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Miami professor elected chair, ACS Division of Chemical Education Examinations Institute

01/05/2009

Stacey Lowery Bretz, professor of chemistry at Miami University, has been elected chair of the board of trustees for the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Education Examinations Institute.

The Institute is overseen by an eight-member board of trustees and involves the participation of hundreds of university chemistry faculty and high school chemistry teachers who work on exam committees to develop and classroom test standardized national examinations. The purpose is to create a broad scope of assessment activities for chemistry education, with more than 60 nationally standardized exams available for high school courses, college placement exams and undergraduate chemistry courses.

At Miami, Lowery Bretz leads a Chemistry Education Research (CER) Doctoral Fellows Program, funded by the National Science Foundation. The program will support five doctoral fellows each for five years, and will provide a targeted response to the critical need for scholars with deep content knowledge in chemistry and the specialized training to conduct CER, says Lowery Bretz. 


She also is editor of Chemistry and the National Science Education Standards: Models for Meaningful Learning in the High School Classroom (2nd ed.) recently published by the American Chemical Society (ACS). 


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