Elizabeth Jamieson, Smith College's blog

25 Mar 2020

As pretty much all of us have been doing over these last couple of weeks, I've been re-imagining what my classes will look like now that I'll be teaching remotely. I've wondered how we'll manage general chemistry labs, whether or not summer research will happen, and how I should be assessing students during this time. One thing that has helped tremendously - being in touch with colleagues - not just at my own instituion but from all over the IONiC community. 

10 Aug 2016

"Teaching Inorganic Chemistry" in the City of Brotherly Love

Submitted by Elizabeth Jamieson, Smith College

It is hard to believe that August is already here and that in less than two weeks chemists will gather in Philadelphia for the Fall ACS meeting.  For those of you attending the meeting, we wanted to draw your attention to a symposium organized by John Miecznikowski from Fairfield University on "Advances in Teaching Inorganic Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory" that will take place on Wednesday, August 24.  Building upon the Inorganic Chemistry viewpoint article "

9 Dec 2015

A Penny for Their Thoughts

Submitted by Elizabeth Jamieson, Smith College

This semester I’m teaching a section of our first semester general chemistry class with 76 students.  Almost every class, I do an in class exercise where students work in groups and report their answers using a free online response system called Socrative that I learned about from one of the participants at our summer IONiC/VIPEr workshops.

9 Feb 2015

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words. . .

Submitted by Elizabeth Jamieson, Smith College

One of the things that we are hoping to do in our blog posts this year is to highlight some LOs on the site that we've found useful in class.  I'm teaching inorganic this semester and would like to mention two LOs that I've used recently in class to help students visualize delta and lambda stereoisomers and find symmetry operations.  

13 Oct 2014

Read any good books lately?

Submitted by Elizabeth Jamieson, Smith College

This is a question that has been asked and answered from time to time on VIPEr.  Back in 2008, Hilary Eppley stared a forum post to ask people for suggestions on fun science reading over the semester break.  This turned out to be a very popular thread that yielded many good titles for my reading list.  We’ve had people post in forums about books they’ve used to highlight the historical aspects of chemistry, and we even

22 May 2014

TUES 2013 Workshop LOs in Action

Submitted by Elizabeth Jamieson, Smith College

I just finished teaching our 2nd semester general chemistry course.  For most Smith students, this is their last course in our introductory sequence; they are taking the class as 2nd semester sophomores (our sequence goes gen chem 1, organic 1, organic 2, and gen chem 2).  Officially this class is called "Introduction to Inorganic and Physical Chemistry," but since we've moved coordination compounds to gen chem 1, it's been very light in the inorganic part for the past couple of years.  So, I decided to bring a bit of solid state chemistry into the class this year using materials from our 2

7 Mar 2014

Intersecting Chemistry and Art

Submitted by Elizabeth Jamieson, Smith College

This semester I’m co-teaching our CHM 100:  Chemistry of Art Objects course for the first time.  This class is designed for non-majors and is co-taught with David Dempsey, the Associate Director for Museum Services at the Smith College Museum of Art.  We have 15 students in the class; many of them are not science majors and have little to no chemistry background.  My role is to teach the essential chemical concepts, while David focuses on the application of chemistry in art materials.

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