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2 American Chemical Society Enlightenment and the Responsibilities of the Enlightened Bassam Z. Shakhashiri The George Washington University Teaching & Learning Collaborative Washington, D.C. March 2, 2012

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5 American Chemical Society 5 “Science is a hexagonal mountain with six faces… The three beautiful faces of science are science as subversion of authority, science as an art form, and science as an international club… Science is presented to our young people as a rigid and authoritarian discipline, tied to mercenary and utilitarian ends, and tainted by its association with weapons of mass murder. The way to attract young people into science is to show them all six faces and give them freedom to explore the beautiful and ugly as they please.” Freeman Dyson From Eros to Gaia, 1992

6 American Chemical Society 6 “A failure of science to produce benefits for the poor in recent decades is due to two factors working in combination: the pure scientists have become more detached from the mundane needs of humanity, and the applied scientists have become more attached to immediate profitability.” Freeman Dyson Imagined Worlds, 1997

7 7 American Chemical Society What differentiates our society now from all previous societies?

8 8 American Chemical Society Science

9 9 New Discoveries Enlightenment Societal Progress Societal Problems

10 American Chemical Society 10 Grand Challenges to Society and to Scientists Help sustain Earth and its people in the face of: Population growth Finite resources Malnutrition Spreading disease Deadly violence War Climate change Denial of basic human rights, especially the right to benefit from scientific and technological progress. SCIENCE AND SOCIETY HAVE WHAT IS ESSENTIALLY A SOCIAL CONTRACT THAT ENABLES GREAT INTELLECTUAL ACHIEVEMENTS BUT COMES WITH MUTUAL EXPECTATIONS OF BENEFITING THE HUMAN CONDITION AND PROTECTING OUR PLANET.

11 11 American Chemical Society Issues and Concerns Globalization Sustainable Development Pollution Climate Change Evolution Genetically Modified Organisms Spread and Control of Disease Drugs and Alcoholism Tobacco

12 12 American Chemical Society Issues and Concerns Workforce Science Education Standards Teachers Appreciation of Science Appreciation of Technology Energy Human Rights Quality of Life

13 13 American Chemical Society Science-rich Sector Science-poor Sector

14 14 American Chemical Society Scientific Competence Science Literacy Scientific Expertise

15 15 American Chemical Society Science Literacy is for Everyone Chemists, Artists, Humanists, All Professionals, The General Public, Youth and Adults Alike

16 American Chemical Society 16 CONNECTIVITY

17 American Chemical Society 17 CONNECTIONS

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19 American Chemical Society 19 Science is Vital to Democracy

20 20 American Chemical Society “Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.” >> Abraham Lincoln

21 American Chemical Society 21 THE STRONGEST FORCES IN SOCIETY Religion Science

22 American Chemical Society 22 Evolution Climate Change

23 23 American Chemical Society Good Teachers Are: Competent in their disciplines Committed to their disciplines and to the profession of teaching Comfortable with the methods and techniques they use Compassionate with students (and colleagues)

24 24 American Chemical Society “Teachers owe it to themselves to teach what they love. In so doing, they nourish their students. They owe it to themselves to show their students who they are. To do this, they need to know what they love, and who they are – not a simple task, but surely the anchor without which they’ll drift.”

25 25 American Chemical Society “Teachers owe it to themselves to teach what they love. In so doing, they nourish their students. They owe it to themselves to show their students who they are. To do this, they need to know what they love, and who they are – not a simple task, but surely the anchor without which they’ll drift.” >> Diane Chapman Walsh President of Wellesley College

26 26 American Chemical Society >> Diane Chapman Walsh President of Wellesley College “Great teachers are the ones who weave webs of life-affirming connection for their students. Proficiency with technology, tightly framed learning outcomes, even multicultural awareness are secondary to the passion teachers bring to their subject matter, the compassion, awe, and joy they embody and communicate. Great teaching comes from spirit, not from technique.”

27 27 American Chemical Society “To me, teaching is the ultimate performing art, and all performing arts are interactive. You always have to connect with the people… You don’t just present, you have to connect. And I find it difficult [online]… It’s one thing to give students the illusion that the teacher is really there. What’s much harder is to give the teacher the sense that the students are really there.” >> Jaron Lanier, Computer scientist who coined the term “virtual reality”

28 28 American Chemical Society Clarity of Purpose

29 29 American Chemical Society Problem-Solving Skills Good Judgment

30 30 American Chemical Society Respect Trust Confidence

31 31 American Chemical Society Humane

32 32 American Chemical Society Humane Humanitarian

33 33 Bassam Z. Shakhashiri 2012 ACS President ACS MISSION:To advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. ACS VISION: Improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry. Initiative 1:ACS and the Sesquicentennial of the Morrill Land Grant Act Initiative 2:Blue-ribbon panel to examine purposes of graduate education in the chemical sciences Initiative 3:Helping the public understand the science of climate change Initiative 4:ACS High School Teacher Fellowships Program

34 American Chemical Society 34 ADVANCING CHEMISTRY COMMUNICATING CHEMISTRY

35 American Chemical Society 35 Communication Inform Educate Engage Advocate Persuade

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37 American Chemical Society Science is Fun and the Joy of Learning Bassam Z. Shakhashiri The George Washington University Teaching & Learning Collaborative Washington, D.C. March 2, 2012

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