NSF sponsored VIPEr faculty development workshop in Inorganic Chemistry. June 28 - July 3, 2015, the University of Washington. Topic: Heterogenius Catalysis at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry. More Details

Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource

Reflections on student learning

I can’t believe that the only thing left in my foundation inorganic course is the final final exam. (No the second final isn’t a typo. I give an assessment of key concepts exam and an ACS Exam.) I’m sure that I’m more excited about these exams than my students. A few of them are eager to prove what they know. I’m excited to see what they’ve learned (and I’m even more excited to see how the Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry exam from the ACS Exams Institute is functioning)!

A Different Kind of Class

While in Denver, I missed two days of lecture for my sophomore inorganic class. Normally I would have just skipped them, but I ended up with some pretty tough time constraints and was left in a pinch of really needing to cover some material. I decided that I couldn’t just skip the classes, but I also knew that attempting to make them up outside the normally scheduled time would be next to impossible. So, I decided to hold class remotely.

Denver and the next community challenge

Greetings all. I am back from an exhausting and exhilarating trip to Denver for the ACS meeting. There were a couple of minor snafus (MAPS and Super Shuttle) but otherwise it was an awesome time. Thanks to all our participants (speakers, poster presenters, and attendees). This community continues to prove that cutting edge research can be done with undergraduates. I am already looking forward to our symposium in San Diego next spring.

Discussing Literature Discussions

The VIPEr site now has a large number of literature discussion assignments – learning objects in which students read a research article and answer questions before coming to a class discussion.

Thanks to our community

While at the ACS meeting in Denver I was simply in awe at just how amazing this community is. The talks were excellent. It is certainly a privilege to have a front row seat, but I do wish Chip Nataro would stop taking me away from my perch during his talks. Our poster sessions were terrific. I wish I could have gotten to all of the posters but Nancy Williams decided it was best I stayed at our poster. But what I found to be really special was our social hour.