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Chemistry Behind the Magic: Chemical Demonstrations for the Classroom

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    Chemistry Behind the Magic features videos of exciting live chemistry demonstrations. The videos are enhanced by explanations of the science behind the demonstration, in a fun and easy to understand format.

    About Dr. John Dolhun, Dr. Bassan Shakhashiri, Jessica Harrop

    Dr. John Dolhun Dr. John Dolhun received a B.S. in Chemistry from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from MIT in 1973, under the supervision of Dr. Klaus Biemann. Prior to MIT, he taught undergraduate general and organic chemistry for ten years at Norwalk Community College (NCC) in Connecticut. While at NCC, he was very active in chairing various college governance committees, initiated an ongoing annual regional high school science fair, and founded an ACS approved chemistry club. During his sabbatical, he worked with Dr. Christos Zahopoulos at Northeastern University to bring the RESEED (Retiree Enhanced Science Education through Experiment and Demonstration) program to Connecticut. The program recruits and trains retirees with science/engineering/medical degrees to provide needed classroom support for K-12 science educators. Currently, John is an Instructor in the Chemistry Department at MIT and a freshman advisor. His courses include 5.310 Laboratory Chemistry and 5.301 Chemistry Laboratory Techniques, which is a perfect segue course for a UROP position in the Chemistry Department. John enjoys participating in chemistry demonstrations, including the Cambridge Science Festival, which he has done annually since its inception in 2007, and MIT’s Campus Preview Weekend (CPW), which he has participated in since 2010. His research interests are in the areas of chemical education, virology and the synthesis of new antibiotics. His goal is to make sure non-major undergraduate students have all the required skills to function well in an Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory. Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri is well known internationally for his effective leadership in promoting excellence in science education at all levels, and for his development and use of demonstrations in the teaching of chemistry in classrooms as well as in less formal settings, such as museums, convention centers, shopping malls and retirement homes. His scholarly publications, including the multi-volume series, Chemical Demonstrations: A Handbook for Teachers of Chemistry, are models of learning and instruction that have been translated into several languages. Professor Shakhashiri is the 2011 President-Elect of the American Chemical Society, and will serve one-year terms as president in 2012 and immediate past president in 2013. He completed undergraduate work at Boston University (Class of '60) with an A. B. degree in chemistry, served as a teaching fellow at Bowdoin College for one academic year and then earned M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry at the University of Maryland ('64 and '68, respectively). After a year of post-doctoral research and two years as a junior member of the chemistry faculty at the University of Illinois-Urbana, Professor Shakhashiri joined the faculty of the UW-Madison in 1970, a position he still holds. Professor Shakhashiri is an elected fellow of the South Carolina Academy of Science, the Alabama Academy of Science, the New York Academy of Science, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He is the recipient of honorary doctoral degrees from George Washington University, Illinois State University, Ripon College, University of Colorado, Grand Valley State University, University of South Carolina and Lebanese American University. He is a national and international consultant to government agencies, academic institutions, industry, and private foundations on policy and practice matters related to science and to education at all levels. Jessica Harrop Jessica Harrop graduated from Princeton University in 2008 with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Certificate in Theater. For the past four years, she has worked to merge science and art through producing, editing, hosting, and writing a variety of videos for many different clients. She is currently working as the Associate Producer on her second show for PBS NOVA.

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    School
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Date Taught
    Fall 2011

    Level
    High School (Grade 9)
  • Lectures
    Chemistry Behind the Magic: Chemical Demonstrations for the Classroom - Lecture 1 - Dr. John Dolhun, Dr. Bassan Shakhashiri, Jessica HarropView
    Chemistry Behind the Magic: Chemical Demonstrations for the Classroom - Lecture 2 - Dr. John Dolhun, Dr. Bassan Shakhashiri, Jessica HarropView
    Chemistry Behind the Magic: Chemical Demonstrations for the Classroom - Lecture 3 - Dr. John Dolhun, Dr. Bassan Shakhashiri, Jessica HarropView
    Chemistry Behind the Magic: Chemical Demonstrations for the Classroom - Lecture 4 - Dr. John Dolhun, Dr. Bassan Shakhashiri, Jessica HarropView
    Chemistry Behind the Magic: Chemical Demonstrations for the Classroom - Lecture 5 - Dr. John Dolhun, Dr. Bassan Shakhashiri, Jessica HarropView
    Chemistry Behind the Magic: Chemical Demonstrations for the Classroom - Lecture 6 - Dr. John Dolhun, Dr. Bassan Shakhashiri, Jessica HarropView
    Chemistry Behind the Magic: Chemical Demonstrations for the Classroom - Lecture 7 - Dr. John Dolhun, Dr. Bassan Shakhashiri, Jessica HarropView
    Chemistry Behind the Magic: Chemical Demonstrations for the Classroom - Lecture 8 - Dr. John Dolhun, Dr. Bassan Shakhashiri, Jessica HarropView
    Chemistry Behind the Magic: Chemical Demonstrations for the Classroom - Lecture 9 - Dr. John Dolhun, Dr. Bassan Shakhashiri, Jessica HarropView
    Chemistry Behind the Magic: Chemical Demonstrations for the Classroom - Lecture 10 - Dr. John Dolhun, Dr. Bassan Shakhashiri, Jessica HarropView
    Chemistry Behind the Magic: Chemical Demonstrations for the Classroom - Lecture 11 - Dr. John Dolhun, Dr. Bassan Shakhashiri, Jessica HarropView
    Chemistry Behind the Magic: Chemical Demonstrations for the Classroom - Lecture 12 - Dr. John Dolhun, Dr. Bassan Shakhashiri, Jessica HarropView
    Chemistry Behind the Magic: Chemical Demonstrations for the Classroom - Lecture 13 - Dr. John Dolhun, Dr. Bassan Shakhashiri, Jessica HarropView
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