Educators from across the country attend 2YC3 conference at San Jacinto College

Chemistry educators gathered for the 208th Conference of the Two Year College Chemistry Consortium (2YC3 ) at San Jacinto College on Nov. 14 and 15.

The 2YC3 conference theme was Metacognition: Think About It. Dr. David Eagleman of Baylor College of Medicine, author of the New York Times bestseller “Incognito – The Secret Lives of the Brain,” kicked off the conference with his presentation “Livewired: How the brain learns and remembers.”

Pamela J. McInnis, Pasadena Police Department crime laboratory director, followed that evening with “Inside the Crime Lab” during the banquet at Cullins. Dr. Nivaldo Tro, professor of chemistry at Westmont College, presented the next day on “Making Chemistry Relevant.”

Sessions and workshops were held throughout the two days to address “Creativity in the Classroom,” “The 18-Year-Old Brain,” “Instrumentation for Student Laboratories,” “Technology in the Classroom” and other topics related to teaching. Participants also were treated to a tour of the  NASA Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.

The primary goal of 2YC3 is to provide a professional development conference that affords chemistry educators an opportunity to network and share ideas about innovative and creative ways of integrating current science, pedagogy, and real-world applications into the chemistry curriculum. 2YC3 is a branch of Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information.