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Seminar Series

The Department of Chemistry hosts a seminar series during the academic year featuring presentations by individuals (students, faculty, and invited guests) discussing their research within the field of chemistry.  These presentations are free and open to the public.  

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Upcoming Seminar:

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - CP 253, 3:30PM

Active Learning in Organic Chemistry

Dr. Jennifer Muzyka
Professor of Chemistry
Centre College, Danville, KY

Students planning to pursue careers in health professions are required to take two semesters of organic chemistry. The visual and spatial reasoning demands of this course challenge students, often leading to frustration. Active learning methods can ease student frustration by encouraging students to spend time learning to use models and improving their visual reasoning skills. We use blended learning in organic chemistry to facilitate the use of active learning by enhancing student efforts on course materials before the concepts are discussed in class. We have implemented Just-in-Time Teaching, assigning readings associated with warm-up activities before concepts are discussed in class. Students access the warm-up activities through Moodle, the course management system used on our campus. A small percentage of the course grade is based on students’ completion of the warm-up activities. Some warm-up activities incorporate OpenOChem, an open-source system (currently under development) that allows instructors to assign questions which students answer by drawing chemical structures. The course textbook is freely available to students from the LibreText website ( Students who would prefer to use a printed textbook are encouraged to purchase an older edition text with concepts covered in the same order. Due to their pre-class preparation, students reach a deeper level of understanding of material during class meeting times. Students work in teams to solve problems and answer questions during class, discussing terms and questions as they struggle to understand concepts. Some in-class activities involve the use of response systems such as Nearpod, which enables instructors to ask questions which students answer by drawing their answers in iPads or other devices.


Spring 2017 Semester Seminar Schedule:

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Dr. Chittaranjan Das
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University

"Structure and Mechanism of Deubiquitinases (DUBs) in Parkinson’s Disease and Infection"

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dr. Tian Tian
Visiting Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry
Earlham College, Richmond, IN

"Nanofabrication: A Molecular Approach for Surface Engineering and Material Characterization"

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dr. Jennifer Muzyka
Centre College, Danville, KY

"Active Learning in Organic Chemistry"

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dr. Michael S. VanNieuwenhze
Indiana University, Bloomington