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The other day as I was recording a video (on planes of symmetry and chirality) for my organic chemistry class, I realized that the video wasn’t really about what I thought it was about. While my lips were moving and I was scribbling on the screen, I was...
Last week I attended the national ACS meeting in Denver. It was great to catch up with old friends and network with vendors and publishers, but the highlight for me was the symposium at which I presented: Online Courses and the Effect on the On-campus Classroom....
Alison Flynn’s latest in the Journal of Chemical Education is an instant classic. She describes a redesign of the organic chemistry curriculum at the University of Ottawa that tackles head on the issue of “curved arrows as decorations” that...

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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 other day as I was recording a video (on planes of symmetry and chirality) for my organic chemistry class, I realized that the video wasn’t really about what I thought it was about. While my lips were moving and I was scribbling on the screen, I was...

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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...