VIPEr BITeS

  • 6 May 2019

    The 1FLO Community Challenge

    Submitted by Faculty Flo, Slitherin' State University

    The end of the semester is here! For those of you on trimesters or quarters, well, I'm sorry. With the end of classes you may have a moment to catch your breath and post something to VIPEr like you said you would all semester. And what better way to encourage that then a community challenge! I am issuing the 1FLO challenge, come up with the ideal vacation spot for me this summer. Price is no object since Joanne gave me the info for the credit card attached to the grant, so dream big...

  • 17 Apr 2019

    Bite-sized Assessments: Crafting Effective Multiple Choice Questions

    Submitted by Katherine Nicole Crowder, University of Mary Washington

    Are you sick of scouring through test banks looking for the perfect multiple choice question to address exactly what you want to ask your class?

    Do your students typically perform poorly on the multiple choice portion of your exams, even though they should be MC champions from their years of standardized tests?

  • 7 Apr 2019

    I have left the building

    Submitted by Faculty Flo, Slitherin' State University

    Greetings loyal BITeS readers. I just got back from an amazing visit to the Sunshine State for the ACS spring meeting. It was an amazing conference, but I must admit, I am slightly tired from the very long slither from my hotel to the rooms in the conference center. The Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry sessions were amazing. We had some outstanding talks from faculty and undergraduate students, including the three winners of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Research Award.

  • 25 Mar 2019

    48 Hours

    Submitted by Shirley Lin, United States Naval Academy

    I like BITeS posts with intriguing titles. Perhaps this one prompts you to wonder if this is a reference to the Nick Nolte/Eddie Murphy movie or the CBS news program or the 1977 song by The Clash. Actually 48 hours is a key result from our next spotlight article, ”Decay of Student Knowledge in Chemistry, ” from Journal of Chemical Education 2011, 88, 1231-1237.

  • 21 Mar 2019

    IONiC Community Gathering

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    Greetings all. I just returned from Florida where I had a critical planning session with Jeff Raker, fellow member of the Leadership Council, and his new postdoc, Justin Pratt. This essential part of the trip involved dimpled sphere flight experiments as well as the physics of seamed leather orbs being struck by wooden rods. Then I met Jeff and Justin for dinner. As we talked we realized it was essential that we introduce Justin, the first official IONiC postdoc, to the community. Our first opportunity to do this will be at the social hour held as part of the spring ACS meeting.

  • 7 Mar 2019

    Another opportunity to attend a VIPEr workshop! Wow, you say! Dan Kissel and I are program organizers for the 2019 ACS GLRM conference that will be happening May 1-4 in Lisle, IL (Chicago area). We will be hosting a VIPEr mini-workshop at the conference in order to encoil even more unsuspecting prey. Our very own FOV, Nicolai Lehnert, will be joining us during the workshop.

  • 27 Feb 2019

    Tools of the Trade

    Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

     Or

    Why every inorganic chemist should have a Michaels Reward card

     

  • 20 Feb 2019

    Fall 2019 ACS San Diego Update

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    I know this goes against my earlier BITeS saying we would use BITeS less for just making announcement, but I think in this case I can make an exception. If you have been looking to submit a poster for our Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry session in San Diego you may have noticed that there wasn't a poster session listed. You should consider this your invitation to submit a poster or talk. My deepest thanks to Chantal Stieber for pointing out the missing poster session.

  • 17 Feb 2019

    What Teachers Want

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    There is currently a movie out called "What Men Want". It is essentially a remake of "What Women Want" from 2000. The idea is that one person can hear the innermost thoughts of people of a different gender. If you had the misfortune of hearing my innermost thoughts you would learn that I would like an answer to this question...HOW????

    How? What exactly does that mean? It means that I am really struggling with a quote that seems to be getting thrown in my direction an awful lot lately. That quote is one that I am guessing many of you have heard before.

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