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what does really represent "Latin America"
According to various sources on the web, between visions, trading, politics, linguistics issues ... the covered area can be South America only ... up to Mexico, and Central America included!!
And to my naive question, Jorge answers' was simple and obvious :
"LATIN AMERICA COMPRISES ALL THE SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE SPEAKING COUNTRIES IN AMERICA"
except of course English, Dutch and French areas in the Caribbean Islands, French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana. Maybe for all of those not familiar with Americas' Geography, a map can help ...
|News from Latin America ...||
|Chemistry in Latin America|
Proposed by Jorge Ibanez, Mexico MXContact the author: .
Microscale techniques (also called small scale techniques) help to reduce environmental pollution, costs, exposure to chemicals, experimentation time, space, fear to chemicals, raw material depletion, etc. They also help to increase environmental awareness, safety, savings, experimental variety and easiness. With these attributes it is not surprising that Microscale Chemistry has spread like wildfire in developing countries. The adoption of Microscale Chemistry for the teaching of Chemistry in Latin America can be largely traced back to the influence of the US National Microscale Chemistry Center (NMCC, at Merrimack College, Massachusetts) and of the Mexican Center for Green and Microscale Chemistry (MCGMC, at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City) that ...
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Proposed by Jorge Ibanez, Mexico MX
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In addition, the Latin-American Chemistry Network (RELAQ) offers a useful interface to electronic information on events, societies, and other services related to Chemistry in Latin America. It is sponsored by the Organization of the American States (OAS) through the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT) and the Mexican Academy of Science (AMC).
Regional scientific organizations include ...
Some useful information sources include ...
Selected books ...
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Proposed by Jorge G. Ibanez, Mexico MX
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In the following lines we offer a glance at the status of Chemistry teaching and research in Central America.
The main scientific body in the Chemistry field is the University of Belize. In the Faculty of Science and Technology they offer an Associate Degree in Chemistry.
There are numerous studies on:
Archeological Chemistry: organic, inorganic, and biochemical analysis
Hydrology and hydrochemistry
The main scientific body in the Chemistry field is the School of Chemistry. National University, Heredia.
In this University, they have a specialized analytical lab.
and various Research centres:
They have a National Council for Science and Technology, CONACYT
In this site they list 58 Centres or units of research located in higher education institutions.
They have a national system of researchers
The page of the National Council for Science and Technology, CONCYT lists the events and people in scientific areas.
They recently celebrated a National Chemistry Conference in October, 2011 (the first one since 1988).
They have an Association of Chemical Engineering Students
The main scientific body in the Chemistry field is the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras.
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universidad_Nacional_Autónoma_de_Honduras/oUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras
There is a body of Pharmaceutical Chemists.
There is an association of Chemistry and Pharmacy alumni.
The main scientific bodies in the Chemistry field are:
The uniting body is the Colegio Panameño de Químicos, COPAQUI.
They have been very active during this IYC and celebrated a major event in October, 2011:
1st Expo-Chem in Panamá, X National Chemistry Congress, and III National Congress of Chemistry Students.
The University of Panama is the major institution working in the fields of Chemistry and Chemistry Education.
Proposed by Peter Seidl, SP (BR)
Relative to South America, Brazil corresponds to slightly less than half the surface area and number of inhabitants. It has common borders with all other countries except Chile and Ecuador and shares most of their geology and ecology. There is one significant difference, however, it was colonized by Portugal (and not Spain, as most of its neighbours). This implies significant cultural differences and historical evolution. For example, early in the 1800s when Spain was invaded by Napoleon's troops, its presence abroad was weakened and most of its colonies gained their independence. On the other hand, courtesy of his main ally (and the Royal Navy), the king of Portugal and important members of his court moved to Brazil where they established the Empire of Portugal, Brazil and Overseas Colonies. His son declared the country's independence and his grandson was emperor of Brazil up to 1889. This apparent curiosity had important implications for the economic and social (...)
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Proposed by Peter Seidl, SP (BR)
The first industrial activity in Brazil can be traced to the production of sugar. In fact, a sugar mill was installed shortly after discovery and production of refined sugar during colonial period was significant for the times. Another early activity related to chemistry was the extraction of dyes from Brazil wood and other plants that were exported by the first settlers. Soap and alkalis were later produced and, in the 1660s, table salt and gunpowder were also manufactured. Soaps, gunpowder and plant extracts were produced on a larger scale during the 19th century and the first sulfuric acid and other small scale factories were established as it was coming to an end. Two world wars exposed the deficiency of the nascent chemical industry in Brazil. Most of its raw materials were imported and of difficult access during periods of conflict. There was an attempt to use locally available substitutes, but most of these initiatives were based on improvisation and served to (...)
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Proposed by Peter Seidl, SP (BR)
As is the case in many different aspects of chemical science and industry, Brazil is a relative newcomer to Green Chemistry. Although several isolated articles on the subject have appeared in journals since the basic concepts were proposed 20 years ago, a comprehensive strategy involving industry, academe and government was released only last year. It is the result of a study conducted by the Center for Management and Strategic Studies (CGEE), a think tank that works with the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology and is instrumental in designing new government initiatives involving technical innovation.Brazil has a dynamic economy and large and modern (...)
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Proposed by Peter Seidl, SP (BR)The basic reasons for celebrating the International Year of Chemistry in 2011 coincide with those of two important segments of the Brazilian chemical community: industry and academy. Brazil has a dynamic economy and large and modern chemical industry. It plans to invest heavily in innovation related to sustainable sources of raw materials. The Brazilian Association of the Chemical Industry (Abiquim) has a website with sections dedicated to inquiries by consumers and has developed a comprehensive local version of the Responsible Care program which contributed decisively to the adoption of safety rules in the manufacture, transport and use of chemicals and closely monitors the investigation of accidents in chemical plants. Large and effective state-owned firms are active and work together with industry in the development of areas related to sustainability such as automotive and diesel fuels from renewable sources and recovery of materials from agricultural wastes (...)
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Proposed by Vânia Gomes Zuin, São Carlos, SP (BR)
The conference will focus on broad topics such as benign synthesis / process, green chemistry for energy / production, chemicals for renewable resources, green engineering, education in green chemistry, and engineering and policy.
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Yuri Orlik, Foz do Iguaçu, PR (BR)
We are aware too of your interest and active research programs in Science and Mathematics Education and would like to invite you and your students to submit suitable articles to the Journal of Science Education, JSE. This international and bilingual JSE has been published since 2000 year with more that 470 full articles about Physics, Chemistry, Biology education. Authors of JSE are from about 60 countries and experts on the JSE Committees are from 23 countries. JSE is distributed in America, Europe, Asia and other parts of the World.
The principal sections of the JSE are:
Modern active methods and innovations in the teaching of the sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, geology, astronomy and others)
Design of the modern curriculum
Laboratories and experiments in teaching
Educational technology (computers, educational software and Internet)
Educational policy in the teaching of the sciences
This peer reviewed JSE is indexed and abstracted in: SCOPUS, Qualis, Brazil (qualis.capes.gov.br/webqualis/), Chemical Abstracts (CA); Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC); Educational Research Abstract Online, UK (www.tandf.co.uk/era); Contents Pages in Education, UK; Latindex, Mexico.
We are looking forward to receiving articles from you or your graduate Students and would be happy to discuss any suggestions informally if you feel this would be helpful.
With good wishes,
Yuri Orlik, Ph.D. CChem FRSC (London)
Director, Journal of Science Education, JSE.
UNILA (Universidade Federal Da Integração Latino-Americana), Brazil
Web JSE Page: www.accefyn.org.co/rec
Brief report of the ECTN Association Administrative Council meeting held
in Helsinki, on 9th October 2011.
Anthony Smith, Lyon FR (E.U.)
A number of Eurolabels were awarded at this meeting:
Charles University, Prague, CZ: renewal of the Eurobachelor® Label for three programmes and the Euromaster® Label for one programme. A new Eurobachelor® Label was awarded to the Biochemistry programme at Charles University.
University of Amsterdam, NL: the Eurobachelor® Label was renewed for one year, during which time a new application should be made due to major changes in the programme including the involvement of a consortium.
Szeged University, HU: renewal of the Eurobachelor® Label.
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR: renewal of the Eurobachelor® Label.
Many other applications and
re-applications are in the pipeline.The Administrative Council
approved the creation of the Chemical Technology Euromaster®. While the
Eurobachelor® Label will remain as a
Chemistry Eurobachelor® Label only, it was agreed that at the Master level
Labels can be developed for specialized areas. It is expected that Euromaster® Labels in Food Chemistry and Biological Chemistry will be created
in the near future. The Administrative
Council also approved the framework and guidelines leading to a Chemistry
Doctorate Eurolabel. These documents have been developed in a project lead
by Evangelia Varella (Thessaloniki). The meeting also
agreed that The University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and Eotvos Lorand
University of Budapest, Hungary, should become EChemTest Testing Centres.
Brief report of the EC2E2N Management Committee meeting held in Helsinki on Saturday 8th October 2011.
Anthony Smith, Lyon FR (E.U.)
At this meeting, the various working groups presented their work in both written and oral form. Most groups are on target to complete their work by the end of the project period (September 2012). The presentations are available on the workpackage web pages.
The preliminary planning for the 2012 Annual Plenary Meeting was discussed. The date has had to be changed because of a very large trade fair taking place in Milan at the same time as the original dates chosen. Thus the Plenary Meeting will take place on Thursday 26th April (starting at 9h00) until Saturday 28th April (ending at 14h00).
We expect the TASSEP meeting to take place on Saturday 28th April in the afternoon but this is to be confirmed.
Please note these dates in your diary. The network will cover the cost of three nights' accommodation, but, as usual, participants must pay for their own travel costs. We will publish a web site for this meeting as early as possible giving details for registration, accommodation, and a preliminary programme.
Your ideas for a new project (to run from October 2012 for a period of three years) are still welcome. Please do not hesitate to send them to Tony Smith. The deadline for submission of this project is 2nd February 2012 so send your ideas as soon as possible and in any case before the end of November 2011.
"EC2E2N 2" New Project Application
Anthony Smith, Lyon FR (E.U.)
The Progress Report for the EC2E2N project has been evaluated and accepted by the European Commission. A copy of the ‘Plans for the Future’ part of the report is available here.
The next Management Committee meeting of the project will take place on Saturday 8th October 2011 in Helsinki. If there are any items you would like discussed by the committee please let Tony Smith know.
New Project Application. The deadline for the application for a new network project, to run from October 2012 to September 2015, is 2nd February 2012. The Management Committee would be very pleased to receive any ideas for this new project. Any topic concerning higher education in chemistry and /or chemical engineering is eligible. We need to produce an innovative project to maximize our chances of receiving funding. Please send Tony Smith your ideas as soon as possible.
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WP05 Advert : Virtual Campus : VIRT&L-COMM
Antonio Lagana, Perugia IT (E.U.)
The working group 5 (Virtual Campus) of EC2E2N is undertaking a one year experimentation of publishing electronic papers and activity reports bearing the ISSN code on the new magazine published by the Perugia University Spinoff Master-up. The magazine will be articulated into three sections: Research and Development (R&D), Educational (EDU), Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in which all the members of the Thematic network are invited to publish scientific papers, reports of successful and not successful activities, working group reports, etc..
The magazine will be published only on line. Those who want to contribute to the first issue to be published at the end of the present year can send their contributions to Maria Chiara Norgini.
Contact Maria Chiara Norgini: .
WP09 Call : Employability -Call for collection of available material
Anthony Smith, Lyon FR (E.U.), Pavel Drašar, Prague CZ (E.U.) Dear colleagues, as agreed on the MC meeting in Helsinki on October 8, 2011, you are kindly asked to provide available material that may fit in one of the two project deliverables noted lower:
Portraits of careers of chemistry bachelors (Deliverable number 32)
Description: Case studies of chemists who have had successful careers and/or who have found employment as chemists based on a bachelor degree, and can act as role models, will be gathered together in a booklet (in English, 500 copies) targeted at teachers and students (school and university) , and at industrialists (chemists and human resources personnel). The booklet will also be downloadable from the network website.
Industry-academia cooperation good practices (Deliverable number 33)
Description: A report highlighting good practice in academia-industrial relations in the area of chemistry/chemical engineering will be produced. The report, in English, will be downloadable from the network website. It is targeted at university teachers and administrators, industrial chemists and engineers. These target groups will be informed of the availability of the report through direct e-mail contact and in presentations at national and international meetings.
Pavel Drašar and Tony Smith
Please address your contributions to: .
WP13 Announcement : International student open contest of the EC2E2N - International Phase
Gino Paolucci, Venice IT (E.U.)
is starting today until December 14th, with an invitation to all the EC2E2N members to publicize the event and participate to the voting. Here are reported the related information:
- An announcement for the 15th of November 2011 has already be published here
- The draft page of the voting results page can be reached at
- A page calling for previewing/downloading the student's works can be reached here:
WP13 Report : International student open contest of the EC2E2N - National phase : Poland
Iwona Maciejowska and Małgorzata M. Zaitz, Krakow PL (E.U.)
On Oct. 12th in Kraków (Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University), the national stage of the European Students Competition after 3 months of on-line voting (20th June Ð 30th September 2011) was summarized. 184 artworks prepared by lower and upper secondary schools students from all parts of Poland were submitted (9 films, 79 photos, 7 cartoons, 3 songs, 26 written forms, 15 posters, 45 presentations), 73 of them have been published on the faculty web page www.chemia.uj.edu.pl/ec2e2n/. Almost 11 800 votes were collected and more than 40 000 page views was recorded.
The winners are:
- Piotr Guzy & Mikołaj Mędrek (a video clip / short films)
- Karolina Saganiak (a poster)
- Wiktoria Cefal & Natalia Zięba (a presentation)
- Joanna Drąg & Renata Trojan (a presentation)
- Magdalena Knapczyk, Weronika Łusiak, Sara Gontaro, Paulina Sobstyl (a song)
- ex aequo: Filip Maśka (a presentation) and Justyna Kocma (a cartoon)
In the international phase will take part: Wiktoria Cefal & Natalia Zięba (a presentation), Filip Maśka (a presentation), Karolina Saganiak (a poster).
Contact the Polish Team: or .
Pascal Mimero, Lyon FR (E.U.)
2011 is almost coming to an end, and after this edition, there will be one more issue to go and close the IYC editorial line with the RSC as Guest Editor.
In 2012 we will go back to our traditional editorial line with 5 issues, and most probably with at least one Special Edition (under consideration, but not yet decided)
Pascal Mimero, Lyon FR (E.U.)
EChemTest was used in many different places over the last 2 months
- organization and monitoring of sessions of General Chemistry 1&2 at Austrian Schools over the second semester in the context of the IYC 2011 in Austria (action under the auspices of the Austrian Ministry of Education).
- organized the tests sessions for the European contest in Poland (report on NewsLetter October 2011, V12, N08)
- organized sessions dedicated to Cultural Heritage within the Master Course frame
- organized sessions in a continuous process all year long within the IYC context
- organized 3 sessions with over 160 first year students last October at CPE Lyon
- supervised one Workshop session organized by TCA.Amsterdam in South Africa (Partners / Students exchange)
- organized two sessions for Budapest University (HU) regular examination process, 1 more sessions coming soon.
- Workshop sessions organized in Helsinki
- Workshop organized in Sweden for the Nordic Conference.
New Test Centres: We are pleased to announce that 2 new Test Centres will join the 9 already existing. After 2 years of Junior status called "Test Unit" running under an official TC monitoring, they will start their official operation activity in 2012 :
- University Etvös Lörand of Budapest, Hungary (monitored by TCA.Lyon)
- University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (monitored by TCA.Thessaloniki)
General Chemistry 1&2 Databases' update, in addition to the English and German translation, 4 new languages are now in operation:
Chemical Demonstrations: A Handbook for Teachers of Chemistry
Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Madison WI (USA)
It is a great pleasure for me, as the NewsLetter editor, to introduce Bassam Shakhashiri's latest book, Volume 5 in his Chemical Demonstrations: A Handbook for Teachers of Chemistry series has been published. I've seen several of his live demonstrations in different countries in the world, amazing, from very classical to innovative approaches, but always illustrative, very expressive and presented with great and communicative humour and fun, and as he is so keen to repeat as often as possible "Science is Fun"!
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And also a great honour to welcome in our column, a communication from Bassam Shakhashiri, the ACS 2012 President Elected.
Erasmus Mundus Master Course "Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry" (U. Lille, France)
Sonja Moreau, Lille FR (E.U.)
Contact the author: .
EM Scholarships available for European and International students
Since 2008, the European Commission awards scholarships to European and international students for attending the now well recognised "Erasmus Mundus" Master courses, among which is the Master in "Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry".
Selected European students can get 500 Euros per month for the 2 years duration.
Selected non-European students will even get 1000 Euros per month.
The deadline for applying is January 15th 2012 for entering the course in September 2012.
Students will be studying in at least 2 of the following institutions (...)
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Nordic Chemistry Teachers were eager to try EChemTest
Nina Aremo, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Science, Helsinki, Finland (E.U.)
Kristiina Wähälä, University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry, Helsinki, Finland (E.U.)
To whom correspondence should be addressed: .
International Chemistry Year was celebrated in the end of October in KRC (Kemilärarnas Resurs Centrum) in Stockholm, when Nordic Chemistry Associations and Societies cooperated arranging an IYC Nordic conference for Chemistry teachers. Over 160 participants from all Nordic countries assembled to compare reformed Nordic syllabuses of lower and upper secondary schools and to find new possibilities to collaborate and to discuss the image of chemistry in the Nordic Societies. The conference theme was sustainable chemistry in education and some new Nordic industrial R&D projects and innovations in this field were introduced. The conference program was highly multifaceted: panel discussion with representatives of all Nordic Chemistry Educational board members, video conference with Nobel Laureate Sir Harold Kroto, theatre play about historically important Chemists and their inventions, lectures and 23 different workshops.
EChemTest was also introduced in a workshop for Nordic teachers. First the general overview and developmental background was presented and then teachers could test themselves in the General Chemistry Level 1 and 2 tests in three different languages (Finnish, Swedish or English). All teachers were very satisfied with the test and found it a wonderful and easy way to test students' chemistry knowledge. The easy and open access to the test via internet and distinct layout appealed to the testers. Questions were found multifaceted and the overall test difficulty level was found appropriate.
"I think this is very good way to get an overall overview of the knowledge students have at the end of school in inorganic chemistry. Very good to have this web-based."
"I liked the test. It is a good mixture of 'choose one' and as many as possible which are correct. Quite nice and useful."
Participants from Iceland and Norway found the Swedish translations difficult but liked the English version. Some ideas for further development of EChemTest also resulted. For example Denmark has created a new curriculum for Biotechnology already at the upper secondary school level. Maybe in future also more databanks or libraries for EChemTest are needed.
Teachers in the Nordic conference in chemistry would have liked to get the right answers instead of false or true comment as immediate feedback after test. They asked also the possibility to have questions concerning one specific topic, e.g. acid-base equations, for continuing formative assessment together with general overview.
Follow-up of the Africa-Near-Middle-East Special Edition
Original NewsLetter Edition: NLV12N07_201109
Jacinta Opara, Omuku NG (Afr.)
Recent publications proposed by Jacinta Opara (Nigeria), Guest of the October NewsLetter Special Issue.
JESR : Journal of Educational and Social Research
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Download JESR Vol. 1, No. 5, December 2011 (PDF, 1.2Mb)
- MJSS : Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences
Download MJSS Vol. 2, No. 6, November 2011 (PDF, 1.3Mb)
Download MJSS Vol. 2, No. 7, December 2011 (PDF, 1.9Mb)
INTED 2012 "International Technology,
Education and Development Conference" -
Valencia ES, March 5-7, 2012
International Conference "New Perspectives in Science Education" -
Florence IT, March 8-9, 2012
21st Symposium on Chemistry and Science
Education / Issues of Heterogeneity and Cultural Diversity in Science
Education and Science Education Research - TU Dortmund University, May 17-19, 2012
1st International Congress
on Business and Economic Research (ICBER 2012)
1st International Congress
on Social and Cultural Studies (ICSCS 2012)
5th International Conference "Research in
Didactics of the Sciences" - Krakow PL, June 27-29, 2012
ICPAC 2012 - International Conference on
Pure and Applied Chemistry "Chemistry: The Key of our Future",
Mauritius, July 2-6, 2012 (Hilton
11th ECRICE (www.11ecrice.org) and 22nd ICCE (www.22icce.org); Rome IT, July 15-20, 2012
4th EuCheMS Chemistry Conference -
Prague CZ, August 26-30, 2012
2012 International Conference on
Agriculture, Science and Engineering (ICASE 2012)
Conference on Environmental Studies and Research (ICESR 2012)
XV IOSTE International Symposium - Yasmine Hammamet TN,
Oct 29 - Nov. 3, 2012
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