LSU Chemist among 20 Professors Selected to Improve U.S. STEM Education
BATON ROUGE – LSU Department of Chemistry Assistant Professor Weiwei Xie is one of
the 20 inorganic chemistry professors named as a fellow to improve undergraduate education
in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, in the U.S. Xie teaches general
and inorganic chemistry at LSU. She is among the first 20 Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical
Electronic Resource, or VIPEr, Fellows to participate in this ground-breaking study.
The study titled, “Improving Inorganic Chemistry Education,” is being conducted by the Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists, or IONiC, with support from the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education program. The project will use classroom observations, analysis of student work, student surveys and faculty interviews to study how changes in the classroom affect student learning, interest and motivation.
“The project leaders are excited about the energy and commitment of the first group of VIPEr Fellows. We celebrate the diverse approaches they bring to teaching inorganic chemistry and the new insights into faculty development they will enable,” said Principal Investigator Joanne L. Stewart, the Elmer E. Hartgerink Professor of Chemistry at Hope College.
Xie obtained her bachelor’s degree from Nankai University, China and her Ph.D. from Iowa State University of Science and Technology graduating with Research Excellence. While pursuing her doctorate, she also volunteered and taught children ages 4 to 6 years old at Iowa Chinese Church. Upon graduation, she conducted postdoctoral research at Princeton University from 2014 to 2016. She was awarded the Beckman Young Investigator in 2018. As a VIPEr Fellow, she will contribute to the enhancement of inorganic chemistry curricula at LSU and across the U.S.
VIPEr Fellows - Working to improve inorganic chemistry education: https://www.ionicviper.org/VIPErFellows
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