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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - The Moravian College Chemistry Department will host the 35th annual meeting of the Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers, MAALACT 2001. The meeting will be held on Friday October 5 and Saturday, October 6. MAALACT is a professional association of college chemistry faculty from the independent liberal arts colleges of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the southern regions of New York State, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. Its purposes are to facilitate the exchange of ideas, enhance professional development, and promote the interests of small college chemistry programs. Seventy-six faculty members from 44 colleges will be attending the meeting.
The keynote speaker will be Professor George Bodner of the Purdue University, a noted researcher in chemical education. Other meeting sessions will explore a variety of issues in chemical education at liberal arts colleges. His lecture will describe some of the ways in which researchers collect data, starting with the simplest source, an analysis of mistakes students make on exams, and working toward the most productive source of data, the deep understanding that can be obtained by clinical interviews.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.