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ChemNews 2020

Cover Story

John Beumer wraps test tubes
John Beumer wraps one test tube at a time for safe packing in the general chemistry kits.

Department creatively pivots instruction to meet the challenges of COVID-19 environment

Results in meaningful learning experiences for classrooms and labs

With uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and its sometimes quick-changing impacts, the Department of Chemistry kicked off the fall semester with meaningful learning experiences for students that include online and in-person blended classroom and laboratory teaching and learning. That planning also allows for a quick pivot to all online learning, if necessary. All of this has been done with the safety of students forefront in mind and meeting COVID-19 protocols.

Department Head's Column

Department Head David Blank
Department Head David Blank

A  year like no other . . . with amazing accomplishments

by Department Head David Blank

It certainly has been a year like no other. I am always amazed by the accomplishments of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff. My confidence in our team has never wavered. Then came a once-in-a-generation test of a global pandemic, followed by a national focus on social justice and racism accelerated by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In the middle of the spring semester, our classes were suddenly redesigned and reenvisioned for online delivery, including our laboratory courses. Our research laboratories were placed into a state of hibernation. In response, our department came together like never before.