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Chemistry in the Classroom

Today’s show takes a look at how scientists and educators are reinventing American science education.

Episode 8 | February 1, 2008

Episode 8: Chemistry in the Classroom by Distillations Podcast

Today’s show takes a look at how scientists and educators are reinventing American science education. We chat with Tom Tritton, former president of Haverford College and CHF’s new president and CEO, about how to introduce liberal arts students to science—and just as importantly, vice versa. Later in the show, producer Cyrus Farivar takes us to the classroom of Drexel University chemistry professor Jean-Claude Bradley, where students are using virtual reality to understand the molecular world. The Element of the Week: Hydrogen.

Show Clock

00:00  Opening Credits
00:32  Introduction
01:23  Interview with Tom Tritton
04:45  Element of the Week: Hydrogen
07:22  Chemistry in Second Life
11:02  Quote: John Mason Brown
11:15  Closing Credits

Resources and References

On science literary in America: Science and Engineering Indicators 2008, National Science Foundation.

On hydrogen: John S. Rigden, Hydrogen: The Essential Element (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002).

On e-teaching: See Jean-Claude Bradley’s blog, Drexel CoAS e-Learning, and podcast.

Credits

This show was researched by Audra Wolfe.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music was provided from the Podsafe Music Network and Andrew Chalfen. The music for the end of the interview is Incidental Music 4, by Andrew Chalfen. The music for the Element of the Week is Simple Theory, by Mangomad. The music for the quotation this week is Incidental Music 2, by Andrew Chalfen.

This week’s image is a screenshot from Jean-Claude Bradley’s Second Life teaching environment, used with permission.