San Jacinto College to host 208th Conference of the Two Year College Chemistry Consortium

10.29.2014 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

PASADENA, Texas – Chemistry educators will have a chance to learn more about how to tap into creativity in the classroom as San Jacinto College hosts the 208th Conference of the Two Year College Chemistry Consortium (2YC3 ) at the Central Campus Nov. 14-15.

This year's 2YC3 theme is Metacognition: Think About It. Dr. David Eagleman of Baylor College of Medicine, author of the New York Times bestseller “Incognito – The Secret Lives of the Brain," will kick off this year's conference on Friday, Nov. 14, with his presentation "Livewired: How the brain learns and remembers.”

Pamela J. McInnis, Pasadena Police Department crime laboratory director, will follow that evening with "Inside the Crime Lab." Dr. Nivaldo Tro, professor of chemistry at Westmont College, will present "Making Chemistry Relevant" on Saturday, Nov. 15.

Sessions and workshops will be held throughout the two-day conference to address such topics as “Creativity in the Classroom,” "The 18 Year Old Brain," “Instrumentation for Student Laboratories,’ “Technology in the Classroom” and other topics related to teaching. A tour of the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory is planned for conference participants.

The primary goal of 2YC3 is to provide a professional development conference that affords chemistry educators an opportunity to network and share ideas about innovative and creative ways of integrating current science, pedagogy, and real-world applications into the chemistry curriculum. 2YC3 is a branch of Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information.

The 2YC3 conference registration fee for both days is $40 for full-time college professors and $20 for adjunct professors. This includes a year's membership in the organization. The conference is free for high school teachers, college and high school students, and exhibitors. The San Jacinto College Central Campus is located at 8060 Spencer Highway in Pasadena. For more information and to register, visit

About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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