JCE 93.05 May 2016 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education May 2016 Cover

Thinking Like a Chemist

The May 2016 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: assessment & learning theories, science literacy & chemical information, engaging young chemists in chemistry, analysis of real-world samples, organic chemistry in the classroom and lab, computational chemistry in the laboratory, thermodynamics, kinetics projects, understanding hydrophobic & hydrophilic materials.

Assessment & Learning Theories


Expertise in chemistry requires not only content knowledge, but also an ability to recognize and organize information based on underlying principles in the field. In Felicia E. Krieter, Ryan W. Julius, Kimberly D. Tanner, Seth D. Bush, and Gregory E. Scott describe an instrument wherein participants sort a set of cards containing chemistry problems, which allows an exploration of how individuals with different levels of training organize chemical information. The dendrogram depicted on the cover shows that chemistry faculty tended to organize concepts around predictable, underlying principles, while novices tended to organize around superficial features.

Assessing how students learn is also examined in: 

~ Kelly Y. Neiles, Ivy Todd, and Diane M. Bunce

~ Morgan J. Hawker, Lisa Dysleski, and Dawn Rickey


In the Editorial , Melanie M. Cooper argues that it is now time to be more specific about what is meant when effective pedagogical approaches and the desired outcomes are discussed. One approach she discusses is to adopt the scientific practices from the .


~ Faisal A. Omar, Benjamin L. Dreher, and Nathan S. Winter

Science Literacy & Chemical Information

~ Tiina Saloranta, Jan-Erik Lönnqvist, and Patrik C. Eklund

~ Marisa G. Weaver, Andrey V. Samoshin, Robert B. Lewis, and Morgan J. Gainer

~ Neelam Bharti, Michelle Leonard, and Shailendra Singh

~ Diane M. Miller and Demetra A. Chengelis Czegan

~ Kevin M. Shea, David J. Gorin, and Maren E. Buck

~ Cindy Samet

Engaging Young Chemists in Chemistry

~ Daniel A. Hercules, Cameron A. Parrish, and Daniel C. Whitehead

~ Denis Svechkarev and Oleksiy V. Grygorovych

~ Kinga Orwat, Paweł Bernard, and Anna Migdał-Mikuli

Analysis of Real-World Samples

~ Giorgio Volpi

~ Michael J. Smith

~ Jennifer Garcia and Linda D. Schultz

Organic Chemistry in the Classroom and Lab

~ Jessica Orvis, Diana Sturges, Shannon Rhodes, Ki-Jana White, Trent W. Maurer, and Shainaz M. Landge

~ Kevin M. Shea


~ Noberto Aguilar, Billy Garcia, Mark Cunningham, and Samuel David

~ Lee J. Silverberg and David J. Coyle , Kevin C. Cannon , Robert T. Mathers and Jeffrey A. Richards , John Tierney

~ Shahrokh Saba and James A. Ciaccio

~ Philippa B. Cranwell and Andrew T. Russell

~ Amelia A. Fuller

Computational Chemistry in the Laboratory

~ Brian J. Esselman and Nicholas J. Hill

~ Logan H. Eckler and Matthew J. Nee


~ Anna Jakubowska

~ Wenqian Chen, Andrew J. Haslam, Andrew Macey, Umang V. Shah, and Clemens Brechtelsbauer

~ Leslie Glasser

~ Howard DeVoe

~ Sangyoub Lee, Kyusup Lee, and Jiyon Lee

Kinetics Projects

~ Vishakha Monga, Guillaume Bussière, Paul Crichton, and Sailesh Daswani

~ Todd P. Silverstein

Distilling the Archives: Understanding Hydrophobic & Hydrophilic Materials

This issue includes a way to by Chunxiu Xu, Wanqi Lin, and Longfei Cai. Past issues of the journal include a number of articles on understanding hydrophobic and hydrophilic materials, including:

 ~ Philseok Kim, Jack Alvarenga, Joanna Aizenberg, and Raymond S. Sleeper (Tom Kuntzleman wrote an enthusiastic this paper.)

~ Susan A. S. Hershberger, Matt Nance, Arlyne M. Sarquis and Lynn M. Hogue

~ JCE staff

~ JCE staff

 ~ JCE Staff

~ Ed Vitz

~ Richard A. Venditti

~ Dean J. Campbell, Mark J. Andrews, and Keith J. Stevenson

~ Jessica X. H. Wong and Hua-Zhong Yu

~ Riam Abu-Much, Sobhi Basheer, Ahmad Basheer, and Muhamad Hugerat

~ Charlene J. Chan and Khalid Salaita

JCE Always Contains Content That Will Make You Think

With 93 volumes of the Journal of Chemical Education to explore, you will always find something informative—including the , and many more, in . Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print () are also available.

Summer is a great time to submit a contribution to the Journal of Chemical Education. For some advice on becoming a Journal author, read . In addition, numerous author resources are available on JCE’s ACS Web site, including: , , and . The Journal has recently issued a call for papers on , so consider submitting a contribution to our next special issue.