2013 Innovation of the Year Project Detail.
Lane Community College
Sustainable Chemistry: Small Scale Kinetics Lab Development
Brooke Taylor and Gary Mort
Learning and Teaching
Two Lane Community College chemistry faculty members developed a new micro-scale kinetics lab for general chemistry II courses that cuts waste by 95%, from 100 liters to 5 liters per year, while eliminating the use of sulfuric acid. This highly collaborative effort, which would normally have taken several years, was completed in two weeks by two faculty members working closely with their students. The result was a significantly improved lab that is safer, more efficient, and more affordable, with an enhanced critical data analysis component. Most importantly, the new lab still provides students with hands-on experience in a key area of study in chemistry while realizing significant materials savings over time as well contributing to the greening of the chemistry curriculum.
How this project is being recognized:
College President, League Rep, and other administrators made surprise announcement of award and cash prize of $2,000 at division meeting; winners recognized in college's weekly e-newsletter and honored at college-wide fall in-service
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