JCE 90.10—October 2013 Issue Highlights

Celebrating National Chemistry Week 2013—Energy: Now and Forever

The October 2013 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available. This latest issue of JCE plus the content of all past issues, volumes 1 through 90, are available at http://pubs.acs.org/jchemeduc.

Cover: Celebrating National Chemistry Week 2013—Energy: Now and Forever

National Chemistry Week is a community-based annual event that unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the value of chemistry in our everyday life. This year, National Chemistry Week is being celebrated October 20–26, 2013, and the theme, Energy—Now and Forever, explores chemistry and energy with a focus on sustainable resources.


Articles in this issue with energy-related content include:

Making the 2013 National Chemistry Week Theme a Personal Matter
by Norbert J. Pienta

Involving Students in a Collaborative Project To Help Discover Inexpensive, Stable Materials for Solar Photoelectrolysis
by Paige N. Anunson, Gates R. Winkler, Jay R. Winkler, Bruce A. Parkinson, and Jennifer D. Schuttlefield Christus

An Open-Ended Project: Building a High Performance, yet Simple, Household Battery
by Ping Y. Furlan, Thomas Krupa, Humza Naqiv, and Kyle Anderson

A Simple Photocell To Demonstrate Solar Energy Using Benign Household Ingredients by
York R. Smith, Eric Crone, and Vaidyanathan (Ravi) Subramanian

Synthesis and Determination of Biodiesel: An Experiment for High School Chemistry Laboratory
by Jun Yang, Chunli Xu, Baoxin Li, Guijia Ren, and Lu Wang

In addition, a selection of energy-related JCE resources from past issues—on batteries, biofuels, fuel cells, future fuels, nuclear energy, and solar energy—can be found at: http://pubs.acs.org/page/jceda8/ncw2013.html.

Activities to Promote Interest in Chemistry

Constructing an Annotated Periodic Table Created with Interlocking Building Blocks: A National Chemistry Week Outreach Activity for All Ages
by Thomas S. Kuntzleman, Kristen N. Rohrer, Bruce W. Baldwin, Jennifer Kingsley, Charles L. Schaerer, Deborah K. Sayers, and Vivian B. West

Promoting Student Interest in Chemical Concepts by Implementing Creative Learning Activities in a Chemistry in Society Course for Nonscience Majors
by Stephanie A. Brouet and Amber M. Hupp

Easy Demonstration of the Marangoni Effect by Prolonged and Directional Motion: “Soap Boat 2.0” by Charles Renney, Ashley Brewer, and Tiddo Jonathan Mooibroek

Connecting Resources for Tertiary Chemical Education with Scientists and Students in Developing Countries
by Ross D. Jansen-van Vuuren, Malcolm S. Buchanan, and Ross H. McKenzie

Fast and Attractive Chemical Education: A Chemical Competition for High School Students in the Czech Republic
by Pavel Řezanka, Ondřej Šimůnek, Markéta Zajícová, Luděk Míka, Jan Bartoň, and Michal Řezanka

Medical Mycology and the Chemistry Classroom: Germinating Student Interest in Organic Chemistry
by Joseph M. Bliss and Christopher W. Reid

Posters Highlighting Chemical Information and History

Offering QR-Code Access to Information on Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, 1901–2011by Vasco D. B. Bonifácio

An In-Pharm-ative Educational Poster Anthology Highlighting the Therapeutic Agents That Chronicle Our Medicinal History
by Elizabeth A. Ilardi, Edon Vitaku, and Jon T. Njardarson

Meaningful Science Writing

Argument-Driven Inquiry: Using the Laboratory To Improve Undergraduates’ Science Writing Skills through Meaningful Science Writing, Peer-Review, and Revision
by Joi Phelps Walker and Victor Sampson

Implementing a Grant Proposal Writing Exercise in Undergraduate Science Courses To Incorporate Real-World Applications and Critical Analysis of Current Literature
by Kathryn E. Cole, Maki Inada, Andrew M. Smith, and Michael P. Haaf

Demystifying Spectroscopy

Demonstration of Atomic Emission from Exploding Hydrogen Balloons for (Almost) Everybody
by Francesco Caruso, Giulia Gelardi, Bernhard Elsener, and Robert J. Flatt

Demystifying Spectroscopy with Secondary Students: Designing and Using a Custom-Built Spectrometer by James M. Quagliano and Christopher A. Marks


Adaptation of an Instrument for Measuring the Cognitive Complexity of Organic Chemistry Exam Items by
Jeffrey R. Raker, Jaclyn M. Trate, Thomas A. Holme, and Kristen Murphy

Development and Application of a Scoring Rubric for Evaluating Students’ Experimental Skills in Organic Chemistry: An Instructional Guide for Teaching Assistants
by Hui-Jung Chen, Jui-Lin She, Chin-Cheng Chou, Yeun-Min Tsai, and Mei-Hung Chiu

Polytomous versus Dichotomous Scoring on Multiple-Choice Examinations: Development of a Rubric for Rating Partial Credit
by Megan L. Grunert, Jeffrey R. Raker, Kristen L. Murphy, and Thomas A. Holme

Teaching Assistants

Development and Application of a Scoring Rubric for Evaluating Students’ Experimental Skills in Organic Chemistry: An Instructional Guide for Teaching Assistants
by Hui-Jung Chen, Jui-Lin She, Chin-Cheng Chou, Yeun-Min Tsai, and Mei-Hung Chiu

Factors Contributing to the Development of Graduate Teaching Assistant Self-Image
by Santiago Sandi-Urena and Todd Gatlin

Synthesis of Fluorescent Materials

Synthesis of a Fluorescent Conjugated Polymer in the Undergraduate Organic Teaching Laboratory
by Teresa Mako and Mindy Levine

Microwave Synthesis of a Fluorescent Ruby Powder by 
Géraldine Leyral, Laurent Bernaud, Alain Manteghetti, and Jean-Sébastien Filhol

Organic & Biochemical Labs

Identification of an Alcohol with 13C NMR Spectroscopy
by Paul H. Chamberlain

Green Oxidative Homocoupling of 1-Methylimidazole
by C. Eric Ballard

Batch and Flow Synthesis of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) from Fructose as a Bioplatform Intermediate: An Experiment for the Organic or Analytical Laboratory by Svilen P. Simeonov and Carlos A. M. Afonso

Teaching Upper-Division Biochemistry Students the Role of Noncovalent Interactions and Ligand Structure in DNA Binding
by Kristen C. Roy

Biotransformation of Phenazine 5,10-Dioxides under Hypoxic Conditions as an Example of Activation of Anticancer Prodrug: An Interdisciplinary Experiment for Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry by
María Laura Lavaggi, Mauricio Cabrera, Laura Celano, Leonor Thomson, Hugo Cerecetto, and Mercedes González

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