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Rochester Institute of Technology College of Science
REActivities Paper Published
Our paper formally introducing the holistic approach to our lab delivery has been published. The paper is entitled " Transforming the Organic Chemistry Lab Experience: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of Reformed Experiemental Activities - REActivities" Check it out! J. Chem. Educ. 2018, 95, 55-61.
Summer 2018 Highlights
It was a very toasty summer this year and we had more students working in the group full-time than typical. Thankfully, we had air conditioning this year! Even so, some days were pretty humid. Working in the lab this summer were Maria Jia (BS'19), Diksha Biswa (BS'20), LauraAnne Hirschler (BS '20), Matthew Jackson (BS'19), Cameron Isaac (BS'19), and Maddie Tebrugge (BS '21). What a crew! Everyone worked extremely hard and we made progress on each and every project. At the end of the summer, each student presented their work at the RIT undergraduate research symposium.
2018 Biennial Conference in Chemical Education (BCCE)
This was the first time I had attended the BCCE conference. This July, the conference was held on the campus of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. Our REActivities team happily drove out to give a 3-hour workshop on Monday, and a talk on Wednesday. The conference was extremely useful to our team and to me as an educator. I learned so much! I am already looking forward to attending my next BCCE. In addition to connecting with collaborators, getting inspried and learning about other research in chemical education, I ran into RIT alumna like Courtney Stanford who just started in a faculty position at Ball State and who incidentally was our first undergraduate student on the REActivities project! We even found the Lab Library Xanedu booth where our lab manual was on display. Couldn't help but nab this photo opportunity.
Summer Highlights 2017
This summer was certainly a productive and busy summer. The lab was buzzing with acttivity. Those who stayed to work the summer full-time included Kaitlyn Houghtling (BS '18), Matthew Jackson (BS'19), and Fidel Amezcua (REU student). In August, the Goudreau and Cody group once again travelled together to present at the National ACS meeting in Washington, DC. Also from the Goudreau group joining us to present his research was Tyler Zimmermann (BS '18). We walked the mall in the extremely hot weather, witnessed the eclipse in the middle of a poster session, and also took some time to visit Rep. Louise Slaughter's office. her cool air conditioned office was a welcome reprieve from the DC heat! In her absence, we decided to man the fort :)
Presenting REActivities on Capitol Hill
In April 2017, William Marmor (BS '18) and were chosen to present our NSF-funded research at the ACS sponsored "Posters on the Hill" event in Washing, DC. Will and I really enjoyed this opportunity to lobby for governement support for education and talk about our research and its impact with congressional representatives. Of all the offices we visited, we were most wowed by the office of Rep. Louise Slaughter.
Goudreau Group awarded NSF-IUSE grant 2016
It's official! Phase two of our collaborative research entitled, "Transforming the Organic Chemistry Lab Experience: Implementation, and Evaluation of a Reformed Organic Lab Curriculum Across Institutions" in now in full swing. We were recently notified of our NSF-IUSE grant proposal being awarded. I was so excited that I had to do the tourist thing while in Philadelphia at ACS conference and celebrate like Rocky at the top of the museum steps!
It's an ACS Philly Montage!
Kicking off the start of the fall semester at RIT with a little throwback to our fantastic ACS summer experience. Winter is coming, homework is ramping up, and a reminder of the sun and heat we had always makes me smile. Already looking forward to the ACS meeting in DC next summer to present our work.
Presenting our work at ACS 2016
What a spectacular experience presenting our work at the national ACS conference in Philadelphia, PA from August 24-28, 2016. Our talk was selected for the Sci-Mix and we got a ton of great feedback about our work. Got to catch up with some RIT alumni while at the meeting as well!
Summer Research Highlights 2016
This summer was very busy (and hot) in the lab! Staying on to sweat it out through our last summer with no AC were: Andrew Streit and Michael Cattalani on Aplydactone, Ana Cartaya on Fluorescent probe, Will Marmor and Rodgers Kipsang on Organic Lab Module Pedagogy and Julie Caponigro towards the end of the summer volunteering on Trocheliophorolide A. It was a summer filled with progress throughout each project, the assembly of the new glovebox (thanks Andrew) and lots of dissemination of our work. So many of my students are graduating in 2017 and I'm now on the lookout for the next crew! The next Carbon Crew that is!
Rochester ACS Organic Poster Award!
Congratulations to Goudreau Group Members Rodgers Kipsang '17 and William Marmor '17 on being awarded an organic chemistry poster award for their presentation at the Rochester ACS meeting on Saturday April 16 held at St. John Fisher College. Well done you two!
Pasto Award Winner
Congratulations to Hannah Simpson for winning a Pasto Award Fellowship that supports full-time research in our lab during the spring semester 2016. Hannah will be busy conducting research on the trocheliophorolide A project and visiting all the graduate programs she recently go into! Way to go Hannah!
Summer Fun 2015
This summer was really hopping. What with conducting our research in the new lab alongside the Coleman and Cody members, and attending the National ACS meeting in Boston, having a paper published, and presenting at the RIT Undergraduate Symposium, we need a break from all the commotion. The summer also welcomed Julianne Capinegro to the group.
Presentations Summer 2015
What a fantastic trip to Boston, MA to present our work at the 250th ACS conference. Hannah, Andrew, and Wil all presented their work at the undergraduate poster symposium. Dr. Cody and I presented a talk on our NSF-funded pedagogical work. We saw some amazing talks, caught up with some alumni and overall had a memorable experience. What a fantastic way to end the summer!
ACS CHED Poster Award
Congratualtions to William Marmor for winning the first-ever ACS CHED section poster award at the ACS Boston conference! As the recipient of this award, Wil was also invited to write a guest spot on the Younger Chemistry Education Scholars (YCES) blog. Check out his annoucnement on the YCES Twitter page! https://twitter.com/acs_yces