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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.

25 May 2015

Site update

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

It's a little over a week since the site was updated and the LC is still hard at work on getting things in order. In particular, we are moving around some of the teaching resources. The Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry and General Teaching Resources will soon be disappearing. Fear not, the LOs from those sessions will still be on the site, we are just reclassifying the subdiscipline they are classified with. If one of your LOs is still classified with Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry and General Teaching Resources it will soon be reclassified.

3 Apr 2015

A Different Kind of Class

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

While in Denver, I missed two days of lecture for my sophomore inorganic class. Normally I would have just skipped them, but I ended up with some pretty tough time constraints and was left in a pinch of really needing to cover some material. I decided that I couldn’t just skip the classes, but I also knew that attempting to make them up outside the normally scheduled time would be next to impossible. So, I decided to hold class remotely.

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