• 31 Jan 2019

    2019 Community Challenge #2: Calling all In-Class Activities!

    Submitted by Hilary Eppley, DePauw University

    Do you have a favorite In-Class Activity that you could share with the VIPEr community?   Our second Community Challenge is to submit a new In-Class Activity learning object with "2019 Community Challenge #2" in the title. We will be collecting all these and awarding a random prize of an Element Card Deck (see description of my activity and link below) to one of those who contribute by February 15. If you need a refresher on how to submit a learning object on VIPEr, check out our step by step guide

  • 24 Jan 2019

    CHOCoLaTe CHIP BITeS: Bias of teaching evaluations

    Submitted by Adam R. Johnson, Harvey Mudd College

    I have been doing a lot of research on the efficacy of Student Evaluations of Teaching (SETs). This is part of a personal mission to try to convince the leadership of my institution to stop using SETs for tenure or salary decisions for faculty members. The short version is that SETs are biased against women and minorities. I have been trying to affect change at my institution by beginning conversations and discussions around this topic. I have learned a lot and wanted to share it with the community.

  • 21 Jan 2019

    Sustaining a culture of safety

    Submitted by Kyle Grice, DePaul University

    Part of teaching and research in chemistry is learning about and implementing chemical safety. Safety often becomes reactionary, where some large accident occurs (e.g.

  • 15 Jan 2019

    What would you like to see on VIPEr? Community Challenges for 2019

    Submitted by Barbara Reisner, James Madison University

    Are you ready for... 2019? ...the International Year of the Periodic Table? ...becoming more involved on VIPEr? ...a year full of IONiC Community Challenges? The New Year is a great time to dive in and give back to the community!

  • 10 Jan 2019

    Encoiled by Flo - A Timeline

    Submitted by Shirley Lin, United States Naval Academy

    Calling all Friends of VIPEr: have you ever wondered how you can give back to the amazing online inorganic community that has brought you learning objects (just in time for class tomorrow), workshops, and ACS symposia on undergradua

  • 9 Jan 2019

    First Year Chemistry Students doing Inorganic Research!

    Submitted by Kari Stone, Lewis University

    Kyle Grice set us up recently with his post. He described how course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) are gaining momentum in the chemistry community to replace traditional “cook-book” laboratory experiences. A CURE must follow five characteristics: use of scientific practices, discovery, broadly relevant to the larger scientific community, collaboration, and iteration.

  • 5 Jan 2019

    Don’t Duck Electrochemistry

    Submitted by Anne Bentley, Lewis & Clark College

    Why do so many chemists fear electrochemistry? Is it because there is no formal home for it in the chemistry curriculum? At any rate, electrochemistry is here to stay, and it’s worth the effort to understand it well. Electron transfer reactions are at the heart of modern energy applications, and electrochemistry is a useful tool for studying mechanistic inorganic chemistry. If our analytical colleagues aren't going to assume the mantle, then it's up to us, the inorganic chemists, to add it to our ever-growing list of topics.


  • 3 Jan 2019

    California Dreaming

    Submitted by Flo, Slytherin' State

    Greetings loyal BITeS readers. I am currently in lovely Claremont, California with most of the Leadership Council for our annual project meeting. I'm here to give you a little behind the scenes look at what happens when we get together. After a long day of travel for most of us on the 1st, we started bright and early on the 2nd. The first day of the meeting focused on our current research project. Our fellows site is going to continue to develop and our first round of fellows will be meeting this summer in Dearborn, MI.