College hosts 'Chemistry on the Fringe,' conference of Midwest college chemistry teachers

Sept. 17, 2010

Approximately 100 chemistry faculty will be in their "element" as Luther College hosts the 2010 gathering of the Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts Colleges (MACTLAC) Oct. 15-16.

More than 140 colleges in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin make up MACTLAC, which aims to widen and deepen relationships within the world of academic chemistry– leading to greater shared insights in the field.

Originally begun as part of the centennial celebration of Monmouth College in 1952, the first conference included representatives from more than 50 colleges and featured addresses from well-known chemists and small discussion groups centered on common educational and administrative issues. Those in attendance quickly realized the value of such a conference, and an annual meeting has been held in October ever since.

The theme for this year's gathering is "Chemistry on the Fringe," highlighting chemistry's close relations and interactions with other disciplines. Featured lectures include "Traces of the Past: The Chemistry of Archeology" by Joseph Lambert, Ph.D.; "Art Historical and Archaeological Chemistry for Undergraduates" by Mary Virginia Orna, Ph.D.; and "Chemical Clues in Ocean Sediments: Reconstructing Past Climate Change" by Laura Peterson, Ph.D.