University of Northern Colorado

Plenary Speakers

Sunday, July 31, 2016 - Connie Willis

COINCIDENCES, MISTAKES, COMPLETE DISASTERS, PIGEON DROPPINGS, BONGO DRUMS, X-RAYS, AND SNAKES: SERENDIPITY AND SCIENCE:
People think of scientific discovery as the culmination of an orderly, logical process consisting of rational thought, precise methodology, and painstaking experimentation--the exact opposite of the creative process which governs art and literature. 

Monday, August 1, 2016 - Jill Baron - Koren Nydick - Brenda Moraska

Chemical Research in the National Parks:  Connecting Nature to Your Classroom:
Research is ongoing at all various National Parks across the United States and this work is essential toward increased understanding of our connection to the environment.  The focus of this plenary address will be on three distinct research projects:  nitrogen deposition and it's effects at Rocky Mountain, spectral properties of forest foliage at Sequoia & Kings Canyon as an ecological indicator, and nearshore water chemistry at Apostle Islands in Lake Superior.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - Lee Marek - Linda Ford - Jenelle Ball

Elevating Students with Teaching Expertise - Experiences of Conant Award Winners:
Three James Bryant Conant awardees will share their classroom expertise and experiences as they describe the impact of winning the most prestigious award in high school chemistry teaching throughout this plenary.  These three recipients represent each of the past three decades in secondary education where there has been much change and growth.  Learn how you can enhance your classroom by sharing in the experiences of these award winning teachers. Additional information about the James Bryant Conant Award and other past award winners can be found here.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - William F. Carroll

Natural Gas: How It Got There, How We Get It, Where It Goes, and What it Means:
Today, where the price of fossil fuels is capable of driving world-wide economies, it is imperative that we have an understanding of the methodologies used to obtain these commodities.  Dr. Carroll will provide information about these methods.  A collegial discussion will follow regarding these issues.