With great sadness, I share the news of the passing of one of the most creative, inspiring, and vibrant inorganic chemists I ever knew: Richard A. Andersen. Dick was my graduate advisor at Berkeley in the 1980’s. He died on Sunday, June 16, 2019. I miss him already.
Joanne Stewart, Hope College's blog
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had the familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Perhaps some of you have heard a student say “But I don’t understand what you expect.” Or maybe the student has been more direct and said “Tell me exactly what I need to do to get an A.”
Dear friends of VIPEr,
While I realize that the last person you want to hear from at this crazy-busy time of year is someone on sabbatical, I’m hoping that I can channel some Zen-like calm your way. This is the first sabbatical leave that I’ve taken that hasn’t involved moving my entire family across long distances.
We have also applied this developmental approach to computational chemistry. General chemistry students predict structures with VSEPR and then explore the shapes and physical properties of these molecules computationally.
I am now four weeks into teaching one of my favorite classes at Hope. The official name is Structure, Dynamics, and Synthesis II, but it is known to all as SUPERCHEM (cape not required)! The subject matter is symmetry, group theory, and computational chemistry.
Does VIPEr improve teaching? The evidence certainly suggests that it does. This summer I worked with an undergraduate student investigating the impact of IONiC/VIPEr faculty participation on professional practice. And while the data is not all in yet, the results certainly look good.
Grade or blog...grade or blog...grade or blog? Who am I kidding? Of course it will be blog. Like many of you, I greet the end of the academic year with some major mixed emotions.
Flo wants to see you at BCCE!