• 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.

  • 26 Sep 2016

    The parental unit of all community challenges

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    Greetings IONiC community. It is time again for a community challenge, and let me tell you, this is going to be a challenge. The topic: fundamental aspects of organometallic chemistry. The challenge: making Literature Discussion LO's using papers from ACS journals. Is that enough of a teaser to get you interested? I sure hope so.

  • 14 Sep 2016

    Philadelphia Reflections

    Submitted by John Miecznikowski, Fairfield University

    A recent Inorganic Chemistry viewpoint article, "Great Expectations: Using an Analysis of Current Practices To Propose a Framework for the Undergraduate Inorganic Curriculum” (Inorg. Chem., 2015, 54, 8859-8868) summarized that the undergraduate inorganic chemistry curriculum in the United States is broad and that there is tremendous variation in content coverage.  There is no single inorganic chemistry course.

  • 10 Aug 2016

    "Teaching Inorganic Chemistry" in the City of Brotherly Love

    Submitted by Elizabeth Jamieson, Smith College

    It is hard to believe that August is already here and that in less than two weeks chemists will gather in Philadelphia for the Fall ACS meeting.  For those of you attending the meeting, we wanted to draw your attention to a symposium organized by John Miecznikowski from Fairfield University on "Advances in Teaching Inorganic Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory" that will take place on Wednesday, August 24.  Building upon the Inorganic Chemistry viewpoint article "

  • 25 Jul 2016

    IONiC at BCCE

    Submitted by Anne Bentley, Lewis & Clark College

    Are you heading to Greeley, CO for the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE)? If so, keep in mind the following opportunities to learn more about VIPEr and swap inorganic stories with other members of the IONiC community.

  • 22 Jul 2016

    Everyday Chemistry

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    There are times during the semester that I really have to work hard to get my fellow LC members to get their BITeS posts written. I understand, there is always so much to do. Not that the summer is really any better, but it is often a time to step back from classes for a bit and re-energize. Sure there are research students and workshops and conferences and placement exams and scheduling and advising and, wow, there just really isn't any down time is there? But we do frequently find time to sneak in some vacation.

  • 28 Jun 2016

    Hail! to the victors valiant

    Submitted by Flo, Slytherin' State

    This is a workshop with IONiC VIPEr. 

    -Adam Johnson

    You have to imagine this being sssung...loudly (and poorly) to the tune of Captain Jack Sssparrow. Yes, the LC is having some fun at the workshop. But there is also some really incredible work being done. You can check the ssschedule here for the details, but I wanted to give you a little update.

  • 22 Jun 2016

    An IONiC Summer Community Challenge

    Submitted by Barbara Reisner, James Madison University

    I hoped to have a catchy title for this CoLuMn - one that I could spell with elements - but as Anne pointed out, the new elements don't provide much help for spelling!

  • 15 Jun 2016

    Welcome, Nh, Mc, Ts, and Og!

    Submitted by Anne Bentley, Lewis & Clark College

    Last week, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced provisional names for elements 113, 115, 117, and 118, formerly known as Uut, Uup, Uus, and Uuo, respectively. With the additions of nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og), the seventh row of the periodic table is now complete. The names will become permanent after a five-month review period ends in November.