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by Kathleen Carrigan
Mon, 02/22/2021 - 22:35

Community colleges offer associates degrees in mortuary science and Chemistry for Funeral Service or similar type courses are typically part of the associates degree curriculum. This post is written primarily for faculty who may advise students in this career path. This post (Part 1) will discuss a few reasons why taking chemistry is important for students pursuing a career in mortuary science.

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by Melanie Harvey
Sun, 02/21/2021 - 20:20

Service animals will continue to become more common in chemical laboratories. It is important that chemistry faculty and departments are prepared to safely accomodate students with service dogs in laboratory courses. 

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by Dean Campbell
Sat, 02/20/2021 - 10:43

Cold weather brings about the opportunity to demonstrate glass transition temperatures of polypropylene containers.

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by Josh Kenney
Mon, 02/15/2021 - 14:28

Self-quizzing is an effective study strategy that leads to longer-term memory retention than other methods. However, when I surveyed my student's preferred study method, self-quizzing did not make the list. In this post, I'll describe self-quizzing and how to support and encourage students to use it.

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by Francisco Villa
Mon, 02/15/2021 - 13:25

What would be a useful infrastructure to help modernize undergraduate labs and perhaps give students more experience/skills- especially those serving student populations with low socio-economic status? This blog offers a practical solution. 

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by Stephanie O'Brien
Sat, 02/13/2021 - 12:51

This article shares a reflection of my daughter's experience in hybrid AP Chemistry from the perspective of a mother. 

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by Thomas Cox
Fri, 02/12/2021 - 18:32

Think back to when most college students across the country were on campus working together on group projects and studying together in the library. So how can this be recreated now that online instruction is the current operational mode? One solution may be Study Hall over Zoom.

 

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by Joseph Lomax
Wed, 02/10/2021 - 16:21

Teaching about hypervalent structures is problematic. This post discusses a simple and quick way in determining the number of lone pairs on a hypervalent central p-block atom.

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by Clarissa Sorens...
Tue, 02/09/2021 - 13:14

Evaluations are part of everyday life. This multi-part blog series aims to expand upon the evaluation process. Part 2 focuses on what evaluation is and how it differs from research.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Mon, 02/08/2021 - 07:10

Have you seen the rainbow candy experiment? It's a very simple experiment that involves pouring water into a plate that has M&M's candies or Skittles arranged in a pattern. Very curious shapes of sharply divided regions form spontaneously. How does this happen?! 

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