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by Deanna Cullen
Wed, 01/30/2019 - 11:42

The American Chemical Society Western Michigan Section is planning a special International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT) celebration to be held at Grand Valley State University in Michigan on October 19th. The highlight of the celebration will be the unveiling of the largest periodic table in hopes of setting a Guinness World Record. Schools and groups are invited to help with the IYPT project by making one of the 118 elements.

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by David Frohnapfel
Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:43

A few years ago, the faculty in our department at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania decided to switch to an atoms first approach to the General Chemistry course. We took advantage of this change to systematically redesign the first semester of the laboratory curriculum to be a true “laboratory course” that focuses on laboratory practices, techniques, and equipment rather than on chemical theory.

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by Nakita Noel
Tue, 01/15/2019 - 13:39

Read Dr. Nakita Noel’s career profile describing her background and her current position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Princeton Research Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials.

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by Erica K. Jacobsen
Sun, 01/13/2019 - 18:04

Erica Jacobsen shares highlights from the January 2019 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education.

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by Mary Saecker
Fri, 01/11/2019 - 12:18

The January 2019 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: chemical biology, innovative curriculum for the classroom and laboratory, promoting effective teaching methods in organic chemistry, improving student conceptual models, cost-effective and low-waste equipment and experiments, using instructional videos to teach, exploring materials science, instrumental analytical experiments, organic chemistry laboratories, research on success in chemistry, from the archives: anodizing.

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by Andrea Amato
Mon, 01/07/2019 - 18:18

I came across an interesting Journal of Chemical Education article that explains how it is possible to crosslink sodium alginate, leading to the formation of calcium alginate beads. Calcium alginate beads are hydrogels and one of their uses is to immobilize enzymes in their structure. I thought it would be cool to immobilize some lactase enzyme onto calcium alginate beads and investigate its ability to hydrolyze lactose. 

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Thu, 01/03/2019 - 13:46

Some research indicates that it is not always beneficial for students to work entirely on their own as they conduct inquiry-based investigations. This article explores a method of inquiry learning in which teachers and students work together to envision, conduct, and analyze experiments.

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by Deanna Cullen
Wed, 01/02/2019 - 12:24

ChemEd X has invited professionals working in chemistry related fields to write about their background, experience and advice they have for those interested in a similar career path. Chemistry instructors can use these as a resource to help students glimpse the variety of chemistry related fields open to them. 

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by Jason Kong
Wed, 01/02/2019 - 09:20

Read Jason Kong’s career profile describing his background and his current position as a chemical laboratory supervisor for the Ohio Department of Agriculture.


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by Erica K. Jacobsen
Sat, 12/15/2018 - 19:24

Erica Jacobsen shares highlights from the December 2018 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education.

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