Catherine H. Middlecamp

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B.S. 1972, Cornell University
M.S. 1989, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Education
Ph.D. 1976, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chemistry

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Research Description

"Science is always ultimately about people and life."
- Alan Leshner

My work is at the intersection of science, people, culture, and the real world issues that we as humans face on this planet. My current work includes:

Chemistry in Context - A project of the American Chemical Society. Author 3rd-6th editions, Editor-in-Chief, 7th, 8th and 9th editions.

Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER). Senior Associate, 2000-present, 2003 SENCER Model Developer.

AWIS (Association for Women in Science), National Executive Board, Secretary (2007-2009), Councilor (1999-2000)

Chemistry Learning Center, director 1989-2011

Real-world problems and engaging societal issues can and do draw students into the world of chemistry. In turn, these issues can draw chemists into the world of people. Spring semesters, I teach Principles of Environmental Science, a place-based course that links sustainability to the UW-Madison campus (ENV ST 126). I also teach several courses in the Integrated Liberal Studies Program, including "The Radium Girls and the Firecracker Boys". The graduate students who teach with me in either course have opportunities to explore both chemical content and innovative pedagogies that they may not have experienced in their prior training.

At present, much of my intellectual energy is devoted to the question of how what our students learn in chemistry can make a difference not only in their lives, but also in the health and well-being of all communities on our planet, both present and future.

Awards and Honors

Phi Beta Kappa, Teaching Excellence Award 2010
James W. Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry 2000
Judith S. Craig Award for Distinguished Service, College of Letters & Science 2006
Norman Basset Award for Outstanding Achievement in Student Services 1993
Pharmacia Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Chemistry 1999

Selected Publications

Middlecamp CH. Learning Chemistry for an Exciting (and Uncertain) Future. Journal of Chemical EducationJournal of Chemical Education. 2013;90:395-397.
Middlecamp CH. Teaching and learning on radioactive landscapes: Nuclear unclear. ACS Symposium SeriesACS Symposium Series. 2012;1121:65-79.
Middlecamp CH, Jorgensen A. This planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. ACS Symposium SeriesACS Symposium Series. 2011;1087:ix-x.
Middlecamp CH. Sustainability! What, how, and why now for all our chemistry students. ACS Symposium SeriesACS Symposium Series. 2011;1087:49-59.
Middlecamp CH. To Roosevelt Island (and Back). Journal of Chemical Education. 2011;88:123-124.