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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.

19 Dec 2015

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

First off, don't worry, I won't spoil anything if you haven't seen it yet. And if you aren't sure what I mean by 'it', I am talking about Star Wars Episode VII. I am a little bit of a fan. It all goes back to 1977 when I saw it for the first time with my father in Texas. It's one of my only memories of him. But I remember that opening crawl. It was just Star Wars then. No episode IV A New Hope. Han shot first. It was amazing. I remember the chills in The Empire Strikes Back at the 'No, I am your father'. I had the toys. A Death Star play station. An AT-AT.

16 Nov 2015

Teaching in research journals part 2

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

Today in class we talked through the first tutorial to appear in Organometallics. The story behind this can been seen in the previous BITeS post. Our discussion in class was quite interesting. Unfortunately, the timing of the publication of this tutorial did not allow me to be quite as prepared as I will be in the future, but it was still a useful discussion.

2 Nov 2015

Teaching in research journals

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

A recent post in BITeS discussed the article in Inorganic Chemistry focused on the different flavors of inorganic chemistry courses taught to undergraduates. If you haven't read this paper, I strongly encourage you to do so. The editor, Bill Tolman, recognized that this paper was important to the inorganic community and therefore worthy of publication in Inorganic Chemistry. The paper was also recently promoted on the Facebook page of the journal.

21 Oct 2015

San Diego Update

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

The deadline for San Diego has passed, but it is not too late for you to be included among the presenters in the IONiC Teaching and Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry sessions! This Friday (October 23rd...aka Mole Day) the MAPS portal for abstract submissions will be open for 24 hrs. It will close at 11:59 pm EDT.

27 Jul 2015

T and R Class

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College


For the first time in quite a few years I will be teaching general chemistry in two 75 minute meetings (Tuesday and Thursday) as opposed to the 'normal' three 50 minute meetings (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). From what I remember, I don’t like the Tuesday-Thursday classes. They are long and it is difficult to keep my attention that long let alone the students. Another negative is that it also means that I have to switch from my normal 4 exams + a final to 3 exams + a final. Wait a second, that means less grading for me…perhaps that is a positive and not a negative.

10 Jun 2015

VIPEr Workshop is a little old place chemists get together

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

Two weeks from the time I am writing this, I will be somewhere between Philadelphia and Seattle. I will be attending my first week-long workshop, and I am excited and nervous. When I joined the Leadership Council in 2011, I had no idea of where it would take me. Toronto, Quebec City, Portland (Oregon) and now Seattle... Not exactly the most exotic locations, but then again, I am not really a fan of travel. But I have never been been to Washington before, so I am excited.


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