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20 May 2020

Catalysis Goes to Eleven

Submitted by Shirley Lin, United States Naval Academy

This blog post is dedicated to Prof. R. M. Waymouth on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

Sometimes authoring a BITeS is daunting because there have been so many great posts in the past. How can this one compete with the latest announcing IONiC's (award-winning!) contribution to the 2020 STEM for All video showcase or the exciting opportunity to order the new VIPEr t-shirt? Well, here's hoping that a catchy title with a This is Spinal Tap reference is enough to get you to click on "Read More."

2 Apr 2020

"You have permission" - Part 2, The Coronavirus Diaries

Submitted by Shirley Lin, United States Naval Academy

Last July, an excellent BITeS post by Jeff Raker (read it here) gave us permission to change the courses we teach. Little did he know that in March 2020 we would find ourselves compelled by overwhelming exernal forces to rapidly evolve our lecture classes and labs into an online format.

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.

12 Jun 2015

VIPEr at ACS NERM 2015

Submitted by Shirley Lin, United States Naval Academy

Greetings from Ithaca, NY, site of the ACS Northeast Regional Meeting (motto: The Finger Lakes Region Goes Green!). The hosts at Ithaca College did a fantastic job of organizing 2 days of outstanding presentations on inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, green polymers and more. The event was kicked off by a huge poster session featuring many undergraduate researchers and a plenary lecture by material scientist/chemical engineer Esther Takeuchi.

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