VIPEr BITeS

  • 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:

  • 21 Nov 2016

    The parental unit of all community challenges part deux

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    You might recall a BITeS from earlier this semester about a community challenge. If not, you can read about it here. A brief summary would be that I challenged the community to develop some literature discussion LO's on organometallic chemistry. The idea was to model the workshop experience without having a workshop. I got a greater response than I was expecting and we formed two groups.

  • 17 Nov 2016

    DIC elections

    Submitted by Flo, Slytherin' State

    Members of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry (DIC) should have just received an invitation to vote in this year’s Council election. If you’re not already a member of the Division, please consider  joining. This $12 annual membership fee ($14 for non-ACS members) goes to support the excellent Inorganic programming at both National and regional meetings, including the Annual Spring “Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Chemistry” symposium. DIC has become a divisional leader in supporting Undergraduate efforts in both teaching and research.

  • 14 Nov 2016

    Tech Tools for Teaching 1: EdPuzzle

    Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

    If you’ve attended one of our summer workshops in the last five years, you know that we always have a session highlighting Technology

  • 21 Oct 2016

    A blast from the past

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    I recently attended my ##th (not a typo, I just don't want to think about the number) college reunion. As one tends to do at these things, I walked through my old stomping grounds. A lot has changed over the years. One thing I noticed was the interesting teaching aid for learning how to write ionic formula shown below. I don't remember seeing those when I was a student, so I imagine they were tucked away in some back corner collecting dust, which is a real shame.

  • 14 Oct 2016

    San Francisco reminder

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    I know it isn't exactly the due date yet, but I wanted to remind you that October 31st is the deadline for submitting an abstract for the DIC. I have a feeling that overall submissions are a bit lower than expected at this point seeing how I recently got a reminder from Steve Koch about getting people to submit abstracts. If you want to submit to our Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry poster or oral sessions, click here.

  • 3 Oct 2016

    Lab Report Grading

    Submitted by Anne Bentley, Lewis & Clark College

    After completing nearly every household task known to humanity, I finally sat down to grade the semester's first batch of inorganic lab reports. One hour later, I had scores assigned to 12 abstracts. And now I find myself procrastinating even further by writing this blog post.

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