21 Oct 2016

A blast from the past

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

I recently attended my ##th (not a typo, I just don't want to think about the number) college reunion. As one tends to do at these things, I walked through my old stomping grounds. A lot has changed over the years. One thing I noticed was the interesting teaching aid for learning how to write ionic formula shown below. I don't remember seeing those when I was a student, so I imagine they were tucked away in some back corner collecting dust, which is a real shame.

14 Oct 2016

San Francisco reminder

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

I know it isn't exactly the due date yet, but I wanted to remind you that October 31st is the deadline for submitting an abstract for the DIC. I have a feeling that overall submissions are a bit lower than expected at this point seeing how I recently got a reminder from Steve Koch about getting people to submit abstracts. If you want to submit to our Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry poster or oral sessions, click here.

26 Sep 2016

The parental unit of all community challenges

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

Greetings IONiC community. It is time again for a community challenge, and let me tell you, this is going to be a challenge. The topic: fundamental aspects of organometallic chemistry. The challenge: making Literature Discussion LO's using papers from ACS journals. Is that enough of a teaser to get you interested? I sure hope so.

14 Sep 2016

Philadelphia Reflections

Submitted by John Miecznikowski, Fairfield University

A recent Inorganic Chemistry viewpoint article, "Great Expectations: Using an Analysis of Current Practices To Propose a Framework for the Undergraduate Inorganic Curriculum” (Inorg. Chem., 2015, 54, 8859-8868) summarized that the undergraduate inorganic chemistry curriculum in the United States is broad and that there is tremendous variation in content coverage.  There is no single inorganic chemistry course.

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 "

22 Jul 2016

Everyday Chemistry

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

There are times during the semester that I really have to work hard to get my fellow LC members to get their BITeS posts written. I understand, there is always so much to do. Not that the summer is really any better, but it is often a time to step back from classes for a bit and re-energize. Sure there are research students and workshops and conferences and placement exams and scheduling and advising and, wow, there just really isn't any down time is there? But we do frequently find time to sneak in some vacation.


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