Creating Accessible Documents, pdfs, and Slides - Web Resources and Checklists

Submitted by Nicole Crowder / University of Mary Washington on Thu, 06/10/2021 - 11:43
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Creating Word files, pdfs, and PowerPoint files in an accessible way addresses equity in the classroom. These web resources are focused on how to create materials for your courses that will be more accessible. There are also some checklists to consult as you are creating materials for your courses (and LOs for this website!) to ensure they meet some basic accessibility guidelines.

*Note that some of the materials link to or refer to resources specific to the University of Mary Washington, but you should be able to find similar resources at your institution.*

Activation of carbon dioxide by zirconium amides

Submitted by Adam Johnson / Harvey Mudd College on Tue, 06/08/2021 - 14:48
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The O'Hare group has studied complexes of the permethylpentalene ligand, and recently reported the reaction of a zirconium complex of this ligand with CO2 to form the carbamate. A series of three different complexes were prepared, each with slightly different products upon reaction with CO2, illustrating subtle differences in reactivity based on either sterics or electronics. To further tangle the web, entropic and enthalpic considerations can also be considered. 

Photochemical Reactions of Copper (II) Carboxylate Artist Pigments

Submitted by Hilary Eppley / DePauw University on Thu, 05/20/2021 - 09:57
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This literature discussion shows how serious inorganic chemistry topics can related to cultural heritage problems.  The paper is pretty dense in EPR and UV/Vis spectroscopy, but the questions don't go in super great depth on those topics instead focusing on the problem, the main findings, structures and the experiment design, with some additional questions about the spectroscopy.  

nanoCHAt #6: Mentoring in the classroom, part 1

Submitted by Shirley Lin / United States Naval Academy on Tue, 05/11/2021 - 07:38
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A nanoCHAt conversation about ways that instructors can mentor students in the many-to-one environment of the classroom. Recorded by VIPEr Fellows Laurel Habgood, Martin McPhail, and Kim Woznack with Shirley Lin (moderator) on April 23, 2021.  The full nanoCHAt playlist can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2wnHWA8OaA5Y6pPaOk2zt6wwrd2HK6kP

SLiThEr #19: Landing that Job at a PUI

Submitted by Chip Nataro / Lafayette College on Wed, 05/05/2021 - 12:57
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A panel consisting of Pius Adelani (St. Mary's), Mitch Anstey (Davidson), Anne Bentley (Lewis and Clark), Kate Buettner (Gettysburg), Brett McCollum (Mt. Royal) was hosted by Chip Nataro (Lafayette College) on April 29, 2021. The panel discussed being on 'the other side of the table' in the interview process and what makes candidates stand out.

nanoCHAt #5: Effective Feedback part 1

Submitted by Hilary Eppley / DePauw University on Tue, 05/04/2021 - 10:34
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A nanoCHAt conversation about ways that instructors can give effective feedback to students without creating unrealistic workloads for the instructor. Recorded by VIPEr Fellows Tendai Gadzikwa, Kari Young, and Dean Johnston with Hilary Eppley (moderator) on April 9, 2021.  The full nanoCHAt playlist can be acccessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2wnHWA8OaA5Y6pPaOk2zt6wwrd2HK6kP

nanoCHAt #4: Leveling the Playing Field, part 1

Submitted by Shirley Lin / United States Naval Academy on Wed, 04/28/2021 - 13:26
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A nanoCHAt conversation about ways that instructors can level the playing field for students coming into a course with a variety of academic backgrounds. Recorded by VIPEr Fellows Kate McCusker, Abdul Mohammed, Janet Schrenk, and Andrea Van Duzor with Shirley Lin (moderator) on April 2, 2021.  The full nanoCHAt playlist can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2wnHWA8OaA5Y6pPaOk2zt6wwrd2HK6kP

nanoCHAt #2: Promoting Academic Honesty

Submitted by Shirley Lin / United States Naval Academy on Tue, 04/13/2021 - 09:28
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A nanoCHAt conversation about innovative methods for promoting academic honesty in our classrooms. Recorded by VIPEr Fellows Taylor Haines, Darkus Jenkins, Jingjing Qiu, and Tasneem Siddiquee with Shirley Lin (moderator) on February 8, 2021.  The full nanoCHAt playlist can be acccessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2wnHWA8OaA5Y6pPaOk2zt6wwrd2HK6kP

nanoCHAt #1: Creating a Sense of Belonging

Submitted by Shirley Lin / United States Naval Academy on Tue, 04/13/2021 - 09:17
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A nanoCHAt conversation about how to create a sense of belonging for our students in the classroom and as chemists. Recorded by IONiC members Anne Bentley, Shirley Lin, Justin Pratt, Jeff Raker, Barb Reisner, and Joanne Stewart on February 8, 2021.  The full nanoCHAt playlist can be acccessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2wnHWA8OaA5Y6pPaOk2zt6wwrd2HK6kP