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16 Aug 2014

Food for Thought

Submitted by Lori Watson, Earlham College

This fall is going to be different!  In addition to my regular General Chemistry course, I’ll be teaching a new course in my college’s recently redesigned first year seminar program--Food for Thought: The Chemistry of Cooking.  I’m both incredibly excited about this course, and pretty nervous.  I’m excited because it’s not too often (at least at a small college with the usual staffing challenges) that you are handed a blank page and told “teach (almost) anything you want!” I’ve wanted to teach a chemistry of cooking course for a long time, and luckily many others in the chemistry community

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.
25 Jul 2014

A short history of IONiC and VIPEr

Submitted by Adam R. Johnson, Harvey Mudd College

The Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists did in fact have its start in a seedy airport hotel in Atlanta, just before the Spring 2005 ACS meeting. But that was not its original name—it was going to be the Intellectual Online Network… hang on.  Let me take a few steps back and get you all caught up.

16 Jul 2014

Report from workshop at Northwestern

Submitted by Adam R. Johnson, Harvey Mudd College

It's been a crazy week for a lot of the leadership council. We have assembled here in beautiful Evanston to host the second NSF-TUES funded faculty development workshop. This week's theme is bioinorganic chemistry, especially how to incorporate it into the undergraduate curriculum.

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.

26 Jun 2014

Creative Commons and YOU

Submitted by Adam R. Johnson, Harvey Mudd College

If you’ve downloaded as many teaching materials from VIPEr as me (or even if you’ve only downloaded a learning object or two), you’ve probably noticed a header or footer on the document that says who wrote it, when it was uploaded, and then some strange text that looks something like this: “This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike License.

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