March 17 Taylor Teaching Award Symposium Honors Department Instructors

On Friday, March 17, the Department of Chemistry will host the 2017 Taylor Teaching Award Symposium. The annual symposium serves to honor great teaching and instruction in the Department. The award is endowed by the Pharmacia Corporation in honor of James Taylor, an emeritus professor of chemistry.

This year’s Taylor Teaching Award recipients each will give a talk about their approach to instruction. Dr. Nick Hill’s talk is titled “Authentic Data Analysis for Deeper Learning.” Hill is director of the organic chemistry teaching laboratories. Dr. Brian Esselman’s talk is titled “Retrosynthetic Curriculum Design and Revealing Student Misconceptions.” Esselman is assistant organic chemistry teaching laboratories director and a lecturer in organic chemistry.

Winners of the 2015-16 Outstanding Chemistry Teaching Assistant Awards also will be honored. Recipients are: Arya Baghkhanian (faculty assistant), Naomi Biok (Gellman), Amanda Buchberger (Li), Stephanie Dillon (Brunold), Matt Dorris (Bolling), Moira Esson (Mecozzi), Brian Graham (Raines), Cara Schwarz (McMahon), Blaise Thompson (Wright), and Vincent Yannello (Fredrickson).

All are welcome to attend the public symposium, which will be held on Friday, March 17 at 3:30 p.m. in 1315 Chemistry Building. A reception will follow the symposium.