Chemistry Comes Alive!

Chemistry of Taste and Odor!
The eighth seminar in the NSDL series, "Chemistry Comes Alive!" was held on Thursday, March 8, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenters were Dr. John Moore, W. T. Lippincott Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and editor of the Journal of Chemical Education, and Dr. Lynn Diener, Outreach Specialist for the ChemEd Digital Library, the newest NSDL pathway. The program explored the chemistry of taste and odor using selected resources from the Journal of Chemical Education website.

The presenters talked about the chemistry of taste.

Seventy-seven (77) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenters, the NSDL moderator, and the NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

In this seminar, participants explored 3-D molecular models, video, and a hands-on activity available at the Journal of Chemical Education (JCE) Digital Library. The presenters focused on the chemistry of taste and odor and using selected JCE resources. All participants received a copy of NSTA's SciGuide about Properties and Changes of Properties in Matter, grades 5-8.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
  • "I teach biotechnology in addition to chemistry so this was great. Kids will love the food aspect."
  • "Sample activities and resources that can be adapted or made accessible for students with disabilities."
  • "It helped me to better understand the digital resources available for chemistry and how to access them. It also helped me to see the value of web seminars in professional development."
  • "The most important thing for me was to be updated on things available in the online JCE - I've been a subscriber for years, but have not used the online version. I'm looking forward to going to the recommended websites."

Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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