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The phrase “inquiry-based labs” has been buzzing around my department for a while now. If it’s possible to crown a king of buzzwords in the realm of chemistry laboratories, “inquiry” is probably it.On the surface, the idea of inquiry-based...
It’s that time of year again: labs are gearing up. Drawers are being filled with new glassware, students donning lab coats are beginning to fill the halls…the ol’ machine is revving up to roll again. For me, this time of the semester means...
In my opinion, the most awkwardly named reaction in all of chemistryiselectrophilic aromatic substitution (and all of its three-worded cousins). This name suffers from the same problem as other named reactions: it is deceptivelyuninformative. I still recall...

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It’s time for a nod to one of my favorite chemistry-themed YouTube channels, NurdRage. NurdRage’s channel is basically a laundry list of awesome, little-known chemistry experiments…with a creepy yet soothing voice-changer voice to boot. One...
Apologies to one of my favorite chemistry blogsfor the title of this seriesit just fit too well!I’ve become very interested in the field of chemoinformaticslately. It’s mind-boggling to think about how chemoinformatics could influence education,...
The phrase “inquiry-based labs” has been buzzing around my department for a while now. If it’s possible to crown a king of buzzwords in the realm of chemistry laboratories, “inquiry” is probably it.On the surface, the idea of inquiry-based...

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Every year our department hosts a Chemistry Magic Show, in an effort to boost enrolment in the four-year science program. Largely run by undergraduate chemistry majors, the show is a series of demonstrations ranging from the colourful to the pyrophoric. Sneakily,...
Some time ago, I highlighted how Aurora Clark and her colleagues were using a modified version of the Google PageRank algorithm to analyse networks of water molecules. You can read more details in My monthly column on ChemistryViews. I retweeted the headline...