• 3 Aug 2014

    Allen-a-dale went hunting snakes?

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College
    Greetings from BCCE! After some interesting travel experience, I made it to Allendale. Yesterday was spent with fellow LC members Barb Reisner and Sheila Smith working on the ACS Inorganic exam. It was a long day, but we got a lot accomplished. The exam is set and for the first time will contain scenario-based questions similar to what is on the ACS DUCK exam. We know not everyone will be 100% thrilled with what is on the exam, but I think the committee did an outstanding job of constructing a tough exam that is representative of our incredibly diverse field.
  • 25 Jul 2014

    A short history of IONiC and VIPEr

    Submitted by Adam R. Johnson, Harvey Mudd College

    The Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists did in fact have its start in a seedy airport hotel in Atlanta, just before the Spring 2005 ACS meeting. But that was not its original name—it was going to be the Intellectual Online Network… hang on.  Let me take a few steps back and get you all caught up.

  • 21 Jul 2014

    ICCE ICCE Baby

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    While part of the leadership council was in Evanston running our incredibly successful workshop, Joanne Stewart and I continued the invasion of Canada.

  • 16 Jul 2014

    Report from workshop at Northwestern

    Submitted by Adam R. Johnson, Harvey Mudd College

    It's been a crazy week for a lot of the leadership council. We have assembled here in beautiful Evanston to host the second NSF-TUES funded faculty development workshop. This week's theme is bioinorganic chemistry, especially how to incorporate it into the undergraduate curriculum.

  • 8 Jul 2014

    Live from Newport, RI

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    Greetings all! We are now in the crazy travel period for your VIPEr leadership council. Next week, quite a few of us will be headed to Chicago for our workshop on bioinorganic chemistry, so lots of us are gearing up for that. Joanne Stewart and I will be continuing the IONiC invasion of Canada as we head to ICCE in Toronto that same week. But this week, Adam Johnson, Nancy Williams and I are in Newport at the organometallic Gordon Research Conference. So far it has been an incredible conference.

  • 26 Jun 2014

    Creative Commons and YOU

    Submitted by Adam R. Johnson, Harvey Mudd College

    If you’ve downloaded as many teaching materials from VIPEr as me (or even if you’ve only downloaded a learning object or two), you’ve probably noticed a header or footer on the document that says who wrote it, when it was uploaded, and then some strange text that looks something like this: “This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike License.

  • 20 Jun 2014

    Summer WebMO fun!

    Submitted by Lori Watson, Earlham College

    This summer, as I worked with four brand new research students on two different synthetic and computational research projects, I was again reminded how easy WebMO makes doing computational chemistry.  WebMO is an inexpensive (free for the basic version) graphical user interface that can be plumbed to a variety of computational packages.

  • 20 Jun 2014

    A picture is worth a thousand words

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    One of my research students is working on a project in which we are doing halide abstraction from a metal center. In theory, she is generating KCl which will precipitate out of the reaction mixture. Sure enough, she gets a precipitate. The solution was filtered and the remaining solid was dried in vacuo. The solid had some slight color to it as well as a heterogenous appearance. When she adds some water most (but certainly not all) of the solid dissolved.

  • 13 Jun 2014

    Clickers in the Classroom. Who needs 'em?

    Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

    One of the things that we like to discuss on VIPEr is Technology Use in the Classroom.  Realizing that not all technology is a boon to education, and that there are many ways to remove the dermal layers of a feline, I do use clickers and find them useful.

    How do I use them? 

    1.  Three minute clicker quiz-  three minutes is the amount of time that studies say students have to work on individual multiple choice questions on exams like MCAT, PCAT etc.

  • 13 Jun 2014

    Using a new toy to teach inorganic chemistry

    Submitted by Barbara Reisner, James Madison University

    Ever since they’ve come out, I’ve been eyeing 3-D printers. We’re fortunate to have several at JMU; some of my colleagues even teach general education courses where students learn to use these to build whatever they want. Ever since we saw an article about them in C&EN, a colleague of mine and I have been talking about finding a way to use them. We like the idea of designing our own microreactors and other laboratory toys.