EHS people who support chemistry teaching efforts may be interested in the latest edition of the ChemEd X Newsletter, either for personal use or to share with chemistry educators. It's available at
Specifically, three articles caught my eye:
1. Pick - Safely ‰??Playing With Fire‰?? in the Chemistry Classroom
Ryan Johnson brings this Editors' Choice Journal of Chemical Education article to our attention. It is stock full of data, resources and discussion about the alarming rise in chemical accidents involving students and instructors, both formal and informal.
(Note: This article was written by our incoming CHAS chair, Samuella Sigmann from Appalachian State University, and in addition to discussing flammable liquids safety, both the article and the post at the link above introduces bowtie diagrams to a large audience.)
2. How ‰??The Learning Pit‰?? Can Help Establish a Culture for Learning
Author Ryan Bruick uses "The Learning Pit" metaphor to set his students up for a successful year. "Throughout the year, we intentionally and explicitly track our growth through this metaphor. Are we at the precipice of falling, at the bottom, climbing out, or experiencing that 'Eureka!' moment?"
(Note: I suspect that "safety" could be used to start the discussion shown in the example at the link above.)
3. Suggested Hardware/Software for Making Quality Chemistry Video Tutorials
Have you thought about making chemistry video tutorials for your students but didn't quite know how to start? Or are you looking for ways to improve the quality of your video tutorials? Ben Meacham shares some tips.
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
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