City hosting national chemistry conference

Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium. Official logo

Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium. Official logo

Celia Jimenez

Higher education chemistry professors from around the country will meet at San Diego City College for a conference called “Teaching Chemistry Through its Social Impacts ” on March 11 and 12.

The conference is being presented y te Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium, known as 2YC3, an organization of chemistry educators that meets quarterly and focuses on maintaining and improving the quality of chemistry curricula on two-year colleges.

According to a City College press release, the organizers are expecting participants from at least 60 community colleges and universities.

“We are looking forward to welcoming chemistry educators from across the country to our campus,” San Diego City College President Anthony Beebe, adding, “Our chemistry group is pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues on best practices in advancing the chemistry curriculum.”

During these two days of professional development conferences, the educators will discuss topics such as how chemistry can alter our lifestyles, the benefits of using social media as a teaching tool and career paths and programs for students who want to pursue their education in this field.

Robert Kojima, one of the organizers and City College assistant professor of chemistry, is excited about the opportunities this conference gives students. “It gives us the opportunity to engage in a national exchange of ideas about community college chemistry right here in San Diego.”

Kojima added that this event will also promote the modern facilities chemistry students have access to in our campus.

The conference is being held in the S Building on the interserction of 16th and C Streets.

Registration is $60 for both days, $30 for adjunct faculty and free for high school teachers and students.

Registration starts on March 11 is from 8 to 9 a.m. and presentations run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. followed by a banquet from 6 to 8p.m.

On March 12 registration is from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and the program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both days have lunch break and exhibits from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Participants will have parking access at lots 1 and 3 located behind the S building and Garfield High School respectively.

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