A week-long cCWCS workshop
Environmental chemistry courses at universities have been increasingly popular with students as more and more jobs can be found in environmental chemistry in both private and government employment. Problems associated with our environment either being man made or natural have received significant attention in recent years. Accordingly the need for individuals who have environmental training and proper understanding of the environmental problems we are facing have continuously increased during the last few decades as environmental awareness increased in the general public. As employment and general public awareness increased so did the number of students who are interested in this field. Issues related to the environment cover a broad area of specialties from government regulations to legal aspects to sciences. This interdisciplinary structure created unique challenges to teach different aspects of environmental issues. Unfortunately a lot of institutions in higher education are ill equipped to handle this increased need. Also several times faculty is not prepared for meeting this increased need and several times budgetary constrains limit what can be offered in environmental courses. It is also very difficult to find the proper balance of teaching environmental issues. Environmental chemistry is the major interest for chemists that seek environmental related employment. This workshop addresses this need by introducing participants to topics that can be the central theme for developing environmental chemistry classes and gives examples how they can be incorporated into the curriculum. During this workshop we cover topics of basic environmental chemistry, analytical techniques to measure and control chemical species in the environment. The workshop addresses both class work and laboratory exercises including inexpensive methods that can be set up even in a small two-year institution.