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  • First-year chemistry students learn data analytics in new lab curriculum

    Photo of the team members at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    A team of chemists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign created a low-cost method for teaching community college students the basics of instrument assembly and data analysis. The colors of the spectrum are broken down as students use a spectrometer built from a kit to analyze dyed fluids. The team, from left, Martin Gruebele, the James R. Eiszner Endowed Chair in Chemistry; graduate student Alison Wallum; Amy Nicely, a chemistry professor at Danville Area Community College; and undergraduate student Zetai Liu.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s Note: To reach Alison Wallum, email

    To contact Amberle Browne, email

    To contact Amy L. Nicely, email To contact Christy F. Landes, email

    To contact Martin Gruebele, email

    The paper “An instrument assembly and data science lab for early undergraduate education” is available online or from the News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.2c01072