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21 Oct 2016

A blast from the past

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

I recently attended my ##th (not a typo, I just don't want to think about the number) college reunion. As one tends to do at these things, I walked through my old stomping grounds. A lot has changed over the years. One thing I noticed was the interesting teaching aid for learning how to write ionic formula shown below. I don't remember seeing those when I was a student, so I imagine they were tucked away in some back corner collecting dust, which is a real shame.

14 Oct 2016

San Francisco reminder

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

I know it isn't exactly the due date yet, but I wanted to remind you that October 31st is the deadline for submitting an abstract for the DIC. I have a feeling that overall submissions are a bit lower than expected at this point seeing how I recently got a reminder from Steve Koch about getting people to submit abstracts. If you want to submit to our Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry poster or oral sessions, click here.

26 Sep 2016

The parental unit of all community challenges

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

Greetings IONiC community. It is time again for a community challenge, and let me tell you, this is going to be a challenge. The topic: fundamental aspects of organometallic chemistry. The challenge: making Literature Discussion LO's using papers from ACS journals. Is that enough of a teaser to get you interested? I sure hope so.

22 Jul 2016

Everyday Chemistry

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

There are times during the semester that I really have to work hard to get my fellow LC members to get their BITeS posts written. I understand, there is always so much to do. Not that the summer is really any better, but it is often a time to step back from classes for a bit and re-energize. Sure there are research students and workshops and conferences and placement exams and scheduling and advising and, wow, there just really isn't any down time is there? But we do frequently find time to sneak in some vacation.

30 May 2016

BITeS hits the century mark

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

Way back in January of 2014 at a snowy project meeting of the leadership council held in Easton, PA, I had an idea. That's actually not quite true, my brother-in-law, Ian O'Bryne, had an idea. He thought we had developed a great website full of tremendous content, but we needed to find ways to bring people back to the site on a regular basis. I liked the idea, but I wouldn't say that it was met with widespread enthusiasm.

12 May 2016

I've failed over and over and over again in my life...

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

I've missed over 9,000 shots in my career.
I've lost almost 300 games.
26 times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed.
I've failed over and over and over again in my life.
And that is why I succeed.

Micheal Jordan (Nike Culture: The Sign of the Swoosh (1989), Goldman, R; Papson, S., 49)

31 Mar 2016

Fire Good

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

Today (March 31st) is Robert Bunsen's 205 birthday. While many of us know him best as the scientist that developed the burner that bears his name, I can't help but wonder if the generation of chemists we are currently training will soon forget his name. I can't think of a single lab experiment at my institution where a Bunsen burner is used. And I imagine the same is true at many other institutions. And for safety reasons, I am perfectly fine with that. But it sad that he may soon be forgotten. Sure, he had some other very significant contributions to chemistry.

23 Feb 2016

VIPEr staying classy

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

 It’s hard to believe how quickly the spring ACS meeting is approaching. In addition to our tremendous oral and poster sessions, IONiC VIPEr is once again pleased to announce that we will be holding a social ‘hour’. All of the details can be seen in the lovely flyer below that was hand-crafted by Joanne Stewart. These social hours have been a big hit in the past, and they are a great opportunity to bring the VIPEr community together. Appetizers are on us, sorry, you will have to purchase your own beverage(s). All you need to know to enter is the secret VIPEr handshake.

12 Jan 2016

2016 Summer Workshop (spoiler alert!)

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

Shhhhh! If Joanne or Sheila find out about this I am going to be in big trouble. We have finalized our list of expert speakers for our 2016 workshop on Organometallic Chemistry which is entitled "Örgänömetällica: An IONiC Workshop at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry". The workshop is going to be held at the University of Michigan and will run from June 26th – July 1st. You can sign up for the workshop through the cCWCS website.

3 Jan 2016

Live from Harvey Mudd

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

Happy New Year loyal BITeS reader! I hope 2016 is off to a great start for you. I am currently in Claremont, California at an IONiC VIPEr project meeting. I am joined here by Nancy Williams, Adam Johnson, Joanne Stewart, Barb Reisner, Lori Watson and Jeff Raker. We are being joined remotely by Sheila Smith, Hilary Eppley and Betsy Jamieson. It has been really productive so far. We have been working on a new grant proposal to continue to build this wonderful community. We have some tremendous ideas to continue our current workshops and start some new ones.

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