VIPEr BITeS

  • 30 May 2016

    BITeS hits the century mark

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    Way back in January of 2014 at a snowy project meeting of the leadership council held in Easton, PA, I had an idea. That's actually not quite true, my brother-in-law, Ian O'Bryne, had an idea. He thought we had developed a great website full of tremendous content, but we needed to find ways to bring people back to the site on a regular basis. I liked the idea, but I wouldn't say that it was met with widespread enthusiasm.

  • 12 May 2016

    I've failed over and over and over again in my life...

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    I've missed over 9,000 shots in my career.
    I've lost almost 300 games.
    26 times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed.
    I've failed over and over and over again in my life.
    And that is why I succeed.

    Micheal Jordan (Nike Culture: The Sign of the Swoosh (1989), Goldman, R; Papson, S., 49)

  • 6 May 2016

    EnFUSE-ing STEM

    Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

     

  • 1 May 2016

    Teaching a review session with “blue solids”.

    Submitted by Adam R. Johnson, Harvey Mudd College

    I’ve heard great things over the years about the “Blue Solids” learning object. Things like “it’s a great ‘introductory’ solid state literature discussion,” or how the students really like the paper because it is easy to read.

  • 19 Apr 2016

    Almost done; can't wait to redo it!

    Submitted by Lori Watson, Earlham College

    As this semester comes ALMOST to a close, I’ve begun to think about my Inorganic course this semester.  What was the most successful? What would I have changed? What was I most excited about?

  • 31 Mar 2016

    Fire Good

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    Today (March 31st) is Robert Bunsen's 205 birthday. While many of us know him best as the scientist that developed the burner that bears his name, I can't help but wonder if the generation of chemists we are currently training will soon forget his name. I can't think of a single lab experiment at my institution where a Bunsen burner is used. And I imagine the same is true at many other institutions. And for safety reasons, I am perfectly fine with that. But it sad that he may soon be forgotten. Sure, he had some other very significant contributions to chemistry.

  • 14 Mar 2016

    Update from San Diego

    Submitted by Margret N. Esium, Slitherin' State

    Hi everyone. It has been an exciting and busy ACS meeting so far. There were flight delays, airport shuttle snafus and a 7 hour overnight power outage at our hotel. But we have managed to overcome these difficulties to have a great conference. The teaching at the frontiers of inorganic chemistry sessions have been awesome. It's great to get people together discussing how we teach. And the research symposium got off to a wonderful start on Sunday and still has morning and afternoon sessions left on Tuesday. The poster session Sunday night was very busy.

  • 4 Mar 2016

    The Return to the Classroom

    Submitted by Adam R. Johnson, Harvey Mudd College

    Hello VIPEr-land. I wanted to post my experience with returning to the classroom after a 4-year hiatus. It was a little nerve-wracking at first (ok, a lot) but I quickly realized two things.

  • 23 Feb 2016

    VIPEr staying classy

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

     It’s hard to believe how quickly the spring ACS meeting is approaching. In addition to our tremendous oral and poster sessions, IONiC VIPEr is once again pleased to announce that we will be holding a social ‘hour’. All of the details can be seen in the lovely flyer below that was hand-crafted by Joanne Stewart. These social hours have been a big hit in the past, and they are a great opportunity to bring the VIPEr community together. Appetizers are on us, sorry, you will have to purchase your own beverage(s). All you need to know to enter is the secret VIPEr handshake.

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