2021: Past Meetings

Following is a summary of meetings held in 2021, listed in reverse chronological order.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Topic:
Presentation: From Sputnik to Smartphones
Location:
Virtual Meeting.
Time:
7:00 pm ET
Agenda:
Speaker:
Robert A. Pribush, PhD
Biography:
Dr. Pribush earned a BS-Chemistry from the University of Delaware; PhD from the University of Massachusetts and held a two-year post doctorate research fellowship at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In 1974, he joined Butler University, and achieved the rank of Professor while serving terms as head the Chemistry Department and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He retired in 2016 as Professor Emeritus. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and recipient of the ACS Board of Directors 2014 Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society. Bob attended Rahway, NJ high school, was an end on their football team and was student council president and three-year class president. He resides in Greenwood, Indiana with his wife Bonnie; she is a retired professor of mathematics, computer science, and leadership from Franklin College of Indiana.
Abstract:
Bob Pribush will present his observations and conclusions based upon his 42 years experiences at Butler University (Indianapolis) as a professor and head of the Chemistry Department -- and as an expert witness in matters related to transition metal compounds, photochemistry, forensic sciences applied to fire investigations, and pigment analyses of oil paintings, including the T.C. Steele group and the Taos group of artists. During the period of time from Sputnik to the present, phenomenal technological advances have impacted the way chemistry instruction is delivered by instructors, how chemistry is learned by students and the manner in which student performance is assessed at universities and secondary schools. These advances were made possible by the availability of relatively inexpensive, highspeed, large-capacity computers.
In the current classroom environment, chemistry is taught on whiteboards or smartboards, and instructors interact with students using mobile devices. Because of technology, todays classroom is more interactive and engaging than ever before. In the future adaptive learning will enable instructors to more successfully deliver chemistry instruction to underprepared students as well as students with enhanced backgrounds.
This presentation provides a skeletal historical outline of how technology has impacted chemistry instruction by providing new tools for content delivery, learning, and performance assessment, and some problems associated with that technology of the launch of Sputnik, scientists who had immigrated to the United States after World War II and did much of the space-related research. The need for an increased number of better-educated homegrown scientists, engineers, and mathematicians became clear after Sputnik.

 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Topic:
Council Meeting
Location:
Virtual Meeting
Meeting Minutes:
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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Topic:
Council Meeting
Location:
Virtual Meeting
Meeting Minutes:
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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Topic:
Council Meeting
Location:
Virtual Meeting
Meeting Minutes:
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Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Topic:
Council Meeting
Location:
Virtual Meeting
Meeting Minutes:
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Thursday, February 11, 2021
Topic:
What I have learned since organic chemistry
Location:
Virtual Meeting
Speaker:
Mitchell Zimmer
Biography:
Mitch Zimmer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he was first in his chemical engineering class. After graduation, he started at Exxon Research & Engineering in Florham Park, NJ. After two years he went back to Wharton where he earned an M.B.A. -- and, more importantly, met his future wife. He returned to Exxon until the oil market crashed and then joined Graver Water (water and wastewater treatment). He next moved to Reading, PA as a consultant for Strategic Analysis Inc. (SAI) where he did everything from project work to managing projects and staff. Post SAI, he joined Willson Safety Products, long before PPE was a common term. Mitch then went back into consulting as Vice President of PenResearch. As much as he loved the firm and his colleagues, he realized a long-term dream of teaching by going full time to Penn State Berks in 2000 as Business Program Coordinator. Also, he is a Director at Forrestal Consultants International involved in M&A and B2B consulting assignments. He is a star and much loved by his students willing to do the work necessary to succeed. He has two grown children. His son works in industry, and his daughter is recently married and will earn a PhD by this summer. Mitch and his wife, Donna, reside in Reading.
Abstract:
Mitch Zimmer will present his observations based upon his experiences as a Chemical Engineer in industry, in market research and competitive analysis consulting, and as an Assistant Professor of Business at Penn State - Berks Campus. His focus will be some of his earliest experiences, which for some unexplainable reason remain relevant today.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Topic:
Council Meeting
Location:
Virtual Meeting
Meeting Minutes:
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Tuesday, January 12, 2020
Topic:
Council Meeting
Location:
Virtual Meeting
Meeting Minutes:
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