• 20 May 2020

    Catalysis Goes to Eleven

    Submitted by Shirley Lin, United States Naval Academy

    This blog post is dedicated to Prof. R. M. Waymouth on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

    Sometimes authoring a BITeS is daunting because there have been so many great posts in the past. How can this one compete with the latest announcing IONiC's (award-winning!) contribution to the 2020 STEM for All video showcase or the exciting opportunity to order the new VIPEr t-shirt? Well, here's hoping that a catchy title with a This is Spinal Tap reference is enough to get you to click on "Read More."

  • 14 May 2020

    New IONiC VIPEr shirts

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    Have you even seen people wearing one of the cool IONiC VIPEr Organometallica shirts and said, wow, I really wish I had one of those? Now is your chance. To cellebrate this awesome community and how we were able to get through this past semester we have designed new shirts. This is a group order through Custom Ink so you can place your order, pay for it and get it shipped directly to you. The price depends on the number of orders, so hopefully it will come down even more. Time is limited, the order closes on May 31st, so order now.

  • 2 Apr 2020

    "You have permission" - Part 2, The Coronavirus Diaries

    Submitted by Shirley Lin, United States Naval Academy

    Last July, an excellent BITeS post by Jeff Raker (read it here) gave us permission to change the courses we teach. Little did he know that in March 2020 we would find ourselves compelled by overwhelming exernal forces to rapidly evolve our lecture classes and labs into an online format.

  • 25 Mar 2020

    As pretty much all of us have been doing over these last couple of weeks, I've been re-imagining what my classes will look like now that I'll be teaching remotely. I've wondered how we'll manage general chemistry labs, whether or not summer research will happen, and how I should be assessing students during this time. One thing that has helped tremendously - being in touch with colleagues - not just at my own instituion but from all over the IONiC community. 

  • 22 Mar 2020

    Virtual Social Hour

    Submitted by Faculty Flo, Slitherin' State University

    Greetingsssss all,

  • 10 Mar 2020

    Asynchronous online teaching in the COVID-19 era

    Submitted by Adam R. Johnson, Harvey Mudd College

    As colleges and universities move to limit person-to-person contact at this time I have had several people on- and offline ask me about teaching remotely. There are a number of threads on Twitter that I've scanned but to be honest, I've been so busy trying to figure out what I'm planning to do that I decided to just type up some thoughts and hopefully people can chime in with their own comments.

  • 4 Mar 2020

    The scorpion and the winds of change

    Submitted by Kari Stone, Lewis University

    The cyclical nature of academia means that the time of change is upon us. This is the season where some may be looking for a position, some may find a new position, and some may even lose a position.

  • 1 Mar 2020

    Updated - Upcoming ACS events

    Submitted by Faculty Flo, Slitherin' State University

    Just a reminder that some big IONiC VIPEr events are coming up in the next month or so.

    The Philly ACS has been cancelled. We are looking into alternative options for doing virtual presentations.