• 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.

  • 2 Feb 2016

    But I don’t understand what you expect

    Submitted by Joanne Stewart, Hope College

    Perhaps some of you have heard a student say “But I don’t understand what you expect.” Or maybe the student has been more direct and said “Tell me exactly what I need to do to get an A.”


  • 18 Jan 2016

    Creating Inclusiveness in the Classroom

    Submitted by Hilary Eppley, DePauw University

    In honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday (and since most of you are likely teaching on this holiday), I’d like to highlight two very relevant sessions that Adam Johnson and I attended at the

  • 12 Jan 2016

    2016 Summer Workshop (spoiler alert!)

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    Shhhhh! If Joanne or Sheila find out about this I am going to be in big trouble. We have finalized our list of expert speakers for our 2016 workshop on Organometallic Chemistry which is entitled "Örgänömetällica: An IONiC Workshop at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry". The workshop is going to be held at the University of Michigan and will run from June 26th – July 1st. You can sign up for the workshop through the cCWCS website.

  • 3 Jan 2016

    Crowdsourcing Assessment Data

    Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

    If you've been hanging around IONiC for any period of time, you've probably heard one of us mention the idea of crowdsourcing assessment data... OK, it was probably me.  Well, I think 2016 is the year that we can make this idea a reality.