This Powerpoint presentation was developed to support diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the chemistry classroom. One of the challenges of modern chemistry (and other modern STEM fields) is that the history discussed in general chemistry textbooks often focuses on achievements by Western scientists. While the most prominent chemists in the area of modern atomic theory were privileged, Western white men, their ideas were influenced by centuries of chemistry practiced by peoples across the globe. The slides in the presentation try to outline the history of contributions to chemistry across all continents. In addition, the end of the presentation emphasizes that while modern atomic/molecular theory was developed largely by Western scientists, these ideas have been adopted by chemists worldwide and contributions to the discipline come from all continents.
This presentation is intended to complement other techniques to promote DEI such as discussing the work of chemists of different identities as a way of providing role models.
After this presentation, a student will be able to...
- identiy the timeline for the development of modern atomic theory
- list technologies that utilize chemistry that pre-date modern atomic theory
- give examples of contributions to chemistry by people living in diverse geographical regions
An aspirational goal is that individual students who are not from North America/Europe can recognize that the areas of the world that they and their progenitors are from did contribute to the development of chemistry.
I haven't yet implemented this LO. It may be a suitable first-day presentation to any chemistry course and could be used to start a conversation about why diversity in the chemistry community is important and valued.
There are some notes included with each slide but presenters may want to read through the Wikipedia links and/or other sources and use the additional information to tailor the narrative.
This type of content is probably best assessed using low-stakes assignments such as an extra-credit question on a quiz or a short, free-response question on a post-lab.
For example, question such as
* In what part of the world did gunpowder originate?
* List a common laboratory technique that was developed in the Middle East.
I have not yet evaluated this LO.