The Reg Friesen Lecture





Reg Friesen Lecture


Reg Friesen

Reg Friesen

The Reg Friesen lecture is a special part of a ChemEd conference. The honorary lecture was inaugurated at ChemEd 87 to recognize Reg Friesen’s outstanding contributions to the chemical education community. Reg was the founding editor of Chem 13 News in 1968 and was actively involved in the ChemEd conference series from its inception in 1973. Reg gave high school teachers a voice and encouraged them to share and learn together.


The Reg Friesen lecturer is selected to reflect Reg’s belief that chemistry teachers can and do make a difference in students’ lives and in the chemistry community. After Reg passed away in 1998, the lecture took on additional meaning to the many in the ChemEd community who called him a friend.





Reg Friesen Lecture with Ramsey Musallam
Wednesday, July 29th at 1:00 pm


Ramsey Musallam

Ramsey Musallam is a chemistry teacher at Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown San Francisco and also has served as an adjunct professor of education at the University of San Francisco and Touro University. He delivers a number of keynotes, webinars and workshops for teachers nationally and internationally with a focus on using technology as a strategic classroom partner in designing learning environments grounded in inquiry fueled by student curiosity. Additionally, Ramsey is the host of the Infinite Thinking Machine, an internet TV show dedicated to sharing innovative ideas for teachers and students. Ramsey’s TED Talk “3 Rules to Spark Learning” is widely popular with classroom teachers, and was the lead talk on TEDs first ever PBS TV premiere, “TED Talks Education.”


Collectively, through these efforts Musallam has brought and shared innovations to the chemistry education community. In doing so he has inspired a number of teachers to take the plunge in classroom technology to meet the needs of current students. He has also been a voice of this profession beyond just the education circles.


Musallam is a strong advocate of creativity and inquiry in the classroom. In addition to his role as a science instructor, Ramsey is the Director of Inquiry and Innovation at Sacred Heart Cathedral and runs invention workshops for elementary and middle school students in the Bay Area. In his classroom he empowers his students through science play and creativity. The conservations taking place in his classroom demonstrates his students constructing their knowledge of important chemistry concepts resulting in a greater appreciation of the subject.









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