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17 Jun 2019

In memoriam

Submitted by Joanne Stewart, Hope College

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.

9 Sep 2015

Sabbatical or bust!

Submitted by Joanne Stewart, Hope College

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.

1 Mar 2015

Building skills across the chemistry curriculum

Submitted by Joanne Stewart, Hope College
One of the things that I like about my department is that we seem to be able to balance working very independently with just enough togetherness (but not too much) when it counts. For example, while each lab course we teach has different writing requirements, the writing expectations are coordinated and build intentionally from gen chem to organic to more advanced courses.

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.

5 May 2014

Grade or blog?

Submitted by Joanne Stewart, Hope College

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.

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