SLiThEr #27: A mental health conversation - Warning signs, normalization, and responses

Submitted by Chip Nataro / Lafayette College on Thu, 10/14/2021 - 17:32
Description

As with chemistry, mental health is something we learn more about every day. The major focus of this SLiThEr is depression and anxiety in students, which are more prevalent in these COVID-impacted times. The material presented in this SLiThEr describes the best practices at the time it was recorded, and these practices may change in the future. While this recording is intended to be a resource for faculty, we would strongly encourage future viewers to seek out the latest research or contact a mental health professional for more information on these topics and current best practices.

Inorganic Chemistry I

Submitted by Rudy Luck / Michigan Technological University on Thu, 08/26/2021 - 12:41
Description

Descriptive chemistry of the main group elements with some emphasis on the non-metals.  Transition metal compounds: aspects of bonding, spectra, and reactivity; complexes of n-acceptor ligands; organometallic compounds and their role in catalysis; metals in biological systems; preparative, analytical, and instrumental techniques. 

Advanced MO Diagram Activity

Submitted by Jacob Lutter / Wayne State University on Tue, 08/24/2021 - 13:10
Description

This in class activity will walk students through a more advanced example for MO diagram generation from scratch. The students will work through the symmetry, point group, character table, and MO diagram of PH2F3.

Inorganic Chemistry

Submitted by Matt Cranswick / Colorado State University - Pueblo on Tue, 08/17/2021 - 17:41

The Safety Net

Submitted by Amanda Reig / Ursinus College on Thu, 08/12/2021 - 11:17
Description

The Safety Net (highlighted in a BITeS post) is a great online resource for crowd-sourced standard operating procedures established by Prof. Alexander J. M. Miller (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Prof. Ian A. Tonks (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities). It primarily contains SOPs from the Miller and Tonks research groups, but they invite submissions from the chemistry community. It is a treasure trove of useful information, safety resources, and links to physical property databases.

RAMPing Up Lab Safety

Submitted by Amanda Reig / Ursinus College on Thu, 08/12/2021 - 10:53
Description

Inspired by several of the great lab safety activities on VIPEr, I modified Karen McFarland's activity (linked below) to specifically adapt to the ACS RAMP (Recognize hazards, Assess risks, Minimize risks, Prepare for emergencies) approach. 

The assignment asks each student to identify three potential hazards from the first experiment they will be performing in inorganic lab: one chemical, one equipment, and one procedural hazard. For each hazard, they then complete a RAMP risk assessment.