JCE 94.03 March 2017 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education March 2017 Cover

Promoting Problem-Solving and Discovery Learning

The March 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: protein chemistry; making connections in in chemical education research; chemical bonding; importance of non-technical skills; courses built on reactivity; periodic table; heterocyclic compounds; teaching resources; from the archives: Using Wikipedia and Wikis to teach.

Cover: Protein Chemistry

Students often have difficulties understanding that proteins routinely exist in both folded and unfolded states, and that protein unfolding is not equivalent to irreversible denaturation or aggregation. In , Tess M. Carlson, Kevin W. Lam, Carol W. Lam, Jimmy Z. He, James H. Maynard, and Silvia Cavagnero describe a novel, simple, and visually engaging illustration of the reversible interconversion between folded and unfolded protein states and of the dramatic effect of pH, temperature, and stabilizing/destabilizing cosolutes on protein conformation.

Protein chemistry is also explored in these articles:

Proteins and Drug Design

~ Antoine Daina, Marie-Claude Blatter, Vivienne Baillie Gerritsen, Patricia M. Palagi, Diana Marek, Ioannis Xenarios, Torsten Schwede, Olivier Michielin, and Vincent Zoete

~ Travis R. Helgren and Timothy J. Hagen

~ Maurício T. Tavares, Marina C. Primi, Nuno A. T. F. Silva, Camila F. Carvalho, Micael R. Cunha, and Roberto Parise-Filho

Protein Experiments

~ Sadie M. Johnson, Cassidy Javner, and Benjamin J. Hackel

~ Kara Finzel, Joris Beld, Michael D. Burkart, and Louise K. Charkoudian

~ John P. Hoben, Jianing Wang, and Anne-Frances Miller

~ Jessica C. Albright and Douglas J. Beussman


Editor-in-Chief Norbert J. Pienta asks

Jonathan S. Rhoad suggests using a pair of writing assignments that challenge students to gain a deeper understanding of underlying concepts and to read their textbook critically in the Commentary .

Making Connections in Chemical Education Research

~ Mihwa Park, Xiufeng Liu, Noemi Waight

~ Jessica M. Tiettmeyer, Amelia F. Coleman, Ryan S. Balok, Tyler W. Gampp, Patrick L. Duffy, Kristina M. Mazzarone, and Nathaniel P. Grove

Chemical Bonding

In , Bhawani Venkataraman describes a pedagogical approach to help students understand chemical bonding by emphasizing the importance of electrostatic interactions between atoms. A previously published article by Bhawani Venkataraman with Elinor Gottschalk, , uses an animation and accompanying activity to help students visualize how dispersion interactions arise.

Courses Built on Reactivity

In , Chris P. Schaller, Kate J. Graham, and Henry V. Jakubowski describe a new course that presents chemical reactions from the domains of organic, inorganic, and biochemistry that are not readily categorized by electrophile–nucleophile interactions. This is built on two previously published articles:

~ Chris P. Schaller, Kate J. Graham, Brian J. Johnson, T. Nicholas Jones, and Edward J. McIntee

~ Chris P. Schaller, Kate J. Graham, Edward J. McIntee, T. Nicholas Jones, and Brian J. Johnson

Importance of Non-technical Skills

Anne E. Kondo and Justin D. Fair reveal in that companies value effective teamwork and communication skills. These non-technical skills can be achieved when a strong foundation of interprofessional skills has been taught and applied in scientific settings, such as through undergraduate research.

Periodic Table

~ Tyler B. Coplen, Fabienne Meyers, and Norman E. Holden

~ Erik V. Johnstone, Mary Anne Yates, Frederic Poineau, Alfred P. Sattelberger, and Kenneth R. Czerwinski

Heterocyclic Compounds

by Brandi S. Santaniello, Matthew J. Price, and James K. Murray, Jr. describes a straightforward hetrocyclic synthesis. The authors point out that heterocyclic compounds, in particular N-heterocycles, are pervasive in compounds of medicinal and biological interest, as revealed in:

~ Nicholas A. McGrath, Matthew Brichacek, and Jon T. Njardarson

~ Elizabeth A. Ilardi, Edon Vitaku, and Jon T. Njardarson

Teaching Resources

~ J. Pablo Tomba

~ Antje Kohnle, Cory Benfield, Georg Hähner, and Mark Paetkau

~ Ronald A. Hites

From the Archives: Using Wikipedia and Wikis To Teach

Michael D. Mandler dicusses and encourages timely fact-checking and editing by the chemical community in order to make Wikipedia a more useful resource. Other articles that have discussed using Wikipedia and Wikis to teach include:

~ Eric Martineau and Louise Boisvert

~ Martin A. Walker and Ye Li

~ Laura E. Pence and Harry E. Pence

~ Edward W. Elliott, III and Ana Fraiman

~ Cheryl L. Moy, Jonas R. Locke, Brian P. Coppola, and Anne J. McNeil

~ Kathleen E. Kristian

~ Michael J. Evans and Jeffrey S. Moore

Promoting Everything that JCE Has To Offer

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