• 6 Aug 2018

    Help!!! I'm a what???

    Submitted by Emily Sylvester, Duquesne University

    Has the end-of-summer, classes-start-in-less-than-a-month panic set in yet? I’ve started to feel it*, and I imagine we all have to a degree. Some of us VIPEr folks remember how especially anxious we were approaching our first year teaching general chemistry, having to start from scratch with lecture notes and course materials. How much anxiety (and time!) could have been saved if we had found a treasure trove of hand-picked gen chem teaching resources, located conveniently in a single location.

  • 24 Jul 2018

    Back by popular demand

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    At the recent Organometallic Chemistry Gordon Research Conference there was a noticible fashion statement being made on Wednesday night. Four people were wearing identical shirts. And just to show how cool the shirts are, a fifth person wore their shirt on Thursday night during a special session. I would give more details, but what happens at a Gordo stays at a Gordo. What was this shirt you might ask?

  • 24 Jul 2018

    IONiC is off to BCCE

    Submitted by Anne Bentley, Lewis & Clark College

    Are you heading to South Bend, IN 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.

  • 11 Jul 2018

    Stand back, I'm going to Science!

    Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

    Not to be outdone by my colleagues at the Organometallic GRC, I was reminded of our fun Science T-shirt day at the Dearborn Summer workshop!  Here are some of the entries.  Which ones are your favorites?  Got any more to add?  Post your pictures in the replies on the IONiC VIPEr Facebook page.

  • 13 Jun 2018

    Teaching an old dog a new trick

    Submitted by Adam R. Johnson, Harvey Mudd College

    About a year ago, my good friend Sheila Smith told me that using UV arm sleeves while working in a glovebox would help with several things. The first is sweat protection. Anyone who has ever used a glove box (or ever wrapped their arms in saran wrap and gone for a run) can attest that sweat can be real problem... for the next user especially. The other is ease of sliding in and out of the glove box gloves.

  • 10 May 2018

    Student Recognition - 2018 ACS DIC Undergrad Award in Inorganic Chemistry

    Submitted by Barbara Reisner, James Madison University

    Graduation always leaves me in a reflective mood. It's a thrill to watch our graduates march across a stage and think about all of the things they've accomplished over the last four years. It also made me remember that I needed to submit the form for JMU's nominee for the 2018 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry!

  • 2 May 2018

    Symbols in element names

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    Perhaps you noticed the poll about element symbols in names and were curious as to the answer. Well, given the need for a new BITeS post and my ability to think at this point in the semester, here are the answers. As a refresher, the question was, how many elements have element symbols in the middle of their names? For elements with an odd number of letters in their names the symbol must be the middle letter while for elements with an even number of letters in their names the middle two letters must be a symbol. I've made the symbols bold and inserted captial letters where appropriate.

  • 12 Apr 2018

    Postdoc Position in Inorganic Chemistry Education

    Submitted by Jeffrey R. Raker, University of South Florida

    The Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists ( has an opening for a Research Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida) with a focus on transforming postsecondary inorganic chemistry courses into more active and engaging learning experiences.