Last week, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced provisional names for elements 113, 115, 117, and 118, formerly known as Uut, Uup, Uus, and Uuo, respectively. With the additions of nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og), the seventh row of the periodic table is now complete. The names will become permanent after a five-month review period ends in November.
Anne Bentley, Lewis & Clark College's blog
With a mix of emotions, 21 participants, 7 leaders, and one indispensable snack fairy parted ways on Friday at the conclusion of VIPEr’s “Hetero-genius Catalysis at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry” workshop at the University of Washington in Seattle.
The VIPEr site now has a large number of literature discussion assignments – learning objects in which students read a research article and answer questions before coming to a class discussion.
The Journal of Chemical Education has released a trio of articles in the past couple of days that should be of interest to inorganic chemists. Two were highlighted as the ACS Editor's Choice selection for Tues, March 3 and Wed, March 4.
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.
Six group theory enthusiasts met in cyberspace in February to share our passion for the subject and compare notes about our approaches to teaching it. The courses taught by attendees ranged, predictably, from sophomore level to graduate. Advice and examples flew in all directions. Favorite textbooks included Carter (https://www.ionicviper.org/textbook/molecular-symmetry-and-group-theory-robert-l-carter), Harris & Bertolucci (needs a review, not recommended for MO theory), and Hargitt