Plenary Speakers



Opening Ceremony Plenary Talk with Aaron Sams
Tuesday, July 28th at 4:00 pm

Aaron Sams

Aaron Sams has been an educator since 2000 and is currently the Managing Director of, co-founder of The Flipped Learning Network™, and is an Adjunct Professor at Saint Vincent College.  He was awarded the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and was a Chemistry teacher in Woodland Park, CO and in Hacienda Heights, CA. Aaron also served as co-chair of the Colorado State Science Standards Revision Committee and serves as an advisor to TED-Ed. Aaron co-authored Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day and Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Engagement. He frequently speaks and conducts workshops on educational uses of screencasts and The Flipped Classroom concept.


Sams advocates inquiry-based and student-centered learning environments in which students are encouraged to demonstrate their understanding in ways that are meaningful to them. With experience in public, private, and home schools, in both face-to-face, online, and blended learning environments, Aaron brings a unique educational perspective to any audience. He is a lifelong learner, reader, maker, and explorer. He holds both a B.S. in Biochemistry and an M.A.Ed. from Biola University.




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. 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.


Musallam delivers keynotes, webinars and facilitates 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.”


"Student questions can be windows into dynamic and tailored blended instruction, but not the other way around.”
- Ramsey Musallam



Author Plenary with Larry Gonick
Thursday, July 30th at 1:00pm


Larry Gonick

Larry Gonick is a cartoonist who is best known for his comic book The Cartoon History of the Universe. His Cartoon Guide to Chemistry adorns many the bookshelves of chemists. He has co-written numerous cartoon guidebooks since 1983. His most recent work includes the humorous webcomic Raw Materials, which centers on technology and business matters.


Gonick’s broad range of interests has allowed him to share complex ideas through a friendly medium. He will share how he utilizes this medium to create a narrative that delivers humor, opinion, and most importantly information.




Closing Ceremony Plenary with Donna Nelson
Saturday, August 1st at 10:30


Donna Nelson

Dr. Donna J. Nelson currently is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma. She has numerous accolades tied to her name. Among the most recent is the 2015 American Chemical Society President-elect. The general public may be more familiar with her name, as the science advisor to AMC’s Emmy-award winning TV series Breaking Bad. Collectively her awards and recognitions all speak to her mission: to inspire public appreciation for Chemistry to regain a balance between STEM jobs and STEM candidates.


Her message will resonate strongly with the audience at ChemEd 2015, as one of the largest populations of individuals who interact and educate the broad public about chemistry.









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