This learning object consists of a bibliography of materials concerning bioinorganic chemistry which have appeared in C&E News over approximately the past 15 years (1999-2014). Many come from the Science and Technology Concentrates, some from News of the Week, others are full articles, and a few are letters to the editor. They cover a wide variety of bioinorganic topics. Also included are citations for the articles from the primary literature paper referred to in the respective C&E News articles. I use these pairings (the article from C&E News and the article from the primary literature) whenever possible for reading assignments in my Bioinorganic Chemistry course. I also describe a first-day-of-class reading exercise using articles from C&E News.
This bibliography is not intended to be exhaustive and I encourage the sharing of other examples.
The goals of this learning object are for students to:
- Learn about, read, and use C&E News.
- Have a better understanding for the importance of the articles from the primary literature they are reading.
- See how the important aspects of a research paper can be expressed in a condensed, yet coherent form.
- See how research-level chemistry can be communicated to a larger audience.
- Think about how they can communicate chemistry to the general public.
I typically have students read the article from C&E News prior to reading the corresponding literature paper. I use a variety of methods for in-class coverage of the research paper, but mostly these are student-led. This learning object should work well with any class management style.
At a later point in the semester I give the students a paper from the primary literature and ask them to write a summary article as if for C&E News.
As a first-day-of-class exercise, students read the two recent articles from C&E News concerning Stephen J. Lippard. Each student is given one or two note cards with the name of an individual, a technique, or a bioinorganic system mentioned in the articles. They have until the next class to put whatever information they deem important on the notecard; this information is shared at the beginning of the next class session.