Today's 16 mile run was one of the lower mileage days of this journey, but with the high heat and humidity, I didn't complain about having a bit of a 'break'. I arrived at Campbell Hall on the campus of York College of Pennsylvania around 11:00 and enjoyed a lengthy discussion with Dr. Gregory Foy, coordinator of the chemistry program in the Department of Physical Sciences. Dr. Foy coordinates courses for the approximately 100 chemistry majors, who are divided between chemistry, forensic chemistry, and medical laboratory science programs. Many of the chemistry laboratory instructors are in fact York College graduates; a number of medical laboratory science students are hired by WellSpan after completing a year of clinical work associated with the program.
York College has an active ACS Student Chapter. Each year the school sends 15-20 undergraduates to the Spring National Meeting, with financial support from the chemistry program, Dept. of Physical Sciences, Student Senate funding, local section grants, and student fundraising efforts. Dr. Foy also hosts an annual 'Education Night' to celebrate the accomplishments of local high school chemistry teachers, as well as high school and undergraduate chemistry students.
In addition to actively engaging with his local chemistry community, Dr. Foy also manages an ACS-supported program that allows students to attend the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This program began in the International Year of Chemistry and is an incredible opportunity for students (undergraduate and graduate) to travel, learn about international diplomacy, and write/blog about their experiences. Participants travel to ACS in late September and make visits to Capital Hill, meet expert reporters, and prepare for the COP (to be held this year in Morocco).
I am hoping to make it to Franklin and Marshall College tomorrow (i.e., before the weekend!)--a 24 mile run, but manageable if I can beat some of the heat with an earlier than 'usual' start time. Here's to an early night after a veggie pizza and some vanilla ice cream!