International Year of Chemistry, 2011

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization IUPAC - International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

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International Year of Chemistry 2011

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Contact Detail

Dr. Debbie-ann Gordon-smith Ideas Activities
  • Director, Centre for Science-based Research, Entrepreneurship and Continuing Studies, Faculty of Science and Sport, University of Technology, Jamaica
    University of Technology, 237 SCIT to Sculpture Park, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Email
    Tel 876-970-5821
  • Sector:

    Tertiary Education
  • Organizations:

    Centre for Science-based Research, Entrepreneurship and Continuing Studies, Faculty of Science and Sport, University of Technology, Jamaica
    American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
    American Chemical Society
  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
  • Web Site:

    http://www.utech.edu.jm

About:

My interest in Chemistry is from a personal and professional point of view. I am a Chemistry Lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica and a researcher and consultant in the field of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry. I was very happy and excited to learn that 2011 was designated the International Year of Chemistry. In a developing nation like Jamaica, there are many opportunities for Chemistry to be of great value to the society as we are rich in both natural and human resources. I have a personal interest in spreading the awareness of Chemistry (and the other Sciences) in our educational institutions, from the Primary to the Tertiary level. We also have a very active research culture in Chemistry in Jamaica and I would like to see this develop even more. Female Chemistry graduates, like myself, outnumber the men in Jamaica and as an example, the Chemistry Divsion at my University has a total of 16 Lecturers, 10 of which are women. I strongly believe that the young female researchers need more support as there is much potential here. I am interested in participating in any and all of the IYC 2011 activities and in finding new ways to further develop Chemistry and its awareness in Jamaica and the Caribbean.