VIPEr BITeS

  • 20 Feb 2017

    Learning from the IONiC Community

    Submitted by Barbara Reisner, James Madison University

    Over the years, I’ve adopted (and adapted) many LOs in my inorganic courses. My courses have changed not only because of the LOs that I’ve used, but also because of the tips I’ve taken from members of the IONiC community.

  • 6 Feb 2017

    Outstanding Inorganic Undergrads - 2017 Edition

    Submitted by Barbara Reisner, James Madison University

    One of my favorite things to do is to recognize outstanding undergraduate students. It's even more special to be able to recognize outstanding inorganic students!

  • 20 Jan 2017

    Top 10 Literature Discussion LOs

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    At a recent local section meeting I talked with some folks about VIPEr. And one of the complaints (and a very fair one) is the bewildering array of content to sort through. We are perfectly willing to admit, there is a lot of great content on the site that can be a bit intimidating to sort through. While our search engine has improved, it is far from perfect and can often lead to lots of results that you have to sort through. In thinking about ways we could try and help you navigate the content, I thought of using BITeS to help a little bit.

  • 11 Jan 2017

    Symmetry Challenge -- 2017!

    Submitted by Adam R. Johnson, Harvey Mudd College

    Well, it's time to dust off the symmetry challenge. First offered in 2009, we've made some changes to the site and our social media presence (I'm looking at you Flo, with your Facebook, and Twitter addiction) that make it likely that we will have more than just 2 schools submitting. If you're looking for a fun competition to pit your students against students across the world, here it is. Since symmetry is usually an early component of an inorganic course, I'm making the deadline March 3rd.

  • 4 Jan 2017

    We're putting the band back together

    Submitted by Flo, Slytherin' State

    We're so glad to see so many of you lovely people here tonight. We would especially like to welcome all of the members of the Illinois' law enforcement community who have chosen to join us here at the Renaissance Hotel at this time.

  • 27 Dec 2016

    Back and better than yesterday

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    Good news, the site is back and functioning well. Bad news, well, let me give you the full story we got.

    "On Friday 12/23 there was an outage at the data center where the website is hosted. BlackMesh support was able to restore the site from a backup. Unfortunately there had been an issue with the backup processes for a few days before that, and the most recent error-free backup was from early the morning of 12/19."

  • 9 Dec 2016

    How do you keep busy during final exams?

    Submitted by Anne Bentley, Lewis & Clark College

    As December rolls along, many VIPEr users will find themselves in charge of proctoring final exams, a task that requires maintaining a balance between vigilance, getting work done, and staying awake.  Exams can last up to three hours (someone always uses the entire time) or more. Does anyone have exams set for more than three hours?

    To get started, here are a few suggestions for how to survive final exams:

  • 28 Nov 2016

    Get 'em while they're young!

    Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

    There's an effort underway to make the Gordon Research Confernces more inclusive by supporting researchers with small children and family responsibilities.  Many of us have enjoyed the Gordon Research Conferences, but the immersion type events can be difficult on families. 

    Specifically, the letter asks the leadership of the GRCs to consider three changes:

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