• 19 Sep 2019

    'Til the whippoorwill of freedom zapped me right between the eyes

    Submitted by Faculty Flo, Slitherin' State University

    Do you recognize the lyric? It was from one of my favorite songs I did as a duet with Sir Elton John before he decided to replace me on tour with Billy Joel. 'Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia Freedom. Although I am currently in Maryland, I am looking forward to heading to the City of Brotherly Love for the spring ACS meeting. Although Philly in March??? What was ACS thinking?

  • 9 Sep 2019

    Inorganic Chemistry LibreTexts!

    Submitted by Kathryn Haas, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN

    Have you heard of LibreTexts? It’s a growing Open Educational Resource (OER) platform that hosts OER across the undergraduate curriculum, especially chemistry! The goal of LibreTexts is to decrease the cost of education by replacing expensive textbooks with free, high quality, online materials.

  • 31 Aug 2019

    1FLOs across disciplines

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    Over this past year we introduced the idea of the 1 Figure Learning Object a.k.a. the 1FLO in honor of our snakey mascot Flo. The idea of a 1FLO is to take a single figure from a paper and develop a series of questions for students to answer. This not only gets students to actively engage with the literature, it also aids them in learning to apply their knowledge to new material.

  • 5 Aug 2019

    Seven simple rules to start your semester

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    In two weeks I'll be flying to Dallas to take my daughter back to college. I'll be there for 6 days mostly to help her buy things for her new apartment and help move in. From there I go to San Diego for a whirlwind ACS meeting. Why is this BITeS news? Well, I'll have lots of times on planes which means I need something to read, and I think I just figured out what that will be.

  • 25 Jul 2019

    For as long as we've been in our "new" (now 14 year old) building, I've curated a bulletin board across from some of the faculty offices. I often see students reading whatever is up there as they pass the time while waiting for office hours... or to speak to a professor... or just because. As you can see from the picture below, the bulletin board has a mixture of papers, things from C&EN Magazine, and comics.

  • 2 Jul 2019

    “You have permission!” – Thoughts on the upcoming academic term…

    Submitted by Jeffrey R. Raker, University of South Florida

    I know it’s July and the upcoming academic term is the last thing you are thinking about. Nevertheless, in eight weeks, many of us will begin to see traffic build outside our offices as students descend upon campus. It sounds daunting, parking is going to get worse, ungraded exams will pile up, and the line at the coffee shop is going to be never ending. I get it… but there’s an opportunity to make a change coming, to do something different in our classes that only comes at the beginning of each term, a chance to experiment!

  • 17 Jun 2019

    In memoriam

    Submitted by Joanne Stewart, Hope College

    With great sadness, I share the news of the passing of one of the most creative, inspiring, and vibrant inorganic chemists I ever knew: Richard A. Andersen. Dick was my graduate advisor at Berkeley in the 1980’s. He died on Sunday, June 16, 2019. I miss him already.

  • 7 Jun 2019

    Summer workshop, had me a blast... Summer workshop, went by too fast...

    Submitted by Anthony L. Fernandez, Merrimack College

    Betsy and I are feeling chills (they’re multiplying and we’re losing control) that come along with the close of our summer 2019 content-building workshop at Smith College. We are amazed at how quickly the last few days passed. (It was like greased lightnin'!)

    Tell me more, tell me more… (Channel Olivia Newton-John as you say this.)

  • 30 May 2019

    VIPEr Summer Workshop Season Begins!

    Submitted by Joanne Stewart, Hope College

    “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had the familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby