At a recent local section meeting I talked with some folks about VIPEr. And one of the complaints (and a very fair one) is the bewildering array of content to sort through. We are perfectly willing to admit, there is a lot of great content on the site that can be a bit intimidating to sort through. While our search engine has improved, it is far from perfect and can often lead to lots of results that you have to sort through. In thinking about ways we could try and help you navigate the content, I thought of using BITeS to help a little bit.
Chip Nataro, Lafayette College's blog
Good news, the site is back and functioning well. Bad news, well, let me give you the full story we got.
"On Friday 12/23 there was an outage at the data center where the website is hosted. BlackMesh support was able to restore the site from a backup. Unfortunately there had been an issue with the backup processes for a few days before that, and the most recent error-free backup was from early the morning of 12/19."
You might recall a BITeS from earlier this semester about a community challenge. If not, you can read about it here. A brief summary would be that I challenged the community to develop some literature discussion LO's on organometallic chemistry. The idea was to model the workshop experience without having a workshop. I got a greater response than I was expecting and we formed two groups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.