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21 Aug 2018

2018 Undergraduate Research Award - nominations due 9/15

Submitted by Barbara Reisner, James Madison University

It's hard to believe that the academic year is about to start for many of us. I'm slowly making it through my pre-semester to do list. I spent the morning trying to pick the perfect paper and theme for my junior level LIterature and Seminar class where we explore everything from close reading strategies for reading the literature, searching, and data management to ethics and science in society. I have several good themes - I just need to pick one. I also found a paper on CO2 conversion that I might be able to use to drive much of my Inorganic II class.

10 May 2018

Student Recognition - 2018 ACS DIC Undergrad Award in Inorganic Chemistry

Submitted by Barbara Reisner, James Madison University

Graduation always leaves me in a reflective mood. It's a thrill to watch our graduates march across a stage and think about all of the things they've accomplished over the last four years. It also made me remember that I needed to submit the form for JMU's nominee for the 2018 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry!

1 Jun 2015

Time to give a little help to my friends - another VIPEr community challenge

Submitted by Barbara Reisner, James Madison University

This is the second year that I’ve taught JMU’s foundation level course in inorganic chemistry since VIPEr has been around. VIPEr has allowed me to adapt and adopt ideas from the community, and I think my course is much the better for it.  This year, both the existing LOs and new ones generated from our community challenges have positively impacted my class.

30 Apr 2015

Reflections on student learning

Submitted by Barbara Reisner, James Madison University

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)!

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