The 44th ACS Central Regional Meeting

Central Region Awards Banquet - Thursday, May 16, 2013

 Central Region Awards Banquet

(ticketed event; see registration form)


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Featured Speaker

“Chemistry Education:  Is It Sustainable?”

Mary Kirchhoff, Ph.D.

Director, American Chemical Society Education Division



Chemistry plays a major role in achieving sustainability by designing products and processes that are better for human health and the environment.  Our discipline has a unique role to play in advancing sustainability because chemists are the molecular designers who will create in an environmentally responsible manner the products upon which society depends.  In order to design products and processes that are more sustainable, future chemists must learn the fundamentals of sustainability and their applications to chemistry.  Content and pedagogy, professional development, accreditations and assessments must incorporate green chemistry and sustainability concepts if we are to produce the scientists who will develop sustainable technologies and the citizens who will make informed choices.  This presentation will explore approaches to educating chemistry students for a sustainable future and provide examples that illustrate the role of green chemistry in achieving sustainability.



Mary Kirchhoff is Director of the American Chemical Society Education Division, which serves learners and educators by building communities and providing effective chemistry education products, services, and information.  She received her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and joined the Chemistry Department at Trinity College in Washington, DC in 1992. Mary served as Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics during her tenure at Trinity.  She began working in green chemistry as an AAAS Environmental Fellow and Visiting Scientist with the U.S. EPA's green chemistry program.  Mary joined the American Chemical Society in 2001, serving as Assistant Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute for three years before moving to the Education Division.  Mary was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2006.