JCE 91.11—November 2014 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education November 2014 Cover

Engaging and Sustaining Students' Interest in Chemistry

The November 2014 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is available online to subscribers. The November issue content includes content on water chemistry, diversity and women in science, professional development, teaching with technology, electrochemistry, and more.

Water Chemistry in the Field


In Field and In-Lab Determination of Ca2+ in Seawater, Robin Stoodley, Jose R. Rodriguez Nuñez, and Tessa Bartz combine portions of classic undergraduate quantitative analysis experiments in complexiometric titration and potentiometry with a field-sampling experience to create a comparison-based experiment for second-year students.

Other articles in the issue on water chemistry include:

Island Explorations: Discovering Effects of Environmental Research-Based Lab Activities on Analytical Chemistry Students ~
Janice Hall Tomasik, Dale LeCaptain, Sarah Murphy, Mary Martin, Rachel M. Knight, Maureen A. Harke, Ryan Burke, Kara Beck, and I. David Acevedo-Polakovich

Laboratory Experiment Investigating the Impact of Ocean Acidification on Calcareous Organisms~ Alokya P. Perera and A. M. R. P. Bopegedera

Low-Cost Method for Quantifying Sodium in Coconut Water and Seawater for the Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Laboratory: Flame Test, a Mobile Phone Camera, and Image Processing
~ Edgar P. Moraes, Nilbert S. A. da Silva, Camilo de L. M. de Morais, Luiz S. das Neves, and Kassio M. G. de Lima

Development and Validation of a Fast Procedure To Analyze Amoxicillin in River Waters by Direct-Injection LC–MS/MS
~ Vera Homem, Arminda Alves, and Lúcia

Removal of Aromatic Pollutant Surrogate from Water by Recyclable Magnetite-Activated Carbon Nanocomposite: An Experiment for General Chemistry
~ Ping Y. Furlan and Michael E. Melcer


Norbert Pienta, Editor-in-Chief, discusses Applying Science to Everyday Life and encourages chemistry educators and other teachers of science to provide their students, and others when given the opportunity, with an appreciation of some basic principles.


In Name Concepts in Analytical Science, Pawel L. Urban views teaching analytical chemistry through the lens of the names of the inventors or discoverers of various analytical methods and phenomena.

Diversity and Women in Science

Trends in Ph.D. Productivity and Diversity in Top-50 U.S. Chemistry Departments: An Institutional Analysis~ Sandra L. Laursen and Timothy J. Weston (this article is available to non-subscribers as part of ACS’s Editors’ Choice program)

Factors Associated with Female Chemist Doctoral Career Choice within the Physical Sciences ~ Katherine P. Dabney and Robert H. Tai

Diversifying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): An Inquiry into Successful Approaches in Chemistry
~ Zakiya S. Wilson, Saundra Y. McGuire, Patrick A. Limbach, Michael P. Doyle, Luigi G. Marzilli, and Isiah M. Warner

Professional Development for Graduate Students and Teachers

Results of a Practicum Offering Teaching-Focused Graduate Student Professional Development
 ~ Michelle Richards-Babb, John H. Penn, and Michelle Withers

Cottrell Scholars Collaborative New Faculty Workshop: Professional Development for New Chemistry Faculty and Initial Assessment of Its Efficacy
~ Lane A. Baker, Devasmita Chakraverty, Linda Columbus, Andrew L. Feig, William S. Jenks, Matthew Pilarz, Marilyne Stains, Rory Waterman, and Jodi L. Wesemann

Offering a Geoscience Professional Development Program To Promote Science Education and Provide Hands-On Experiences for K–12 Science Educators
~ Sayo O. Fakayode, David A. Pollard, Vincent T. Snipes, and Alvin Atkinson

Teaching with Technology

Chemical Education Research

Student Perceptions of Chemistry Experiments with Different Technological Interfaces: A Comparative Study
~ Samuel J. Priest, Simon M. Pyke, and Natalie M. Williamson

Problem Solving Videos for General Chemistry Review: Students’ Perceptions and Use Patterns ~Michelle Richards-Babb, Reagan Curtis, Valerie J. Smith, and Mingming Xu

Mixed-Methods Study of Online and Written Organic Chemistry Homework ~Kinza Malik, Nylvia Martinez, Juan Romero, Skyler Schubel, and Philip A. Janowicz

The Effects of Using Touch-Screen Devices on Students’ Molecular Visualization and Representational Competence Skills
~ Brett M McCollum, Lisa Regier, Jaque Leong, Sarah Simpson, and Shayne Sterner

Introductory Chemistry

Using Touch-Screen Technology, Apps, and Blogs To Engage and Sustain High School Students’ Interest in Chemistry Topics
~ Heejoo Kim, Priya Chacko, Jinhui Zhao, and Jin Kim

Supporting Students’ Learning To Learn in General Chemistry Using Moodle
~ Maritza Lau González, Ulises Jáuregui Haza, Aurora Pérez Gramagtes, Gloria Fariñas León, and Nadine Le Bolay

Activating Students’ Interest and Participation in Lectures and Practical Courses Using Their Electronic Devices
~ Maikel Wijtmans, Lisette van Rens, and Jacqueline E. van Muijlwijk-Koezen

Use of Doceri Software for iPad in Online Delivery of Chemistry Content
~ Lee J. Silverberg, John Tierney, and Matthew J. Bodek

Making Data Management Accessible in the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum
~ Barbara A. Reisner, K.T.L. Vaughan, and Yasmeen L. Shorish

Mole Pi: Using New Technology To Teach the Magnitude of a Mole
~ Michael J. Geyer

Organic Chemistry

Classroom Response Systems for Implementing Interactive Inquiry in Large Organic Chemistry Classes
~ Richard W. Morrison, Joel A. Caughran, and Angela L. Sauers

Inverted Teaching: Applying a New Pedagogy to a University Organic Chemistry Class
~ Michael A. Christiansen

Using Structure-Based Organic Chemistry Online Tutorials with Automated Correction for Student Practice and Review
Timothy P. O’Sullivan and Gráinne C. Hargaden

Nomenclature101.com: A Free, Student-Driven Organic Chemistry Nomenclature Learning Tool
~ Alison B. Flynn, Jeanette Caron, Jamey Laroche, Melissa Daviau-Duguay, Caroline Marcoux, and Gisèle Richard

Touch NMR: An NMR Data Processing Application for the iPad ~
Qiyue Li, Zhiwei Chen, Zhiping Yan, Cheng Wang, and Zhong Chen

Electrochemistry Activities and Labs

Developing and Implementing a Simple, Affordable Hydrogen Fuel Cell Laboratory in Introductory Chemistry
~ Kristina Klara, Ning Hou, Allison Lawman, Liheng Wu, Drew Morrill, Alfred Tente, and Li-Qiong Wang

Fostering Innovation through an Active Learning Activity Inspired by the Baghdad Battery ~ Xu Lu and Franklin Anariba

Development of a Handmade Conductivity Measurement Device for a Thin-Film Semiconductor and Its Application to Polypyrrole
~ Set Seng, Tomita Shinpei, Inada Yoshihiko, and Kita Masakazu

An Integrated Laboratory Approach toward the Preparation of Conductive Poly(phenylenevinylene) Polymers
~ Timm A. Knoerzer, Gary J. Balaich, Hannah A. Miller, and Scott T. Iacono

From Empirical Formulas to Protein Folding: Using Paperclips for Understanding

Using Paperclips To Explain Empirical Formulas to Students ~ Peter Nassiff and Wendy A. Czerwinski

Mechanical Modeling and Computer Simulation of Protein Folding ~ Maxim B. Prigozhin, Gregory E. Scott, and Sharlene Denos

Student Designed Laboratory Projects

Implementing a Student-Designed Green Chemistry Laboratory Project in Organic Chemistry
~ Kate J. Graham, T. Nicholas Jones, Chris P. Schaller, and Edward J. McIntee

Development of a Semester-Long, Inquiry-Based Laboratory Course in Upper-Level Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
~ Pushpalatha P. N. Murthy, Martin Thompson, and Kedmon Hungwe

Synthesis in the Laboratory

Mass Spectrometry in Organic Synthesis: Claisen–Schmidt Base-Catalyzed Condensation and Hammett Correlation of Substituent Effects
~ Ryan M. Bain, Christopher J. Pulliam, Xin Yan, Kassandra F. Moore, Thomas Müller, and R. Graham Cooks

Synthesis and Application of Ratiometric and “Turn-On” Fluorescent pH Sensors: An Advanced Organic Undergraduate Laboratory ~ Johnathon T. Hutt and Zachary D. Aron

From the Archives: Wonders of Water

Enjoy access to a collection of articles, hands-on experiments, and demonstrations from past issue on the topics of water properties and water in the environment.

Eleven JCE Resources for the Eleventh Month

1. The November 2014 issue

2. 92 volumes of the Journal of Chemical Education

3. ASAP—As Soon As Publishable (articles that are edited and published online ahead of print)

4. January 2014 issue, a sample issue

5. Editors’ Choice articles

11.  If you have something to share, write it up.