JCE 98.04 April 2021 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education April 2021 Cover

Journal of Chemical Education April 2021 Issue

The of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: environmental chemistry; curriculum innovation; redesigning courses; representation in chemistry textbooks; public understanding of chemistry; teaching with models; visual and aural demonstrations; teaching chemistry with inks and pigments; examining the chemistry of beer; synthesis in the laboratory; improving student understanding of analysis; instrumentation; chemistry education research; from the archives: resources for celebrating Earth Week 2021.

Cover: Chemistry and Geology of Alkaline Surface Lake Waters

Soap Lake, in the Lower Grand Coulee of Washington State, is one of five alkaline lakes sampled by general chemistry students in a project-based laboratory. The white residue resembling soap suds, shown in the photographs of Soap Lake on the cover, is calcium carbonate. A. M. R. P. Bopegedera and Christopher L. Coughenour, a chemist–geologist teaching team, developed an interdisciplinary investigation of lake geochemistry, as described in . Following a multi-day field trip, students determined alkalinity, dissolved solids, calcium, and magnesium ion contents in surface waters. Progressive alkalinity increases were interpreted via observation of the "closed" system bearing little surface flow between lakes. Lake water is partially evaporated and fluxed underground to down-gradient lakes through basalts containing calcium and magnesium. Through foundational solution chemistry concepts, students developed an understanding of lake water trends and broader geologic processes.

Other environmental content in this issue includes:

~ Joy Ballard and Suazette Reid Mooring

~ Enrica Luzzi, Veronica Ambrogi, Giovanni Filippone, Barbara Liguori, Martina Salzano de Luna, and Paolo Aprea (Available open access without a subscription.)

~ Rosalynn Quiñones, Sara Moreno, Deben Shoup, Mieke Klein, Tamara D. Westfall, and Aakriti Damai

~ Eugene P. Wagner and Bridget E. Murray

~ Danielle R. Lucas, Thaiany S. C. Bressiani, Anne C. C. Gomes, Ingrid M. Hayashide, Naomi K. Simas, Maria F. F. Lelis, Ricardo M. Kuster, and Paulo R. G. Moura

~ Grace W. Muna


In the editorial , guest authors Jane Wissinger, Aurelia Visa, Bipul Saha, Stephen Matlin, Peter Mahaffy, Klaus Kümmerer, and Sarah Cornell reflect on the extent to which we integrate sustainability into chemistry education. (Available open access without a subscription.)

Curriculum Innovation

~ Samuel Pazicni, Donald J. Wink, Ashley Donovan, John A. Conrad, Joshua P. Darr, Rachel A. Morgan Theall, Dana L. Richter-Egger, Adrian Villalta-Cerdas, and Deborah Rush Walker

~ John G. Hardy, Stephanie Sdepanian, Alison F. Stowell, Amal D. Aljohani, Michael J. Allen, Ayaz Anwar, Dik Barton, John V. Baum, David Bird, Adam Blaney, Liz Brewster, David Cheneler, Olga Efremova, Michael Entwistle, Reza N. Esfahani, Melike Firlak, Alex Foito, Leandro Forciniti, Sydney A. Geissler, Feng Guo, Rania M. Hathout, Richard Jiang, Punarja Kevin, David Leese, Wan Li Low, Sarah Mayes, Masoud Mozafari, Samuel T. Murphy, Hieu Nguyen, Chifundo N. M. Ntola, George Okafo, Adam Partington, Thomas A. K. Prescott, Stephen P. Price, Sherif Soliman, Papri Sutar, David Townsend, Patrick Trotter, and Karen L. Wright

~ Geoffrey M. Bowers, Randolph K. Larsen, and Kelly Y. Neiles

~ Longfei Cai, Minghua Zhong, Zankai Yan, Junsheng Huang, Huiying Zhang, Manbin Lin, Heyun Lai, Hui Pan, Dongxian Ke, and Nailin Ren

~ Yizhou Ling, Pengwen Chen, Jingying Wang, Kai Chen, and Hongyan Ren

Redesigning Courses

~ Andrew J. Zak, Luke F. Bugada, Xiao Yin Ma, and Fei Wen

~ Pavan Inguva, Parth Shah, Umang Shah, and Clemens Brechtelsbauer

~ Xiao Dong

~ Kate J. McKnelly, Michael A. Morris, and Stephen A. Mang

Representation in Chemistry Textbooks

~ Mona L. Becker and Melanie R. Nilsson

Public Understanding of Chemistry

~ Kristen Frederick-Frost

~ Helen Cooke, Heidi L. Dobbs, Katherine Haxton, Fabio Parmeggiani, and Glynn Skerratt
~ A. M. R. P. Bopegedera

~ José L. Godínez Castellanos, Aliz León, Christopher L. Reed, Jonathan Y. Lo, Patricia Ayson, Joseph Garfield, Michelle Alva, Miriam Ureño Moreno, Michael D. Drake, Michele Gordon, Shane Phillips, and Elvin A. Alemán

~ David Armstrong, Barbara Murck, and Judith C. Poë

~ Matthew O. Hight, Nhien Q. Nguyen, and Timothy A. Su

~ Kihyang Kim and Seoung-Hey Paik

Teaching with Models

~ Debora Marchak, Inna Shvarts-Serebro, and Ron Blonder (Available open access without a subscription.)

~ Deborah C. Bromfield Lee and Grace A. Beggs (Available open access without a subscription.)

~ Henry David Snyder and Tugba G. Kucukkal

~ Owen J. Curnow

Visual and Aural Demonstrations

~ Rachel E. Peters and Han Jung Park

~ Jianrui Zhang, Markus Antonietti, and Baris Kumru (Available open access without a subscription.)

Teaching Chemistry with Inks and Pigments

~ Domenica Tommasa Donia, Emanuele Vincenzo Scibetta, Pietro Tagliatesta, and Marilena Carbone (Available open access without a subscription.)

~ Kaito Ishido, Kazuki Nakamura, Koki Taniyama, Kento Fujita, Kazuya Nakatani, Yuri Nakagawa, and Junpei Hayakawa

~ Jean-Yves Winum, Laurent Bernaud, and Jean-Sébastien Filhol

Examining the Chemistry of Beer

~ Rebecca A. Hunter

~ Kevin J. Cash

Synthesis in the Laboratory

~ Anamika Khaskel and Pranjit Barman

~ Qiaomei Chen, Yang Yang, Ying Yu, and Huaping Xu

Improving Student Understanding of Analysis

~ Stellan Holgersson (Available open access without a subscription.)

~ Juan F. Araneda, Thaís Mendonça Barbosa, Paul Hui, Matthew C. Leclerc, Jonathan Ma, Alexander F. G. Maier, and Susanne D. Riegel

~ J. Charles Williamson and Todd P. Silverstein

~ Talia Marie Sebastian, Ke Qu, and Xiangqun Zeng


~ Karen E. Stevens, Richard E. Stevens, and Ryan L. Grady (Available open access without a subscription.)

~ Wenderson R. F. Silva, Willian T. Suarez, César Reis, Vagner B. dos Santos, Felipe Andrade Carvalho, Efraim L. Reis, and Fernando C. Vicentini (Available open access without a subscription.)

~ Jiwoo An and Thomas A. Holme

Chemistry Education Research

~ Adam G. L. Schafer and Ellen J. Yezierski

~ Molly B. Atkinson and Stacey Lowery Bretz

~ Jolanda Hermanns

~ Lynn C. Reimer, Kameryn Denaro, Wenliang He, and Renée D. Link

Chemical Security

The featured a special section on Chemical Security. One article from that issue is discussed further in:

~ Christoph Rücker, Markus Meringer, and Alfred Wassermann

~ Christopher M. Timperley and Jonathan E. Forman

From the Archives: Resources for Celebrating Earth Week 2021

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week for 2021 (April 18–24) features the theme "Reducing Our Footprint with Chemistry." A list of articles, activities, and experiments from issues of the Journal of Chemical Education that can can help bring ideas to students on understanding our environmental impact and creating a sustainable future is available on .

JCE's Footprint Has a Big Impact

Even in these times of disruption, there are always ideas for teaching and learning chemistry available in 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 has been extended to April 30, 2021). Additional information about this special issue is available

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.