• 12 Sep 2014

    In Memoriam: Maggie Geselbracht

    Submitted by Adam R. Johnson, Harvey Mudd College
    On Thursday September 11th, 2014, the leadership council of IONiC lost one of their own. Maggie Geselbracht lost a long, hard battle with lymphoma. She was a dedicated wife, mother, teacher, scholar, and a dear, dear friend.
  • 10 Sep 2014

    What is Inorganic Chemistry?

    Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

    How would you define the field of inorganic?  More interestingly, how would your undergraduates define the field before their first course in inorganic?  I use a first day activity from VIPEr to ask just that question each year in my sophomore/junior level Inorganic I (no P-chem pre-req) course.  This is a much used and much modified activity (,

  • 3 Sep 2014

    Does VIPEr improve teaching?

    Submitted by Joanne Stewart, Hope College

    Does VIPEr improve teaching? The evidence certainly suggests that it does. This summer I worked with an undergraduate student investigating the impact of IONiC/VIPEr faculty participation on professional practice. And while the data is not all in yet, the results certainly look good.


  • 29 Aug 2014

    The first week BITeS

    Submitted by Barbara Reisner, James Madison University
    That’s a reference to this blog, not my first week of classes. It’s hard to believe week one is almost over. (I still have the dreaded Friday afternoon class.) At one week in, I’m excited about my classes - General Chemistry I and two sections of Literature & Seminar.
  • 16 Aug 2014

    Food for Thought

    Submitted by Lori Watson, Earlham College

    This fall is going to be different!  In addition to my regular General Chemistry course, I’ll be teaching a new course in my college’s recently redesigned first year seminar program--Food for Thought: The Chemistry of Cooking.  I’m both incredibly excited about this course, and pretty nervous.  I’m excited because it’s not too often (at least at a small college with the usual staffing challenges) that you are handed a blank page and told “teach (almost) anything you want!” I’ve wanted to teach a chemistry of cooking course for a long time, and luckily many others in the chemistry community

  • 14 Aug 2014

    Perfection is not attainable...

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence - Vince Lombardi. As I reflect on this summer (good grief, I can't believe it is almost time for the fall semester to start) this quote by the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers seemed very appropriate. First, it reminds me that football season is just around the corner. More importantly it was a message I picked up several different times at BCCE. One of the topics that comes up fairly regularly in meetings of the Leadership Council is the activation barrier to posting on VIPEr.

  • 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.