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Conrad Stanitski

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Stanitski_Conrad.jpgPh.D. University of Connecticut, Inorganic Chemistry, 1971

Dissertation: Ternary Hydrides of Group II Metals with Platinum and Palladium: research director - Dr. John Tanaka

M.A. University of Northern Iowa, Chemistry Education, 1964

University of Pennsylvania, six graduate credits in chemistry, summer 1962

B.S. Bloomsburg State College, Science Education, 1960

Franklin & Marshall College Visiting Professor of Chemistry (full-time position), August 2005- University of Central Arkansas Professor of Chemistry, 1992-2005; Tenured 1994

Mount Union College (OH), Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, July, 1988-July, 1992

Franklin and Marshall College (PA), Executive Assistant to the President, 1985-1988

Randolph-Macon College (VA) Professor of Chemistry, 1976-85; Tenured 1978

Georgia State University Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 1971-76

Edinboro State College (PA) Instructor, 1965-67

Goshen Central High School; Goshen, NY Chemistry teacher, 1964-65

Lower Dauphin High School; Hummelstown, PA Chemistry teacher, 1960-63


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, 2008

Distinguished Emeritus Professor, University of Central Arkansas, 2006

Chair of select NAS/NRC reviewing panel for total change of AP Chemistry examination, 2005-06 Finalist (one of three) Teaching Excellence Award (university-wide), University of Central Arkansas, 2005

Visiting Scientist Award, Western Connecticut ACS Section, 2002

Author of Chemistry Panel report on Advanced Chemistry Programs in American High Schools, National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Committee of Programs for Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in American High Schools, 2001-02

Chair of Chemistry Committee and Member of the Executive Committee, National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Committee of Programs for Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in American High Schools, 2001-02

Chair of ACS Division of Chemical Education (elected), 2001

Catalyst Award—National Award for Excellence in Chemistry Teaching; Chemical Manufacturers Association, 2000

Distinguished Alumni Award, Bloomsburg University, 1985

Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Professor Award, Randolph-Macon College, 1983 Thomas R. Branch Award for Teaching Excellence, Randolph-Macon College, 1977 (nominee 1978-83) Gustav Ohaus-National Science Teachers Association Award for Creative Innovations in College Science Teaching, 1973


“CHEM Study’s Lasting Impact: A Former CHEM Study’s High-school Teacher’s Perspective”, invited speaker for the symposium in honor of the 50th Anniversary of CHEM Study, 239th ACS national meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 2010

”Joseph Priestley: Polymath and Chemist”, plenary lecture 43rd Annual Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers meeting, Washington College, November 13, 2009

“ChemCom and Chemistry in Context: Their Mutual Genesis and Philosophy”, invited speaker for the symposium in honor of Henry W. Hekkinen 2009 George C. Pimentel Award recipient, ACS national meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2009

“Green Chemistry”, Franklin & Marshall Department of Earth and Environment Department seminar series, Lancaster, PA, February 2007

“Falsehoods Suppressed and Opportunities Gained”, invited speaker for the symposium in honor of A. Truman Schwartz 2007 George C. Pimentel Award recipient, ACS national meeting, Chicago, IL, March 2007

“Chemistry for Non-Science Majors: The Chemistry in Context Approach”, Chautauqua national workshop (co-director) for college and university chemistry faculty, Harvard University, May 2003- 2005

Chemical Literacy: An Oxymoron? ACS Tour Speaker, Azalea circuit, April 2005

“From Lebanon Valley to the Future”, invited speaker for the symposium in honor of James N. Spencer 2005 George C. Pimentel Award rec


Alfred Nobel: The Man and His Chemistry Prizes

The enigmatic Alfred B. Nobel invented the blasting cap and dynamite, innovations that brought him fame and a considerable fortune. His rather short, controversial final will and testament left the bulk of his sizeable estate to establish prizes in chemistry, physics, literature, medicine or physiology, and peace. This talk discusses Alfred Nobel, the person, his wills, and the nature of the discoveries and individuals that have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Chemical Literacy: An Oxymoron?

Nearly 100% of U.S. secondary school graduates have taken a biology course in high school. That number drops by roughly one-third with respect to chemistry, and two-thirds in terms of physics. Using data, humor, examples, and perspectives, this talk describes several aspects of chemical literacy (and scientific literacy in general) among the general American public. But, the American public is not alone in those who misinterpret or fail to understand chemical and other scientific concepts. The talk also features several examples of major errors committed by noted scientists in making predictions regarding newly discovered scientific phenomena.

General Chemistry: Sparks or Cinders? Firing Up or Taking Out The Ashes?

As chemistry professors, we face two diametrically opposing forces--expanding knowledge in the field versus the finitude of time in which to teach it. Thus, we are forced to make choices about what to include and what to exclude. This presentation will propose how such choices might be made in the teaching of general chemistry. It will also advocate a likely controversial list of chemical concepts/principles that should be excluded, as well as those to be included, and the rationale for such choices.

Me, A High School Chemistry Teacher? Maybe I Should Have Been a Football Coach!

Has high school chemistry truly moved from the Bunsen burner to the front burner? Chemistry is a vital component in the spectrum of secondary school science courses. Yet, approximately only two-thirds of U.S. high school graduates have had a chemistry course. This presentation will consider those who teach high school chemistry and those who learn it. Topics to be discussed include: the number and preparation of those who teach chemistry in high schools, the variations nationally in such preparation; the role of national organizations, including the American Chemical Society, in the preparation of chemistry teachers; and the variability nationally in students who are taught it.

Joseph Priestley: Polymath and Chemist

Joseph Priestley had a brilliant, eclectic intellect and a larger-than-life persona. He made major contributions to science/chemistry, theology, education, and politics. This presentation about his life and contributions is in four parts: (1) A summative view of Priestley’s life and work; (2) Priestley-- The person and his views on education; (3) Priestley--The chemist/scientist; and (4) remembrances of him by his contemporaries.


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