Students in prof. Sue Sutheimer’s organic chemistry II lab recently used natural dyes to color cotton “onsies. ”Pictured here (in the blue shirt, center) is Beth McKee, director of the Vermont Achievement Academy in Rutland. The students donated the onsies to her organization as part of this service-learning project. The Vermont Achievement Center, inc. is a non-profit agency that has served the needs of children and families in the Rutland region since 1937. A few years ago Sue and then-sustainability coordinator Jesse Pyles wrote a book chapter “Integrating Sustainability and Service Learning into the Science Curriculum” published in the monograph Social Responsibility and Sustainability: Multidisciplinary Perspectives through Service Learning (Stylus Press, 2011). “In this chapter we dubbed this type of service-learning SSP for Simple Short Project,” Sue said. “SSPs are an effective way of introducing service-learning into otherwise tightly structured courses such as those in the sciences.”
Prof. Sue Sutheimer (chemistry) and Jesse Pyles (former service-learning and sustainability coordinator at GMC) have published a book chapter "Integrating Sustainability and Service Learning into the Science Curriculum" for a new book Social Responsibility and Sustainability: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Through Service Learning. The book was edited by Tracy McDonald for Stylus Publishers. The library has a copy.
Prof. Sue Sutheimer was noted in the American Chemical Society’s Nexus Newsletter for receiving an award from the American Chemical Society Committee on Environmental Improvement for the outstanding contributions to the incorporation of sustainability and to chemical education. Download the newsletter here.
For her work using sustainability as an organizing theme in the GMC chemistry program, the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI) named Prof. Sue Sutheimer a 2010 recipient of the ACS-CEI Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education. As part of the award Sue was invited to give a talk on her work during a Presidential Symposium on Chemistry Education and Sustainability in Boston August 22-26, 2010.