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26 Mar 2015

Denver and the next community challenge

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

Greetings all. I am back from an exhausting and exhilarating trip to Denver for the ACS meeting. There were a couple of minor snafus (MAPS and Super Shuttle) but otherwise it was an awesome time. Thanks to all our participants (speakers, poster presenters, and attendees). This community continues to prove that cutting edge research can be done with undergraduates. I am already looking forward to our symposium in San Diego next spring.

3 Dec 2014

Is it really the end of the semester?

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

Where did it go? It has been a roller coaster fall for the members of the leadership council, one we will never forget. But time continues to march forward. So, for our last BITeS post for 2014, I thought I would tell you a little bit about some of the exciting happenings with VIPEr. First of all, I think I should provide the 'answer' to our current poll. The answer is that there are registered faculty users of VIPEr in 36 countries around the world! It was quite a bit of work, but also a lot of fun to map this out.

29 Sep 2014

ACS in the mile high city

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

On behalf of IONiC (The Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists) and the Division of Inorganic Chemistry (DIC), I would like to invite you to participate in the eighth annual "Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry" Symposium and Poster Session to be held at the Spring 2015 A

14 Aug 2014

Perfection is not attainable...

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence - Vince Lombardi. As I reflect on this summer (good grief, I can't believe it is almost time for the fall semester to start) this quote by the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers seemed very appropriate. First, it reminds me that football season is just around the corner. More importantly it was a message I picked up several different times at BCCE. One of the topics that comes up fairly regularly in meetings of the Leadership Council is the activation barrier to posting on VIPEr.

3 Aug 2014

Allen-a-dale went hunting snakes?

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College
Greetings from BCCE! After some interesting travel experience, I made it to Allendale. Yesterday was spent with fellow LC members Barb Reisner and Sheila Smith working on the ACS Inorganic exam. It was a long day, but we got a lot accomplished. The exam is set and for the first time will contain scenario-based questions similar to what is on the ACS DUCK exam. We know not everyone will be 100% thrilled with what is on the exam, but I think the committee did an outstanding job of constructing a tough exam that is representative of our incredibly diverse field.
8 Jul 2014

Live from Newport, RI

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

Greetings all! We are now in the crazy travel period for your VIPEr leadership council. Next week, quite a few of us will be headed to Chicago for our workshop on bioinorganic chemistry, so lots of us are gearing up for that. Joanne Stewart and I will be continuing the IONiC invasion of Canada as we head to ICCE in Toronto that same week. But this week, Adam Johnson, Nancy Williams and I are in Newport at the organometallic Gordon Research Conference. So far it has been an incredible conference.

20 Jun 2014

A picture is worth a thousand words

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

One of my research students is working on a project in which we are doing halide abstraction from a metal center. In theory, she is generating KCl which will precipitate out of the reaction mixture. Sure enough, she gets a precipitate. The solution was filtered and the remaining solid was dried in vacuo. The solid had some slight color to it as well as a heterogenous appearance. When she adds some water most (but certainly not all) of the solid dissolved.

22 Apr 2014

An update on X-ray

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

I've previously posted on a wonderful lab that can be found here on VIPEr. The lab describes the synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles which are then characterized by powder XRD. One of the wonderful aspects of VIPEr is the interaction of the community. And for me, to be able to try out this lab, and then get insight and feedback from the author was incredibly useful.

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