A schedule of events will also include a list of Cleveland’s best sights, sounds, and tastes. Deadline for Registration is March 7, 2013.

Register here to reserve your seat.
Payments for registration can be made by mail. Registered attendees may pay by cash, check, or money order on the day of the symposium.
Symposium Schedule of Events

Overnight Accommodations

The Wyndham Hotel, located at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland, is allowing affordable discount rates for attendees of the symposium. Transportation to Cleveland State University is available at the hotel. To make hotel reservations and to find out more about hotel accommodations, call 216 615-3322.

Directions to Campus  Cleveland State University is located in downtown Cleveland on Euclid Avenue. The link provides directions traveling from the East, I-77 S, I-71 N, I-90 W or Rt 2 W .

Campus Map The symposium will held in CSU’s new Student Center (SC, number 22 on the map) Parking is available under the student center off of East 22nd between Euclid Ave and Chester Ave.

Sights, Sounds, and Tastes of Cleveland

For those wishing to spend extra time in Cleveland, and to find out what our city has to offer, the following links provide information for dining and sightseeing.


Dining in Downtown Cleveland
Tremont Dining
Ohio City Dining


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Great Lakes Science Center
Playhouse Square
Going Out in Cleveland

Nightlife in Cleveland

Horseshoe Casino
Warehouse District
Pickwick and Frolic Restaurant, Hillarities Comedy Club and more


Cleveland Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Art
Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland Transit
Symposium Schedule of Events

General Chemistry Symposium 2012

To review the events to last year’s symposium, click on the following URL to access our 2012 newsletter.

2012 Symposium Newsletter

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