1. Introducing a new scheduling option for Fighting with Food course

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    The Center for Chemistry Education is offering the popular Fighting with Foods teacher professional development course with a brand new kind of schedule! During the 2014–15 academic year, teachers can complete the course by attending Saturday sessions at the Miami University Middletown campus on September 20, October 18, November 8, February 28, March 14, and April 25. (A full day of instruction will be scheduled from 8:30am – 4:30 pm on each date, and attendance at all sessions is required.) Participants receive 3 hours of graduate credit in chemistry and a $200 stipend. The only cost is a $50 application fee.

    Entering its fourth year, the Fighting with Foods project focuses on current biomedical research in nutrition and toxicology that shows how certain foods (we’re calling these fighting foods!) actually combat the health impacts of environmental toxins like PCBs, lead, and mercury.

    A recent course participant wrote, “Students ask, how does this science class relate to my life? The Fighting with Food materials provided concrete examples of how chemistry relates to every day life.”

    The PDF file downloable here has more details about the course. Teachers can apply at http://www.ccemu.org/courses/fwf-application-form/.

    If you have any questions, please contact CCE Director, Susan Hershberger at 513-529-4961 or hershbss@muohio.edu.

  2. Accepting Applications for 2014 Academies

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    Attend a Fighting with Food Academy for great science learning + food fun!


    How can your students use grated apples to investigate the effect of antioxidants?


    Can you (or your students) taste the calcium in fortified orange juice?


    What do you need to make berry caviar?

    Did you know?

    Certain foods (we’re calling these fighting foods!) actually combat the health impacts of environmental toxicants like PCBs, lead, and mercury. Find out more by attending a Spring 2014 Fighting with Food Academy!

    Fighting with Food Academy Information

    • For middle and high school general science, chemistry, biology, and nutrition teachers
    • Meets at Miami University Middletown from 8:00AM – 3:30PM on two Saturdays. Choose one session.
      • Academy Session A: March 1 and May 3
      • Academy Session B: March 15 and May 17
      • NOTE: To receive benefits, you must attend both meetings for your session.

    Benefits include

    • All tuition and most fees provided (Your only cost is a $25 application fee.)
    • 1 semester hours of graduate credit* provided free ($800 value)
    • $100 stipend for classroom supplies
    • Course materials including notebook and hands-on classroom materials
    • Lunch provided

    Interested? Submit an application by February 3, 2014 at www.ccemu.org/courses/fighting-with-food-academy-application/. Space is limited to 24 teachers per session and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Questions? Contact Dr. Susan Hershberger, Director, Center for Chemistry Education, 513-529-4961, hershbss@muohio.edu.

  3. Fighting with Food Spring Academy off to a great start

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    The Spring 2013 Fighting with Food academy is off to a great start with a full day of food-based chemistry enjoyed by over 20 teachers on Saturday, March 23. Topics included the role of antioxidants in preserving foods from browning (and our cells from becoming damaged), the acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions of colorful food compounds called anthocyanins, and how the crosslinking behavior of calcium (a 2+ metal ion) can make delicious fruit caviar as well as the hydroxyapatite mineral complex that makes bones and teeth strong. The Academy concludes on May 4.

    If you missed the Academy but are interested in hands-on science investigations that feature powerful nutrients that can protect us from environmental toxicants, summer workshops are scheduled for Middletown, Ohio and Cold Spring, Kentucky. See the Fighting with Food page for more program information and a link to online registration.

  4. CCE Director Heading to Washington, DC

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    CCE Director, Susan Hershberger, is heading to Washington DC to attend the Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES) program PI conference on January 23-25, 2013 in Washington DC. The conference is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE).

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  5. Accepting applications for Fighting with Food 2013–14 Course

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    Summer 2012 launched a new project from the Center for Chemistry Education called Fighting with Food. We are continuing to work with a wonderful group of teachers who attended the summer workshop and who are now implementing materials in their classrooms. As one participant said,

    “I am excited to incorporate this content that focuses on important STS issues. I am confident that these materials will serve as a highly motivating content that will capture the interest of my students.”

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  6. CCE has a new home

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    Susan Hershberger, CCE Director, is pleased to announce that CCE has a new home in Hughes Laboratories on the Miami University Oxford campus. We’ve updated the contact information on this site to reflect the change. Now that our move is over, we’re excited to be starting up two new projects. More news about them coming soon!

About CCE

For 25 years (and counting!) the Center for Chemistry Education (CCE) at Miami University in Ohio has helped teachers and students love science through professional development courses and high-quality lessons and labs.

Please browse our site for CCE news, current projects and courses, and free downloadable science activities for elementary, middle, high school, and college.