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Chemical Education Xchange | Change through Xchange
"Welcome to the Chemical Education Xchange (ChemEd X)! We hope to strengthen the community of chemistry educators by providing learning resources and forums for discussion and collaboration right here at this site. "
chemistry  education  pedagogy  community-of-practice 
october 2016 by tsuomela
OpenMSI: A Science Gateway to Sort Through Bio-Imaging’s Big Datasets
"Using cutting-edge mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) technology, scientists can study tissues, cell cultures and bacterial colonies in unprecedented detail at the molecular level. This information is already helping doctors better diagnose diseases, pharmaceutical researchers develop more effective drugs, and leading to the creation of energy efficient and renewable biofuels. Despite the advances, researchers envision these areas of science progressing much faster-if only they had a standard set of computational tools to easily process, analyze and share these massive datasets. Now, they do-it's called OpenMSI."
science  big-data  tools  collaboration  biology  chemistry  visualization  imagery 
september 2013 by tsuomela
Curing chemophobia: Don’t buy the alternative medicine in “The Boy With a Thorn in His Joints.” - Slate Magazine
"The simple names favored by the alternative medicine community provide an illusion of safety and comprehensibility that the chemical names can’t match. Another common chemical name for methotrexate is amethopterin, which comes from the roots meth, Greek for wine, which I might stretch to spirits, and pterin, Greek for feathers. And naproxen is a chemical analog of salicylic acid, which can be extracted from willow bark. I strongly suspect that if Shepherd’s rheumatologist had called what he prescribed spirits of feathers and an extract of willow, rather than methotrexate and naproxen, Meadows would have been happier."
chemistry  medicine  communication  language  name  fear  sts  alternative 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Periodic Tabloid | Chemical Heritage Foundation
"[Chemical Heritage Foundation] CHF staff and scholars provide a behind-the-scenes guide to activities at CHF, with reflections on science education, provocative explorations of chemistry in the wider world, and much more."
chemistry  history  science  sts 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Alan J. Rocke: Image and Reality
In Image and Reality, Alan Rocke focuses on the community of organic chemists in Germany to provide the basis for a fuller understanding of the nature of scientific creativity.

Arguing that visual mental images regularly assisted many of these scientists in thinking through old problems and new possibilities, Rocke uses a variety of sources... to investigate their ability to not only imagine the invisibly tiny atoms and molecules upon which they operated daily, but to build detailed and empirically based pictures of how all of the atoms in complicated molecules were interconnected. These portrayals of “chemical structures,” both as mental images and as paper tools, gradually became an accepted part of science during these years and are now regarded as one of the central defining features of chemistry. In telling this fascinating story... Rocke also suggests that imagistic thinking is often at the heart of creative thinking in all fields.
book  publisher  books:noted  chemistry  visual-thinking  19c  history  discovery  innovation  creativity  images  via:cshalizi 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Come for the Content, Stay for the Community | Academic Commons
Case-study for online education development by group of inorganic chemists, librarians, etc. "We hope we have provided one model of how a community of practice can develop, thrive, and grow incorporating both traditional face-to-face interactions and emerging technologies."
academic  collaboration  community-of-practice  case-study  chemistry  library  science 
september 2009 by tsuomela

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