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5 Apr 2018

We are experiencing technical difficulties

Submitted by Flo, Slytherin' State

Greetings my loyal snakelings. If you tried to register for an account in the past day or so, or if you do so for the next little while, I just wanted to let you know we are dealing with a little bit of an issue. You can read more of the technobabble below. This issue seems to be impacting the creation of new accounts and it might also lead to a little more junk hitting the site for the next little bit.

8 Mar 2018

Encoiling the Big Easy

Submitted by Flo, Slytherin' State

Ahhhhhh, New Orleans. I have such mixed feelings about this city. It's a wonderful place. Great food, exciting atmosphere, bottomless hurricanes, and, more important for our community, it is the site where Adam Johnson pushed the big red button that officially launced VIPEr to the web. Why do I have mixed feelings? It's also the place that Chip Nataro decided that I could be an accessory during his talks. If snakes could shudder, I would. In a little over a week we will be decending on New Orleans for the third time!

4 Jan 2018

Syllabus Learning Object

Submitted by Flo, Slytherin' State

Greetings everyone. As promised, I am giving you an update on the project meeting. So far our plan for going to Tampa to be warm has been an abject failure. Although I must admit, it is warmer than where I was staying in Pennsylvania. But the chilly weather has kept the LC focused on getting lots of work done. One thing they have managed to do is create a new type of Learning Object, the Syllabus LO (https://www.ionicviper.org/node/add/syllabus). And this should be just in time for your spring class!

24 Dec 2017

Another year over, a new one just begun

Submitted by Flo, Slytherin' State

You may recognize the title as a line from a classic song by John Lennon. I was actually inspired by the preceding line, "and what have you done?" But it would be more fiting to ask the question, "and what can we do?" In a little over a week from the posting of this BITeS, I will be traveling to Tampa for a project meeting with most of the other members of the leadership council (and I swear, if Chip puts me in a suitcase again I am going to give him such a bite!).

26 Sep 2017

Riding on the City of New Orleans

Submitted by Flo, Slytherin' State

Greetings loyal BITeS readers. It's hard to believe that it is once again time to start planning for our Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry oral and poster sessions at the spring ACS meeting. This coming March we return to the place where VIPEr officially launched on the internet, New Orleans. This year my co-organizers are Lori Watson and Chip Nataro, but we all know it is me who does all of the hard work.

24 Jul 2017

Big news!

Submitted by Flo, Slytherin' State

I don't like to toot my own horn, but I have some pretty big news to announce to the community. I have just received word from the National Science Foundation that I am receiving a new grant! Oh sure, the leadership council will claim to be responsible for this funding (especially Joanne Stewart, Barb Reisner and Jeff Raker the PI's), but we all really know that I am the one pulling the strings with this whole organizaiton. What does this mean for you, our loyal BITeS readers? Plenty! We have some bold ideas for shaping foundation level inorganic courses. We will be holding more workshops.

5 Jun 2017

Good MARMing, Hershey!

Submitted by Flo, Slytherin' State
I've been on the road since Thursday, doing what VIPErs do best. My first stop was at Franklin & Marshall College to see old friends like Kate Plass and meet some new friends at a mini-workshop on developing literature discussions. It was a pretty intense 40 hours but well worth it. Look out for 10 new learning objects on 5 primary research articles concerning solids & materials and interesting bonding to appear as new content soon, just in time for you to incorporate into your fall inorganic course.
24 Mar 2017

I was looking forward to the ACS meeting until...

Submitted by Flo, Slytherin' State

You may have seen my Tweet about looking forward to the announcment of the most read author of 2016. I really am! Hopefully it will be a friend of VIPEr. And I am really excited about our sessions which will all be held in room 2016 in the Moscone Center. We start off Sunday morning at 9 am with eight talks in the coordination chemistry session. This will be followed at 1:30 by nine talks in the organometallic chemistry session. That wraps up at 4:45 pm and I'll have to slither pretty quickly to Hall D for the poster session from 5:30-7:30 pm.

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