Northern Division Meeting

Event Information

Event Venue: 
University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
Event Date: 
Sat, 10/04/2014

The Northern Division Meeting will be held Saturday, October 4 in the Science Building (70 Falmouth St) at the University of Southern Maine, in Portland, ME.     This program is FREE to NEACT members.

Please register by emailing Sue Klemmer at

The cost is $5. for non-members, which can be applied towards our $25. annual membership fee.Documentation for continuing education credits (3 hr) or MA PDPs will be available upon request at the meeting.

8:30 am Continental Breakfast and Registration
9:00 am Welcome

9:15 am: Undergraduate Research at USM

Dr. Caryn Prudenté, Prof. and Chair of Chemistry, and Dr. Lucille Benedict, Asst. Prof. of Chemistry, will discuss the role of undergraduate research within the chemistry curriculum. Undergraduate research is one of the most meaningful experiences faculty can provide students. Students learn valuable and marketable skills, and gain hands on experience while exploring practical applications of scientific concepts and theories. In addition, students gain confidence, a better understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of chemistry, and a sense of community. Undergraduate students will give a short presentation on the current research projects in which they are currently involved.

10:30 am: Flipped Classroom
Dr. Benedict will discuss the implementation of the "flipped classroom" model into the first year, first semester chemistry course.

11:00 am: Chemistry Club

USM has an active Chemistry Club (an American Chemical Society student affiliate) that travels throughout Maine to provide fun and educational chemistry demonstration shows for K-12 students. The Chemistry Club students gain service learning experience while providing community outreach to broad audiences. Students host activities on campus and beyond, including visits to public libraries and the children's museum, sponsor charity events and fund raisers, and participate in public awareness events. The
Chemistry Club's faculty advisor will describe some of the club's recent activities and provide a few simple demonstrations suitable for any classroom.

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch and Networking


Coming from the south:

Take 95 N into Maine.
Take Rte 295 into Portland (exit 44)
Take Exit 6B Forest Avenue North.
At the 2nd stoplight turn LEFT onto Falmouth St. 
You will pass a small gym and a parking lot on the left, and then see a semicircular drive on the left with "Planetarium" and "Science". Pull in. There is  HANDICAP parking here. (The rest of you will come up to registration and get a
parking permit for the lot you just passed.)
Enter the building at the "Science" sign just to the left of the Planetarium. Follow
Parking is available on Falmouth St (there are meters and 2-hour slots - but Saturdays are not routinely policed). There is free parking in the parking garage located on Bedford St - it is a short walk from the garage to the Science building.
NEACT signs to the left and up to the 3rd floor.

Coming from the North:

Take Rte. 295 into Portland.
Take Exit 6B Forest Avenue North.
Follow directions from here as for the south.