Passion for and Dedication to Chemistry and Education
The July 2014 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. The July issue features a tribute to J. J. Lagowski, green chemistry principles, book recommendations for the summer, organic chemistry in action, computation chemistry experiments, resources for teaching fluorescence spectroscopy.
John W. Moore, the seventh Editor-in-Chief of JCE, pays homage to Joe J. Lagowski (JJL), the sixth Editor-in-Chief of JCE, with a taste of JJL’s professional accomplishments, personality, and dedication to chemistry and education.
Green Chemistry Principles
In the cover article, Green Chemistry Decision-Making in an Upper-Level Undergraduate Organic Laboratory, Landon J. G. Edgar, Katherine J. Koroluk, Mehrnaz Golmakani, and Andrew P. Dicks describe a self-directed, independent synthesis experiment for a third-year undergraduate organic laboratory. Students are provided with the CAS numbers of starting and target compounds and devise a synthetic plan to be executed over two, 4.5 h laboratory periods. This well-received laboratory requires students to plan, make independent decisions, and apply their knowledge and understanding of green chemistry.
Additional articles on green chemistry in the issue include:
Using Green Chemistry Principles As a Framework To Incorporate Research into the Organic Laboratory Curriculum by Nancy E. Lee, Rich Gurney, and Leonard Soltzberg
Tangential Flow Filtration of Colloidal Silver Nanoparticles: A “Green” Laboratory Experiment for Chemistry and Engineering Students by Kevin M. Dorney, Joshua D. Baker, Michelle L. Edwards, Sushil R. Kanel, Matthew O’Malley, and Ioana E. Pavel Sizemore
Teaching Green and Sustainable Chemistry: A Revised One-Semester Course Based on Inspirations and Challenges by Anne E. Marteel-Parrish
Waterless Condensers for the Teaching Laboratory: An Adaptation of Traditional Glassware by Erich W. Baum, John J. Esteb, and Anne M. Wilson
Book and Media Recommendations for the Summer
Our Changing Planet and the Impact of Words by Cheryl Baldwin Frech
Proven Facts and Speculative Fiction by Brian P. Coppola
Chemical Education Research
Differences in General Cognitive Abilities and Domain-Specific Skills of Higher- and Lower-Achieving Students in Stoichiometry by Ozcan Gulacar, Ingo Eilks, and Charles R. Bowman
Investigating the Effect of Complexity Factors in Stoichiometry Problems Using Logistic Regression and Eye Tracking by Hui Tang, John Kirk, and Norbert J. Pienta
Factors Contributing to Problem-Solving Performance in First-Semester Organic Chemistry by Enrique J. Lopez, Richard J. Shavelson, Kiruthiga Nandagopal, Evan Szu, and John Penn
Organic Chemistry in Action
Using Web-Based Video as an Assessment Tool for Student Performance in Organic Chemistry by John Tierney, Matthew Bodek, Susan Fredricks, Elizabeth Dudkin, and Kurt Kistler
The Impacts of an “Organic First” Chemistry Curriculum at a Liberal Arts College by Steven M. Malinak, Jennifer Logan Bayline, Patricia A. Brletic, Mark F. Harris, Robbie J. Iuliucci, Michael S. Leonard, Nobunaka Matsuno, Linda A. Pallack, Thomas W. Stringfield, and Deborah Polvani Sunderland
A Simple, Small-Scale Lego Colorimeter with a Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Used as Detector by Jonas Asheim, Eivind V. Kvittingen, Lise Kvittingen, and Richard Verley Journal of Chemical Education
Cost-Effective Systems for Atomic Layer Deposition by Michael Lubitz, Phillip A. Medina, IV, Aleks Antic, Joseph T. Rosin, and Bradley D. Fahlman
Design, Development, and Characterization of an Inexpensive Portable Cyclic Voltammeter by Jenna R. Mott, Paul J. Munson, Rodney A. Kreuter, Balwant S. Chohan, and Danny G. Sykes
Computational Chemistry Experiments
Ligand-Free Suzuki–Miyaura Coupling Reactions Using an Inexpensive Aqueous Palladium Source: A Synthetic and Computational Exercise for the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory by Nicholas J. Hill, Matthew D. Bowman, Brian J. Esselman, Stephen D. Byron, Jordan Kreitinger, and Nicholas E. Leadbeater
Computation of Chemical Shifts for Paramagnetic Molecules: A Laboratory Experiment for the Undergraduate Curriculum by Benjamin P. Pritchard, Scott Simpson, Eva Zurek, and Jochen Autschbach
Molecular Orbitals of NO, NO+, and NO–: A Computational Quantum Chemistry Experiment by Renato P. Orenha and Sérgio E. Galembeck
From the Archives: Fluorescence Spectroscopy
This issue contains several articles exploring fluorescence spectroscopy: Rapid and Adaptable Measurement of Protein Thermal Stability by Differential Scanning Fluorimetry: Updating a Common Biochemical Laboratory Experiment by R. Jeremy Johnson, Christopher J. Savas, Zachary Kartje, and Geoffrey C. Hoops ; FluSpec: A Simulated Experiment in Fluorescence Spectroscopy by Stephen W. Bigger, Andrew S. Bigger, and Kenneth P. Ghiggino.
There are many articles available in JCE to help students understand and experiment with fluorescence, including:
Educational Light-POD: An Activity for Middle and High School Students To Explore the Principles of Analog Transmission Using Photoacoustic Modulation of Fluorescence by Lorenzo Echevarria and Florencio Eloy Hernandez
A Brief History of Fluorescence and Phosphorescence before the Emergence of Quantum Theory by Bernard Valeur and Mário N. Berberan-Santos
Turning on the Light: Lessons from Luminescence by Patricia B. O'Hara, Wayne St. Peter, and Carol Engelson
JCE Classroom Activity: Turning on the Light by Patricia B. O'Hara, Wayne St. Peter, and Carol Engelson
Classroom Activity Connections: Lessons from Fluorescence by Aoife MacCormac, Emma O’Brien, and Richard O’Kennedy
Fluorescence Spectroscopy in a Shoebox by M. Farooq Wahab
JCE Classroom Activity: Fluorescent Fun: Using a Homemade Fluorometer by M. Farooq Wahab
With 91 Years of Issues, There’s Volumes of Resources in JCE
You will find 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.