JCE 94.09 September 2017 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education September 2016 Cover

Enhancing Student Success in Chemistry

The September 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: student thinking and student success; computational thinking; using games to teach: developing and making tools for teaching; understanding catalysis; green chemistry; food chemistry in the laboratory; exploring edible fats and oils; NMR spectroscopy; laboratory cross-course collaboration; physical chemistry; distilling the archives: scents and smellability; announcing the search for the next Editor-in-Chief.

Cover: Student Thinking and Student Success

In , Regina F. Frey, Michael J. Cahill, and Mark A. McDaniel discuss the use of an online concept-building task to differentiate students based on their concept-building approach. Recent basic cognitive science research suggests that some learners tend toward rote concept learning (exemplar learners), whereas other learners tend to use abstraction concept learning (abstraction learners). Students in general and organic chemistry completed a concept-building task, and their subsequent course performances were tracked. Abstraction learners consistently outperformed exemplar learners, with performance differences most pronounced among students taking the higher-level course, Organic Chemistry 2. Performance patterns differentiated by concept-building approach were evident even when standard ability indices (college entrance exam scores and prior chemistry performance) were factored into the analysis. One implication is that as chemistry content demands more abstraction, the way students approach learning concepts becomes more critical for success in chemistry courses. (Photograph courtesy of George Chafin and used with permission.)

The association of thinking processes and success are also discussed in:

~ Melonie A. Teichert, Lydia T. Tien, Lisa Dysleski, and Dawn Rickey (This article is available to non-subscribers as part of ACS program.)

Computational Thinking

~ Paul S. Matsumoto and Jiankang Cao

~ Jan Philipp Meyburg and Detlef Diesing

Using Games To Teach

~ Daniel de Melo Silva and Carlos Magno Rocha Ribeiro

~ Kristin Gogal, William Heuett, and Deana Jaber

~ James P. Grinias

Developing and Making Tools for Teaching

~ Matthew R. Penny, Zi Jing Cao, Bhaven Patel, Bruno Sil dos Santos, Christopher R. M. Asquith, Blanka R. Szulc, Zenobia X. Rao, Zaid Muwaffak, John P. Malkinson, and Stephen T. Hilton

~ Carolyn S. Higman, Henry Situ, Peter Blacklin, and Jason E. Hein

~ Abdallah Yakubu, Takayoshi Suzuki, and Masakazu Kita

Understanding Catalysis

 ~ Leon Jacobse, Sebastiaan O. Vink, Sven Wijngaarden, and Ludo B. F. Juurlink (This demonstration is available to non-subscribers as part of ACS program.)

~ Rick Spierenburg, Leon Jacobse, Iris de Bruin, Daan J. van den Bos, Dominique M. Vis, and Ludo B. F. Juurlink (This article is available to non-subscribers as part of ACS program.)

Green Chemistry

~ Rita C. C. Duarte, M. Gabriela T. C. Ribeiro , Adélio A. S. C. Machado

~ Fabrizio Roncaglia

~ Homar Barcena, Abraham Tuachi, and Yuanzhuo Zhang

~ Ratul Biswas and Anuradha Mukherjee

~ Vincent Maloney and Zach Szczepanski and Keith Smith

Food Chemistry in the Laboratory

~ Cristina Soares, Manuela Correia, Cristina Delerue-Matos, and M. Fátima Barroso

~ Dietrich A. Volmer, Luana Curbani, Timothy A. Parker, Jennifer Garcia, Linda D. Schultz, and Endler Marcel

~ A. Ricardo Hipólito-Nájera, M. Rosario Moya-Hernández, Rodolfo Gómez-Balderas, Alberto Rojas-Hernández, and Mario Romero-Romo

~ Peter Olaf Sandusky

Exploring Edible Fats and Oils

~ Clare S. Harper, Faith V. Macdonald, and Kevin L. Braun

~ Charles G. Fry, Heike Hofstetter, and Matthew D. Bowman

~ Shauna L. Anderson, David Rovnyak, and Timothy G. Strein

NMR Spectroscopy

~ Ana V. Silva and Ricardo O. Louro

~ Francisco M. Arrabal-Campos, Alejandro Cortés-Villena, and Ignacio Fernández

~ Craig J. Yennie, Russell Hopson, and Kathleen M. Hess

~ Steven W. Goldstein, Ashley Bill, Jyothi Dhuguru, and Ola Ghoneim

~ Patrick W. Fedick, Ryan M. Bain, Kinsey Bain, and R. Graham Cooks

Laboratory Cross-Course Collaboration

~ Richard A. Kjonaas, Richard W. Fitch, and Robert J. Noll

~ Robert J. Noll, Richard W. Fitch, Richard A. Kjonaas, and Richard A. Wyatt

Physical Chemistry

~ Sarah F. Tyler, Eileen C. Judkins, Dmitry Morozov, Carlos H. Borca, Lyudmila V. Slipchenko, and David. R. McMillin

~ Joaquin F. Perez-Benito

~ Victor E. Alvarez-Montaño, Mario H. Farías, Francisco Brown, Iliana C. Muñoz-Palma, Fernando Cubillas, and Felipe F. Castillón-Barraza

Distilling the Archives: Scents and Smellability

This issue includes two laboratory experiments that involve scents and smell:

~ James V. McCullagh and Sophia P. Hirakis

~ Rajeev S. Muthyala, Deepali Butani, Michelle Nelson, and Kiet Tran

Past issues of JCE also contain many engaging olfactory articles. Here is a small sampling:

 ~ M. Kevin Brown, Laura C. Brown, Karen Jepson-Innes, Michael Lindeau, and Jeremy Stone (highlighted at ChemEdX by Erica Jacobsen in )

~ Jennifer L. Logan and Craig E. Rumbaugh (includes extensive references to JCE literature on fragrances in the Supporting Information)

~ Jessica L. Epstein, Michael Castaldi, Grishma Patel, Peter Telidecki, and Kevin Karakkatt

~ Tanya L. Schneider

~ Andro C. Rios and Gerald French

~ Kerry Neppel, Maria T. Oliver-Hoyo, Connie Queen, and Nicole Reed

~ Stephen K. O’Shea, Daniel D. Von Riesen, and Lauren L. Rossi

~ Albrecht Mannschreck and Erwin von Angerer

~ Philip Kraft and Albrecht Mannschreck

~ Nikki Janssens, Lik H. Wee, and Johan A. Martens

~ Tom Kuntzleman, Tori Talaski and Charles Schaerer (at ChemEdX, an activity that involves limonene)

Editorial News

The Board of Publication of the has announced the opening of a search for the ninth Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chemical Education. The September issue contains details of the . A discussion of this is also , including direct access to a video of the current Editor, Norbert Pienta, discussing the job and its responsibilities.

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