JCE 93.01—January 2016 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education January 2016 Cover

Kick Off 2016 with Volume 93

The January 2016 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: examining the flipped classroom; central ideas in chemistry & teaching; chemistry, art, & color; expanding student understanding; improving student communication skills; analytical chemistry & instrumental analysis; experimenting with natural products; undergraduate research experiences; educational resources; from the archive: using nonfiction to teach.

Cover: Build Your Own Photometer

Guided-inquiry laboratory experiments help students develop scientific inquiry skills, including background research, procedure development, hypothesis testing, and learning through trial and error. In , Jessie J. Wang, José R. Rodríguez Núñez, E. Jane Maxwell, and W. Russ Algar describe such an experiment for an undergraduate analytical chemistry laboratory. Students construct a submersible photometer from LEDs and household items, interface the photometer to a computer, and test the photometer in a colorimetric acid–base titration. The cover art is a representation of how prelaboratory assignments help students map their own path through the concepts, components, and completion of the experiment, with gains in their learning.

Examining the Flipped Classroom

Editor-in-Chief Norbert J. Pienta makes some observations about the advantages and potential practical challenges of the “flipped classroom” approach in a general chemistry course in his editorial, . Additional articles researching the effectiveness of the flipped classroom in this issue include:

~ Michael D. Ryan and Scott A. Reid

~ Lisa Hibbard, Shannon Sung, and Breché Wells

Central Ideas in Chemistry & Teaching

~ Vicente Talanquer

~ S. Seethaler

~ Yanlan Wan and Hualin Bi

Chemistry, Art, & Color

~ Anne C. Gaquere-Parker, N. Allie Doles, and Cass D. Parker

~ Jocelyn Alcantara-Garcia and Mike Szelewski

~W. Russ Algar, Caitlyn A. G. De Jong, E. Jane Maxwell, and Chad G. Atkins

~ Gabriel Pinto and Amalio Garrido-Escudero

~ Pablo García-Fernández, Miguel Moreno, and José Antonio Aramburu

Expanding Student Understanding

~ Hui Tang and Michael R. Abraham

~ Alison B. Flynn and Delphine G. Amellal

~ Santiago Toledo and Justin M. Dubas

~ Masahiro Yoshikawa and Nobuyoshi Koga

~ Jeremy T. Jordan, Melinda C. Box, Kristen E. Eguren, Thomas A. Parker, Victoria M. Saraldi-Gallardo, Michael I. Wolfe, and Maria T. Gallardo-Williams

Improving Student Communication Skills

~ Alexander F. Stewart, Andrea L. Williams, Jennifer E. Lofgreen, Landon J. G. Edgar, Laura B. Hoch, and Andrew P. Dicks

~ Bozena Widanski, Jo Ann Thompson, Katie Foran-Mulcahy, and Amy Abafo

Analytical Chemistry & Instrumental Analysis

~ Fernando S. Lopes, Alexandre L. B. Baccaro, Mauro S. F. Santos, and I. G. R. Gutz

~ Elise K. Grasse, Morgan H. Torcasio, and Adam W. Smith

~ Jack M. Carraher, Sarah M. Curry, and Jean-Philippe Tessonnier

~ Nicole Famularo, Yana Kholod, and Dmytro Kosenkov

~ Robert Zakrzewski, Monika Skowron, Witold Ciesielski, and Żaneta Rembisz

~ S. J. Coles and L. K. Mapp

Experimenting with Natural Products

~ Janel E. Owens, Laura B. Zimmerman, Michael A. Gardner, and Luis E. Lowe

~ Aliefman Hakim, Liliasari, Asep Kadarohman, and Yana Maolana Syah

~ Katherine Locock, Tim Bakas, Farid Sanai, Robin Allan, and Tina Hinton

~ Homar Barcena and Peishan Chen

~ Jeremy Just, Grace L. Bunton, Bianca J. Deans, Natasha L. Murray, Alex C. Bissember, and Jason A. Smith

Undergraduate Research Experiences

~ Patricia Ann Mabrouk

~ Ted M. Clark, Rebecca Ricciardo, and Tyler Weaver

~ Lisa T. Alty, Marcia B. France, Isaac G. Alty, Christine A. Saber, and Donna M. Smith

Educational Resources

~ Sally S. Hunnicutt

~ Jonas Börgel, Michael G. Campbell, and Tobias Ritter

~ Garon C. Smith and Md Mainul Hossain

From the Archive: Using Nonfiction to Teach

In the article , Daniel R. Zuidema and Lindsey B. Herndon discuss the use of the book The Poisoner’s Handbook as a hook for teaching students about chemistry and forensic science. In addition to the many great nonfiction suggestions available at , some examples of popular nonfiction used to get students interested in chemistry in past issues include:

~ Kevin M. Bucholtz

~ Cindy Samet and Pamela J. Higgins

~ Katie E. Amaral and Ivan A. Shibley, Jr.

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