Not to be outdone by my colleagues at the Organometallic GRC, I was reminded of our fun Science T-shirt day at the Dearborn Summer workshop! Here are some of the entries. Which ones are your favorites? Got any more to add? Post your pictures in the replies on the IONiC VIPEr Facebook page.
Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn's blog
We are excited to announce our next VIPEr summer workshop!
Our focus is changing slightly from past workshops, but we will still follow our successful model of having (mostly) PUI/teaching faculty interact directly with primarily research R1 faculty to build content pieces for the classroom based on their research.
I'm just starting the third week of my Foundations Inorganic Course, which I like to call GenChem III. This is the course where I tell my science majors the "why?" behind all those pesky Periodic Trends we made them memorize in GenChem. I teach my course pretty heavily focused on bonding and much less on Periodicity. But we do spend some time early on in the course on the orbitals, shielding effects and the repercussions on periodicity.
So... I love to work the Expo at an ACS meeting. I usually pick up T-shirts and hats for students and indelible ink pens for the lab...Notepads and Magnets and Stickers...OH MY!
How many of us have cringed at the basic lack of chemical knowledge on display on your friend's Facebook page?
What is our responsibility to teach in these circumstances? Maybe none at all. This is a social space after all.
But in our classrooms and teaching labs, our responsibility is different.
How do we teach our students to be safety conscious without teaching them to be fearful?
I've been thinking a lot about how we teach chemical safety lately. As I set up a new laboratory at UM Dearborn, a decade and a half into my independent career, I am trying to take the opportunity to make my workspace and my work habits safer, both for myself and for the next generation of students who will move through my lab. At the same time, I am on sabbatical at Wayne State University this year, and was forced... er... erm...
There's an effort underway to make the Gordon Research Confernces more inclusive by supporting researchers with small children and family responsibilities. Many of us have enjoyed the Gordon Research Conferences, but the immersion type events can be difficult on families.
Specifically, the letter asks the leadership of the GRCs to consider three changes:
If you’ve attended one of our summer workshops in the last five years, you know that we always have a session highlighting Technology