Back from vacation

After a month of vacation in Europe I am well rested (?) and ready for new adventures. Quite a few things are about to change – first my full time contract at Concordia has expired. People I replaced are back from their respective sabbaticals and I am back to research.

For the next couple of months I will be doing research at McGill University in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences again. I have one more paper to finish, two are currently under review, so things are looking good. This does, however, not mean that I will be giving up teaching, since I will sign a part-time contract at Concordia and teach two lectures in the fall term (General Chemistry – a new lecture and Analytical Chemistry I again).

And of course my job search is on again … exciting times ahead!

Marking is done!

Finally all the marks are out for the midterms and I can again focus on my lecture preparations (my stash of prepared stuff is almost used up – I am really looking forward to CHEM-218 next semester; everything is ready to go, because I taught this course before!). Students are coming in to check their results and discuss their exam. All types are there – those that just want a better mark and don’t care about how they did in detail and those sincerely interested in their errors!I am happy with results for Analytical III, most people did quite well and have a good idea about the course objectives and content. In Introductory Analytical Chemistry, results were less glorious – some students have a severe lack of fundamental general chemistry knowledge, which will require them to study hard for the final, if they would like to pass this course.