From: Jim Kaufman <jim**At_Symbol_Here**LABSAFETYINSTITUTE.ORG>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] ACS and other resources on rainbow experiment and other demonstrations
Date: Tue, 23 May 2017 17:07:17 -0400
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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LSI has a wide variety of low cost and no cost options that make our programs very affordable for school science teachers.


1.       Our Model Chemical Hygiene Plan is Free

2.       Our webinars for state science supervisors (to offer to their state's science teachers) and state science teacher organizations (to offer to their members) are both free.

3.       Our one-day courses ($495) are only $99 for school science teachers and -

4.       All of our membership dues are used to provide $99 scholarships for needy teacher both throughout the US during the year and at the ACS National Meetings. We would happily do the same at all the ACS regional meetings.

5.       My wife Barbara and I have been donating an additional $500 per year to make more scholarships available.

6.       We arrange for corporate sponsorships to make our onsite courses free for school science teachers, e.g., Par Pharmaceutical in Huntsville, AL hosted 25 teachers including the state science supervisor.

7.       "LSI Ambassadors" are volunteers who reach out to their local schools to provide science safety education for the science teachers (throughout the world). We help to support their initiatives.

8.       LSI provides free both on-site and remote science safety Q&A sessions for schools and school districts.

9.       LSI's publication "Safety is Elementary: the new standard for safety in the elementary science classroom" was provided for free to 500 elementary schools thanks to Pfizer. Thanks to Akram Amir El-Ali, it was translated into Arabic. LSI gave permission for a university in Saudi Arabia to print 1,000 copies and give them away for free to elementary schools.

10.   Six million copies (in 20 languages) of LSI's "Laboratory Safety Guidelines" have been given away.

11.   And, for those who can't afford to travel or have us travel to them, we have several options: a virtually limitless amount of support both by phone and email, and online courses with the same teacher friendly pricing (for those who are "Remotely Interested"=E2=84=A2 in lab safety).


Please let your local schools, school districts, state science teacher organization, and state science supervisor know about these low and no-cost opportunities.


Thanks - Jim


James A. Kaufman, Ph.D.

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On Fri, May 19, 2017 at 1:13 PM, Wilhelm, Monique <mwilhelm**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

I am extremely pleased to hear that someone has contacted the Houston DA's office.  This is the type of thing that I wonder about.  This is an action we can take.

Another action proposed was in offering of training to school teachers.  I don't know if I am "qualified" to do that, even though I would be the one teaching these things to them if they were at my own institution of higher learning (we discontinued our sci edu programs here quite a while back).  But, I do know that somebody needs to be teaching them what we know.  I also know that schools don't always have money to hire someone like LSI to come to out to them and that most non-chemistry teachers aren't going to attend an ACS or BCCE meeting to attend training there.  So, any ideas in this avenue?  Also, any ideas for reaching out to current education programs at schools (or higher levels like accreditation agencies) to start the discussions on the importance of including science safety as part of the curriculum?

I also like the thought about contacting YouTube/Google/etc.  Is this part of what the CCS does?

I have contacted my local news channels and, of course, gotten no response.  Have others done this with any success?

Monique Wilhelm
Laboratory Manager
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Michigan - Flint

-----Original Message-----
From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Stuart, Ralph
Sent: Friday, May 19, 2017 8:35 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] ACS and other resources on rainbow experiment and other demonstrations

>why do science educators think that they must do demos with flame, explosions, or the like?? I hear the excuses "We have to get the students excited about science!"

I agree that that is a core question and this excuse ignores the likelihood that as many students are turned off of science by the flame, explosions, odors, etc. as get excited about science by them. And this is not a "chemophobia" issue - I've had many situations where chemists and other lab scientists are raising health and safety concerns to me related to emissions from neighboring labs. In my opinion, chemophobia in the general public is driven by these "educational" events at least as much as by the scientific confusion that is often cited by chemistry advocates...

>To echo Monique, "What do we do?"

I notice that J Chem Ed today published an article entitled "Development, Implementation, and Assessment of General Chemistry Lab Experiments Performed in the Virtual World of Second Life" about the use of virtual labs in the Gen Chem setting.

It will be interesting to read it with this conversation in mind.

Thanks to everyone for sharing their thoughts on this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
603 358-2859


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