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ABCs of Education and Professional Development in Analytical Science

-> Column Editors: Jill Robinson, Wendy Saffell-Clemmer, and Martin Vogel

Read our newest contributions in 2022:

Kovarik, M.L., Robinson, J.K. & Wenzel, T.J. A new resource to help instructors incorporate active learning into analytical chemistry courses. Anal Bioanal Chem 414, 4013–4017 (2022).

Sanchez, J.M. Are Are basic laboratory skills adequately acquired by undergraduate science students? How control quality methodologies applied to laboratory lessons may help us to find the answer.

Schwarz, G., Bleiner, D. & Günther, D. On video lectures during remote teaching and beyond.

Wenzel, T.J. Looking back, looking forward: reflections on my teaching career and the ABCs of education and professional development column.

Regular contributions in 2021:

Garza, L., Jones, M., Craven, C.B. et al. 3D printing lifts the lid on black box instruments.

Flood, A.H., Skrabalak, S.E. & Yu, Y. Individual development plans — experiences made in graduate student training.

Esmonde-White, K. Becoming better trainers for our learners.

Saffell-Clemmer, W. Beyond the bench: skills needed for success in the pharmaceutical industry.

Series special in 2021 featuring teaching analytical science during the pandemic in order to support instructors in preparing their courses:

Morales-Cruz, Á.L., Ortiz-Andrade, B.M., Del Pilar-Albaladejo, J. et al. Remote pandemic teaching in quantitative and instrumental chemical analysis courses at a Hispanic serving institution. Anal Bioanal Chem (2021).

Cavinato, A.G., Hunter, R.A., Ott, L.S. et al. Promoting student interaction, engagement, and success in an online environment.

Venton, B.J., Pompano, R.R. Strategies for enhancing remote student engagement through active learning.

Destino, J.F., Gross, E.M., Niemeyer, E.D. et al. Hands-on experiences for remotely taught analytical chemistry laboratories.

Heiss, E.M., Oxley, S.P. Implementing a flipped classroom approach in remote instruction.

General description:

ABCs of Education and Professional Development in Analytical Science is a forum for articles that describe educational innovations or activities designed to advance the professional development of analytical and bioanalytical chemists or that help people better manage their careers and build the skills to thrive in their careers. Articles may describe classroom and laboratory experiences or pedagogies that enhance learning outcomes and the professional development of undergraduate and/or graduate students. Articles describing innovative departmental or system-wide approaches to the teaching of analytical chemistry or preparation of students for careers in analytical or bioanalytical chemistry are appropriate. Opinion pieces on aspects of education and professional development are welcomed. Submission of manuscripts is similar to the process for research manuscripts. Decisions on publication involve a peer-review process.

We believe that ABCs of Education and Professional Development in Analytical Science has been an outstanding forum for the dissemination and discussion of educational topics and professional development among analytical and bioanalytical chemists. We look forward to our role in continuing this important component of ABC.

Contributions published in 2020:

Susan D. Richardson: Coming to academia through the “back door”
Wenzel, T.J., Niemeyer, E.D.: Instituting a group component to a final exam
Miranda-Castro, R., de-los-Santos-Álvarez, N. Engaging in analytical chemistry in review classes: contests based on TV shows as fun evaluable checkpoints.

Contributions published in 2019:

N. Gros: Two different approaches to an analytical chemistry laboratory practical: wider and shallower or narrower and deeper?
Ivo Leito et al.: EACH (Excellence in Analytical Chemistry), an Erasmus Mundus Joint Programme: progress and success
Kyril M. Solntsev et al.: Isolation of biologically active compounds from mangrove sediments

Contributions published in 2018:

G. Gauglitz: Analytical evaluation of sensor measurements
M. L. Kovarik, C. R. Harrison, T. J. Wenzel: Successfully navigating the early years of a faculty position
R. Salzer: Smartphones as audience response systems for lectures and seminars
F. Ponikwer, B. A. Patel: Implementation and evaluation of flipped learning for delivery of analytical chemistry topics
R. M. Georgiadis, K. Streu, N. C. Lee: Cutting the cord: virtual machines for real instrumental analysis not just at the instrument
S. Gao et al. : Application of problem-based learning in instrumental analysis teaching at Northeast Agricultural University
T. Shekhovtsova: Current state of analytical chemistry teaching in Russian universities
T. J. Wenzel: Active learning materials for teaching electrochemistry
Sherry Gao et al.: Particulate matters: student-led air quality research in the third-year environmental chemistry classroom and the field

Read contributions published in 2017:

Rose Matilainen, et al.: Reconstruction of undergraduate analytical chemistry laboratory course
Penny J. Beuning: Research skills and ethics: the 20-year evolution of a professional development graduate course
Anna G. Cavinato: Challenges and successes in implementing active learning laboratory experiments for an undergraduate analytical chemistry course
David C. Stone: Should students be graded on accuracy and precision? Assessment practices in analytical chemical education
Charles A. Lucy: Experiences and benefits of a career development course for undergraduate chemistry students

Articles published in 2016:

M. Kovarik: Use of primary literature in the undergraduate analytical class
K. B. Thurbide: Incorporating analytical research experience into the undergraduate curriculum
A. M. Stalcup: Some ruminations on graduate students

Enjoy browsing articles published 2013 - 2015:

A. M. Stalcup: Surviving toxic work environments
J. Popp, M. Reichenbächer: Competition in structural analysis—old wine in new skins
Kimberley A. Frederick: Using forensic science to teach method development in the undergraduate analytical laboratory
J. Ruiz Encinar et al.: Linking analytical chemistry Master’s programs: the Franco (Pau)—Spanish (Oviedo) case
C. R. Harrison: The use of digital technology in the class and laboratory
M. M. Cooper: Evidence-based reform of teaching and learning
S. O. Fakayode: Guided-inquiry laboratory experiments in the analytical chemistry laboratory curriculum
R. Salzer: Educating tomorrow’s chemists
S. Zhang, X. Zhang: Teaching analytical chemistry in China: past, present, and future perspectives
T. J. Wenzel: Active learning materials for molecular and atomic spectroscopy
R. Salzer et al: Education and careers of European analytical chemists
I. Leito, I. Helm, L. Jalukse: Using MOOCs for teaching analytical chemistry: experience at University of Tartu
M. Montes-Bayón, J. Kneipp, U. Panne: Report on KOSMOS Summer University at the School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof (Berlin): limits and scales in analytical sciences
D. J. Cocovi-Solberg, M. Miró: CocoSoft: educational software for automation in the analytical chemistry laboratory
P. D. P. Taylor et al.: A summer school where master students learn the skills needed to work in an accredited analytical laboratory

ABC's of Teaching Analytical Science

Articles published before 2013:

Column Editors: Cynthia K. Larive and Reiner Salzer

Jill K. Robinson: Project-based learning: improving student engagement and performance in the laboratory
Paul C. Yates: New strategies for teaching maths to chemistry students
Heather A. Bullen: Student-driven independent research projects: developing a framework for success in analytical chemistry
G. Horvai: Teaching bioanalytical methods in a BSc analytical chemistry course
Jérôme Randon: Master’s degree: from analytical science to process analytical technology
Gerhard Schlemmer: Industrial research and development for instrumental analytics: requirements, skills, strategic objectives
J. E. T. Andersen, D. Thorburn Burns, P. Hu: Basic mathematics and physics for undergraduate chemistry students according to the Eurobachelor® curriculum
Paulo Rogério Miranda Correia: The use of concept maps for knowledge management: from classrooms to research labs
Hitoshi Watarai: An overview on education of analytical chemistry in Japan
Reiner Salzer: Changing careers in chemistry
M. I. Karayannis, C. E. Efstathiou: Self-assessment and controlled examination in analytical chemistry by use of the EChemTest
Mark B. Jensen: Using LabVIEW to demonstrate instrumentation principles
Petra Mischnik: Learning chemistry—the Agnes-Pockels-Student-Laboratory at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
Thomas J. Wenzel: Active learning materials for equilibrium chemistry and separation science
David Harvey: Analytical Chemistry 2.0—an open-access digital textbook
Alexander Scheeline : Teaching in Hanoi – good mornings in VietnamIvo Leito, Anneli Kruve: “Measurement Science in Chemistry” consortium – a new force in analytical chemistry higher education in Europe
Ioannis A. Kozaris: Platforms for e-learning
Evangelia A. Varella: E-learning in applied instrumental analysis: the example of cultural heritage preservation
Cynthia K. Larive: The Analytical Sciences Digital Library (ASDL)
Lawrence Quarino, Thomas A. Brettell: Current issues in forensic science higher education
Susan V. Olesik: Source outreach: an important endeavor for active scientists
Reiner Salzer: Master programs in analytical chemistry
Michael Samide, Olujide Akinbo: Theme-based modular approach for delivering the undergraduate analytical chemistry curriculum
P.R. Griffiths: Whither “quant”? An examination of the curriculum and testing methods for quantitative analysis courses taught in universities and colleges in the Western USA
Victoria McGuffin: Teaching research ethics: it takes more than good science to make a good scientist
Cynthia K. Larive: A picture is worth a thousand words: animations and simulations in the teaching of analytical science
Maria Cruz Ortiz: Teaching chemometrics
Dulasiri Amarasiriwardena: Teaching analytical atomic spectroscopy advances in an environmental chemistry class using a project-based laboratory approach: investigation of lead and arsenic distributions in a lead arsenate contaminated apple orchard
Heather A. Bullen: Teaching surface characterization to undergraduates
Martin Vogel: Diversity and comparability—towards a common European Higher Education Area
Cynthia K. Larive, Ewa Bulska: Tips for effective poster presentations
Ewa Bulska: Good oral presentation of scientific work
Alanah Fitch et al: Sharing instrumentation globally

Building a Professional Career

Articles published before 2012

Column Editor: John Fetzer

Sara Shinton: #betterconnected—a perspective on social media
Damià Barceló: Experiences as visiting professor at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
John Fetzer: Building a professional career: reflecting on evolution
John Fetzer: You never know enough, let alone know it all
Geraldine Richmond: The sporting nature of science
John Fetzer: Expert texpert – analytical chemists as legal witnesses
Apryll Stalcup: The mechanics of granting tenure: suggestions for academic departments
John Fetzer: The schizophrenia of the administrative path
Julie A. Stenken, Anna M. Zajicek: The importance of asking, mentoring and building networks for academic career success - a personal and social science perspective
Robin Henderson: Outcome and output-focused research: selling your research in difficult times
Patricia Ann Mabrouk: Practical and effective networking
Sara Shinton: Career break, not career broken
John Fetzer: Quick, efficient, effective? Meetings!
John Fetzer: How to use time more efficiently
John Fetzer: Roles and responsibilities of graduate students and post-docs
Sara Shinton: Switching on lightbulbs — Stimulating your creativity
P.A. Mabrouk: Everything you ever wanted to know about awardsJohn Fetzer: Improving performance reviews
Emil Chuck: Successful collaboration and mentoringJohn Fetzer: Experiences at a small startup
John Fetzer: Bad blood in the laboratory – conflicts and how to avoid or resolve them
Sara Shinton: Rewarding and recognizing researchers
Patricia Ann Mabrouk: Promotion from associate to full professor
Wil Weston: Navigating a scientific job market and how the library can helpJohn Fetzer: Is your network robust?
John Fetzer: Reinventing yourself: marketing the experienced chemist in today’s jobmarket
John Fetzer: Writing an eye-catching, high-impact paper
John Fetzer: Being an effective reviewer
John Fetzer: Dealing with reviews – the work of getting your paper accepted