21 Jan 2020


Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

It's that time of year again, time for Inorganic lab. I love it and hate it. There's no other experience in our program that makes a student chemist feel more like a real chemist than our Capstone Laboratory Experience, but I always feel like my experiments are dated, and my students aren't challenged to see what inorganic chemistry really is.

14 Jan 2020

Engaging Students with an Interactive Syllabus

Submitted by Amanda Reig, Ursinus College

Do you wish your students would read and remember more of your syllabus? Would you like to learn about the students in your classes before the first day? A few semesters ago, a colleague introduced me to the concept of the “Interactive Syllabus”, a web-based survey delivery of syllabus content to your students prior to the first day of classes. The template is customizable and designed to be engaging, informative, and easy for students to use.

13 Jan 2020

Star Wars, STEM and the Significance of Lando Calrissian

Submitted by Sibrina Nichelle Collins, Lawrence Technological University

In the 1980s, actor Billy Dee Williams made his debut as the fictional character Lando Calrissian in the films The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and the Return of the Jedi (1983). Williams’ portrayal as Calrissian was certainly a significant milestone for an African American actor with a prominent role in the highly successful films created by George Lucas. The Calrissian character also appeared in Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018 and was portrayed by actor Danny Glover.

3 Jan 2020

VIPEr Heads to The Lone Star State for our Summer 2020 Workshop

Submitted by Katherine Nicole Crowder, University of Mary Washington

We are excited to announce that our next IONiC/VIPEr summer workshop will be deep in the heart of Texas! This workshop will be held at the University of Texas – Arlington in Arlington, TX, from June 1-4, 2020.

18 Nov 2019

this week in the VIPErPit - infographics

Submitted by Barbara Reisner, James Madison University

One of the beautiful things about being on educational leave (my institution’s word for sabbatical) is that I have more time to browse the literature. Last week, I was catching up on the Journal of Chemical Education and discovered an ASAP article on connecting organic concepts with real-world contexts by creating infographics.

5 Nov 2019

Help Us Understand Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory Instruction!

Submitted by Faculty Flo, Slitherin' State University

Hello VIPEr Community! 

The Leadership Council of the Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists (IONiC) is reaching out to inorganic chemistry professors to better understand the curriculum of postsecondary inorganic chemistry laboratory courses.

28 Oct 2019

Young Investigator Symposium

Submitted by Wesley S. Farrell, United States Naval Academy

I am planning a symposium for the 2021 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, which will be held in early June, 2021, at the University of Delaware.  The symposium's goal is to highlight several "Early Career" faculty working either in the field of inorganic chemistry and/or catalysis.  I would like to include a speaker or two from a PUI.  If you fit this discription, or know of someone who does who would like to be invited, please let me know!  You can email me directly:


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