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

Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource

Is it international inorganic chemistry week and no one told us?

The Journal of Chemical Education has released a trio of articles in the past couple of days that should be of interest to inorganic chemists.  Two were highlighted as the ACS Editor's Choice selection for Tues, March 3 and Wed, March 4.

Come on, Spring Break!

Here we are in the murky middle of the semester when all I can think about is a week off from teaching.  Friday can’t come too soon, and then I have a week that is mine…A week to prep for ACS...Denver is coming fast.  A week to catch up on grading and writing and gasp!... reading the piles of primary literature articles that I have stacked on my desk for when I have time.  Time to put some of the good stuff that I’ve done this semester on VIPEr maybe?  Time to plan for the summer workshop on Catalysis in Seattle?

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words. . .

One of the things that we are hoping to do in our blog posts this year is to highlight some LOs on the site that we've found useful in class.  I'm teaching inorganic this semester and would like to mention two LOs that I've used recently in class to help students visualize delta and lambda stereoisomers and find symmetry operations.  

Building skills across the chemistry curriculum

One of the things that I like about my department is that we seem to be able to balance working very independently with just enough togetherness (but not too much) when it counts. For example, while each lab course we teach has different writing requirements, the writing expectations are coordinated and build intentionally from gen chem to organic to more advanced courses.

We have also applied this developmental approach to computational chemistry. General chemistry students predict structures with VSEPR and then explore the shapes and physical properties of these molecules computationally.