Changing the Landscape of Chemical Education
The December 2013 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is available online to subscribers. This issue of JCE plus the content of all past issues, volumes 1 through 90, are available to subscribers.
Norbert Pienta takes stock at the end of the 90th volume of JCE in An Anniversary and a Longer Look Back, reaffirming JCE’s mission and philosophy: to provide high-quality content for our readers and a publishing venue for chemical educators.
Chemistry: It’s Elemental
Cover: Bismuth Crystals
In Bismuth Crystals: Preparation and Measurement of Thermal and Electrical Properties, Gianna Alemán Milán, Brian Millier, Andrew Ritchie, Craig Bryan, Sarah Vinette, Bjorn Wielens, and Mary Anne White describe a laboratory experiment introducing students to solid-state and materials science. The experiment illustrates long-range translational order, crystal growth, and the macroscopic manifestations of that order. This is visually demonstrated through the novel preparation and characterization of large, well-formed bismuth crystals.
Additional Elemental Lab
Is There Ni in My Liquor? A Hands-On Laboratory Exercise for Relating Chemistry to Extractive Metallurgy by Damian W. Laird and David J. Henry
Discussions about Elements
What Do Chemists Mean When They Talk about Elements? by Elena Ghibaudi, Alberto Regis, and Ezio Roletto
Thomas Midgley, Jr., and the Development of New Substances: A Case Study for Chemical Educators by Hélio Elael Bonini Viana and Paulo Alves Porto
Which Elements Are Metalloids? by René E. Vernon
Celebrating the Work of Loretta Jones
Current Research by Loretta Jones
Self-Assembled Student Interactions in Undergraduate General Chemistry Clicker Classrooms by James R. MacArthur and Loretta Jones
Chemical Education Research
Using Ordered Multiple-Choice Items To Assess Students’ Understanding of the Structure and Composition of Matter by Jan C. Hadenfeldt, Sascha Bernholt, Xiufeng Liu, Knut Neumann, and Ilka Parchmann
Specialization, Chemistry, and Poetry: Challenging Chemistry Boundaries by João Carlos Paiva, Carla Morais, and Luciano Moreira
The Struggle with Voice in Scientific Writing by Reuben Hudson
Letter Writing as a Service-Learning Project: An Alternative to the Traditional Laboratory Report by Michael W. Burand and O. Maduka Ogba
Chemistry in Health & Medicine
Visualizing Smoking Hazard: A Simple Spectrophotometric Determination of Hydrogen Cyanide in Cigarette Smoke and Filters by Andriana R. Surleva and Gabi Drochioiu
PharmaChemistry in the Classroom: A Drug-Discovery Experiment for the High School Chemistry or Biotechnology Classroom by Emily Garcia Sega and Jewyl Clarke
Additional Introductory Labs
Solution Preparation and Conductivity Measurements: An Experiment for Introductory Chemistry by Zeynep Eslek and Aysen Tulpar
Following Precipitation Reactions with Conductivity Measurements by Zeynep Eslek and Aysen Tulpar
Resources for Teaching
Development of a Web-Based, Student-Centered Stereochemistry Tutorial by Nicola J. Burrmann and John W. Moore
Instructional Resources for the New MCAT Exam Available at the Open-Access, Pre-Health Collection within MedEdPORTAL’s iCollaborative by Stephanie Brouet, Melissa Cichowicz, Henry V. Jakubowski, and Laura S. Zapanta
In the Archives: Chemistry & Art
This issue includes Investigating Art Objects through Collaborative Student Research Projects in an Undergraduate Chemistry and Art Course by Gary Wells and Michael Haaf. Using art as a venue to teach chemistry is also the theme of these articles from past issues:
JCE Resources for Chemistry and Art (from 2001 and earlier) by Erica K. Jacobsen
Art as an Avenue to Science Literacy: Teaching Nanotechnology through Stained Glass by Kimberly A. Duncan, Chris Johnson, Kyle McElhinny, Steve Ng, Katie D. Cadwell, Greta M. Zenner Petersen, Angela Johnson, Dana Horoszewski, Ken Gentry, George Lisensky, and Wendy C. Crone
Art, Meet Chemistry; Chemistry, Meet Art: Case Studies, Current Literature, and Instrumental Methods Combined To Create a Hands-On Experience for Nonmajors and Instrumental Analysis Students by Delana A. Nivens, Clifford W. Padgett, Jeffery M. Chase, Katie J. Verges, and Deborah S. Jamieson
Inexpensive, Near-Infrared Imaging of Artwork Using a Night-Vision Webcam for Chemistry-of-Art Courses by Gregory D. Smith, Elizabeth Nunan, Claire Walker, and Dan Kushel
Crime Scene Investigation in the Art World: The Case of the Missing Masterpiece by Katharine J. Harmon, Lisa M. Miller, and Julie T. Millard
Teaching Science in Art by Erich S. Uffelman
The Chemistry of Art and the Art of Chemistry by C. Kafetzopoulos, N. Spyrellis, and A. Lymperopoulou-Karaliota
It’s a Jolly Holiday with 90 Years of Chemistry
This issue marks 90 years of providing useful materials for chemical educators. We wish you a happy holiday season filled with opportunities to enjoy chemistry, such as: The Five Senses of Christmas Chemistry by Derek A. Jackson and Andrew P. Dicks.
With 90 volumes of the Journal of Chemical Education to explore, you will always find something useful—including all of the articles mentioned above, and many more, in the Journal of Chemical Education. Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print (ASAP—As Soon As Publishable) are also available.