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.
Barbara Reisner, James Madison University's blog
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!
Over the years, I’ve adopted (and adapted) many LOs in my inorganic courses. My courses have changed not only because of the LOs that I’ve used, but also because of the tips I’ve taken from members of the IONiC community.
One of my favorite things to do is to recognize outstanding undergraduate students. It's even more special to be able to recognize outstanding inorganic students!
I hoped to have a catchy title for this CoLuMn - one that I could spell with elements - but as Anne pointed out, the new elements don't provide much help for spelling!
Adam may have just written about his experience using Lit Discussions. I want to follow up with my experience moving almost exclusively to Lit Discussions.
The 2016 ACS DIC Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry submission site is now live!
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.
The semester may be over for many of us, but it's never too late to recognize our outstanding undergraduates who make research possible or excel in the classroom and lab. The Division of Inorganic Chemistry has two ways to recognize outstanding undergraduates in inorganic chemistry.
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)!