JCE 97.05 May 2020 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education May 2020 Cover

Chemistry Education in Times of Disruption 

The of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: understanding structures; digital information and web-based learning; exploring everyday chemistry; curriculum innovations; games for teaching; NMR spectroscopy; examining properties of organic liquids; biochemistry laboratories; analytical and physical chemistry laboratories; computational chemistry; innovative low-cost instruments; research on knowledge and skills for teachers and chemists; from the archives: hands-on chemistry at home.

Editorials: Chemistry Education in Times of Disruption and the Times That Lie Beyond

Editors of ACS Journals provide an . In addition, JCE Editor-in-Chief Tom Holme discusses and encourages submissions to a special issue of JCE on .

Cover: Understanding Structures

Aperiodicity in crystals is not an intuitive concept, so its experimental visualization can be helpful for students to build understanding of the symmetry properties of an aperiodic crystal structure. In , Sergio Rossi, Claudia Rossi, and Nicoletta Accorigi describe an activity in which students assemble a continuous-fill (quasi)crystalline pattern with the support of 3D-printed Penrose tiles. Working together, students first use the kite and dart tiles to generate a periodic 2D-crystal pattern, followed by the construction of an aperiodic 2D-crystal pattern. This visual, tangible, and hands-on process allows students to grasp abstract concepts related to symmetry operations and elements of symmetry.

Other articles in the issue that explore understanding structures include:

~ Jahyeon Koo, Seok-In Lim, Junhwa Jang, Mintaek Oh, and Kwang-Un Jeong

~ Kristina Eriksen, Bjarne E. Nielsen, and Michael Pittelkow (open access)

~ John J. Dolhun and Peter Müller

Digital Information and Web-Based Learning

~ Kristy L. Turner and Holly Chung (open access)

~ Andrew F. Parsons (available to non-subscribers as part of ACS AuthorChoice program)

~ Kimia Moozeh, Jennifer Farmer, Deborah Tihanyi, and Greg J. Evans (open access)

~ Charlotte Jarabak, Troy Mutton, and Damon D. Ridley

Exploring Everyday Chemistry

~ Anna Sofia Tascini, Shiqi Wang, John M. Seddon, Fernando Bresme, and Rongjun Chen

~ Chris L. Craney, Thomas Lau, William T. Nelson, Adrianna Ghomeshi, James M. Rust, Robert M. de Groot, Donovan P. Dennis, Ellen Robertson, and Jessica Kissel

~ Christopher R. Vyhnal, Elizabeth H. R. Mahoney, Yuan Lin, Roxanne Radpour, and Henry Wadsworth

~ Jennifer A. Dabrowski and Mary E. Manson McManamy

~ Bruce C. Hamper and Joseph W. Meisel

Curriculum Innovations

~ Paulette Vincent-Ruz, Tara Meyer, Sean G. Roe, and Christian D. Schunn

~ William W. Kennerly, Kimberley A. Frederick, and Kelly Sheppard

~ Brian A. Provencher, Jimmy Franco, Anthony L. Fernandez, Stephen Theberge, and Brenda Zwickau

~ Michael S. Leonard

~ Benedikt Heinrich, Nicole Graulich, and Olalla Vázquez

~ Paul Buckley and Eli Fahrenkrug

~ Madison Mooney, Andrew J. Vreugdenhil, and Shegufa Shetranjiwalla

Games for Teaching

~ Anabela Estudante and Nicolas Dietrich

~ M. A. Martín-Lara and M. Calero

~ Sonia M. Underwood and Alex T. Kararo

NMR Spectroscopy 

~ Amy M. Balija

~ Shahrokh Saba, James A. Ciaccio, Lauren McMann, and Tamilla Tariverdieva

~ Michael T. Huggins, Tanay Kesharwani, Jonathan Buttrick, and Christopher Nicholson

Examining Properties of Organic Liquids

~ Amir Assadieskandar, Renata Rezende Miranda, and Rebecca M. Broyer

~ Jeffrey P. Fitzgerald, Robert F. Ferrante, Michael Brown, and Jonathan Cabarrus

Biochemistry Laboratories

~ Alexis M. Vroom Redden, Callie M. Barton, and Kyle R. Willian

~ Viveka Perera, Baku Acharya, Amanda L. Patrick, and Deb Mlsna

~ João H. P. M. Santos, Larissa P. Brumano, Adalberto Pessoa, Jr., and Carlota O. Rangel-Yagui

~ Jibin Abraham Punnoose, Ken Halvorsen, and Arun Richard Chandrasekaran

Analytical and Physical Chemistry Laboratories

~ Nathaniel E. Larm, Jeremy B. Essner, Jason A. Thon, Nakara Bhawawet, Laxmi Adhikari, Sarah K. St. Angelo, and Gary A. Baker

~ Letitia Pillay

~ Benjamin J. Knurr and James F. Hauri

~ Qian Zhang, Jie Liu, Hongcui Bao, Xiao Nai, Dezhi Sun, and Bing Ma

Computational Chemistry

~ Aidan A. E. Fisher

~ Daniel R. Albert (open access)

Innovative Low-Cost Instruments

~ Mark S. Cubberley, William A. Hess, and Mark B. Johnson (open access)

~ Edward C. Navarre (open access)

~ Bradley A. Owen, Nicholas C. Starvaggi, Taylor I. Mensah, and Isaac N. Mills (open access)

Research on Knowledge and Skills for Teachers and Chemists

~ Angela Stott

~ Qi Cui and Jordan Harshman

From the Archives: Hands-on Chemistry at Home 

This issue includes the activity  by Anna Sofia Tascini, Shiqi Wang, John M. Seddon, Fernando Bresme, and Rongjun Chen. Their paper features the classic activity investigating the interaction of detergent with food coloring and milk. There have been many activities in JCE that use household materials. In particular, the JCE Classroom Activities feature, published from 1997 to 2012 under the leadership of Erica Jacobsen, provides hands-on, minds-on activities that primarily use grocery and hardware store materials to investigate a wide range of chemical concepts. A complete list with descriptions of all 112 activities is attached--

--and was included as part of the supporting information in Erica Jacobsen’s commentary:

 (open access)

ChemEdX hosts a list of ; here are activities from #104 to #112:

~ Mary E. Harris and Barbara Walker. J. Chem. Educ. 2010, 87 (2), 147-149 (Feb 2010)

~ Ingrid Montes-González, Jose A. Cintron-Maldonado, Ilia E. Pérez-Medina, Verónica Montes-Berríos, and Saurie N. Román-López. J. Chem. Educ. 2010, 87 (4), 396-397 (Apr 2010)

~ Yueh-Huey Chen, Jia-Ying Lin, Li-Pin Lin, Han Liang, and Jing-Fun Yaung. J. Chem. Educ. 2010, 87 (9), 920-921 (Sep 2010)

~ Collin R. Howder, Kyle D. Groen, and Thomas S. Kuntzleman. J. Chem. Educ. 2010, 87 (10), 1060-1061 (Oct 2010)

~ Michael J. Sanger. J. Chem. Educ. 2011, 88 (3), 272-273 (Mar 2011)

~ Alice Putti. J. Chem. Educ. 2011, 88 (9), 1278-1280 (Sep 2011)

~ Jenna Lech and Vladimir Dounin. J. Chem. Educ. 2011, 88 (12), 1684-1686 (Dec 2011)

~ Edgardo L. Ortiz Nieves, Reizelie Barreto, and Zuleika Medina. J. Chem. Educ. 2012, 89 (5), 643-645 (May 2012)

Stephanie Ryan and Donald J. Wink. J. Chem. Educ. 2012, 89 (9) (Sep 2012)

JCE: A Steady Source of Ideas 

Even in these times of disruption, there are always ideas for teaching and learning  chemistry in the 97 volumes of the —including the described above. Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print () are also available. (For more information on how to access the  articles cited above, see Deanna Cullen’s post on .)

Do you have something to share? Write it up for the Journal! In particular, consider submitting to the special issue of JCE on (deadline is June 17, 2020).

continues to provide excellent advice about becoming an author. In addition, numerous , including the revised and . The also has resources for preparing and reviewing manuscripts for ACS journals.