JCE 98.05 May 2021 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education May 2021 Cover

Journal of Chemical Education May 2021 Issue

The of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: teaching biochemistry, assessment, learning to think like a scientist, environmental chemistry, forensic chemistry, surface chemistry, solution mixing, organic chemistry laboratory experiments and activities, computer-based experiences, research on promoting student success, from the archives: systems thinking.

Cover: Teaching Biochemistry

Metabolism, including cellular respiration, encompasses a significant portion of the topics taught in foundational biochemistry and life science undergraduate courses. In (available open access without a subscription), Shirley Long, Stavroula Andreopoulos, Sian Patterson, Jodie Jenkinson, and Derek P. Ng describe the creation and use with students of a 3D animation that introduces students to the fundamental concepts of glucose and fat metabolism, energy production by the citric acid cycle, and oxidative phosphorylation. Major points of regulation that highlight the integration and flux of these metabolic pathways are also emphasized. The cover image is a scene from the animation depicting the molecular environment of the cellular cytoplasm.

Additional biochemistry content in this issue:

~ Henrique S. Fernandes, Nuno M. F. S. A. Cerqueira, and Sérgio F. Sousa  (Available open access without a subscription.)

~ Felipe Engelberger, Pablo Galaz-Davison, Graciela Bravo, Maira Rivera, and César A. Ramírez-Sarmiento (Available open access without a subscription.)

~ María A. Toscanini, Álvaro A. Recoulat Angelini, María F. Troncoso, and Lucrecia M. Curto

~ María Fernanda Candela, Nelson E. Arenas, Obradith Caicedo, and Andrés Malagón

~ Amanda L. Smythers, Megan M. Ford, Dakota G. Hawkins, Megan C. Connor, Kylie C. Lawrence, Caroline R. Stanton, Alton C. Gayton, and Leslie M. Hicks


In , Tom Holme argues that shared chemistry knowledge can be used as the analog to consider nonchemistry experiences associated with teaching the subject. In order to frame an understanding of the role of stress in teaching and learning chemistry in the present time, he defines a quantum of stress as an “innixiton”.


~ Nicola Y. Edwards

~ Solaire A. Finkenstaedt-Quinn, Michael Petterson, Anne Gere, and Ginger Shultz

~ Amy M. Danowitz

~ Benjamin Sorenson and Kenneth Hanson

~ Nikita L. Burrows, Jonathan Ouellet, Jaimy Joji, and Jillian Man

Learning to Think Like a Scientist

~ Jennifer A. Dabrowski and Mary E. Manson McManamy

~ Chun Wang, Pengwen Chen, Jingying Wang, and Yizhou Ling

~ Nicholas C. Thomas

~ Roshini Ramachandran, Nicholas A. Bernier, Christine M. Mavilian, Tina Izad, Leah Thomas, and Alexander M. Spokoyny

~ Juan M. Sanchez

Environmental Chemistry

~ Jose L. Cerrillo, Irene López-Hernández, and A. Eduardo Palomares

~ Janaína P. Silva, Karen M. Nunes, Wladmir T. Silva, Thales do V. Moreira, Igor H. V. Silveira, and Rita C. O. Sebastião

~ Lizethly Cáceres-Jensen, Jorge Rodríguez-Becerra, Bárbara Jorquera-Moreno, Mauricio Escudey, Sofía Druker-Ibañez, José Hernández-Ramos, Tatiana Díaz-Arce, Johannes Pernaa, and Maija Aksela

Forensic Chemistry

~ Dora Dias, José Ferraz-Caetano, and João Paiva

~ Kayleigh M. Herrmann, Robert Murnane, and Federico Brucoli

Surface Chemistry 

~ Daisuke Kajiya

~ Mikhail Trought and Kathryn A. Perrine

Solution Mixing

~ Joshua Schrier

~ Lionel M. Raff  

Organic Chemistry Laboratory Experiments and Activities

~ Elizabeth W. Kelley

~ Kenneth Drake and Steven Rooney

~ Matthew D. Berardi, Filippo Gentile, Isabelle Kozik, and Timothy M. Gregg

~ Charis A. Roberts, Seth Allen, and Sameh Helmy

~ Anthony J. Petty II and Susan A. Odom

~ Maria Funicello, Iole Cerminara, Lucia Chiummiento, Paolo Lupattelli, Fulvia Felluga, and Federico Berti

~ Michael Weißl, Gregor Kraft, Josef Innerlohinger, Tiina Nypelö, and Stefan Spirk  (Available open access without a subscription.)

Computer-Based Experiences

~ Joshua Schrier, Michael F. Tynes, and Lillian Cain

~ Li Liu, Yizhou Ling, Jing Yu, and Qiang Fu

~ Natalia Spitha, Pamela S. Doolittle, Amanda R. Buchberger, and Samuel Pazicni

~ Ishita Sengupta

~ Daniel Elford, Simon J. Lancaster, and Garth A. Jones

~ Maryam Abdinejad, Celia Ferrag, Hossain. S. Qorbani, and Shadi Dalili  (Available open access without a subscription.)

~ Johann Seibert, Katrin Heuser, Vanessa Lang, Franziska Perels, Johannes Huwer, and Christopher W. M. Kay

Chemical Education Research on Promoting Student Success

~ Ying Wang, Guizella A. Rocabado, Jennifer E. Lewis, and Scott E. Lewis

~ Nicole Naibert, Kerry D. Duck, Michael M. Phillips, and Jack Barbera

~ Justin Fendos

From the Archives: Systems Thinking

In the May issue, Manoj Ravi, Allen Puente-Urbina, and Jeroen A. van Bokhoven discuss . Systems thinking was the topic of an entire issue published in December 2019 on  (also highlighted at ).

Two articles in that issue provide an introduction to systems thinking and are available open access without a subscription: 

~ MaryKay Orgill, Sarah York, and Jennifer MacKellar 

~ Peter G. Mahaffy, Stephen A. Matlin, J. Marc Whalen, and Thomas A. Holme  

JCE Is Foundational

Even in these times of disruption, there are always ideas for teaching and learning chemistry available in the —including the described above. Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print () are also available. (For more information on how to access the  articles cited above, see Deanna Cullen’s post on .)

continues to provide excellent advice about becoming an author. In addition, numerous , including the and . The also has resources for preparing and reviewing manuscripts for ACS journals.