Day 1 of the Run to Philadelphia is just a few days away. While there are a lot of last minute items and questions to address (what will I bring? Should I ship things ahead to a hotel? Is anyone going to follow along-virtually or on foot?), there are also a couple of important events that are taking place as I write.

On Wednesday, I returned from the 2016 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) in Greeley, Colorado. It was fantastic to hear passionate educators sharing their experiences teaching chemistry, and I was able to put some faces to names that I have heard many times during my time at ACS. I was especially excited (and proud) that four of my classmates from graduate school were giving presentations! I am always very happy being in the mountains, so I did carve out some time for a gorgeous trail run and hike in Rocky Mountain National Park.

A workshop that ACS has co-sponsored for 5 years is the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative New Faculty Workshop. This two-day workshop provides important teaching and lab (and life) management skills for new faculty from research-intensive and primarily undergraduate institutions. We are hosting approximately 70 early career faculty through Saturday, and the workshop is always an intense and fun few days.

I am planning to start running around 07:00 on Sunday, August 7 at the ACS building in D.C. (1155 16th St NW). I hope some folks are able to share the beginning of the journey to Philadelphia!