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Live Demonstration: ACS Essentials of Lab Safety for General Chemistry

Introducing ACS Essentials of Lab Safety for General Chemistry, a 90-minute web-based course that prepares students to start general chemistry lab with a safety-first mindset. We are hosting a live virtual event on February 23 at 2 pm EST (7 pm GMT) to demonstrate the course content and features.

In this webinar, led by ACS course developer Dr. Jessica Martin, you will explore the topics covered within the six interactive learning modules, see its accessibility features, and learn how to get access for your institution. You can also interact with the ACS team by participating in the Q&A session at the end.

ACS Essentials of Lab Safety for General Chemistry is intended for use in the introductory general chemistry laboratory sequence but may also support other science and engineering labs. It provides students with authoritative safety protocols through narrated presentation and exercises, accompanied by real-life pictures and videos. Easy assignment and assessment via LMS integration means instructors save time in developing resources and checking for understanding. Its disability-friendly format makes content available to all students anytime, anywhere via most common devices.

Register today and learn how to ensure all your students meet the ACS standard for safety preparedness.

ACS Reviewer Lab is Now Part of the ACS Institute

ACS Reviewer Lab, a flagship learning course from ACS Publications, is now available on the ACS Institute. The ACS Institute is a comprehensive learning platform providing educational opportunities spanning topics such as scientific communication, lab safety, and professional development. ACS Reviewer Lab will remain free to all learners.

With this transition, ACS Reviewer Lab features an all-new experience with narration and interactive elements to guide you through the key concepts of peer review. The course was also designed with accessibility in mind, and we have updated and expanded the downloadable resources that summarize each module. You will find the same six modules and rigorous final assessment, which unlocks when the content in all other modules has been viewed.

Whether you are new to peer review, looking to sharpen your skills, or actively mentoring the next generation of reviewers, ACS Reviewer Lab is a great resource!

For more information about ACS Reviewer Lab and everything the ACS Institute has to offer, please visitinstitute.acs.orgtoday!

How to Make Safety a Priority Before Students Enter the Lab

Lab safety is critical for anyone learning to work in a lab. That includes chemistry students but also people studying food science, pre-med, nursing, chemical engineering, and many other fields. When entering an undergraduate lab for the first time, it’s easy for a student not to recognize their role in maintaining a safe workspace. They can overlook hazards, misunderstand how to prevent incidents, or fail to act appropriately should the worst occur. That’s why learning a risk-based approach to safety that emphasizes personal responsibility lays a solid foundation for working in a lab, whether it’s for a semester or a lifetime.

Safety is one of the core values of the American Chemical Society. There has been excellent work done by individuals at different colleges and universities to strengthen initial laboratory safety instruction for undergraduate students. Additionally, ACS members have developed high-quality resources upon which we all draw. However, many institutions still struggle to continuously offer up-to-date, consistent, and engaging safety instruction that is built into the curriculum. That’s why ACS Publications developed the ACS Essentials of Lab Safety for General Chemistry, a new offering within the ACS Institute. This 90-minute self-paced course walks students through the RAMP (recognize, assess, minimize, prepare) framework for staying safe in the lab in an engaging manner that’s perfect for students who are about to enter a lab for the first time.

Across 6 engaging, interactive modules, the course teaches students to understand their role in maintaining a positive safety culture, recognize common laboratory hazards, assess and minimize those risks, and prepare for any emergencies that might arise.

The 90-minute course is suitable for general chemistry courses at two-year and four-year institutions. It can be completed on various mobile devices and allows students to do the work at their own pace, starting and stopping as needed. These modules incorporate a range of accessibility options, including closed captioning, screen reader access, style customization, keyboard capability, and open navigation. The course also uses contemporary videos and images to make the material relatable and easy to put into practice. Learning about modern lab equipment and safety gear before entering the lab allows students to approach the bench for the first time with confidence.

ACS Essentials of Lab Safety for General Chemistry was developed by Professor Susan Wiediger of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Professor Craig Merlic of University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Weslene Tallmadge of Gannon University, and Dominick Casadonte of Texas Tech University. The materials were reviewed by Dr. Imke Schroeder of the University of California Center for Lab Safety and Dr. Michael Blayney, Executive Director of Research Safety at Northwestern, to ensure the course met the highest professional standards.

Request a Demo of ACS Essentials of Lab Safety for General Chemistry and explore enterprise sales for your organization.

Or register for individual access to ACS Essentials of Lab Safety through the ACS Institute.

ACS Wins Bronze Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence Award

“Reduce the Spread of Viruses” is the first on-demand course launched by ACS Publications as part of the ACS Institute, a learning platform offering a broad collection of learning and training resources. The course, launched in October 2020, was developed by leading experts in the fields of infectious disease, medicinal chemistry, and healthcare. ACS, in partnership with Artisan E-Learning, was recognized by the Brandon Hall Group for excellence in developing this essential human capital management (HCM) course.

The 2021 Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence Awards are given for work in learning and development, talent management, leadership development, talent acquisition, human resources, sales performance, diversity, equity and inclusion, and the future of work. ACS and Artisan E-Learning received a Brandon Hall Group Bronze Award for “Best Advance in Training Programs that Require Global Accessibility Standards.”

“We are proud to receive recognition for our dedication to creating accessible, online learning,” said Tammy Hanna, Ph.D., Director of New Product Innovation at ACS Publications. “Being recognized by the Brandon Hall Group underscores ACS’ commitment to ensuring all learners have equal and ready access to high-quality, online instruction to support their careers in chemistry and beyond.”

“Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards in 2021 provide much-needed and well-deserved recognition to organizations that went above and beyond to support their stakeholders during the unprecedented disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Brandon Hall Group Chief Operating Officer and leader of the HCM Excellence Awards Program Rachel Cooke. “The awards provide validation of best practices in all areas of HCM at a time when they have never been more important to employers, employees, and customers.”

Entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts, and executives based upon these criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation, and overall measurable benefits.

ACS would like to thank Artisan E-Learning for their partnership. We would also like to thank the subject matter expert Dr. Poonum Korpe, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, for her expertise and vision. Further thanks to the reviewers of Reduce the Spread of Viruses, Prof. Courtney Aldrich, KC Azavedo, RN, Dr. Jess Lewis, and Prof. Nouri Neamati.

Individuals interested in this course can gain access to it through the ACS Institute (ACS members receive a 20% discount). Organization-level deployment is available and allows the course to be easily integrated into existing learning management systems.

Explore the ACS Solutions Center to inquire now.