A successful Canadian Chemistry Conference!
We gave SIX presentations! Denzel, Keith, and Myriam presented posters, and Jacky, Myriam, and Alison gave talks. The conference was held June 3 – 7, 2019 in Québec, Québec.
Implications for learners and learning in Systems Thinking
Alison and Samual Pazicni (University of New Hampshire) gave an invited presentation that examined the opportunities and potential risks for Systems Thinking in Chemistry Education when considering the learners and their learning.
Panel on Science Advocacy: Developing Relationships, Communicating Effectively
Dr. Cathleen Crudden (Queen’s University) gave the Montreal Award Medal presentation, entitled: Listen, Learn, Lead: The Importance of Being Involved in Your Community. We also learned about the influence of her incredible mother, who excelled in school herself and took on challenging health issues during her career.
Dr. Rachelle Burks (Link) drew attention to the ways in which science exists in a cultural context.
Bottom line: We can do better at equity, diversity, and inclusion in chemistry.
“The incomparable @DrRubidium takes on the challenge of density of gifs in a talk at #CCCE2019. Levity in talk with some very sobering thoughts about life as an underrepresented and marginalized person in society and STEM.”—Mark Workentin (via Twitter)
Dr. Alison Thompson (Dalhousie University) gave a powerful presentation in the symposium on equity, diversity, and inclusion. She challenged us to consider what we are each doing to Make Canadian Chemistry Stronger through Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). She also reminded/taught us about micro-aggressions, including ones that she experiences regularly and experienced multiple times daily at the CCCE.
“To improve EDI, we have to get more comfortable being uncomfortable.”
Steve McNeil (UBC-Okanagan) captivated the audience with his CIC Chemistry Education Award presentation
Getting to the 8 am plenaries
Getting to the 8 am plenaries (and getting up even earlier for a run/workout) could only have been accomplished with great coffee. The plenaries were worth it, though!
Organizing duties included a very important pre-conference meeting.
Alison and Stephen MacNeil (Wilfrid Laurier University) co-organized the Chemistry Education Division and the Chemistry Education Research Symposium.
The Steve M(a)cNeils continue to entertain and confuse.
Québec City is captivating
Alison’s view of the group during sessions
So many people, so many selfies.
A special time to remember Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour at the Women in Chemistry & Friends Annual Dinner
A community we’re proud to be a part of
Yes, we coordinated our outfits (no we didn’t). #PinkShirtDay
Long conversations (the best kind!) about science, education, equity, diversity, inclusion, and so much more.
Jacky demonstrating leadership by organizing the basketball cheering section.
Games were won and lost.
*Ice may have been thrown but Alison continues to blame others.