CINF Education Committee

The CINF Education Committee met on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm in  the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 107C.

Attendees: Grace Baysinger (Chair), Chuck Huber, Ye Li, Teri Vogel, Martin Walker, Donna Wrublewski. Consultant: Adrienne Kozlowski. Guests: Judith Currano, Jeremy Garritano.
Absent: Christina Keil, Marion Peters, and Susanne Redalje.


  • “Chemical Information Skills: The Essential Toolkit for Chemical Research - A Joint CINF-CSA Trust Symposium” had 15 speakers and was held on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. ACS videotaped this symposium.
  • A BCCE Meeting or an ACS Regional Meeting are good outreach venues for CINF attendees to connect with high school teachers. The 2016 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) will be held July 31 - August 4, 2016 at the University of Northern Colorado, Greely Colorado. The deadline for submitting a symposium or workshop is December 6, 2015. We need to decide if we want to participate.

SOCED Report and K-12 Education:

Jeremy Garritano, who is a member of the Society Committee on Education (SOCED), gave a report of topics covered in the SOCED Meeting on Friday, August 14, 2015. Excerpts from the 2015 fall SOCED report to ACS Council, followed by comments by CINF Education Committee members are below.

  • SOCED voted to approve revisions to the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year Colleges. Many guidelines on chemical information are similar to the guidelines for 4-year schools.
  • The ACS Committee on Professional Training (CPT) has published the 2015 Guidelines for Undergraduate Professional Education in Chemistry. (CPT is revising the supplemental guidelines, one third per year for three years.)
  • The committee also voted to make the pilot program of ACS International Student Chapters a permanent feature of the student chapters program. 
  • SOCED was informed of recent developments related to the new American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), including $50,000 in grants from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation and the Ford Motor Company. AACT has over 78,000 members, mainly high school.
  • SOCED provided input on a coordinated strategy to address the needs of faculty better at various stages of their careers at two- and four-year institutions. Approximately 500 faculty members responded to a survey that assessed faculty development needs. Survey respondents expressed interest in networks that would allow them to explore and share teaching ideas, and exchange views on mentorship. Interest in resources to improve laboratory safety was also very high.
  • SOCED also received updates from Education Division staff on the 10th anniversary of ACS ChemClubs, Division strategic planning, and the launch of an Individual Development Plan (IDP) tool for graduate students. The online IDP resource is expected to launch at the end of September.
  • SOCED is revising Chemistry in Context (for undergrads) and the high school textbook Chemistry in the Community.

The CINF Education Committee wants to learn more about guidelines and standards to see what skills students are expected to learn before they reach college. For example, are students being asked to read, filter, think critically, and learn Boolean logic? There’s a lot more inquiry-based learning in high school these days, so they have to look up a lot more now. Judith Currano asked each member of the Education Committee to send her a few sentences on “What do you want your incoming college freshmen to know.” Adrienne Kozlowski suggested lab reports and Martin Walker suggested term papers as examples of the types of written documents students need to know how to create. After the ACS Meeting, Susanne Redalje suggested creating a list of free resources and having the committee be a source of support for smaller schools that don’t have a science librarian.

The Chemical Information Sources Wikibook Project

The CINF Education Committee has agreed to spearhead efforts and coordinate the updating of the Chemical Information Sources (CIS) Wikibook. Chuck Huber and Grace Baysinger will focus on the content, and Martin Walker and Ye Li will focus on technical aspects, including the organization and structure. For archival purposes a permanent snapshot has been generated. A metadata template was created for commonly cited resources (e.g., SciFinder). Martin will suggest and share some navigation templates to adopt as part of the revision process. 

One key question is do we use the CIS Wikibook as the repository or place to link content and shut down Explore Chemical Information Teaching Resources (XCITR)? The plan is to merge the Chemical Information Instructional Materials (CIIM) content into the appropriate section of the CIS Wikibook, rather than have it be a separate location. When Gary Wiggins created the CIIM, the scope excluded commercially produced content. We should broaden the scope of CIIM to include contributions from information providers, instructors, and librarians. We need to decide what types of materials to accept (for example, videos, tutorials, or PowerPoint presentations). A private group called the CINF Chem Wikibooks was created in the ACS Network to support this project.

Outrach, future symposium, other topicsImage

  • In support of National Chemistry Week 2015, Grace Baysinger compiled a list of electronic resources. The theme is “Chemistry Colors Our World” and topics for the electronic resource lists include: About Color, Visible Spectrum, Absorption/Reflection, Rainbows, Food Colors, Natural Dyes and Pigments, Fireworks, and Chemistry and Art.
  • The new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is a useful document to add to the CINF Chemical Information Literacy page. 
  • The Cheminformatics OLCC ( will have a more traditional library instruction module added. Leah McEwen and Ye Li have been helping with this effort. Should the Education Committee be doing more with Robert Belford?
  • Having an “education” symposium at a fall ACS national meeting is preferred because more faculty attend national meetings in the fall than in the spring, Should the Education Committee reduce the amount of programming and focus on other things because of our limited resources? 
  • Guidelines (drafted by Judith Currano) on what information skills are needed by successful graduate students in chemistry still needs to be finished. The draft document is in the CINF Education Committee’s private group on the ACS Network. 

Many thanks to Martin Walker for taking notes for the CINF Education Committee Meeting!

Grace Baysinger, Chair, CINF Education Committee