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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.

20 Nov 2014

What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry?- Wm. Blake

Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

I used to think that I was a creative teacher… and I probably was/am… but the resources on VIPEr have opened my eyes to what true creativity can be…especially when you’re not afraid to let your students have a little fun with the science.

25 Oct 2014

Salutations de ISSOTL!

Submitted by Hilary Eppley, DePauw University

Chip, Joanne, and I are spending a blustery fall break in Québec City connecting with the SoTL community for the 14th annual International Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference (ISSOTL 14).  We’re excited to be sharing some of the things we’ve learned from the VIPEr community and workshops with this broader education and faculty development audience.

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

6 Oct 2014

On being a scientist, a feminist, and a mentor…

Some of my primary childhood passions were natural disasters, math, and cooking. I ran the baking soda and vinegar experiment over and over again, gleefully causing the “lava” to overflow down the sides of the volcano I had made in a pottery class. I even added red food coloring for a more realistic touch.

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

10 Sep 2014

What is Inorganic Chemistry?

Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

How would you define the field of inorganic?  More interestingly, how would your undergraduates define the field before their first course in inorganic?  I use a first day activity from VIPEr to ask just that question each year in my sophomore/junior level Inorganic I (no P-chem pre-req) course.  This is a much used and much modified activity (https://www.ionicviper.org/class-activity/introducing-inorganic-chemistry-first-day-activities,

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