This learning object focuses on the new video series, “Voices in Inorganic Chemistry,” established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the American Chemical Society journal, Inorganic Chemistry. The are currently 12 videos celebrating pioneers in the field of inorganic chemistry. This activity consists of two components, namely the students watching one interview and writing an essay about their chosen inorganic chemist.
1) The student will gain an appreciation for what inorganic chemists actually do.
2) The student will learn that inorganic chemistry is a broad discipline.
3) The student will write an essay on an inorganic chemist to enhance their writing skills.
4) The students will use SciFinder to research the publication record of their inorganic chemist.
The students will watch one interview on their own time. I have a link to the Voices video series on the webpage for the course. As an alternative to the 12 interviews in the Voices video series, I provide a short list of other inorganic chemists, including inorganic chemists from diverse backgrounds as additional options. I provide links to the homepages of the inorganic chemists on the webpage for the course as well.
I currently have 27 students enrolled in my inorganic course this semester and each student will submit an essay based on their selection of an inorganic chemist from the Voices video series or one inorganic chemist recommended from the course instructor not included in the video series.