VIPEr BITeS

  • 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.

  • 13 Feb 2020

    7-Word VIPErPit Challenge: TEACHING PHILOSOPHY Edition

    Submitted by Jeffrey R. Raker, University of South Florida

    Who among us hasn't filled up one to two (or more) pages with a teaching philosophy statement???

    Whether for job, tenure, promotion, or award applications, preparing a teaching philosophy statement is a time honored tradition in academia. Buzz words are incorporated, descriptions of what we and our students are doing are included, and each statement is tailored in some way to the application guidelines.

    But what if there were extreme contraints on the statement?

    What if you had to capture the essence of your approach to teaching?

  • 30 Jan 2020

    Call for Abstracts 2020 BCCE - Advancing Teaching in Inorganic Chemistry

    Submitted by Rebecca M. Jones, George Mason University

    Are you planning to attend the 2020 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education this summer? Consider presenting in the "Advancing Teaching in Inorganic Chemistry" symposium!

    Faculty who have developed new laboratory experiences or classroom activities are welcome to submit and presenters may elect to share fully developed or pilot exercises. Inquiry and/or research-based activities are particularly welcome. Submissions related to teaching innovations at the undergraduate and/or graduate level are welcome. 

  • 21 Jan 2020

    NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE DOING IN LAB? LET US HELP!

    Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

    It's that time of year again, time for Inorganic lab. I love it and hate it. There's no other experience in our program that makes a student chemist feel more like a real chemist than our Capstone Laboratory Experience, but I always feel like my experiments are dated, and my students aren't challenged to see what inorganic chemistry really is.

  • 14 Jan 2020

    Engaging Students with an Interactive Syllabus

    Submitted by Amanda Reig, Ursinus College

    Do you wish your students would read and remember more of your syllabus? Would you like to learn about the students in your classes before the first day? A few semesters ago, a colleague introduced me to the concept of the “Interactive Syllabus”, a web-based survey delivery of syllabus content to your students prior to the first day of classes. The template is customizable and designed to be engaging, informative, and easy for students to use.

  • 13 Jan 2020

    Star Wars, STEM and the Significance of Lando Calrissian

    Submitted by Sibrina Nichelle Collins, Lawrence Technological University

    In the 1980s, actor Billy Dee Williams made his debut as the fictional character Lando Calrissian in the films The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and the Return of the Jedi (1983). Williams’ portrayal as Calrissian was certainly a significant milestone for an African American actor with a prominent role in the highly successful films created by George Lucas. The Calrissian character also appeared in Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018 and was portrayed by actor Danny Glover.

  • 8 Jan 2020

    Rocketing my notes to the cloud

    Submitted by Anthony L. Fernandez, Merrimack College

    During the past few years I have been thinking about the way that students record laboratory information.

  • 3 Jan 2020

    VIPEr Heads to The Lone Star State for our Summer 2020 Workshop

    Submitted by Katherine Nicole Crowder, University of Mary Washington

    We are excited to announce that our next IONiC/VIPEr summer workshop will be deep in the heart of Texas! This workshop will be held at the University of Texas – Arlington in Arlington, TX, from June 1-4, 2020.

  • 31 Dec 2019

    You're invited to a party!

    Submitted by Faculty Flo, Slitherin' State University

    Happy New Year! The IONiC Community has decided to celebrate by holding a LO writing party. On January 8, 2020, from 9 AM - 6 PM (eastern) join us on Discord to work on LOs. There are lots of options to choose from.

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