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28 Nov 2016

Get 'em while they're young!

Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

There's an effort underway to make the Gordon Research Confernces more inclusive by supporting researchers with small children and family responsibilities.  Many of us have enjoyed the Gordon Research Conferences, but the immersion type events can be difficult on families. 

Specifically, the letter asks the leadership of the GRCs to consider three changes:

16 Nov 2015

Testing with clickers

Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

I am an admitted tech geek.  Often a first adopter of new tech for the classroom, I love to experiment with the tech that our students use so comfortably.  These experiments aren't always successful though.  

10 Jun 2015

Safety is job one.

Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

Watching (and snickering at) Bill Tolman's parody video for Lab safety inspired me to think more about how I present safety to my students (in both teaching labs and research labs).  I'm going to retread a few ideas that Anne Bentley wrote about in this blog, but we could probably all use to think about safety more).

19 Feb 2015

Come on, Spring Break!

Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

Here we are in the murky middle of the semester when all I can think about is a week off from teaching.  Friday can’t come too soon, and then I have a week that is mine…A week to prep for ACS...Denver is coming fast.  A week to catch up on grading and writing and gasp!... reading the piles of primary literature articles that I have stacked on my desk for when I have time.  Time to put some of the good stuff that I’ve done this semester on VIPEr maybe?  Time to plan for the summer workshop on Catalysis in Seattle?

20 Nov 2014

What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry?- Wm. Blake

Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

I used to think that I was a creative teacher… and I probably was/am… but the resources on VIPEr have opened my eyes to what true creativity can be…especially when you’re not afraid to let your students have a little fun with the science.

10 Sep 2014

What is Inorganic Chemistry?

Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

How would you define the field of inorganic?  More interestingly, how would your undergraduates define the field before their first course in inorganic?  I use a first day activity from VIPEr to ask just that question each year in my sophomore/junior level Inorganic I (no P-chem pre-req) course.  This is a much used and much modified activity (https://www.ionicviper.org/class-activity/introducing-inorganic-chemistry-first-day-activities,

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