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Fall 2021 UConn ECE Chemistry Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Chemistry Workshop

On Thursday, November 4th UConn Early College Experience, and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Chemistry, Associate Professor in Residence Dr. Fatma Selampinar met with certified Chemistry Instructors for their annual professional development conference.

The keynote speaker was Assistant Professor Dr. Kerry Gilmore, UConn, Department of Chemistry who shared his presentation “Green Chemistry – Making Medicines and Chemistry in the Classroom”. Part of the abstract for his talk is below:

“ A longstanding goal in chemistry is the replication and improvement of natural processes for the synthesis of molecules. One of the most efficient processes in the natural world is the conversion of light into chemical energy. While photochemistry has been an active area of research over the past 100 years, it has only been in the last 15 years or so that we have seen an explosion in the capabilities and applications of photochemistry. This is in part due to the introduction of continuous flow technology, allowing chemistry to be performed in processes more akin to assembly lines than the big buckets currently used.

In this seminar, we will talk about this more green and efficient means of production and it’s facilitating impact on photochemistry. We will then showcase the power of this approach for the generation and use of singlet oxygen and discuss how chemistries can be performed in the classroom, and open up the discussion for collaborative work in this area in the development of new processes, screening natural catalysts, and bringing advanced chemical processes to your classrooms.”

 

Later in the morning, Dr. Selampinar spoke to the instructors about their UConn courses and provided updates about the program.

UConn Chemistry courses offered through ECE.

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Chinese Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Chinese Workshop

On Friday, October 29th UConn Early College Experience, and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Chinese Dr. George Yang met with certified Chinese Instructors for their annual professional development conference. Dr. Yang spoke to the group about assessments, the connection between high school and college courses, and other issues.

Later in the morning, Prof. Cecilia Chang, Williams College shared her talk with the group “From Instruction to Assessment: Best Practices in Enhancing Test Performance for Free Response Questions of the AP Chinese Exam” and instructors discussed how these best practices can be applied to their UConn Chinese courses.

UConn Chinese courses offered through ECE.

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Economics Workshop

Fall 2021 UConn ECE Economics Workshop

On Wednesday, October 27th  UConn Early College Experience, and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Economics Dr. Natalia Smirnova met with certified Economics Instructors for their annual professional development conference. Dr. Smirnova spoke to the group about ECE Accreditation Requirements “What you need to know about course comparability: syllabus, assessment, and grading”. Later Diego Mendez-Carbajo, Senior Economic Education Specialist from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis spoke to the group about “Highlighting Diversity and Inclusion with FRED® Data”.

After a short break, the group reconvened to hear from Scott A. Wolla, Economic Education Coordinator at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis share his talk “Monetary Policy Has Changed. Has Your Instruction?”.  Finally the group heard from UConn’s Sheila A. Lafferty, Information Literacy & Social Sciences Librarian who shared information with the instructors about UConn’s Library Resources.

For more information about the day see Dr. Smirnova's blog.

UConn Economics courses offered through ECE.

2019 Economics Professional Development Workshop

Economics Professional Development Workshop

On Wednesday, October 30th, UConn Early College Experience and the Economics department invited all certified UConn ECE Economics instructors to campus for their professional development workshop. The instructors listened to presentations by:

  • Professor Mikhael Shor, University of Connecticut, Economics: Economics: “Patent Holdup - a classroom demonstration of monopoly power?
  • Professor Natalia Smirnova, University of Connecticut, Economics: “Using Data in the Classroom: FRED Database”
  • Professor, William Alpert, University of Connecticut, Economics: “Prediction -- Really?”
  • Professor Steven Lanza, University of Connecticut, Economics: "Economic Indicators: Rediscovering Lost Arts"
  • Professor Nishith Prakash, University of Connecticut, Economics: “Street Police Patrols and Violence Against Women in Public Spaces: Experimental Evidence from India: Update!”

Many thanks to Faculty Coordinator Bill Alpert for coordinating the speakers for the day.

UConn Economics classes offered through UConn ECE.