JCE 90.02—February 2013 Issue Highlights

Cover of the February 2013 Issue of the Journal of Chemical Education

Communication Worldwide for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry

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Norbert Pienta, Editor-in-Chief of JCE, emphasizes that the editors and staff, the Board of Publication, and ACS Publications are all striving to make the Journal available, affordable, and valuable in his editorial,


Biochemistry resources in this issue include:

Cover: Green Fluorescent Protein Laboratory Experiment

The cover features the front (left) and top (right) views of the green fluorescent protein (GFP). In , Rosa V. Flores, Hilda M. Solá, Juan C. Torres, Rafael E. Torres, and Ernick E. Guzmán describe a laboratory experiment using GFP in which students learn important biochemistry and instrumental analysis concepts.


by Ray Bakhtiar

by Melinda A. Harrison, David Dunbar, and David Lopatto

Technology Report

by Isabelle H. Barrette-Ng and Ken C. Usher

Chemical Education Research


Two chemical education research articles examine how students utilize images:

by Vickie M. Williamson, Mary Hegarty, Ghislain Deslongchamps, Kenneth C. Williamson, III, and Mary Jane Shultz

by Mike Stieff

Language and Learning Chemistry

by Annette Flores and K. Christopher Smith

Chemistry & the Arts

A number of articles in the February issue feature connections between chemistry and the arts. George B. Kauffman and Laurie M. Kauffman review the book by Carl Djerassi; Nancy K. Spillane discusses ; and Richard S. Herrick and Robert K. Cording use and spark student interest in the beauty and mystery of chemistry.

Innovative Courses

In , David P. Cartrette and Matthew L. Miller describe an innovative instructional approach for introducing first and second year chemistry and biochemistry students to a research environment through the use of instrumentation plus “choreographed” interactions with peers and several levels of instructors.

Susan Sonchik Marine discusses in chemistry by using information from three different courses she has taught with study abroad in Europe.

Colorful Demonstration

In , Jens Eckelmann and Ulrich Lüning present two demonstrations are that show the immiscibility of five or six layers of liquids.

Cost-Effective Labs

Two innovative and cost-effective labs feature the use of filter paper:

by Masahiro Kamata and Seiko Yajima

by Longfei Cai, Yunying Wu, Chunxiu Xu, and Zefeng Chen

ConfChem: Case-Based Studies

ConfChem online conferences are free, open to the public, and run by the ACS DivCHED . The discussed Case-Based Studies in Chemical Education and in this issue showcase a variety of case-based learning initiatives in chemical education that have been developed through the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science ().

From the Archives: Celebrating Chemistry on Valentine’s Day

The Journal has published a number of articles on chocolate over the years. To whet your appetite, sample these:

by Ginger Tannenbaum

by Amy C. Rowat, Kathryn A. Hollar, Howard A. Stone, and Daniel Rosenberg

by Jennifer R. Amey, Matthew D. Fletcher, Rachael V. Fletcher, Alison Jones, Erica W. Roberts, and Ieuan O. Roberts

But Wait…There’s More!

You will find all of the articles mentioned above, and many more, in the . Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print () are also available.

The will be available as a sample issue for the entire year; if you like what you read, consider a  for access to all 90 years of content that JCE has to offer.

Looking ahead: the March 2013 issue will feature scanning probe microscopy and teaching with technology.