Promoting scientific application, literacy

Friday, September 17, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:35 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Through a program called “Chemistry is in the News,” MU chemistry professor Rainer Glaser is trying to educate the public about science.

“I want people to see the connection between the abstract chemistry we teach in the classroom and the chemistry that affects their everyday lives,” Glaser said.

He emphasized that the most important goal of the program is scientific literacy, meaning that people should know about the scientific process and the progress being made.

That way, he said, they can better understand the debates constantly going on over issues such as stem cell research.

When Glaser’s students take part in this program, they research a scientific topic and compile a news portfolio, which is then made available to the public at the Web site They also get the opportunity to collaborate with students at other schools.

“I have students in Missouri working with students in Colorado,” Glaser said. “It’s a very realistic experience.”

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