• 9 Dec 2015

    A Penny for Their Thoughts

    Submitted by Elizabeth Jamieson, Smith College

    This semester I’m teaching a section of our first semester general chemistry class with 76 students.  Almost every class, I do an in class exercise where students work in groups and report their answers using a free online response system called Socrative that I learned about from one of the participants at our summer IONiC/VIPEr workshops.

  • 16 Nov 2015

    Testing with clickers

    Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

    I am an admitted tech geek.  Often a first adopter of new tech for the classroom, I love to experiment with the tech that our students use so comfortably.  These experiments aren't always successful though.  

  • 16 Nov 2015

    Teaching in research journals part 2

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    Today in class we talked through the first tutorial to appear in Organometallics. The story behind this can been seen in the previous BITeS post. Our discussion in class was quite interesting. Unfortunately, the timing of the publication of this tutorial did not allow me to be quite as prepared as I will be in the future, but it was still a useful discussion.

  • 2 Nov 2015

    Teaching in research journals

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    A recent post in BITeS discussed the article in Inorganic Chemistry focused on the different flavors of inorganic chemistry courses taught to undergraduates. If you haven't read this paper, I strongly encourage you to do so. The editor, Bill Tolman, recognized that this paper was important to the inorganic community and therefore worthy of publication in Inorganic Chemistry. The paper was also recently promoted on the Facebook page of the journal.

  • 21 Oct 2015

    San Diego Update

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    The deadline for San Diego has passed, but it is not too late for you to be included among the presenters in the IONiC Teaching and Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry sessions! This Friday (October 23rd...aka Mole Day) the MAPS portal for abstract submissions will be open for 24 hrs. It will close at 11:59 pm EDT.

  • 28 Sep 2015

    Sn/Al Anniversary†

    Submitted by Adam R. Johnson, Harvey Mudd College

    On September 28, 2005, the following email was sent to seven inorganic chemists at seven schools that were part of an Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement Initiative. The original group, the Inorganic Chemistry Curricular Initiative, consisted of five inorganic chemists (including three current members of the Leadership Council) from the cluster, and one “external” member who brought much-needed expertise in the realm of solid state chemistry.

  • 16 Sep 2015

    If you have looked over the program for the spring meeting in San Diego, you may have noticed that once again we will be hosting the Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry symposium. This will mark the 9th consecutive year of this symposium and we are looking forward to another great series of talks. There is one minor difference this year (or at least the members of the LC think it is different)--the oral sessions are listed as by invitation only.

  • 9 Sep 2015

    Sabbatical or bust!

    Submitted by Joanne Stewart, Hope College

    While I realize that the last person you want to hear from at this crazy-busy time of year is someone on sabbatical, I’m hoping that I can channel some Zen-like calm your way. This is the first sabbatical leave that I’ve taken that hasn’t involved moving my entire family across long distances.

  • 25 Aug 2015

    A community driven LO

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    If you are an avid reader of BITeS you read the posts by Shirley Lin and Kari Young earlier this summer. If you haven’t, I encourage you to do so. Those posts are about members of the VIPEr community spreading the message of VIPEr. Community is going to be a very important theme in the BITeS posts this fall.