Since 1968, the University of Waterloo’s Chem 13 News magazine has provided a continuous resource to teachers of introductory chemistry worldwide. From its inception, Chem 13 News has played a lead role in developing passionate and concerned educators who inspire and groom the scientific leaders of tomorrow.
Reg Friesen, a professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Waterloo, started Chem 13 News in response to cries for help from high school chemistry teachers in Ontario when they had to adapt to curricular changes on short notice in 1968. Assisting him were several of his colleagues.
After a successful first year, Friesen and his editorial group sought active collaboration by high school chemistry teachers and other readers, asking them to share their ideas, innovations and experiences. The flood of responses greatly contributed to the impact and usefulness of the magazine. The concept of teachers helping teachers continues to be the backbone philosophy of Chem 13 News.
In 1986, Friesen passed the editorship to Lew Brubacher, a biochemistry professor, also in Waterloo’s Chemistry Department. Brubacher continued the tradition of promoting and expanding a network of contributors, and he guided the magazine through many changes in chemistry education during his 20 years as editor.
In 2006, Jean Hein, a Waterloo Chemistry graduate
and trained chemistry educator, became editor, bringing new energy and ideas.