Geoff Rayner-Canham to give ChemEd 2013 Reg Friesen Lecture

Geoff Rayner-Canham seated with periodic table of chemistry elements We are proud to announce that the ChemEd 2013 Reg Friesen lecturer is Geoff Rayner-Canham, a professor at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, Newfoundland. Evidence of Geoff’s passion for, and contributions to science education are plentiful and too numerous to recount in detail. Along with his teaching at his home institution and presenting at chemical education conferences, he is prolific writer in chemical education, authoring numerous books and articles. The former include textbooks and works about women in science. Chem 13 News readers will know Geoff for his many motivating and enlightening articles.

One of the deciding factors in this selection was Geoff’s commitment to school outreach activities in small remote communities in Canada. He has developed a transportable version of his “chemistry is everywhere” show, which uses demonstrations to highlight topics such as new materials, household products, and plastic recycling. Geoff has organized this outreach program to be a joint effort with a senior undergraduate environmental chemistry student. He credits much of the show’s success to having these engaged students (a total of six over the 10 years of the program, so far) provide a crucial link to the younger generation in the classroom. With these students, Geoff has been able to visit all the high schools in Labrador together with schools along the Quebec lower north shore, the tip of the northern peninsula, the south coast of Newfoundland and several communities in Nunavut. For those who know this terrain, you will know this is no small feat.