26th BCCE Call for Abstracts

BCCE 2020

BCCE 2020 has been cancelled

In light of the current situation around the COVID-19 pandemic and after careful deliberation, the Executive Committee for the Division of Chemical Education has decided to cancel (terminate) the 2020 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education scheduled for July 18-23, 2020, at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. For more information, see .

Dear Colleagues,

The 26th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, , will be held on the campus of Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon USA July 18-23, 2020. We invite our chemistry education and science education colleagues at the pre-college level (K-12) and college level to submit abstracts of their work for presentations in the symposia sessions, the general papers sessions, or the poster sessions. Abstract submission will open on the American Chemical Society Meeting Abstract Programming System site (ACS MAPS) on January 6, 2020 and close on February 24, 2020. Registration for the conference will open after March 30, 2020.

The BCCE 2020 program will feature 186 technical symposia and 137 workshops, two poster sessions, four plenary sessions, and an exhibition area with over 70 booths. Oregon State University is home of the Linus Pauling Collection. Conference participants will be able to view some of Professor Pauling’s historical documents, artifacts, and rare letters. Plus, unique to the BCCEs – the Wednesday evening social and dance with live music from Al D. Hyde and the Key Tones – a classic rock and roll band with a horn section comprised of all chemistry educators. We are expecting 1,600 delegates will attend this conference.

The list of symposia are found on the ACS MAPS BCCE 2020 site and on this

A sample of the symposia themes:

  • Systems thinking
  • Chemistry education research
  • Assessment
  • Simulation and visualization -AP Chemistry
  • Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL)
  • Diversity and equity
  • Safety in the academic laboratory and classroom
  • Professional development for faculty and teaching assistants
  • Interactive and effective chemistry demonstrations

One must have an ACS ID number to submit an abstract using MAPS. An ACS ID number is easy to obtain from the without incurring a fee. Although the 26th BCCE is an official ACS specialty meeting and a component of the ACS Division of Chemical Education (DivCHED), membership in the ACS and DivCHED are not required for abstract submissions, presentations or participation in the conference. Of course, if you find the BCCE to be worthwhile to advancing your professional career, the ACS and DivCHED are always welcoming new members.

We are pleased to announce in this message two of the BCCE 2020 plenary speakers. Professor Geraldine Richmond, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oregon, and recipient of the 2018 ACS Priestley Medal, the highest honor conferred by the American Chemical Society, will deliver the Monday plenary talk titled “Surf, Sink or Swim: Understanding How Molecules Behave at Water Surfaces”. Theodore Gray, Wolfram Research, made an important contribution to understanding the elements when he and photographer Nick Mann created "The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe" and "The Elements Vault". These two works and other contributions earned Theodore the 2011 ACS Grady Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public and the 2002 Ig Nobel Award for Chemistry. Theodore Gray will deliver the Wednesday plenary talk titled “Communicating Science to the Disinterested Public”.

The theme for the BCCE 2020 is a “Chemistry is Paramount” which is inspired by the Cascade Mountain Range visible from Corvallis. Mount Hood, called Wy'east by the Multnomah tribe, and Mount Jefferson are potentially active stratovolcanos in the Cascade Volcanic Arc. Off the coast of Oregon the Cascadia subduction zone plates are due for a major slippage which will create a massive earthquake in the Pacific Northwest. The geology, chemistry, and variety of the environment and eco-systems in Oregon is unmatched by any other region of the USA.

Corvallis is a friendly town with plenty of restaurants, running and bike trails, and scenic passages. Within a 45-minute drive from Corvallis one can be on the Pacific coast, in the Cascade mountain range, standing next to gorgeous waterfalls, sipping Oregon Beer, or enjoying the sights offered by visiting some of the world class Pinot Noir wine vineyards of the Willamette Valley.

We look forward to seeing you on the campus of Oregon State University at the 26th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education.

26th BCCE Program Chair - Tom Greenbowe, Senior Instructor II, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; Morrill Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

26th BCCE Pre-College Chair – Marian DeWane, Instructor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California – Los Angeles, CA and AP Chemistry Teacher (retired), Centennial High School, Boise, ID

26th BCCE 2YC3 Co-Chairs, Robert W. Kojima, School of Engineering and Technologies, Mathematics, Sciences and Nursing, San Diego City College, San Diego, CA; Kenneth Friedrich, Chemistry Department, Chair, Portland Community College, Cascade: MSHP Division Portland, OR

26th BCCE General Chair - Richard Nafshun, Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

26th BCCE Ombuds Person - Lou Wojcinski, Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

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January 6, 2020, 3:44 am to February 24, 2020, 10:44 pm