10 Aug 2016

"Teaching Inorganic Chemistry" in the City of Brotherly Love

Submitted by Elizabeth Jamieson, Smith College

It is hard to believe that August is already here and that in less than two weeks chemists will gather in Philadelphia for the Fall ACS meeting.  For those of you attending the meeting, we wanted to draw your attention to a symposium organized by John Miecznikowski from Fairfield University on "Advances in Teaching Inorganic Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory" that will take place on Wednesday, August 24.  Building upon the Inorganic Chemistry viewpoint article "Great Expectations:  Using an Analysis of Current Practices To Propose a Framework for the Undergraduate Inorganic Curriculum" that described the great variation in inorganic chemistry curricula, this symposium will bring together faculty to discuss when and how inorganic chemistry is taught at their institutions. 


Chip Nataro and I have the honor of kicking off the morning session, which runs from 8:30 to 11:50 AM, by presenting a talk on "Leveraging Resources on VIPEr to Teach Inorganic Chemistry."  The afternoon session takes place from 1:30 to 4:30 PM.  According to the ACS meeting app, both are scheduled in Room 201A in the convention center. 


We hope to see some of you there for a vibrant discussion of best practices in teaching inorganic chemistry!