Cathy 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

Also: Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Integrated Liberal Studies Program

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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

Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, American Chemical Society 2015
Teaching Excellence Award, Phi Beta Kappa 2010
Fellow, American Chemical Society 2009
Judith S. Craig Award for Distinguished Service, College of Letters & Science 2006
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science 2004