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Keith Walters, Northern Kentucky University
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Advances in Inorganic Teaching Symposium - ACS Salt Lake City

Hello all,

Just wanted to let you know that there will be a "home" for inorganic education at ACS next spring. I'm organizing a symposium on "Advances in Teaching Inorganic Chemistry" symposium cosponsored by the CHED and INOR divisions. Hopefully there will be lots of interest in the community for us to share more thoughts and best practices for teaching the central science of the central science. It would be great for VIPEr to be represented there as well!

I hope you'll consider presenting a paper in this symposium. You can't miss it in the oasys system, since it's the first on the CHED symposium list.

Have a great weekend,

Keith W.

Maggie Geselbracht, Reed College
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Thanks for posting this Keith!  I hope you get many abstracts from VIPEr users.  I know that members of the IONiC Leadership Council are planning to contribute to your symposium.

 I also wanted to bring another symposium that will be held at the ACS Salt Lake City meeting to the attention of VIPEr users.  In the Division of Inorganic Chemistry, I am co-organizing a symposium together with Will Lynch from Armstrong Atlantic State University called "Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry."  We will have oral sessions and a poster session, and we are soliciting abstract contributions from both faculty and from undergraduates to present in our symposium.  The key requirement is that the presentation describes inorganic chemistry research conducted by undergraduates.  If you are a registered VIPEr user, you will be receiving an e-mail shortly with more details.  You can find us at the bottom of the INOR list of symposia on OASYS.

Hilary Eppley, DePauw University
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Just to warn everyone--the abstracts are due very early this year--Oct 20!  --Hilary

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Keith Walters, Northern Kentucky University
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This symposium has been cosponsored by CHED as well (as well as the inorganic teaching symposium cosponsored by INOR). Great to see the two divisions working together!
Joanne Stewart, Hope College
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A giant thank you to everyone who submitted abstracts for the Salt Lake City ACS meeting. And an equally giant thank you to the organizers.

I have put Keith, Will, and Maggie's symposia below in chronological order. The links should take you directly to the full list of titles and speakers for each symposium.

If you find any mistakes in the list, please let me know right away and I'll fix it!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
8:50 AM-12:15 PM Salt Palace Convention Center -- 255 C, Oral
Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry
Bioinorganic and Biomimetic Chemistry http://oasys2.confex.com/acs/237nm/techprogram/S29633.HTM

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
2:00 PM-5:05 PM Salt Palace Convention Center -- 255 C, Oral
Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry
Inorganic Materials http://oasys2.confex.com/acs/237nm/techprogram/S30155.HTM

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
9:00 AM-11:55 AM Salt Palace Convention Center -- 255 A, Oral
Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry
Organometallic Chemistry http://oasys2.confex.com/acs/237nm/techprogram/S30156.HTM

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
1:30 PM-3:50 PM Marriott City Center -- Olympus A, Oral
Advances in Teaching Inorganic Chemistry http://oasys2.confex.com/acs/237nm/techprogram/S29611.HTM

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
7:00 PM-10:00 PM Salt Palace Convention Center -- Hall 5, Poster
Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry http://oasys2.confex.com/acs/237nm/techprogram/S29634.HTM

Hilary Eppley, DePauw University
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As you are planning your schedules for SLC, keep Tuesday afternoon (5 pm) free for a VIPEr users group social hour after the Tuesday afternoon session! We'd like your feedback and we'd like to meet as many of you face to face.  We'll be having it at a downtown restaurant somewhere, and we'll let you where via the site and an email shortly!  See you in Salt Lake! 
Hilary Eppley, DePauw University
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Thanks so much for your participation in the VIPEr Community! One of our ultimate goals is to help connect the people involved in VIPEr together as a community of inorganic chemistry educators. To this end, we hope you can join us for a social hour following the Tuesday symposium session at the ACS Meeting.  The gathering will be at 5 PM at Murphy's Bar and Grill, 160 S Main St. We'll provide munchies, but unfortunately you'll have to pay your own bar tab (sorry!). 
Keith Walters, Northern Kentucky University
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Thanks to all that participated today in the CHED inorganic symposium. We had a great discussion, and (at one point) 38 people in the room! We all should make sure that this symposium becomes an annual one!

Cheers,
Keith

Hilary Eppley, DePauw University
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A second thank you to Keith, Maggie, and Will for the great symposia at the Salt Lake City Meeting! The first annual VIPEr social hour was also a great success--thanks to all that attended! Hopefully we'll be able to continue at future ACS meetings. I think we proved that as a group, we are at the forefront of research and education and we have a lot to learn from one another. Let's continue the productive discussions virtually on VIPEr! --Hilary