Ralph, (and everyone else),
The BCCE is populated mostly by college chemistry teachers with perhaps 20% high school teachers. There are relatively few "research faculty" if we define these folks whose primary mission (at an R1 university) is research. However, many college (PUI, four-year) chemistry teachers are research-active and therefore also have to think about "safety in the research lab" as well as in the teaching lab.
One exception to my generalization about R1 faculty is Dominick Casadonte (from Texas Tech) who gave a nice presentation at the last BCCE about their program at TTU that trains TAs with regard to lab safety.
I wrote the abstract with the phrase "... across the educational spectrum" to encourage ideas in secondary schools, college teaching labs and college/university research labs. As we know, the UCLA incident has prompted many places to reconsider how R1 universities are addressing safety in research labs. I would not expect any abstracts for the BCCE to really focus on that. But many college folks in the audience will be in the situation where we have research labs but NO support whatsoever from the EH&S departments that don't exist on our campuses. In most ways, the hazards and risks are all same (compared to R1 places) but the institutional support structure to help assess and manage those hazards and risks is essentially non-existent (apart from the local CHO who likely has little formal training in safety and perhaps no release time). This is a challenging situation.
This symposium is a gathering "teachers who are concerned about safety" at all levels. We talk, we share, we whine a little (!), and try to figure out how to make our departments safer in a challenging circumstance. Non-teachers are welcome, but I would expect that many EH&S folks would find most of the rest of the conference to be of marginal interest. To scan the list of symposia it is necessary (so far as I can tell) to "register" in the BCCE abstract system at http://bcce-submissions.com/. I think that this "registration" is harmless, though.
David C. Finster
Professor, Department of Chemistry
University Chemical Hygiene Officer
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> Please consider submitting an abstract for a symposium at the 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Grand Valley State University.
Who is the primary audience for these meetings? Secondary school teachers, higher ed teaching faculty, research faculty, all of the above?
Ralph Stuart CIH
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Department of Environmental Health and Safety Cornell University
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