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Annual Report Text, 1997-1998

Dr. Stewart's research group is continuing to develop the chemistry of chiral tin(II) reagents, and Hope student, Victoria Sprague, has taken on the project for this summer. Dr. Stewart has also been fortunate to be able to involve Hope students in her curriculum development work. During the academic year, Fred Hackett and Valorie Vance, both future high school science teachers, worked with her on the development of a new inorganic laboratory course and the adaptation of new ChemLinks modules. During the summer, Valorie will continue the work on the inorganic laboratory.

The ChemLinks/MC2 curriculum development project that Dr. Stewart and many others have been involved in will publish its preliminary edition this fall. ChemLinks and MC2 are NSF-funded coalitions seeking to "change the way students learn chemistry by challenging them to formulate and solve real problems using active and collaborative learning strategies. By starting with questions and developing the concepts and methodologies to answer them, we model how science is actually done" (http://chemlinks.beloit.edu). General chemistry students responded very positively to Dr. Stewart's test of the ChemLinks module on global warming last fall.

Three off-campus opportunities from last year deserve particular mention. In January, Dr. Stewart attended a Project Kaleidoscope meeting on academic leadership at the University of Charleston in South Carolina. Going south in the winter proved to be a good idea, even if it was only for a weekend. In May she enjoyed being an external evaluator for the Oberlin College chemistry honors program. She also had the opportunity to give a workshop for science and mathematics faculty at Ball State University with Cathy Middlecamp, a colleague from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Robert and Katie, Dr. Stewart's favorite lab assistants, are now three and two and have discovered they can drive their parents crazy by constantly playing the yes, no, yes, no game. While they haven't expressed any special interest in chemistry yet, they have been sighted cruising around town in Dr. Stewart's day-glo safety glasses.