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8 May 2019

Dr. Tenured-No-More or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Accept Non-Reappointment

Submitted by Emily Sylvester, Wheeling Jesuit University

On Tuesday, March 28th, the president of Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) announced that, due to a recent declaration of financial exigency, nearly half of all academic departments (including chemistry) would be cut as of the academic year’s end.* Two days later I was in Orlando for the Spring ACS meeting with one of my fellow soon-to-be-unemployed colleagues and four graduating-in-the-nick-of-time seniors.

6 May 2019

The 1FLO Community Challenge

Submitted by Faculty Flo, Slitherin' State University

The end of the semester is here! For those of you on trimesters or quarters, well, I'm sorry. With the end of classes you may have a moment to catch your breath and post something to VIPEr like you said you would all semester. And what better way to encourage that then a community challenge! I am issuing the 1FLO challenge, come up with the ideal vacation spot for me this summer. Price is no object since Joanne gave me the info for the credit card attached to the grant, so dream big...

17 Apr 2019

Bite-sized Assessments: Crafting Effective Multiple Choice Questions

Submitted by Katherine Nicole Crowder, University of Mary Washington

Are you sick of scouring through test banks looking for the perfect multiple choice question to address exactly what you want to ask your class?

Do your students typically perform poorly on the multiple choice portion of your exams, even though they should be MC champions from their years of standardized tests?

7 Apr 2019

I have left the building

Submitted by Faculty Flo, Slitherin' State University

Greetings loyal BITeS readers. I just got back from an amazing visit to the Sunshine State for the ACS spring meeting. It was an amazing conference, but I must admit, I am slightly tired from the very long slither from my hotel to the rooms in the conference center. The Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry sessions were amazing. We had some outstanding talks from faculty and undergraduate students, including the three winners of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Research Award.

25 Mar 2019

48 Hours

Submitted by Shirley Lin, United States Naval Academy

I like BITeS posts with intriguing titles. Perhaps this one prompts you to wonder if this is a reference to the Nick Nolte/Eddie Murphy movie or the CBS news program or the 1977 song by The Clash. Actually 48 hours is a key result from our next spotlight article, ”Decay of Student Knowledge in Chemistry, ” from Journal of Chemical Education 2011, 88, 1231-1237.

21 Mar 2019

IONiC Community Gathering

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

Greetings all. I just returned from Florida where I had a critical planning session with Jeff Raker, fellow member of the Leadership Council, and his new postdoc, Justin Pratt. This essential part of the trip involved dimpled sphere flight experiments as well as the physics of seamed leather orbs being struck by wooden rods. Then I met Jeff and Justin for dinner. As we talked we realized it was essential that we introduce Justin, the first official IONiC postdoc, to the community. Our first opportunity to do this will be at the social hour held as part of the spring ACS meeting.

7 Mar 2019

Another opportunity to attend a VIPEr workshop! Wow, you say! Dan Kissel and I are program organizers for the 2019 ACS GLRM conference that will be happening May 1-4 in Lisle, IL (Chicago area). We will be hosting a VIPEr mini-workshop at the conference in order to encoil even more unsuspecting prey. Our very own FOV, Nicolai Lehnert, will be joining us during the workshop.

20 Feb 2019

Fall 2019 ACS San Diego Update

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

I know this goes against my earlier BITeS saying we would use BITeS less for just making announcement, but I think in this case I can make an exception. If you have been looking to submit a poster for our Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry session in San Diego you may have noticed that there wasn't a poster session listed. You should consider this your invitation to submit a poster or talk. My deepest thanks to Chantal Stieber for pointing out the missing poster session.

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